The Dallas Mavericks are still a relatively young team. They were established in 1980 and as a result, don't have a whole lot of banners hanging from their rafters yet. They should have a championship banner from 2006, but that's another story. What they do have is a couple of retired numbers, though there should be a third already and will soon, unfortunatley, have a forth.Here are some cards I've picked up recently regarding the Mavs retired numbers.
The first number retired by the Mavs was the #15 of Brad Davis. Many around here question that choice, but I'm okay with it. Brad was a big part of the early success of the team and he's still a part of the franchise today, doing color commentary for the tv broadcasts.
The second retired Mav is Rolando Blackman. His #22 hangs beside Brad's #15. I don't know anyone who has any problem with Ro's number being retired. He was an All-Star and is the Mavericks 2nd leading scorer of all time. Like Brad, Rolando works with the Mavs on tv during the Pre and Post-game shows.
The player who should be the third jersey hanging in the rafters, is Mark Aguirre. To me his #24 belongs up there since he was this team's first dominant player. He was a multiple All-Star and led the team in scoring while he was here. He now sits in third place on the Mavericks all-time scoring list.
The jersey that doesn't currently hang in the rafters but (too)soon will is, of course, the #41 of Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk is the team's all time scorer, has been an all-star many times and also has been a league MVP. Without a doubt, the greatest player in Mavs history. I just can't believe he's only got a few years left. Where has the time gone?
So what about you? How's your favorite team's rafter situation looking? Later.