The month of May may mark the long run of the NBA playoffs, but for the Dallas Mavericks organization a lot happened around this time.
Back in May 2005, the Dallas Mavericks took part in a first round playoff series against their Texas rival Houston Rockets.
The Mavericks and Rockets opened up the month of May tied two a piece. Both teams would eventually win their perspective games and force the round to go to seven games.
Houston though would be no match for Dallas as former Mavs players Jason Terry and Josh Howard would carry the team to a 40 point victory.
That playoff victory is to this date still the largest playoff victory in franchise history. So I guess you can say history was made on May 7th, 2005.
The Changing of Roles:
On May 9th, 2008 the Dallas Mavericks found their leader who could take them to the promised-land. On this date coach Rick Carlisle was hired by the organization. Carlisle signed a four year contract with Dallas and well the rest was be history.
In the third year of his contract, coach Carlisle helped the organization win their first NBA title in franchise history.
In May of the 2012 year, Carlisle would go on to sign another four year deal. His run with Dallas would not stop there because in January 2015 he sign a new five year extension to stay with the organization.
Carlisle would exceed even more expectations when, three years ago, the coach won the 600 games of his career.
Currently, the coach has 718 wins under his belt to go with 578 loses. While his championship with Dallas may be his only one, it may be all he needs to solidify his coaching career.
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Ten years ago in May, the Dallas Mavericks made one of the top decisions in franchise history by signing the coach who would give the organization and city what they have been waiting for.
The Icing on the Cake:
One of the top moments in Mavs history occurred during the month of May as well. Seven years ago the organization swept the Los Angeles Lakers in the Conference semi-finals.
The Lakers had won the championship the year before, and for Dallas to beat the former champs meant so much.
While that was a top moment of the month, one of the greatest marks in NBA history occurred during May as well.
On May 1st 1980, former Mavericks owner Don Carter won the proposal to bring an NBA franchise to the city of Dallas. The team became the 23rd organization to be part of the NBA league.
All the ups and downs would have never been possible if it were for Mr.Carter and his team and their pursuit to bring a franchise to Dallas.
The month of May is historical for the Dallas Mavericks. The hiring of a dream of a coach, to sweeping former NBA champions and to even becoming a part of such an amazing league is something every city/club yearns for.