Tuesday, June 14, 2011


While the Dallas Cowboys, Stars and Texas Rangers have dropped the ball (or puck) lately, the Dallas Mavericks have earned our total respect by giving Dallas and north Texas (and the State of Ohio) another reason to be proud – yet one more championship. The way that they did it, however, was the real story. If you saw all the championship series games then you understand once and forever the value of sportsmanship and TEAM vs. the arrogance and loneliness of “I” – Miami Heat style. Congratulations and well done to all the globally-inspired Dallas Mavericks, 2010-11 NBA Champions who despite all odds proved once again that good guys can win.

The only way the Mavs could beat the Heat was with an old fashioned, team approach to the game. With grit, character, dignity and a selfless loyalty to each other they always seemed to be able to rise above the level of play of their opponents sometimes to the consternation of their fans. The Mavericks give, “You Gotta Believe” a whole new meaning. You always knew that they would bounce back – and they did witness overcoming a fifteen point deficit to win game two against The Heat.

The Mavericks were able to defuse the potential of Miami’s Big Three (LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh) and proved once again that talk is cheap especially when arrogance and immaturity seem to be a big part of their game. No doubt they are incredible athletes, perhaps the best individual players in the game, but their lack of humility and humanity gives away their absence of character.

For example, there was their premature, infamous celebration when in game two and that fifteen point lead, James and Wade danced and cavorted (Wade made the shape of a V with his arms) all in front of the Dallas bench. Dallas righteously motivated stormed back with a 22-5 run and won the game, 95–93. Pathetically, right before Game five of the NBA Finals cameras caught James and Wade making fun of Dirk Nowitzki’s illness during Game four. Dirk had played brilliantly while battling a sinus infection that caused a soaring 102-degree fever during Dallas' Game four win. James and Wade spun the incident like it was all deliberate, just a jab at the press who they knew would, “blow it up.” Right… If you believe that I have some swamp land for sale…

The Mavericks played with that fire in the belly and the Heat despite all their press looked fatigued and lackluster – almost passive. They had no explanation except to finally concede that the Mavericks were a better team with an underrated defense. Wade in an unusual fit of maturity commented, "It's like a puzzle and their pieces came together a little bit better than ours." Heat coach Erik Spoelstra commented, "Maybe it's as simple as it being a rite of passage before we have to move on and take the next step." That may be so, but it sure appears all up in the air for The Heat whether they will be able to jell into a mature Team with all the hype of, “The Big Three” who apparently believe all their press clippings. The Miami Heat anthem embarrassingly proclaims, "We Already Won" though they know now - paraphrasing the old Merrill Lynch slogan: "You win games the old-fashioned way. You earn them."

King LeBron James still avoiding a mature, productive contemplation of his lackluster performance and the Heat’s loss has now invoked the Lord Almighty in a tweet following their game six loss, “The Greater Man upstairs know when it’s my time. Right now isn’t the time.” As if God cares who wins the NBA Championship… Yes, it’s deflection of the first order… Go look in the mirror… Having said that - if The Heat ever do jell as a Team, only God can help the rest of the NBA… It’s all up to General Manager Pat Riley to make that happen.

In stark contrast to previous Heat histrionics television cameras followed Dirk Nowitzki who seemingly overwhelmed pulled his jersey over his face and ran off the court following the Mavs victory. No “Vs”, dances or mock punches for Dirk, just the sudden realization and emotion of that final victory and the accomplishment of his goal. This man is a true role model.

Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban in a show of True Blue Grit and class asked an aging Don Carter - the man responsible for bringing the NBA franchise to Dallas in 1980 - to accept the Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy. Carter still in his trademark cowboy hat later commented, “It is truthfully a championship for all the people who have ever cared about basketball…” Well done, Sir

While the Miami Heat ponder what to do with their huge “oops” inventory of t-shirts and hats proclaiming their 2010-11 NBA championship all we need do is invoke a line from their anthem, “No need to play no more games.” As Jacquielynn Floyd of the Dallas Morning News wrote today, “Time for the parade.”


Ned Buxton

1 comment:

heat tickets said...

yes i agree with the post.. they deserve to be the people's champion! all the hard work and efforts that the team has done are truly well deserved..

great team! see you next season!