DALLAS — Mark Aguirre is considered one of the greatest players who ever wore a Mavs uniform.
He helped take the team to the Western Conference finals in the 80s against the Lakers, but the Mavericks lost.
"My goal was to come and win it here," Aguirre said. "We played very well — as best as any team can — but unfortunately, came up against the best team in the 80s."
Aguirre said it is disappointing the Mavs have come so close to a title but have not been able to win.
"I just look at is as we just had an opportunity and didn't happen, but I hope we get the title now," Aguirre said. "It's deserving."
Monday afternoon he was on hand along with Jason Terry and others to dedicate a learning center for kids in Dallas. Aguirre said he currently mentors some of the Mavs.
"I get a joy in seeing Dirk and Jet and those guys," Aguirre said. "I know I had to do what I did to help get the team to where they are going. "
Aguirre left the Mavs and went on to win two NBA Championships with the Detroit Pistons. He said the Mavs still have a shot at the title and should not give up.
"By no means are they out of the series," Aguirre said. "It is not time to panic."
Aguirre recently was rushed to the hospital after passing out. He said it was not serious and he is doing great.