By Wesley Kaminsky
On Sunday night, all NBA fanatics outside of Heat fans had one common rooting interest: Go Mavericks. For me personally, this was definitely the case, and I was riding the bandwagon all the way to the end. Just don’t let the Heat win a championship, that was all I was praying for. Thankfully, I got my prayer, and the Mavericks delivered in a big way Sunday night.
For the past eight months, the Miami Heat have been the talk of not just the NBA, but sports in general. When LeBron decided to take his talents to South Beach, he immediately became the most hated athlete in sports. He teamed up with his buddy Dwyane Wade, in hopes that Wade would win him a ring. It did not happen this season, and let us all cherish this moment, because it is only a matter of time before the Heat win a title. I am convinced that if you put any players around Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh that they would make the championship like this Miami Heat team did. I mean seriously, are Mike Bibby and Joel Anthony really championship caliber starters at this point? Put me on that team, and let me stand in the corner like James Jones and launch threes and I guarantee you I’d hit a few. Okay, maybe not, but you get my point.
This one is about the Mavericks winning though, and not the Heat losing, regardless of how happy I am. Even though my beloved Bulls were eliminated by the Heat in five games, the pain was eased when Dallas took out Miami in six games. I never thought I would see the day when Mark Cuban would hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy. There truly is not a more passionate owner in sports, and he made all the right moves for this Mavericks team, most notably sticking with his guy, Dirk Nowitzki. There is not a player in the NBA who deserved a championship more than Dirk did, and this truly puts him among the all time greats. In a career that already includes an MVP award, and ten all-star games, Dirk has just added a few more accolades; an NBA championship and a finals MVP. Not bad, huh? Dirk has overcome so much criticism in his career, and has shut up all the haters who said he was soft, and a choker. Every time the Mavericks needed a big shot, you could count on Dirk to do that. You cannot say the same for LeBron James, who seemed to shy away from the spot light and could not handle the pressure.
This championship was a total team effort by the Mavericks. They were deeper and better than the Heat. The key contributors include Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, JJ Barea, Tyson Chandler, and DeShawn Stevenson. Yeah, I’m probably missing a few players, but you see what I am saying. This Mavericks team had so many players who could come in and deliver, while the Heat relied so heavily on their big three.
Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks on a well-deserved championship. Final score, Mavericks 105, Heat 95. We can all rejoice, the Heat are not the champions.
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