The Dallas Mavericks are playing the New York Knicks on Friday night in a matchup of 4-1 and 3-0 teams, respectively.
Dallas is also facing Jason Kidd for the first time since he left the Mavs this past offseason to sign a deal with New York. Him and Tyson Chandler, who came to the Knicks in the summer of 2011, were cornerstones of a team who magically rode its way to the top of the NBA for a championship, Dallas' first in franchise history.
Chandler and Kidd loved being in Dallas, and even though they are now happy to be with the Knicks, they stated Thursday that Dallas could have done something special had they kept the championship core intact together.
"I'm very happy with this situation, but to speak past tense I definitely think that we had an opportunity to go back-to-back and unfortunately things were blown up," Chandler said on Thursday.
Kidd talked about the possibility of the Mavs repeating as champions last season had the same team in 2011 stuck around together.
"You never know. In a shortened season anything is possible," he said. "That group of guys that we had was very special."
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