- Created on Thursday, 20 January 2011 18:40
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Travis Pulver
Depending on what you want when it comes to your favorite professional sports franchise, the NBA representatives in Texas have it all. You can get a team to cheer for (the San Antonio Spurs), a team to hope for (Dallas Mavericks), and a team to pray for (Houston Rockets).
In the San Antonio Spurs you have the bandwagon team, the one that is the easiest to cheer for because they have only lost six games and own the best record in the NBA. Everyone likes a winner, and that is something that the Spurs have done lots of this year.
Going into Wednesday night’s game with the Toronto Raptors they are 35-6 (the Boston Celtics have the second best record at 31-9), have a six game winning streak going, and have not lost since they dropped a nail-biter to the Boston Celtics on January 5, 105-103.
Not everyone likes the San Antonio Spurs style. Sometimes you like a little more flash for your money; a little more showmanship and even some attitude. That is Mark Cuban and his Dallas Mavericks in a nutshell.
Much of the attitude and brashness comes from Cuban and not the team, but with the team you get the in your face presence of its owner. One thing his team has done well since he has owned them is winning.
They have not missed the post season since the 2000-01 season, and three times they have had the best record in the conference. However, they are also the team that will let you down in the post season as well. Three of the last four years they were beaten in the first round of the playoffs, twice when they were the No 1 seed.
If you want to be that fan that can stand up and proudly say that they stuck with the team through thick and thin when they finally win the big one than the Dallas Mavericks are your team. With all the winning these guys have done you have to hope that it will eventually pay off in a NBA title or two, right?
That leaves the Houston Rockets.
Houston does have a proud history. Back in the 1990s they won back to back NBA Championships and can call some of the best to ever play the game their own (i.e. Hakeem ‘the Dream’ Olajawun, Clyde ‘the Glide’ Drexler, ‘Sir’ Charles Barkley). Recent years have found the once proud franchise falling on hard times.
Four of the last six seasons they have made the post season, but in the NBA just making the post season is not that difficult a feat; three of those four times they lost in the first round. One of the marquee players from that span has moved on (Tracy McGrady) and the other has been hurt for the last two seasons (Yao Ming).
Even minus a bonafide superstar the Rockets were in contention for much of the 2009-10 season for a playoff spot. Injuries and inexperience eventually caught up with them though and they failed to make the playoffs.
So in the Rockets you have a young, talented, but inexperienced team that still needs to gel. When they are on, they are on and can be one of the most exciting teams in the NBA to watch. However, the next night might find them off and you want to cover your eyes and hide during the game.
In Houston you have the team that is the absolute safest to cheer for, the underdog. Not much is expected out of them so when they perform well they are a blast to watch, but when they don’t do well you are not disappointed; it’s almost a win-win for the fan.
Of course it would be nice to have three championship contending teams within the state, and by the time the season ends who knows what could happen. Then again, how boring would that be?