Welcome to the Mavs Step Back Podcast, where we discuss anything and everything related to the Dallas Mavericks: game coverage, breaking news, rumors, you name it! Dalton Trigg and Matt Galatzan are your hosts, and you can follow along with their Mavs conversations on Twitter: @dalton_trigg and @MattGalatzan. Pod is featured on S.I.’sDallasBasketball.com. Thanks for listening!
On this week's episode, the guys are back with their third edition of the Mavs Offseason Mailbag. Dalton and Matt spend an hour talking about the questions you submitted, including DeMar DeRozan's potential fit with the Mavs, Dallas' ideal 3rd star and starting 5 next season, wing depth being a greater need than adding more bigs, how the Mavs could sign Jerami Grant, and much, much more! Thanks for listening, and be sure to subscribe!
On this week's episode, the guys talk about a rumor saying the Mavs have interest in Montrezl Harrell this offseason. If the Mavs could even afford him, would he be a good fit? What current Mavs bigs would need to be traded to make it work? In the second half of this one, Dalton and Matt then spend nearly 30 minutes analyzing a potential Mavs trade for Zach LaVine, and how he would fit next to Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis as the third star in Dallas. Thanks for listening!
On this episode, Dalton and Matt talk about Luka Doncic making the All-NBA First Team as a 21-year-old in just his second season. From there, the guys talk about the NBA Playoffs overall, including the Clippers epic collapse against the Nuggets, then finish things up by answering your questions with a Mavs Offseason Mailbag 2.0. Thanks for listening, and be sure to subscribe!
On this episode, Dalton and Matt start off by discussing the second round of the NBA Playoffs, including the Miami Heat knocking out Giannis Antetokounmpo and the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks in just 5 games. How could this complicate things with Giannis and the Bucks going forward? Even if he declines his extension, is one for year of true title contention worth risking Giannis walk away in free agency? Do the Mavs have a legitimate shot at him? All of that is answered in the first half of this episode. In the second half, the guys discuss the possibility of the Mavs pursuing a Bradley Beal trade on draft night, including what they think the most realistic trade offer from Dallas would be. As always, thanks for listening!
On this week's massive hour-long episode, Dalton and Matt spend the majority of the time answering listeners' questions about potential options the Mavs could have this offseason. Some of these topics include what type of players Dallas should target, what players are worth the Mavs trading their draft picks for, and the most interesting topic of all... if Giannis declines the Bucks' super max extension, and the Bucks decide they need to trade him, should the Mavs potentially offer Porzingis in order to get Giannis in the door before 2021 free agency? Given contract lengths, would it be too much of a risk? The guys discuss all that and much, much more. Thanks for listening, and thanks for submitting your questions! Keep 'em coming!
On this episode, the guys recap the Mavs' 111-97 Game 6 loss to the Clippers, which officially brought their 2019-2020 season to a close. Luka Doncic was amazing while facing elimination for the first time in his career, finishing with 38 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, but wasn't able to overcome the mounting injuries that the Mavs suffered as a whole all season long. After talking about the game, the guys immediately look towards the Mavs' future with the NBA Draft, Free Agency, and potential trades that could be made to improve the roster heading into next season. Thanks for listening!
On this episode, Dalton and Matt discuss how things got so ugly for the Mavs in their lopsided 154-111 Game 5 loss to the Clippers on Tuesday night and what the team must do on Thursday to push this series to a Game 7. Also, the guys talk about how NBA should suspend Marcus Morris for what looked like an intentional attempt to step on Luka Doncic's hurt ankle. Thanks for listening!
On this episode, the guys gleefully talk about the Dallas Mavericks' unreal Game 4 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Luka Doncic, who was questionable before the game with an ankle injury, ended up starting for the Mavs and played the best game of his young career with 43 points, 17 rebounds, 13 assists and one huge step-back buzzer-beating three-pointer in overtime to give his team the 135-133 win. Dalton and Matt talk about the greatness of Luka's performance and much, much more. Thanks for listening!
On this episode, the guys recap the Dallas Mavericks' 130-122 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 of their first round series. Despite the Mavs outscoring the Clippers 37-28 in the fourth quarter, it wasn't enough to overcome the second quarter, where the Clippers outscored the Mavs 45-31. Luka Doncic became the first Maverick to ever record a triple double in the playoffs with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, but his night took a turn for the worst when he suffered a nasty ankle sprain, putting his status for Game 4 in question. As good as Porzingis was, and as much as the rest of Doncic's teammates tried to rally in his absence, Kawhi Leonard's dominant performance was just too much to overcome. We discuss all of this and more in this episode. As always, thanks for listening!
Dalton and Matt recap the Dallas Mavericks wire-to-wire 127-114 win over the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 2 of their first round series. From Luka Doncic putting up 28/8/7 in just 28 minutes, to Kristaps Porzingis bouncing back from his Game 1 ejection, we discuss all that and so much more in this one. Thanks for listening!
This week, Mavs owner Mark Cuban joined Dalton Trigg and Matt Galatzan on the Mavs Step Back Podcast to talk about how the team lived up to his personal preseason expectations, his thoughts on Doncic and Porzingis' first season playing together, the Mavs' upcoming playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, what's next for the Mavs heading into this offseason, and how COVID-19 could have a lingering effect on many aspects of the NBA going forward. As always, thanks for listening!
Can the Mavs realistically make a seven-game playoff series competitive with the Clippers? Could they even potentially pull off a major upset when it's all said and done? We believe so, and Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) layout the blueprint for a Mavs upset of the Clippers in this week's episode of the Mavs Step Back Podcast. Thanks for listening!
On this episode, Dalton and Matt talk about the Mavs' 126-111 lost to the Los Angeles Clippers, including some positives that can be taken from that game as the potential Mavs/Clippers playoff series looms, as well as some hard truths going forward. Thanks for listening!
On this episode, the guys recap the Mavs' 114-110 overtime win over the Kings, which ended a two-game losing skid. With the win, the Mavs are still the only team in the entire NBA to have not lost three games in a row. Luka Doncic put up a monster performance in this one, scoring 34 points to go with 20 rebounds and 12 assists. Doncic became the youngest player to ever put up a 30-20-10 stat line. The guys discuss how this Luka performance reminded them of some of Dirk Nowitzki's performances back in the day, where he would just seem to will the Mavs to victory at times. Is there any way the Mavs could upset the Clippers in the playoffs if Doncic is playing that way on a nightly basis? Catch all that Mavs talk and more right here. Thanks for listening!
On this episode, Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) express their joy from the NBA (and Dallas Mavericks basketball, specifically) finally being back in action, as scrimmages officially began on Wednesday. The Mavs will play their first scrimmage against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night at 6 p.m. From there, the guys discuss how the Mavs have taken over the 'bubble' from a social media standpoint, and how that show of great chemistry could help them going into the future. Other topics discussed include how the NBA's bubble experiment is working perfectly so far, and wondering why the Mavs didn't take a chance on Bol Bol last summer when they had the opportunity. Thanks for listening!
On this episode, Dalton Trigg and Matt Galatzan are joined by DallasBasketball.com's boss man Mike Fisher to discuss all things Mavs Bubble-related. First, the guys dive into a couple of recent 105.3 The Fan interviews with TNT's Kenny Smith and Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle. Smith believes that the Mavs don't need a '3rd star,' something we've also written about here at DBcom in recent weeks. Is he right? In the second half of this episode, Fish talks about his personal expectations for the Mavs as they prepare to fly to Orlando for the NBA restart set to take place on July 30 (July 31 for the Mavs). Although this NBA bubble experiment is mostly about playing basketball and finishing the season, Fish offers up an interesting point about how this could be the Mavs opportunity to start informally recruiting their '3rd star,' should they decide that they need one. As always, thanks for listening! (Note: this is from our recorded Zoom video conference, so there are a few hiccups in the audio, but nothing major)
On this episode, the guys discuss former Mavs head coach Avery Johnson saying Dallas could be a 'sneaky' pick to get to the NBA Finals this season with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis playing at their best, as well as Trey Burke taking Willie Cauley-Stein's roster spot. From there, the guys talk about to newly released Mavs 'Orlando Bubble' schedule and make predictions for that eight-game stretch. Thanks for listening!
On this episode, Dalton and Matt discuss the probability of the Mavs adding any replacement players before they go to Orlando for the NBA restart. From there, the guys answer Mavs Step Back listeners' questions, ranging from "What do realistic free agent prospects look like for the Mavs this offseason" to "Will Luka Doncic spend his entire career with the Mavs?" Thanks for listening!
On this special episode, Mavs forward Justin Jackson takes some time to talk with Dalton Trigg about the NBA's 22-team plan to restart the 2019-2020 season, and what he expects from the Mavs when play resumes. Dalton and Justin also take a few minutes to discuss the Dallas protests and how simply treating everyone as a human being would make the world a much better place to live in. Thanks for listening!
On this episode, Dalton and Matt are back after more than two months to discuss the NBA's 22-team plan to resume the 2019-2020 season. The plan was officially passed by the league's Board of Governors on Thursday, giving all fans something to look forward to again. The guys are joined by Kirk Henderson of Mavs Moneyball halfway through this one, and they talk about the NBA plan's formatting, how the Mavs (and Luka Doncic specifically) will adjust, and potential pitfalls with the restart date being two more months away. Thanks for listening!
This week, Dalton and Matt are back to discuss how life has been since the COVID-19 pandemic forced the NBA to suspend its season. Having a lot more time at home than they usually do, the guys discussed what tv shows they've really gotten into over the last few weeks, as well as video games and quarantine snacks too. Although this particular episode isn't centered on the Mavs like it usually is, we encourage our listeners to go back and listen to some of our favorite episode with big guests like Mark Cuban, Donnie Nelson, Will Cain and many others. Thanks for listening!
On this episode, Dalton and Matt recap the Dallas Mavericks' thrilling 127-123 overtime win over the New Orleans Pelicans, which was the first of many duels between young superstars Luka Doncic and Zion Williamson. The guys talk about the great defensive jobs Maxi Kleber and Kristaps Porzingis did on Williamson, as well as the MVP-level Porzingis has been playing over the last month. From there, the conversation shifts to what the ceiling of this team could be heading into the playoffs, while also taking a quick glance at the current Western Conference standings with only 18 games remaining. Thanks for listening!
On this episode, Dalton and Matt discuss the Mavs' recent 4-game stretch, where they've gone 3-1 overall, but 3-0 with three blowout wins in the games where both Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis play. The Mavs' young star duo's chemistry is just now starting to click in a way it didn't early on in the season, and it couldn't come at a better time with the Mavs jockeying for playoff position in the Western Conference.
The conversation then shifts the Mavs' loss to the Hawks from Saturday night ... a game that's being protested by owner Mark Cuban due to a very questionable call at the end of the game. Although this protest is technically just for one game, the guys discuss why this move from Cuban sends a bigger message to the NBA about its officiating lately.
Tim Hardaway Jr. has emerged a key contributor to the Mavs' success this season, not only with his stats, but also with the passion and energy he brings on a nightly basis. Hardaway Jr.'s shooting hasn't just been 'good' this season, it's been 'elite.' The guys briefly dive into those numbers before pondering what a potential long-term extension would look like for him this offseason. Thanks for listening!
This week, the Mavs Step Back welcomed special guest Ben Collins to the show. Ben is a reporter for NBC News, but more importantly (at least in our opinion), he is also just as big of a Mavs enthusiast as the rest of us. The episode starts out with the guys reacting to the Mavs officially signing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and how he could help strengthen Dallas' playoff push. The conversation then shifts to how the Mavs have essentially 'treaded water' with all the injuries they've been dealt, but that they'll need to pick it up significantly in the second half of the season to solidify their playoff standing in the Western Conference. The pod then wraps up with the guys giving a brief preview of the Mavs game against the Kings on Wednesday night, which will be Luka Doncic's first game back after missing the last seven due to an ankle injury. Thanks for listening!
This week, Dalton and Matt recap the NBA trade deadline and discuss why the Mavs ultimately decided not to do anything, and whether or not that was the right decision, given the team's needs. From there, the guys talk about how injuries have set this team back this season (and how they desperately need the All-Star break), and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist potentially joining the Mavs from the buyout market. Finally, we take some time at the end to answer your Step Back Mailbag questions that were submitted to DallasBasketball.com. Thanks for listening!
Dalton and Matt start out this episode by remembering the late, great Kobe Bryant, who tragically lost his life in a helicopter crash Sunday along with his daughter and seven others. The guys talk about how they never liked Kobe as a Mavs' opponent in the first half of his career, but softened their feelings on him towards the end with him and Dirk Nowitzki showing each other mutual respect every time they got the chance. From there, the guys then discuss why it is that the Mavs struggle at home this season, yet thrive on the road. And with just one week remaining until the NBA trade deadline... how are we feeling about the lack of Mavs rumors right now? Thanks for listening!
This week, Dalton (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) were joined by Mavs.com's Bobby Karalla (@BobbyKaralla) to re-hash the Mavs' 110-107 loss to the Clippers. In that game, Dallas unfortunately lost Dwight Powell for the rest of the season with a ruptured achilles. The guys discuss not only how losing Powell could change the Mavs' offense, but also how it could affect the team's NBA trade deadline plans as well. Want to know which potential playoff matchups the guys think would favor the Mavs in April? You get all that and much more in Episode 53. Thanks for listening!
On this episode of the Mavs Step Back, Dalton and Matt breakdown the Mavs' 120-109 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, as well as Luka Doncic breaking out of his shooting slump from three-point range. The guys then talk about some potential Mavs trade deadline deals, while also airing out some frustrations with how the Kristaps Porzingis injury news has been handled. Thanks for listening!
On this year-opening episode, Dalton and Matt discuss why the a lot of the fan base feels uneasy about Kristaps Porzingis' lingering 'right knee soreness.' The guys also talk about why the Mavs have been so inconsistent lately (especially in the clutch), how they'd matchup with other teams in the playoffs this season, and whether or not they'll make a trade deadline move or not. Thanks for listening!
On this episode, the guys spend over an hour talking about a variety of Mavs-related topics like whether or not the team should even risk messing up the chemistry it currently has by making a trade. Other topics discussed in this one include: Dallas' massive win over the Bucks in Milwaukee (snapping their 18-game win-streak) without Luka Doncic, Rick Carlisle's current standing in the Coach of the Year race, Kristaps Porzingis and Seth Curry playing really good basketball as of late, Giannis' 2021 free agency, Maxi Kleber's key contributions, and much, much more. Thanks for listening!
On this week's episode, Dalton Trigg and Matt Galatzan are joined by former-Dallas Maverick and NBA Champion, Shawn Marion, aka, 'The Matrix.' Before the guys talk basketball, Marion starts out by telling how retirement life has been treating him. From there, Marion and the guys discuss a wide variety of Mavs and NBA topics for nearly a half-hour, including: Mark Cuban creating a family atmosphere within the organization, the Mavs red-hot start to the season, Luka Doncic's MVP performances, Kristaps Porzingis still having another level he can get to, what the Mavs need to solidify their status as a legitimate championship contender, and much, much more! Thanks for listening!
In this episode, Dalton and Matt recap the Mavs' thrilling 114-100 victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles, in what was, in the guys' opinions, the biggest win of the season. From Luka Doncic's third quarter magic, to Dwight Powell's best overall game of the season, to Justin Jackson Island filling up with each passing day, the guys cover all of it, plus look ahead to the Mavs' upcoming schedule as well. Thanks for listening!
In this episode, Dalton is joined by his brother and fellow MFFL, Colton Trigg, this week, as the Thanksgiving holiday vibes are already underway for the Trigg family. Dalton and Colton recap the Mavs' impressive 137-123 dismantling of the Rockets with Luka Doncic's 41 points leading the way. From there, the guys talk about some potential trades that would instantly thrust the Mavs into title contention, while also acknowledging that title contention with this current roster might not be out of the question if they keep playing the way they have been. This episode also includes a brief preview of the Mavs' upcoming home game against the Clippers on Tuesday night in what could be Luka's biggest defensive test yet with guys like Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and Patrick Beverley coming at him. Thanks for listening!
On this special edition of the Mavs Step Back Podcast, Mavs' GM Donnie Nelson drops in with Dalton and Matt to talk about a variety of Mavs topics, including: Luka Doncic's MVP leap in Year 2, Kristaps Porzingis still working his way back into form, constructing the roster this summer to fit what head coach Rick Carlisle does best, how the Mavs are constantly working the trade lines, and much more!
On this episode, Dalton and Matt talk about the Mavs 142-94 blowout win over the Warriors, as Luka Doncic continues to put up monster MVP-like numbers this season. The Mavs are now 9-5 on the season, and will look to go 4-0 on their current home-stand against the Cavs on Friday night. In the second half of this pod, the guys are joined by Andrew Bishop Jr., a.k.a., Six Six Drew, who is a hip-hop artist and part of the Mavs Step Back Pod family. Drew has created all the intros for the podcast, and in this episode, he talks about how he thinks Doncic is already heading to the Hall of Fame, plus gives us some insight into his new album called "Save My Soul," which features his track, "Luka Doncic." Thanks for listening!
In this "instant reaction" pod, Dalton and Matt recap the Dallas Mavericks' disheartening 106-102 loss to the New York Knicks on Friday night at American Airlines Center. Despite Luka Doncic's massive 38/14/10 triple double, there was no sugar-coating this one. It was simply a bad loss in the Mavs' eighth game of the season, and the guys believe that the issues at hand start with head coach Rick Carlisle and his inconsistent starting lineups and rotations. Come vent with us, MFFL. Thanks for listening!
On this episode, the guys stay up late to recap the Mavs extremely close 107-106 win over the Magic that improved their record to 5-2 on the season. Dalton and Matt break down the positives and negatives of this early season. The discussion then moves on to just how great Luka Doncic has been so far, and then a brief look ahead to the New York Knicks game on Friday. Thanks for listening!
In this episode, Mavs analyst Jeff 'Skin' Wade joins the guys to talk about the team's quick start to the new season, and give his thoughts on why this team has a chance to be special. The guys then wrap the show by talking about the Dwight Powell/Maxi Kleber dynamic, before having a fun discussion on one of Skin's new adventures, Rollertown Beerworks, including a special beer that will honor a certain Maverick legend. Enjoy!
On this special episode, Will Cain is back to talk with the guys about a number of different topics, including: this being the Dallas Mavericks first season without Dirk Nowitzki since 1998, Dallas sports' Mount Rushmore, Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis establishing their own culture, predictions for the Mavs 2019-2020 season, and much, much more! Thanks for listening!
On this special episode of The Step Back, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban stopped by to hang out with Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) for a little while to discuss a variety of topics, including: the Mavs' hiring of former player Nick Van Exel, his initial thoughts on what he's seen from Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic so far during the preseason, how those two will be able to sustain the Mavs' culture going forward, and whether or not NCAA players potentially being paid for their likeliness is a good thing or not. As always, thanks for listening!
In this episode, Dalton and Matt are joined by Mavs Moneyball Editor Kirk Henderson (@KirkSeriousFace) to analyze the Mavs first two preseason games, discuss the debut of Kristaps Porzingis, and give their likes and dislikes from what they have seen so far. The guys then wrap things up by giving their way-too-early NBA playoff predictions. Thanks for listening! (and be sure to subscribe to The Step Back: A Mavs Podcast on YouTube for your chance to win tickets to any Mavs game of your choice this season!)
Dalton and Matt start off by recapping Mavs Media Day and the opening week of training camp. There is a renewed since of hope and confidence all around this Dallas Mavericks franchise, and the guys dig in to all the reasons for that. The next topic revolves around Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, and what those two must do statistically to be All-Stars this season. The episode wraps up with an in-depth discussion on the seemingly underrated importance of Seth Curry and Delon Wright for the Mavs this season. Curry is an elite three-point shooter, and Wright could potentially be an elite perimeter defender. The Mavs missed out on their 3-and-D target, Danny Green, this past offseason, but is it possible that they got two guys, who can do some of the same things as Green, for the price of one? All of our thought are here in Episode 38. Thanks for listening!
On this episode, Dalton and Matt start off by giving their thoughts on where ESPN ranked Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis on its NBA Top 100 list, while also raising a red flag on a few non-Mavs players in the rankings as well. Two weeks ago, the guys talked about Sports Illustrated Top 100 list as well, so they compare the two lists as a whole to try to determine which is more accurate. From there, the conversation shifts to the NBA starting to crack down teams by requiring them to get the certified height measurements (with no shoes on) and ages of all players on the roster. We're so sorry, J.J. Barea. We still love you, though.
In this week's episode, Dalton and Matt are joined by the grand poobah of MavsSI.com himself, Mike Fisher, in their first live video podcast ever! Fish and the guys discuss the new migration to the Sports Illustrated/Maven platform, the fundamental differences between trades in the NFL and the NBA, and give their opinions on the Mavs starting lineup for next season. As always, thanks for listening, and be sure to subscribe to The Step Back on YouTube. Once we reach 1,000 YouTube subscribers, one lucky winner will receive two tickets to the Dallas Mavericks home game of his/her choice.
On this episode, Dalton and Matt are back from their one-week hiatus to discuss a variety of Dallas Mavericks topics, including: Six Six Drew's upcoming "Luka Doncic" single, Sports Illustrated's NBA Top-100 list (featuring Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis), the Mavs' team bonding and pre-camp training down in Miami, and much more! Thanks for listening!
On this week's episode, Dalton (@dalton_trigg) and Matt (@MattGalatzan) discuss a very important topic that has taken our country by storm as of late... chicken sandwiches. Yes, the guys put together their top-5 lists of chicken sandwiches from chain restaurants to determine once and for all who reigns supreme. After that, they move on to actual basketball topics, starting with Luka Doncic looking great in the recently leaked footage from BallisLife.com of him playing pickup games with a handful of current Mavs... but also an intriguing former Maverick, Monta Ellis. From there, the guys debate whether or not the Mavs should extend a training camp invite to Monta, or maybe even someone like Joe Johnson. The wraps up with Dalton and Matt predicting which player will end up being the Mavs third leading scorer this upcoming season. As always, thanks for listening!
On this week's episode, Dalton (@dalton_trigg) and Matt (@MattGalatzan) had the pleasure of chopping it up with Dallas Mavericks forward Justin Jackson on a variety of different topics. These topics include: why Justin wears No. 44, gaining muscle and transforming his body this summer, his goals for the 2019-2020 Mavs season (Playoffs?), learning from Dirk Nowitzki in a short period of time, and much, much more. Before Justin joined the guys on this episode, Dalton and Matt revisit the Mavs schedule release so they can compare their predictions for the upcoming season. From there, they talk about how the Mavs will matchup with the star-studded Los Angeles teams, plus why it's dumb to complain about double teams in pickup basketball games. Thanks for listening!
In the episode, Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) flies solo for a "mini-pod" to break down and discuss the Mavs 2019-2020 season schedule month-by-month. Dalton gives his win/loss predictions for each month, totaling them up at the end to see where he believes the Mavs will sit in the standings when the dust settles in April. In a sense, it's very early for full season predictions, and health will play a big factor this season, but we know that at least one Step Back host is optimistic about the Mavs' chances this season. Dalton then goes on to talk about the Step Back's ticket giveaway for the Mavs opening night game against the Wizards, giving full details on how you can enter for your chance to win. Thanks for listening, MFFL!
In this week’s episode, Dalton (@dalton_trigg) and Matt (@MattGalatzan) use the NBA’s summer dead period to discuss a wide variety of topics, including Mavs players' offseason workout regimens and resulting physical changes for Kristaps Porzingis and Luka Doncic, both of whom have made tremendous strides in their conditioning in the last few months. The guys then dissect the early leaks of the Mavs regular season schedule for next season, before falling down an NBA rabbit hole centering around the New Orleans Pelicans, Zion Williamson’s health, and NBA Rookie of the Year runner up, Trae Young, who has made some changes of his own during his first NBA offseason. The podcast wraps up with the guys having an interesting debate about the Mavs and their potential involvement with the Memphis Grizzlies and veteran wing Andre Iguodala, who was, according to a report by our very own Mike Fisher, at the center of trade discussions between the two teams. Thanks for listening, MFFL!
In this weeks episode of the Step Back, Dalton (@dalton_trigg) and Matt (@MattGalatzan) welcome former Dallas Maverick point guard, Dennis Smith Jr. to the podcast, in his first on-air interview with a Dallas media entity since his trade to the New York. Dennis and the guys discuss Dennis’s adjustment to the New York lifestyle, what he thinks about his new team’s free agency moves this summer, his time in Dallas playing alongside Dirk, and his favorite in-game moments with the team. The guys then get into a deeper discussion with Dennis, focused on his mindset during and after the blockbuster trade that sent he, Wesley Matthews, and DeAndre Jordan to the Knicks, in return for Kristaps Porzingis near the trade deadline. They also get Dennis’ thoughts on a potential Christmas Day matchup with the Mavericks in Madison Square Garden next season. Things then wrap up with Smith’s thoughts on staying close with his former teammates, including his extremely tight relationship with current Maverick small forward, Dorian Finney-Smith, and why he thinks it is important to keep relationships like that alive in the League. Thanks for listening!
Dalton (@dalton_trigg) and Matt (@MattGalatzan) had return-guest Kirk Henderson from Mavs Moneyball join them in this week's episode. The guys discuss the FiveThirtyEight.com projections that seem to be really high on the Mavs, what Luka Doncic's 2nd year leap might look like, expectations for next season (and why some people are sleeping on the Mavs), and much more! Thanks for listening!
On this week's episode, Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) welcomed on new Texas Legend's Head Coach George Galanopoulos to talk about a variety of Dallas Mavericks / Legends topics, including: his journey through the coaching ranks (including his recent stint with the Mavs), G-League vs. NCAA for high school kids, Kostas Antetokounmpo's raw talent and continued development, how Josh Reaves (#ReavesHive) is already an NBA-level defender, and the special relationship that the Mavericks and Legends share. Thanks for listening!
On this episode, Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGaltzan) are joined by Will Cain (@willcain), who is the host of The Will Cain Show on ESPN Radio, and can also be seen on ESPN's First Take from time to time as well. Cain and the guys discuss a variety of topics, from the Mavs not being aggressive enough in free agency, to ranking Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis with the other star duos in the NBA, to the landscape shift this summer with multiple all-stars switching teams, and whether that's good for the league or not. Oh yeah, and Russell Westbrook was traded for Chris Paul during this recording as well. All that and more! Thanks for listening!
On this episode, Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) talk about another disappointing Mavs free agency (so far) and how the team got to point of waiting multiple days for a decision from Danny Green, who is, in turn, waiting on Kawhi Leonard's decision. Will the Mavs be able to salvage this free agency by signing Danny Green and/or helping a team with a salary dump trade? The guys go over the options they have left, plus talk about some of the bright points so far as well (Seth Curry and BOBAN). Thanks for listening!
Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) are joined by Mike Fisher (@fishsports) this week for a full Dallas Mavericks free agency preview. During this episode, the guys discuss the Kemba Walker / Boston Celtics rumors, while Fish gets an encouraging 'Exclusive Exclusive' in the middle of the recording, leaving the door open on the possibility of the Mavs having a shot to sign Kemba when free agency begins. Beyond that, they guys also talk about a variety of other possibilities for the Mavs this summer, both through free agency and potential trades. Names such as Patrick Beverley, Bojan Bogdanovic, Malcom Brogdon, Clint Capella and Andre Drummond are discussed, plus others. Thanks for listening!
On this episode, Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) welcome a very special guest -- Dallas Mavericks' Director of Player Personnel, Tony Ronzone. Ronzone tells a fantastic story about how he got to where he's at now with the Mavs. From there, he talks with the guys about scouting Luka Doncic from a young age, having known Kristaps Porzingis and his family for a while now, and a brief scouting report on a few players Mavs' fans might want to keep an eye on during the NBA Draft on Thursday, June 20th with the 37th pick. After a great conversation with Ronzone, the guys then give their reactions to Anthony Davis being traded to the Lakers and how that could potentially impact the Mavs in free agency in a few weeks. Thanks for listenting!
Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) are back with... you guessed it... even more Kemba Walker talk, given some recent speculation from a Charlotte Observer writer who thinks the Hornets should pass on paying him the super max. This is a scenario the guys have discussed ever since it was announced that Kemba made All-NBA 3rd Team, and if it comes to pass, it leaves the door open for 'Kemba to Dallas' to become a reality. From there, the guys talk about a Mavs / D'Angelo Russell 'exclusive exclusive' from Mike Fisher, a three-way trade idea that would land Blake Griffin with the Mavs, salary dump ideas with the OKC Thunder and Dirk Nowitzki's celebrity baseball game. Oh yeah... and a special Anchor Voice Message from Hank Hill.
In this week's episode, Dalton Trigg (@Dalton_Trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) discuss the idea of Capela to Dallas, and how he could fit with the Mavericks both schematically and financially, before diving into Dalton's idea for a Mavs 'Plan B' if the initial overtures towards the big fish come up empty. The guys then wrap up the show with a short preview and prediction segment for the NBA Finals, which began Thursday night in Toronto.
Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) welcome back one of The Step Back's favorite guests, Mike Fisher (@fishsports), to talk about a number of different Dallas Mavericks topics, including: Dwight Powell's player option (and how the Yahoo report of him opting out earlier in the week was false), a DallasBasketball.com "Exclusive, Exclusive!" in regards to what the Mavs hope to do with Courtney Lee, a hypothetical trade which would see the Mavs end up with both Kemba Walker and Hassan Whiteside, and another trade scenario that works on the court... but could end up intertwining Luka Doncic and the Kardashians (which none of us want). All that, plus more on this week's episode.
Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) watch the NBA Draft Lottery live and give their reactions to the Dallas Mavericks yet again not being favored by the ping pong balls. Not only did the Mavs not keep their pick, but their division rivals (the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies) received the No. 1 and No. 2 picks, respectively, which means Dallas now gets to face Zion Williamson 4 times per season. In the second half of this episode, the guys welcome on Richard Stayman (@MavsDraft) to discuss a ton of different names for the Mavs to target with the 37th pick in the second round of the NBA Draft in June. Thanks for listening!
Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) spend the majority of Episode 19 answering questions that listeners asked them on Twitter earlier in the week. Discussion topics range from Dragon Ball Z talk, the Dallas Mavericks most pressing need for the roster this offseason, Luka Doncic vs. Kristaps Porzingis in clutch time (who gets the last shot?), Kemba Walker vs. Damian Lillard by the numbers and much more! Enjoy, and as always, thanks for listening!
In this week's episode, Dalton (@dalton_trigg) and Matt (@MattGalatzan) talk about how the NBA has done a great job making the sport pretty much a year-round thing at this point. Then the guys talk about Mark Cuban revealing who will be representing the Mavs in the NBA Draft Lottery in a DallasBasketball.com exclusive, followed by an extended back-and-forth on Kemba Walker's potential fit in Dallas (24-minute mark). Thanks for listening!
Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) begin this week's episode by pondering some hypothetical draft night trade ideas for the Dallas Mavericks involving their NBA record-setting trade exception that was created in the Harrison Barnes trade to the Sacramento Kings. Names like Jrue Holiday, Steven Adams and Myles Turner come to mind there. The guys then give their Top-10 Mavs free agent lists before welcoming Jeff "Skin" Wade (@SkinWade) to the show to talk about life after the Dirk Nowitzki era, his offseason expectations and Balcones whiskey. Thanks for listening!
Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) welcome Mike Pielluci to the show this week from Front Office Sports to talk about what the Dallas Mavericks should do with their large amount of cap space this summer, whether it be to spend it all on one big fish (pipe dream guys like Keven Durant, Kawhi Leonard, etc.) or on multiple 2nd tier free agents. Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton and Tobias Harris are discussed in depth here. The guys also discuss Mark Cuban's recent comments on a Dwight Powell contract extension, as well as take a look at Nikola Vucevic's disappointing playoff performances so far and how that might affect the Mavs thinking on him this summer. Thanks for listening!
Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) discuss the emotional last few days of Dirk Nowitzki's legendary career, reliving every moment. The guys also give a brief season review, picking their biggest/favorite Mavs storyline from the season. This week's episode concludes with a final look at the lottery standings with the regular season in the books, how tie-breakers work, plus a look ahead to the NBA Playoffs (Note: some games were still ongoing at the time of recording. A few Western Conference matchups ended up flip-flopping). Thanks for listening, MFFL!
In this episode of The Step Back, Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) are joined by Edward Egros live from the Final Four that's getting ready to take place this weekend. They preview the matchups between Auburn/Virginia and Texas Tech/Michigan State, as well as discuss some potential Mavs' draft prospects to watch on the biggest college stage. Dalton and Matt finish off the episode by putting Luka Doncic's historic rookie season into perspective, discussing which current Mavs will still be Mavs next season, and hoping for the best (from an Organic Tanking perspective) in the Mavs' home-and-home series with the Memphis Grizzlies over the weekend. Thanks for listening!
Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) recap the Dallas Mavericks' 105-99 loss to the Miami Heat, a game that did not disappoint the large number of Slovenians that made the trip to see countrymen Luka Doncic and Goran Dragic square off against one another. The guys then take a look at where the Mavs stand in the tankathon 'race to the bottom' before having DallasBasketball.com's Mike Fisher on the show to discuss 1) why D-Wade's legacy isn't as close to Dirk Nowtizki's as the national media would have you think, 2) the Mavs options for creating more cap space in free agency this summer, and 3) his exclusive with Mavs owner Mark Cuban on the Rick Carlisle / Los Angeles Lakers rumor. Thanks for listening!
Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) are joined by 105.3 The Fan's Nick Neppach (@NickNeppach) this week to discuss a variety of topics, including their reactions to Dirk Nowitzki passing Wilt Chamberlain for 6th on the NBA's all-time scoring list, confidence meter on Dirk coming back for a 22nd season, Final Four predictions, and players the Mavs should be keeping an eye on should they keep their lottery pick this season (Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish and much more). Thanks for listening!
Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) start this week's episode off by discussing the Dallas Mavericks 112-105 home loss to the San Antonio Spurs, including whether or not Luka Doncic should have been playing at all and Jalen Brunson's career 34-point night. The guys then take a deep dive into Mavs free agency talk, addressing the Charlotte Observer's report that Kemba Walker is Dallas' top priority this summer and playing a game of 'would you rather' to determine where he should actually fall on the Mavs list. Thanks for listening!
On this episode of The Step Back, Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) talk about Dirk Nowitzki being only 56 points away from passing Wilt Chamberlain for 6th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list, and whether or not he could catch Michael Jordan if he decides to return next season. The guys also break down the Mavs' recent loss to the Washington Wizards before bringing on Mavs.com's Bobby Karalla (@bobbykaralla) to talk how Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis will compliment each other next season, as well as getting to the bottom of why people are trying to make Trae Young seem like a legitimate Rookie of the Year candidate at this point. Thanks for listening, MFFL!
Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@Matt_Galatzan) are joined by Kirk Henderson (@KirkSeriousFace) in this episode, who is an editor at MavsMoneyball.com. The guys tackle many current Mavs-related topics in this one, including a recap of the Dallas Mavericks 110-101 home win over the Indiana Pacers and Wesley Matthews, the current NBA Draft Lottery odds (and how the Mavs are due some good luck in that department), Goran Dragic as a potential Mavs target this summer, and why this might not be Dirk Nowitzki's final season after all. All that and more in Episode 9 of The Step Back.
Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) recap all of the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend events to see how well their predictions from the week before panned out. The guys then go on to share some really cool, personal stories involving Dirk Nowitzki that you won't want to miss, as well as look ahead to the Dallas Mavericks remaining 25 games of the season. Are the playoffs really out of the question?
Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) are back this week to talk about Dirk Nowitzki's final matchup with Dwyane Wade at the AAC (and the charades that came afterwards) as well as give listeners a full breakdown of NBA All-Star Weekend 2019 with predictions for the main events. Mavs insider Mike Fisher (@fishsports) also joins this episode to look ahead to Mavs free agency. Listen to why the Mavs should have their eyes on multiple "big fish" free agents.
The Dallas Mavericks got a much needed win vs. the Eastern Conference playoff hopeful Charlotte Hornets, and Luka Doncic notched himself yet another triple double, but all of that was quickly overlooked, as Harrison Barnes was traded to the Sacramento Kings for Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph... MID-GAME. And just when you thought things couldn't get any crazier after the Kristaps Porzingis trade. Our guys Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) hash it over in the latest edition of The Step Back.
In this episode of The Step Back, Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) give their immediate reactions to the news of Kristaps Porzingis being traded to the Dallas Mavericks (along with Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee and Trey Burke) for Dennis Smith Jr., Wes Matthews, DeAndre Jordan and two future first round picks. Believe it, MFFL. This really happened.
In this episode of The Step Back, Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) recap the Mavs big home win over the Clippers in Dennis Smith Jr.'s return to action, including several big individual performances. The guys also discuss whether or not Luka Doncic recent "slump" is attributed to him possibly being fatigued, Dirk Nowitzki being invited to All-Star weekend to participate in the 3 point contest, trade talks with the Lakers, Knicks, Magic and Hornets, plus much more! Thanks for listening, MFFL!
On this "emergency pod" edition of The Step Back, Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) and Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) discuss the Adrian Wojnarowski report that the Dallas Mavericks are engaged in trade talks revolving around Dennis Smith Jr. Teams reportedly interested include the Orlando Magic and Phoenix Suns. Tune in to hear their immediate reactions, along with trade packages they would consider for DSJ.
In this edition of The Step Back, Dalton Trigg (@dalton_trigg) & Matt Galatzan (@MattGalatzan) discuss the Dallas Mavericks' borderline disastrous loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, whether it's too late in the season to fix all their problems, and Kevin Love as a Mavs trade possibility. The guys also answer a number of listeners' Mavs-related questions (always remember to message @StepBackMavs on Twitter if something's on your mind).
The first episode of The Step Back: A Mavs Podcast, where Dalton Trigg & Matt Galatzan discuss a number of topics, including: the inspiration behind the podcast, the Dallas Mavericks blowout win over the Hornets to start out 2019, a preview the upcoming back-to-back with the Celtics & 76ers over the weekend, Mavs trade talk, Luka Doncic potentially being the first 19-year-old to make the All-Star game, the Mavs attempting to trademark "The Matador," & finally, a look ahead to next week's stretch against the Lakers, Suns & Timberwolves.
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