Lunes, Hunyo 13, 2011
The Dallas Mavericks, your 2011 NBA Champions
Five years ago in the almost broken down American Airlines Center in Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki walked out of the court in severe emotional pain and disappointment as his Mavericks failed to hit their championship bull's eye and fell down to the Dwayne Wade- Shaquille O'Neal dominated Miami Heat in six games.
Now five years later in Miami, in the midst of game six of the 2011 NBA finals, Nowitzki walked out of the court again... this time not in severe emotional pain and disappointment but rather as a champion.
When the clock strikes 1.2 seconds in the fateful sixth game, Nowitzki, with all of his 13 year chasing, his blue uniform, and with his dream that finally caught up with him, hops through the stands and headed to the locker room with savory scent of victory around his tormented body.
"I had to get a moment. I was crying a bit. I was a little emotional. … I actually didn't want to come out for the trophy, but the guys talked me into it."
Nowitzki had 21 points and 11 rebounds to close out the game that took them five years to be a part of. Jason Terry had 27 points to spark the Mavs' engine that made them dominate the first half of action. The Dallas Mavericks 105-95 win over the team that put them into shame 5 years ago was the sweetest one for the Texas based hoopers filled with veterans seeking for their first title.
Jason Kidd who had a humongous Maverick career, Shawn Marion who almost went out of the NBA scene, Tyson Chandler who whams boards every night, Marc Cuban who had the greatest misses of all the NBA owners, and Brian Cardinal who steps up big whenever he needs to, had finally tasted the glory that made them last this long in the scene.
But that moment was never a give away. When it all comes down in boiling water, the Mavericks' shares of talents were able to handle the big three of Miami. The big royalty that promised a year by year championship to Southbeach needs another year to fulfill that promise. Thanks to the Mavs, Cleveland had been happy for the first time this season.
But the moment was never for Dan Gilbert or Anderson Varejao, it was destined to be for DIRK, JASON, the other JASON, TYSON, JOSE JUAN, SHAWN, RICK, MARC, and the other guys who gave the Mavs a boost of confidence that took away the championship from Miami in the moment that they wanted it most!