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Monday, June 13th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  116 responses

2010-2011 NBA Champions: Dallas Mavericks


by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

Throughout the NBA Finals, the prevailing storyline has been that of the Miami Heat, its superstars, and their inability to come through when the chips were down.

The real story, the one that no one seemed to pay any attention to until late last night, is that the Dallas Mavericks are the best team in all of basketball.

The Mavs walked into Miami’s house, up 3-2, withstood the Heat’s initial surge (led by LeBron James), survived Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki’s early shooting slump, and rode the hot hand of its veterans all the way to a title.

In the end, unless you were a Heat fan, one couldn’t help but be happy for the long journey these guys went through to finally arrive at this triumphant moment.

The Star-Telegram has the quotes:

“Man, this is what I obviously played for the last couple of years,” said Nowitzki, who scored 21 points on 9-of-27 shooting. “I think when you come in this league you want to establish yourself. All these All‑Star Games and all those things are nice, in scoring. But when you get to a certain age you’ve basically seen it all, and all you play for is for that ring.”

“It wasn’t about me carrying the team – I was doing my job,” [Jason] Terry said. “My job is to come in and provide a spark, make plays, make shots. I did my job and I knew if Dirk continued to get the shots he was getting, those were good shots. He wasn’t forcing anything.”

“I’m so happy for him, I’m so happy for Dirk,” Carlisle said. “I’m so happy for the Mavericks’ organization, which is such a class organization, as are the Miami Heat. I don’t think there’s any doubt after this series that Dirk has certainly earned the clout of being one of the all‑time great players. His versatility, how he’s done it in the clutch. He goes 1‑for‑12 in the first half, and then in the second half he was just absolute money.”

“Obviously (the ’06 Finals) was one of my most disappointing losses in my career, to lose the Final series after being up 2‑0,” Nowitzki said. “It took so long just to get here. Just this feeling to be on the best team of the world is just indescribable.”

As the labor situation gets sorted out, there’s no telling when we’ll see NBA basketball again. But even that unfortunate reality can’t take the shine off of what was an incredible NBA season.

Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks. Here’s to hoping they’ll have a chance to defend their title sooner rather than later.

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  • Zabba

    Suck it Lebron! First! I get a ring too!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Congrats to Dirk, Kidd & the Mavs. Truly, sincerely happy for them. They had the better team. And the better team always wins a 7 game series, always. We’ve got work to do, obviously. Building a team is one, but more importantly is the necessity to work on the mental aspect of the game. There were a lot of mental stumbles during this season. and let me go on record saying I thought Chris Bosh was the best at handling and working on the psychological part of his game. (repost from last nite’s live-blog)

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    Cuban is planning something other or bigger than Rings for the Boyz In Blue…

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    Glad to see long time vets like Kidd, Dirk, Terry, Marion, Peja get their first ring. This ring and his performance throughout the playoffs should really elevate his all-time rank (55 overall in Slam 500). When it’s all said and done, I think an interesting historical comparison will be between Dirk and KG.

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    Congrats @darksaber

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    And, I am a Heat fan, yet am still happy for the Mavs. You know, you can do that, right? Be happy for someone’s long journey to the goals they set for themselves, right? Maybe I’m old school, but I never did understand the venom that was dispersed because of a game. If you truly love the game, I think, that love for the game should supercede your loyalty to one team or another. Call me crazy.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    @ Cheryl
    I’ll say it again also, you was way of with Christy Posh :)
    The Heat however will win a title in the next couple of years, so that’s why I was rooting for the Mavs these finals.
    2012 champs Mephis Grizzlies!
    If there is a season that is..

  • kh

    Eboy!!!!!!!!

    Congrats to all the Mavericks and their fans.

  • Ali

    Congrats to the Mavs… Multiple championships huh Lebron, WUUUWEEE! Ya’ll got a looooong way to go bro.

  • Zabba

    Wanna know how badly I wanted Lebron to lose? I’m a Spurs fan, that’s how bad. And I love DWade. Yeah, that’s how bad. Where you at Eboy? Bwahahahah SUCKAS!

  • http://slamonline.com henkenzo

    Cheryl took the words right outta my mouth. im a heat fan too. But the one team i could stand losing from is that old wheelchair drivers, with that krezy owner, (not) too early trophytattoo guy team.

    Congrats Mavericks, you earned it!
    gonna be an hectic offseason!

    ps.
    gotta love that we dont have to listen to HAND DOWN MAN DOWN anymore.(50% of the time, dudes had their hand up!) they were a great duo, but didnt love the corny lines, over and over and over and over

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    So is this the same Cheryl who was all about the tough talk before this series started? The lady who hated the Mavs with a passion?
    Now you’re ‘happy for the Mavs?’
    I kinda hoped that rant you went on would come back to bite you in the butt.
    Done.

  • Pete

    Now that was a complete choke job by Wade and his lackey. This is how good they are without the refs. Now hand over that 2006 championship* trophy Eboy, you know you never deserved it. (I’m not kidding, Eboy has a replica trophy from 2006)

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Shock Exchange

    The Pistons had the “Jordan Rules”, now the Mavericks have scripted the “Lebron Rules” >> http://clicky.me/TheLebronRules . . . the blueprint to stopping Lebron James.

  • http://Www.legendofmrpalmer.tumblr.com DP

    Only person I will slander is Lebron James. This is what he wanted so it’s what he is going to
    Get. Also, thank you chris bosh for making me cry from laughter after last nights game. Shoutout to Erik dampier’s shoulder.

  • http://hoopism.com airs

    im happy about this mavs win for two reasons:
    1- dirk and kidd finally get their rings after losing in the finals.
    2- this is another example of team>talent, which ive always been more a fan of.
    granted, the miami heat have come farther than most people had hoped, and were 2 wins shy of the ultimate “fvck you” to their critics. but alas, they fall short.
    congrats to the mavs and their fans

  • Marklewis2307

    Congrats mavs, well played, very well coached!!! I’m a HEAT fan but credit where it’s due, best team won. The HEAT will win chips and people don’t realize how close this series was to having a different outcome, basically if the HEAT didn’t blow the game 2 lead they would have won this series! And their roster is only gonna get better! But for now the best team won and I’m happy for the vets on the mavs who have worked really hard and put up with alot of criticism! 2011 NBA CHAMPS WELL PLAYED!

  • Bambe

    I’ve been a Mavs fan for 14 years. Woke up et 2 a.m. to watch the game. I’m so happy after all the bad things that have been said about the Mavs. This is the day. Thanks Mavs.

  • T-Money

    the suckas are the ones rooting for a team’s failure, instead of celebrating a deserved ring for the big german and jkidd. they stomped the lakers and the heat – they were the best team this year. i’d be curious to see what they’re going to do with their free agents (chandler, butler, barea, stevenson). barea is going to try to cash in. on the other hand, miami has work to do but they still went through the east like a breeze – let’s not forget that. they need to add a legit big (dalembert?), put joel back on the bench for 10 energy minutes a night, and re-sign mario chalmers. the rest should take care of itself.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Smack talk is what you do when you’re having fun and pulling for your team to win. But after the final buzzer of the final game of the season, you gotta be happy for the winners. It’s basketball and I have a passion for the game and those that play it so dam well. Never hate. I never said I hated the Mavs, that’s not me. I will talk ish on occassion, because it’s fun in basketball and cards. And I’m happy for you, too, Dark. Your favorite team won a championship. You get bragging rights this summer and into next season, whenever that starts up again. And if I’m frustrated today, it’s because of the probable lockout coming and not that my favorite team lost.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Dirk and Kidd getting a ring is poetic justice.

  • Marklewis2307

    Oh yeah and don’t get on Cheryl for showing class in defeat people, of course she’s gonna represent her team during the series, but when it’s over you have to repect the best team and be a adult!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Dirk just went online to thank the fans after a night of elated partying.
    Probably his 3rd or 4th tweet since the playoffs began.
    Obsessed, that one is.

  • http://hoopism.com airs

    tmoney, the series against the bulls was hardly a breeze,
    though it was 5 games, lets not forget how close each miami win was.
    if we wanna say they blew thru the east, they better have blown out those teams.

  • Kidcongo

    Bring on the tweetcap!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Cheryl: i’ll admit it, that short exchange we had back then got my blood cooking.
    But hey, i get it. Have done my share of gloating and trashtalk.
    All is forgiven.
    And lest i forget: YOUR 2011 NBA CHAMPION DALLAS MAVERICKS.
    (damn, that feels good to write)

  • http://n.a. Alfonso

    Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks and miami heat welcome to the DIRKSIDE

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Ooooooh, Alfonso that one is pure gold.
    May i use that as opportunity presents itself? Hell of a catchphrase:
    Welcome…..to the Dirkside (cue Emperor Palpatine cackle)!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    Alfonso, FTW…

  • Mike From Spain

    Congrats Mavs! The Heat made any other team who came into the finals look like an underdog, no matter how much better the other team would be.I did not know much about this Mavs squad, I watched this MAvs post-season and they changed my mind, they are much more entertaining to watch than I gave them credit for. Dirk’s impossible fade aways and rainbow jumpers, JJ Barea and Jason Terry ripping the other team appart with 3s and slashing, Kidd’s inexplicably superb defense against bigger stronger younger opponents, Tyson Chandler’s strong moves, and Marion’s unorthodox shot give this lot some unique personality. Also, they showed some real toughness and they came back from games most teams would concede as lost. Great title run, Mavs!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    As I did just minutes after the end of last nights game in various tweets, I offer my congratulations to the only two Mavs fans I know….Nicholas Fleming and the one guy I really CAN stand in defeat, Darksaber, an old timer in the SLAMOnline world like me and someone who is Mavs blue through and through like Heat red runs through me. Can’t take the feeling away of being a champion, Dark and your guys are there now. Like I said last night, Mavs outworked and outclassed the Heat when it mattered most. But lest we forget…….for of all of you that are acting like the Heat franchsie is going to all of a sudden up and head to some god forsaken place like…..Seattle…because they lost this series….that there’s still years left for this team to reach it’s plateau and really….losing this series hurts for a minute, but brighter days (and rosters) are ahead. Let’s not take nothing away though….Dirk and his team owned it. But the Heat will be back with a vengence. Lesson learned last night showed revenge at it’s best.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Before this season I didn’t know Marion was such a trashtalker, allways tought he was a quit guy.
    I loved Deshawn and Marion’s actions!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    *quite*
    And Eboy Miami will never win because Memphis is going on a six peat!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I think Miami will win at least two titles. It really depends though.

  • Eddie1

    @Max Memphis won this year. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Hush, Illum is coming.

  • orso94

    Great finals! Congats to Dirk, Kidd and the Mavs.
    One of the greatest postseasons ever… Crazy comebacks ( G5 Heat-Bulls, G4 OKC-Dallas)!
    Thanks to all those teams for providing such exciting NBA basketball, since it’s the only basketball we’re gonna get to see for a long while …

  • NJ4Life

    Congrats JKidd, Dirk, Cuban, Dallas. Let the Debates begin (where do Dirk and Kidd stand All-Time at their position)

  • vtrobot

    Shout out to Cheryl and all the other MIA fans showing respect. I didn’t think MIA would get that far this year. Congratulations for going that deep in their first year. Mavs in 6. Just like I called it. EVERYONE had MIA taking it. All of the “experts.” Exactly like with Boston ’06. Team beat talent. People were saying that MIA was like BOS with the big three. Naw, DAL was like Boston. Tough, older TEAM who would knock you out in a second. Super happy for Dirk. That dude balled. 90-whatever percent FT % for the Finals? GTFOH. Jet too. He backed it up. When Gerald Wallace and the Blazers gave that much effort and still lost that last game pretty convincingly, you could tell that DAL has stopped messing around. JJ, Chandler, etc. This was a fun TEAM to watch make that run. And they got Juice coming back. Great season. Peace everyone.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Oh look, it’s the conspiracy theory numbskull slash troll back to spread some nonsense.
    Couldn’t let us ‘simpletons’ enjoy the moment, could ya, Spanny, i mean Eddie?
    Oh well, why waste further energy on you anyway?
    Spread away, Trottel!

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lights out

    so happy to see J. Kidd and Dirk go from Hall of Famers without rings to just plain ol’ Hall of Famers. also happy for Jason Terry, who I’ve always liked, who was able to run his mouth, get a tattoo, and then back it all up and come up big in every one of the Mavs wins. finally, i’m happy for the Mavs organization and the city of Dallas. they’ve stood by their team for a long time while many others doubted them and called them soft. well they’re not soft, Dirk especially is not soft, and best of all, the Mavs are NBA champs. good for them.

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Eboy: appreciate the luv, man.
    Thanks.

  • http://www.slamonline.com jumpman3224

    Kudos to @Eboy for being classy after a loss. That’s a hard thing to do and rare in the world of sports fans.

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    Good game, happy for Mavs win, sad the season ended. Hopefully there’s a next year!

  • http://ZOGS.COM ZOGS

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    LEBRON TAKE OUT YOUR SPOON………..AND EAT THE SH*T THAT DIRK SHAT ON YOUR CHEST!!!!!!!!
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  • http://ZOGS.COM ZOGS

    KEEP MUNCHING

  • goattree

    Congrats Mavs! Couple questions going forward….Dirk on the next Slam cover solo? After his “Superfreak” debacle (which I think may have been the worst selling cover ever?)?? Or will it be a compilation of players like last years LAL title cover? Gotta squeeze a bicep flex from JET in there, IMO. What the hell happened to Roddy Buckets? I thought he came back to play in like March, but haven’t seen him in months! Too bad for Caron Butler……Chris Bosh’s collapse on the way to the locker room was the highlight of the series for this Raptors fan. The fact that Ericka Dampier (probably the softest 7 footer in league history) had to help him up, was bittersweet. Mark Cuban NEEDS to find a sucker to take Brendan Haywood off his hands (and payroll) so he can resign Tyson Chandler. JJ Barea isn’t going anywhere….even if Dirk needs to slide him a cool mill on the side, how could he leave Dallas (and his buddy Dirk) after that??? That’s it. Sooooo glad to see Miami not win this.

  • Niyagirlfresh

    You have to give credit to Dallas and their much improved defense, no one expected them to defend the way they did against Miami, Lakers, or OKC that was amazing. Dirk deserved all the accolades he got after the win.Sure he didn’t perform well in game 6 and people thought the MVP should have went to Jason Terry but he performed amazing overall the entire post season his numbers were off the charts especially in the 4th. The Mavericks were on a mission their status during the regular season was iffy because they sort of fell of in the middle of the season and squeaked into the playoffs a middle to low seed but they stepped it up when it counted. Rick was a great coach a title in just 3 seasons as head is epic.

  • ThaWindy

    Congrats to the Mavs and Heat for putting together a most entertaining series. Mavs finally got the Heat to adjust to what they where doing and thus stole the series. Terry needs a piece of the MVP trophy. Heat just lost focus, too many distractions. It bleed on to the court and really affected their play. Wade and LBJ both choking in the 4th. LBJ could have stayed in Ohio another year. Like I said he didnt need all that “help” to win.

  • http://ZOGS.COM ZOGS

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    IS THAT A PEANUT IN YOUR TEETH LEBRON?

  • mj23

    eboy: Stop smokin that crack!! Heat have brighter days!! WTF!! Dwade’s gonna be 30, and BronBron is a choker who doesn’t show up for 4th quarters. The two cry babies got what they deserved, and I hope they never win a championship. The Cleveland curse is on!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    I never really understood the congratulations towards a team that will probably never read these comments, but to the fans here. I get that, so Mavs fans enjoy it. For a minute I was kinda sucked into the NBA LeBro 2011 but then I got back to the Finals, and what an amazing series it has been. Dirk is incredible, this whole team was great too watch. I do feel like LeBron let the basketball world down, I was expecting greatness and I feel like I got an B- (he’s LeBron after all). Ofcourse the Miami Heat are going to have plenty of chances, but it’s not like this is new, he has failed before, so he already should have that feeling of revenge. It’s going to be a long waaaiiitttt until next season.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I think Cheryl is the lady of my dreams…

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Dirk and Jason…
    That is all.

  • http://hoopism.com airs

    hahah, @dark you can’t take eddie1 too seriously, and im pretty sure even he knows that.
    i find it amusing most of the time haha.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    So where does Dirk rank in all time PF’s? Higher than Worthy? Garnett? Barkley?

  • ThaWindy

    Should we still rethink the regular season MVP? I think not.

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Dirk is better than Worthy.
    Garnett is up for debate.
    In my opinion, Barkley is more naturally gifted. Dirk works harder.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    I like that reasoning Philo. Out of curiosity, who are your top 5 PFs in order?

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q37xJtuQ24w
    Mavs locker before this season.
    They really deserved this chip. I never gave up on them even in 2006. Hopefully they are back next year.
    Everybody that hates on a team that made it this far is stupid.
    Sad for Eboy but he now learnes what Mavs/Dirk fans had to stand in ’06.
    Heat will be nearly unstoppable next year with two or three little upgrades that Riley will pull.

  • HAMMER

    Congrats 2 Dirk, Kidd, Terry, Marion and the rest of the 2010-2011 NBA CHAMPION DALLAS MAVERICKS. No doubt well deserved. And I wonder what Cubes has in store of instead of rings as he said last night. Pendants? Watches? Its gonna b interesting what he comes up with

  • http://bugmarley.com Bug Marley

    ‘Grats Tyson and Predrag! from a Hornets fan who can’t stand Cuban and the Mavs.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Thanks Speedy. Appreciate it. But I’m really not sad. Not even disappointed. Angry at some poor decisions made throughout the season and the way Spo wouldn’t change his rotations. Angry at the poor effort by Wade and Lebron in the last few games of the series. They took the series for granted and were awarded with nothing. But….I never had them winning a title in their first series together. I was actually surprised they got to the Finals after beating two teams (Bulls/Celts) that had their number. That to me showed a ton. Basically, they can take care of the East for as long as they’d like it with a few additions. The West will be wide open again. Hopefully the lockout won’t occur and rob all of us of the game we all enjoy.

  • bull22

    FIRST OF ALL CONGRATS TO THE DALLAS MAVERICKS, THE HEAT RUINED OUR SEASON AND BULLS FANS ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOU GUYS RUINING THE HEAT’S SEASON. AND BETWEEN NOW AND THE PARADE IN THE BIG DALLAS, ALL OF YOU WHO DISLIKE LEBRON’S ARROGANCY HAVE MY PERMISSION TO USE THE LEJOHN AND TAKE A ROYAL DUMP ON THE MIAMI HEAT AND SOME OF THEIR OBNOXIOUS FANS!!!! HAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHHAH

  • bull22

    THE MIAMI HERALD “FLAMEOUT”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • showtime

    Congratz to D-town…#SouthdallasswaG.but the haters can have they day. because their not gonna be to many more years like this. Rings will soon come for the Kings.

  • bull22

    LABRON 23

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Dallas was the best team in the league. Anyone who focus’ on the Heat for losing is just a hater. Dallas earned the title, the Heat didn’t give it away. LeBron is 26, this does nothing to his “legacy” in the grand scheme. — Also, Miami over-achieved, they didn’t under-achieve. Everyone like Bull22 who is hating, I hate to break it to you, that Miami team is only gonna get better. While yours is, well, handicapped by the salary cap.

  • Overtime

    Congrats to Darksaber. Unlucky to Eboy and Cheryl, but probs for putting up with more than any other fan on this site this season. You’re basketball minds and dedication to your team is more than commendable.

  • AQWORD

    word to nbk

  • Overtime

    And to the players. I couldnt be happier J-Kidd has a ring,if anyone deserved one, its him. Dirk…Dirk just earned it, seriously. And personally, congratulations to Peja. Finally a King has a ring.
    Unlucky to Bibby and Howard, would have liked a Fab Fiver to finally get a ring.
    Class act by Cuban on the presentation too.

  • bull22

    iam not concerned about next year right now….. TODAY AND ALL DAY WE SHALL DINE ON LEBRON!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    @Caboose:
    I really have to think about that one. But, off of the top of my head, I would have it like this;
    Barkley, Malone are 1a, 1b.
    Duncan.
    Garnett.
    Dirk.
    Now, that list may change in an hour. lol

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    This definitely affects LeBrons legacy. Doesn’t have to be negative. If the Heat make the finals next year and he plays great, he will go through the exact same ‘retribution’ phase Dirk has gone through this time around.
    Lebrons 8.9 point drop-off from the regular season to the finals is the biggest ever.

  • bull22

    LONG LIVE THE ANTI-JORDAN!!! (2-8 record in finals, so unlike jordan) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • Jamaal87

    Hey Eboy,

    Karma is a B*tch!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    What was Jordan’s record in the ECF before he finally won one? -smh- Jordan and LeBron’s legacy at the same age (26) was the same. THey both would “never be great,” “can’t win a title” you people are f’n retarded if you think this season decides anything about LeBron’s career. This series just showed LeBron doesn’t have a “go-to” offensive gameplan, something he can use when things aren’t going his way, that is what is missing from his game. And he needs to find it. Props to AllenP for recognizing how reliant LeBron is on his jumper earlier then everyone else.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    nbk constantly with excuses for someone who claims he’s not a fan of Lebron. You picked Miami to steam roll Dallas and have used the fact that Kobe has lost twice in the finals against him.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Actually I picked Miami to win in 7. ANd I said I wouldn’t put money on it. And what excuse am I making? LeBron was inexplicably horrible last night. Well actually not inexplicably, he was clearly thinking himself out of being the player he should. Has no “go-to” offensive moves. Why can’t you guys focus on what is actually relevant, the basketball portion of all this. — oh yeah, you must hate, life is not fun when your objectively look at things.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Deciding anything about his career and affecting his legacy are completely different things. Losing this year does not been he is pre determined to win next year, or never win, but you can be sure that if he does win next year, part of his legacy will be going through a summer of heart break to come back and win his first of many the next year.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Kap I use nothing against Kobe. I have nothing against Kobe. I do however, speak up when people OVERRATE players. I’ll do this about any player, it just so happens there are so many Laker fans and band-wagoners around that Kobe is a constant topic. And with the Laker fans comes LeBron hate, so logically…..you people will overreact. like now

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    This affects his legacy bc people in the corner of Jordan, Kobe, and the other greats can always bring up this finals and show he timid he often look and how he kinda gave up on the biggest stage and the biggest games of his career to date. He had Dwade and Bosh and still came up short. They are not guaranteed to get back next year or ever again. Ask Penny Hardaway, John Stockton, Patrick Ewing bout that.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    When I say legacy I mean where he ends up all time. I don’t mean the story that leads to the end of his career. Ofcourse this will be part of LeBron’s career timeline, but when he retires, this series is not going to be the difference between LeBron finishing in someone’s top 10 and someone elses top 5. It won’t affect his legacy (for lack of a better word) at all.

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Its funny you say we overrate Kobe when you underrate him but at the same time overrate Lebron because of stupid statistics.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    How do I underrate Kobe? I have him right around 10th all time. — Right around where Slam Magazine has him (i don’t exactly remember where they put him) — Right behind Tim Duncan. — And how do I overrate LeBron? where do I rate him? (Hint: I don’t think he should be “rated” yet, he’s not even halfway through his career, he’s 26 years old). I am not one to rush to judgment.

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    I’m so so so happy for Dirk… he finally led his team to the promise land. First time a european leads his team to the chip being the best player overall. (sorry Parker, TD has always been the man in the Spurs) And also for Kidd, he deserved it as well, for all this years and still being so productive and decisive.

  • http://www.double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    thebiglead.com/index.php/2011/06/13/deshawn-stevensons-t-shirt-hey-lebron-hows-my-dirk-taste/

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    I apologize…I do think this series due to the hype will have a huge affect on his legacy. No one will ever forget these finals bc of the Heat so it will be hard to forget how he performed and what the ending result was. OAN: I’ve seen Kobe range from #3 to #9 on alot of folks’ top ten. Could Bron be the modern day Wilt?

  • G Diesel

    I remember saying before the finals began that whoever will lose between Dirk and LeQueen will be called a choker. I was criticized by some people on this board saying that Lebron has accomplished enough (Boston and Chicago series) to no longer be called a choker. My argument was that the NBA finals are a whole different animal.
    Well, I’m here to announce that Lebron is still a CHOKER, since he’s the biggest reason the HEAT lost this series.

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Did any one else see that statistic showing the great guards in their first 9 finals games? Whilst Bron is not close to Magic or Michael, he has still out performed Kobe statistically, even with his sub-par play this finals.
    Yeah, I know Kobe won two titles over his first nine final games.

  • MikeC.

    Congratulations to the Mavs and their fans. Great series, and I’m glad we didn’t end up having to deal with a game 7 ruined by potential suspensions. I sincerely hope that Lebron never ever ever realizes that physically, he’s a hybrid of Karl Malone and MJ. If Lebron ever gets serious about adding one post move, and one counter to that first move, things could get really nasty for the rest of the league. He’ll still be a prancing, preening front-running turd, but he’ll make coaches cry in their sleep.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Kap, I think Miami is so polarizing every season will have more hype then the last. Like Chicago before they won a title, every year they didn’t, every year they lost to the Pistons it was a more damning loss then the last. Until they finally broke through, then won a title, then 2, then 3, and everything that happened against Detroit just became part of the story.

  • All Day

    Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks! Well deserved!

  • http://slamonline.com Kap

    Kobe was 21 not 26. It was his fourth season in the League as well so keep reaching…

  • http://slamonline.com AllBall

    Reaching for what? I was stating the facts. I also mentioned Kobe won 2 titles during that span. I’m not getting into a Bron/Kobe debate. I don’t even know my own opinion on those two at this very moment, after such a wild unpredictable play-offs.

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    WORD on Eboys last sentence.

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    Bull 22 showing us all what childish, arrogant, ignorant really means.
    LeBron has the bigger stage but isn’t nearly on your level.

  • http://www.twitter.com/nflem41 Nicolas Fleming

    I could get fired today and I would smile all the way to downtown Dallas to pick out my spot for the parade.

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    Have fun Nicolas.
    I’m a little bit jealous.
    Lass die Sau raus!!!!!

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    And Eboy
    What I meant with sad is that guys are getting on a player that made the finals appearance possible with some superior play in the Conference Finals and then gets busted by media and analysts.

  • jk light

    Gruezi Darksaber
    sooo nice to get this win. I’ve been here on Slamonline for many years, defended Dirk after 06 and 07 against the likes of Khalid Salami and many more and stopped because some just don’t want to argue objectively.
    Now it feels sooooooooo great to see him win this title. Same with J-Kidd who is responsible for my usernameand who’s style I admired for as long as he is in the league. Got my J.Kidd jersey in 1996.
    As we have a lot in common (Love for the Slamonline, the Mavs and especially Dirk, Swiss Basketball, etc) how can I contact you besides on this website)

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    well-deserved. that’s all.

  • http://nicekicks.com meloman2.0

    EBOY??? EBOYY???

  • German Reignman

    and thanks to DARKSABER, our Swiss-Singaporean-Whatever for holding it down for Dirk and the Mavs since day one …. and the rearviewmirror can be a bit(h … the 2006 defeat and the first round exits suddenly are no longer shameful and soft but part of the struggle for greatness … as they say, hindsight is 29/20

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    shoutout to bull22 for being salty and whiny! i hope d.rose has a fun vacation lol and alot of ya’ll still calling lebron unclutch are mad bc he closed out your favorite team in the playoffs(g diesel).. no miami will be back in the finals for a couple of years.. even if wade’s 30 mj23

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    shoutout to bull22 for being a salty and whiny and alot of ya’ll still calling lebron unclutch are mad bc he closed out your favorite team in the playoffs(g diesel).. no miami will be back in the finals for a couple of years.. even if wade’s 30 mj23 and congrats mavs fans… slautes

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    slam why wont you post my comments

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    Congrat’s to Darksaber. If we lived in the same area drinks would be on me. Almost the entire planet was rooting for your team… Unfortunatley cause we wanted to see the Heat lose more so than watching the Heat win. Also and in turn, shout out to Eboy too, for being the only true Heat fan I know on this site… unless the rest of the league wises up and plays zone, you guys’ll probably go 82-0 next year. And my apologies to Jtaylor, it must suck to ride with such a self absorbed and overhyped loser; to respond to the media saying that ‘all my haters have crummy lives and personal problems cause mines isn’t and I don’t have any’ is WILD classless. Last time I checked I don’t wear a topless Yamaka/headband to cover my hairline, and there aren’t rumors that the 2 most important women in my life are being smashed by my colleagues at my job. Yikes.

  • Riggs

    @datkid: lol that argument is stupid, your team closed out other peoples teams yet what do they have to show for it? a shorter vacation.

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    I think the Mavs have tremendous upside with Butler and Roddy for next year. Won’t be a cakewalk but this might be their 2 yr window (think Rockets, Bad Boys) before a next dynasty show up. Not sure if that will be MIA (pun intended).
    Good thing for the Heat is that their shortcomings are glaring and they do need a guy like a Dalembert at the 5. But what they need most is a leader. Whether on the floor or on the bench. Tinkering with the roster to improve it is easier said than done. Spoelstra will not win them a championship. Lebron has gotten too accustomed to losing at the highest stage. I am a lot less optimistic about this Miami team and it’s characteristics than some of you. All I see is that the Mavs without changes can be ready again next year. The Heat not so much. As far as Leboy I agree with Dark when he said the psychological damage might set in permanently. It probably already has.
    Shoutout to professionalism, teamsport, humility and the media.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Interesting Philo, I’m kinda surprised Duncan isn’t your number one. I hate the rings argument, but those 3 Finals MVP’s gotta mean something right?

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    all i’m saying is that they got farther than alot of people really expected them to… and beat alot of people’s teams in the process. yeah lebron absolutley sucked… but we’ll be right back in the finals pretty soon.

  • supermaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan

    The Heats bought all the top players, the refs but a Championship Title is EARNED and you can’t buy a heart of a Champion!!!! How come Lebron always run away when losing in the Finals and never congratulate the opposing team, very unsportsmanlike!!!

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    After the trade dust settled there wasn’t a team that looked better on paper with the exception being the Lakers. The entire world gave Miami the odds to win it all on sheer talent (Eboy didn’t) and that’s why everybody rooted against them. My biggest disappointment with them is that they couldn’t even force a game 7. The Mavs progressively figured them out defensively as they did all the other teams throughout the entire play-offs and just kept playing their game offensively. Next year the Heat will seriously get bullied around in the East if they don’t toughen up their line-up.

  • bull22

    shout out to ALL of you who with ethusiasm for the game made the playoffs interesting, and sergio i did stick around until end of finals as i said. my last item on the agenda today, EBOY a few weeks ago told another fan we are taking final steps in our journey and without further adieu i think this is what he meant…… “THE FINAL JOURNEY” “THOU SHALL LEAD THIS HEAT ON THIS GLORIOUS JOURNEY,THOU SHALL PREPARE A BISCAYNE FEAST FOR YOU, THOU SHALL BE YOUR KING, COME WITH ME MY OBNOXIOUS MIAMI BRETHREN, TO TAKE THESE FINAL STEPS INTO MY ABODE, WHERE THOU IS THE KING OF THE MIAMI SEWERS”……….

    HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH

  • Ali

    @ Spaceship Jay ya killin’ em’. Do I hear “Ether” bumpin’ out
    of your speakers!

  • http://www.fiba.com Darksaber

    Wow, that was fast, Ryne.
    After Bull22′s overly long HAHA’s broke multiple comment threads, Slam fixed it in no time.
    Props.
    Had to laugh at German Reignman’s Swiss-Singaporean-Whatever line, yep life’s taken me around the globe. It’s a fascinating journey so far.
    Thanks to all older Slamfam commenters for your kind congratulations (though i had nothing to do with them winning), always surprised how many people read these comments AND remember old details. One of the reasons why my commenting style has mellowed out over the years.
    Anyway, good to see most of the Mavs-Freunde back here to celebrate.
    Shout out to GERMAN REIGNMAN, SPACESHIP JAY, BACKBOARD, OVERTIME, MYUNG, SPEEDY
    JK LIGHT (it’s been years, bro), and anyone who nearly shed a tear (yup, when Dirk headed for the tunnel, i was close to losing it) for their fav. Player and/or franchise….
    YOUR 2011 NBA CHAMPION DALLAS MAVERICKS.

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