Center an Area of Concern for Mavericks
Center is the primary concern. Without Brandan Wright, who will miss an undetermined amount of time at the start of the season with a fractured left shoulder, that leaves starter Samuel Dalembert, undersized backup DeJuan Blair and second-year man Bernard James.
“We’re going to have to roll with whoever we have available, and foul trouble is going to be a challenge,” coach Rick Carlisle said Thursday. “But we’re going to have to hold the fort. And we may have to play small at times. I don’t like doing that, categorically. But if it becomes a fact of life, we’re going to have to just figure it out.”