Thunder's rise justifies Mavs' plan

DALLAS -- The reason the Dallas Mavericks' front office made the right decision to take a huge risk in December 2011 will be on display Friday night at the American Airlines Center.

Here come the Oklahoma City Thunder, a great young team that just keeps getting better.

According to hindsight, the Mavs would have been much better off keeping Tyson Chandler and the other key contributors from the 2010-11 title team they allowed to leave. That's hard to debate with the 17-23 Mavs in serious jeopardy of missing the playoffs for the first time in a dozen years.

However, the potential reward was worth the risk. That's partially because status quo wasn't going to prevent the Mavs' neighbors from across the Red River from roaring by them.

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