Mbenga believes Mavs are very close to winning another championship

FRISCO – DJ Mbenga knows a thing or two about winning an NBA championship. The 7-foot, 245-pounder was a reserve center on the Los Angeles Lakers’ squad that captured back-to-back titles in 2009 and ’10.

So, when Mbenga was asked Wednesday how close are the Dallas Mavericks to winning the franchise’s second NBA title, he raised his right hand and there was less than an inch separating his thumb from his index finger.

“They can make it this year coming up,” said Mbenga, who spoke at the Mavs Academy Hoop Camp inside the Frisco Athletic Club. “They don’t need a lot of stuff.

“They have to get a good big man who can bring the good energy and rebound and block shots. Especially the energy, because that’s the key. And then they need a few guys who can defend and protect Luka (Doncic).”

Mbenga played seven years in the NBA, including for the Mavs from 2004-’07. He was part of the Mavs’ first-ever participation in the NBA Finals when they advanced to the big game in 2006, where they lost to the Miami Heat in six games.

In addition, Mbenga played the 2007-’08 season for the Golden State Warriors and finished his NBA career with the New Orleans Pelicans during the ’10-’11 campaign.

With Doncic as the Mavs’ superstar, Mbenga knows they already have a solid foundation they can build around. He compares it somewhat to the Warriors, who have…

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