Monday, June 13, 2011
Posted by Anthony Canton | Monday, June 13, 2011
There couldn't be anything sweeter for Dirk Nowitzki than to beat the Miami Heat, in Miami on a night where he didn't play at his absolute best, but played his best when it counted. Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks who last night won their 1st NBA title. It was a tremendous effort by their team in dispatching and defeating the Miami Heat. Think of how this series could've been easily 2-0 Miami but to quote Jeff Van Gundy, "Dallas got it done with their skill, and their will." It was a complete effort by these Mavericks, who took every punch Miami gave them and responded with strong play, they didn't fall prey to the hype of the unstoppable monster.
Dirk and Dallas responded beautifully under pressure, winning the final 3 games of this series in clutch and convincing fashion. They were the better team. Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, and Tyson Chandler all were amazing in supporting roles. They provided the toughness that Dallas needed throughout this whole postseason to win their 1st championship. Give credit where credit is due, and that starts with Mark Cuban and Rick Carlisle. Both guys worked together, stuck with their gameplan, and found something that ended up working in a gratifying title win. This win was not only great for the Mavericks, but it was great for basketball.
I felt that historically there was more at stake then just the legacies of the stars in this series. The Miami Heat had 2 of the top 3 players in the world on their team, and another very good player in Chris Bosh. Their celebration in July not withstanding, if the Heat had won this title then I think the league would've been deadset on a direction we've already started to see take shape.
The Celtics started this, but it felt different. The Miami Heat are apart of this new era of NBA, where there's a certain egotistical and entitlement to the stars of the league. It's become apparent that it's easier to form "superteams" and basically have an easier path to a championship. The NBA fan today is celebrating the Mavericks win for so many reasons, mainly because they beat Lebron James and the overhyped Miami Heat. Truth be told, they should be celebrating because the purity of the sport remains. The lesson for the Miami Heat to follow should be that you need everyone contributing. There's something to be said for going through a couple of heartbreaks before you win. Congratulations Dallas, you at least prolonged pure basketball for another year.