Monday, June 13, 2011

2011 NBA Championship Won by the Dallas Mavericks

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Dallas was a better team than Miami. Plain and simple they were just better as a collective group than anyone else this season. The focus though has not been on “team” in the playoffs, regular season, preseason or offseason. Instead it has been on one man, Lebron James. STOB has been as guilty as anyone for not giving Dallas enough credit for just being a great team. Last night the Mavericks proved this to be true, not by being a “Super Team” but by filling their roles perfectly.

Game 6 was in the Mavs control pretty much in entirety, outside of a hot start by the Heat. Rick Carlisle started mixing zone defense with man to man to stop Miami’s penetration into the paint, forcing the Heat to shoot outside jumpers. Every time Miami would start to make a run at the Mavs lead, someone for Dallas would hit a big three pointer, finishing 11-26 from three. Dirk Nowitzki finished off the Heat with 10 of his 21 points coming in the 4th quarter.

In the first 3 quarters it was Kidd, Stevenson, Terry, Barea, Chandler and Marion carrying the Mavs by making the little play, extra pass, grabbing the rebounds, hitting big shots, getting steals and in the 4th quarter getting the ball to Dirk.
Maybe the era of “Super Teams” isn’t quite here yet for the NBA or maybe it will never really develop. Maybe Dallas proved last night that a team with only one superstar can still win a title. Maybe…but I think Miami shouldn’t think about “if” they’ll be back in the Finals but “when”. They have the 3 pillars in Wade, James and Bosh, which in three players is more talent than any other team. Whether they use one of the three as an asset to acquire more role players, or just use cap space and deft moves to get better role players it definitely seems Miami will be in the hunt for the foreseeable future of the NBA.

As for the leader (?) of the Heat, Lebron James:

Lebron needs to only look into the visitor’s locker room to find a player who has now hushed his critics. A player who also was told he didn’t have “it” and that the big stage got the better of him. After Dallas blew the 2-0 Finals lead in 2006 versus the Heat, Dirk Nowitzki heard much of the same criticism as Lebron is hearing now. Obviously the criticism is much more widespread and much more intense for Lebron but the substance was the same for Dirk.

So will Lebron learn from Dirk? Will he keep quiet, use the criticism as fuel? Will he learn from last summer’s “Decision” that if you draw even more attention to yourself, much of it will be negative?




Lebron, "All the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I'm going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that. So they can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal. But they got to get back to the real world at some point."




Just like on the court, it seems Lebron isn’t ready.




Miami isn’t ready.




Dallas and Dirk Nowitzki were ready.

2 comments :

  1. Lebron, "All the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I'm going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that. So they can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy about not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal. But they got to get back to the real world at some point."


    Do you think Lebron told this? A big NO. Because you copy this in an espn article and what the author said Lebron did n't tell this word he just thought what is on lebron's mind.

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  2. Lebron did say this during the press conference last night after the game. Youtube it, watch the press conference over again, or search for it on the internet, its on there.

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