Why this Mavericks group reminds Patrick Mahomes of 2019 Chiefs

by Christina S. Brown
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Patrick Mahomes is a person of many titles — two-time NFL MVP, three-time Tremendous Bowl MVP, “dad bod” icon, and extensively thought-about the best lively quarterback within the NFL. He is additionally a proud Texas native and Dallas Mavericks fan.

So when Mahomes stopped by “First Issues First” on Wednesday, host Nick Wright invited the famous person Kansas Metropolis Chiefs quarterback to weigh in on Wright’s NBA tiers, during which Wright in contrast the 4 remaining groups within the NBA playoffs to both the Chiefs or one of many groups they confronted en path to one in all Mahomes’ 4 Tremendous Bowl appearances. 

Wright’s checklist was as follows:

4. Indiana Pacers (NFL comp: 2019 Tennessee Titans)
3. Boston Celtics (NFL comp: 2022 Philadelphia Eagles)
2. Minnesota Timberwolves (NFL comp: 2020 Buffalo Payments)
1. Dallas Mavericks (NFL comp: 2023 Kansas Metropolis Chiefs)

Mahomes, nevertheless, pushed again on the ultimate comparability, saying that this present Mavericks group, led by 25-year-old famous person Luka Doncic, reminds him extra of a unique Chiefs title group — the 2019 squad.  

“That [Chiefs] protection sort of got here on on the finish of the season and made lots of well timed stops in well timed trend, and that is what obtained us over the sting,” Mahomes mentioned. “I used to be nonetheless younger and hadn’t gained my first championship but, and that might be Luka.”

That prompted Wright to concede that, for the primary time within the historical past of his tiers, he was incorrect — to the delight of his co-hosts, Kevin Wildes and Chris Broussard.

Mahomes mentioned he cherished the best way the Mavericks gained athleticism on the commerce deadline by buying P.J. Washington and Daniel Gafford to bolster their frontcourt. It is why, together with the star tandem of Doncic and Kyrie Irving, he believes the Mavericks can win all of it this yr.

“I feel the Mavs have what it takes,” Mahomes advised the “First Issues First” crew. “Kyrie’s enjoying nice ball. Derrick Jones Jr. is enjoying nice protection. P.J. Washington’s been nice on protection and offense. They did lots of nice issues on the commerce deadline — I went to a recreation the place they performed the Nuggets proper after the commerce deadline, and you would see the athleticism that they had introduced in. I feel if Luka performs the best way that Luka can play and Kyrie performs like Kyrie, they have pretty much as good an opportunity as anyone of profitable all of it.”

Mahomes did concede that the Mavericks face a tricky problem towards the Timberwolves within the Western Convention Finals — even going as far to say Dallas would lose Recreation 1 of the sequence Wednesday evening. (He did say he advised his Chiefs teammates that he anticipated the Mavericks to have a 2-1 sequence lead when the Chiefs returned for his or her subsequent spherical of offseason practices after Memorial Day.)

“It is gonna be an awesome sequence,” Mahomes mentioned. “Anthony Edwards has been dominant. That group is a good group, performs nice protection. It is gonna be a tough sequence.”

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