After the Dallas Mavericks home opening win over the Houston Rockets, both Coach Jason Kidd and Luka Doncic mentioned that the Dallas Mavericks have a three-player leadership council consisting of Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, and Tim Hardaway Jr.
Mavs leadership council members, per source: Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis and Tim Hardaway Jr. https://t.co/96Qg1OJGkS— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) October 27, 2021
This Leadership Council seems to stem from Jason Kidd and his player-friendly coaching approach. While Rick Carlisle is a basketball on court genius, the team chemistry and power struggles in the front office was enough of a problem to clean house and start over. This is yet another example of Coach Kidd leaning into and leading the team towards solidarity in all aspects, encouraging good communication and putting a heavy emphasis on team chemistry.
This leadership council have made two decisions that we know of so far:
Decision #1 = Dwight Powell starting at center.
Decision #2 = all 15 players on the roster will play on opening night.
While the idea of this player leadership council is a foreign concept and the two decisions that they have made so far are questionable at best, we can all understand the heart behind it. But how would you describe this leadership council?
If you know me, it makes sense that this council immediately made me think of Ted Lasso’s “Diamond Dogs.” If you haven’t watched the Emmy Award winning Apple+ TV series, without spoilers, the Diamond Dogs are described by Ted as “just a group of people that care.” Since the three-player leadership council consists of the three highest paid and most talented players on the team, Ted’s description of the Diamond Dogs is the same one I would use to describe the Mavericks Leadership Council: a group of players that care... and have the coach’s ear.
The coaching change, the much-needed chemistry boost, the good communication within the locker room between players and coaches - the parallels between the start of the Dallas Mavericks 2021-2022 season and the plot of Ted Lasso go on and on.
I was not alone in thinking of examples and jokes to illustrate this new council. Many people fired off their jokes on Twitter Tuesday night. Here are some of my favorites:
You decide who is who lol:
The Leadership Council deciding that all 15 Dallas players will play pic.twitter.com/WCJEyqnWrW— Kirk (@KirkSeriousFace) October 27, 2021
Elite level tweet from Gallager as always:
The “Is Fortnite Actually Overrated” Youtube video screenshot meme is hilarious:
Mavericks three-man leadership council: pic.twitter.com/bwPkDwBt8g— zain fahimullah (@zain_gogh) October 27, 2021
The most random assortment of people in one picture during a basketball game: