Monday, December 19th, 2011 at 10:20 am  |  38 responses

Shawn Marion Demands to Be Addressed as ‘World Champion’

Shawn Marion is thrilled to finally have an NBA championship on his résumé, but feels as though him and the Dallas Mavericks are still not getting the respect they deserve. The Star-Telegram reports: “Now that he’s an NBA champion, forward Shawn Marion wants people to address him differently. ‘I want y’all to address me like that from now on — world champion,’ Marion said. Marion is upset that the national media has overlooked the defending world champion Mavs and don’t believe they have a chance of winning this season’s title. ‘We’ve gotten to the point where everybody started overlooking us and talking about everybody else and I kind of got [upset] about it,’ Marion said. ‘Y’all trying to take something away from us that we’ve worked hard for and we took. Everybody on this team has earned the right to be addressed as world champions, so everybody address us like that.’”

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  • ikfjasd

    nba champion? yes. world champion? no.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Then change your name to Shawn World Champion!
    Or get rid off the hair.

  • mytiman

    He’s actually right. But blame it on the lockout for stealing the Mavs’ thunder.

  • neaorin

    Huh. I didn’t realize the Mavs won the World Championship.

  • datu

    Wow, what an insecure dude..

  • MikeC.

    NBA Championship is not a World Championship.

  • datu

    Metta World Champion…

  • datu

    Metta World Champion

  • LA Huey

    Everybody should remember the ’95 Rockets. And Shawn should have mirrored Sheed’s ’04-’05 swagger because nobody’s feeling the Sisqo look.

  • Nick

    Pau Gasol and Co. won’t be happy about that…

  • Nick

    …if it was 5 years ago obviously!

  • Ryan D.

    You see his new hair doo? He looks like the drag version of Wesley Snipes in Demolition Man.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    They should not be called “World Champions”.. it should be “National Champions.” I understand why the NBA names it “World,” because it’s a marketing tool, and it sounds attractive. But, lets be real, it’s National championship.

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

    Chris Brown is on the Mavericks now?

  • http://tempdog1 Tempest

    Hahaha what a tosser

  • LA Huey

    GP23, when did the USA annex Toronto? “NBA Champions” if fair but let’s be real: there’s no squad in the world that could beat last year’s Mavs.


    In other news, Robert Horry would now like to be addressed as 7-Time NBA Champion Robert Horry.

  • riggs

    I think it should only be called World champion when the US wins the olympics.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Ok then, 29 teams in the US, and 1 in Canada. Still, that’s only North America. (Canada is practiaclly the US anyway). “NBA Championship” is more suitable. However, I agree with you on the Mavs thing. No team outside the US could beat them, nobody.

  • LA Huey

    Tyson Chandler wants the distinction of being called “World NBA Champion”

  • C Da Tyrant

    my man ego trippin’.

  • mike

    Give it up to Shawn “world champ” Marion. Yall can stop hating on his and the Mavs success as champions. There is no other team in the world outside of the U.S. that could have beat dwyane wade, lbj, and chris bia, bia

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujL1Ur9dXqE&feature=related nbk

    It’s world champion. Because it’s the best league in the world, with the best players from every country in the world. Just because the teams are stationed in the US & Canada doesn’t change that.

  • gubbins

    Until there’s a basketball world cup you’re not world champions. Of course the NBA is the best league with best players, by far! That said, in theory a team from Russia or Spain or wherever could beat an NBA team in a 7 game series, but they don’t get the chance as it is a NATIONAL basketball association. Isn’t NBA champs enough??

  • goattree

    If it is the best league in the world, then prove it!

    I’d love to see the Mavs take on the best team from Europe. Granted they’d mop the floor with the Euro’s (and guys who cant make the NBA), but then the “World Champions” moniker would finally be justified.

  • bike

    Why stop there? Why not Champions of the Universe?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    The best team in Europe would have trouble with the best college team in the US. You can argue with me if you want. I’ll entertain you. But it’s pretty clear the best european team, even if you took all of the best players in europe and made an all-star team, wouldn’t compete with an NBA champion. Assuming they find some type of median rule system.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Panathinaikos (Euroleague champs) would beat any team in Div 1 college Basketball, no question.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I’m pretty sure CSKA was the best euroleague team, and they’re best player is Nenad Krstic. Panthinaikos plays Nick Calathes like 30MPG lol, they aren’t f*ckin with any NBA team. And they wouldn’t necessarily win every game against the best D-1 teams, like Kentucky and UNC, which have more talent.

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    c’mon nbk – what does the NBA actually stand for? That should be enough to answer any doubts about the legitimacy of calling yourself a world champion.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Bottom line is, the best leagues in the world are-
    1. NBA
    2. Euroleague
    3. NCAA Divison 1
    4. No idea….

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    World Champion is Team USA, as seen last year at the World Championship. Marion has the right to be called Champion though.
    And I could see Barcelona beating the best in the NCAA any day.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He should be asked to be called professional world champion then if “world champion” is the problem for y’all. The real issue should be him asking to be called champion at all. His team won the “world championship” not him. The NBA is clearly the world’s best professional basketball league. Country based teams are not considered professional teams, they are/were representatives for their country. Being as how we always win those tournaments when our best players are involved, it is also only logical to call the best professional team in our country the best professional team in the world.

  • doyouwantmore

    Shawn Marion’s tiny inflatable ego unfortunately makes me question the size and effectiveness of his cajones. He has to be compensating for something. Remember when he asked SLAM to give him a cover and title it “Little Big Man”?

  • LA Huey

    Hursty, your argument is silly. If they have to stick to what they named their league, Toronto shouldn’t have been allowed in the Association, and Euro expansion cannot be considered. And if you guys want to get salty about technicalities, what do you say to Maccabi Tel Aviv and CSKA Moscow being members of the Euroleague?

  • mike

    I would love to see the NBA champs play the Euroleague champs in a best of 5 series to determine a true world champion. Until that happens or europeans stop entering the NBA the finals champ is the closeset thing to world champ for me. And Marion wanting an article entitled little big man has to do with his size and being able to average near 10 rebounds a game. Like Barkley was 6’4 but he was the round mound.

  • Justin G.

    Every team sport in North America calls their winner “world champion”. Why is everyone all of a sudden having problems with it now? Should we change World Series to North American Series too? It is unbelievable what some people choose to nitpick about

  • Andrija

    Last year some NBA teams lost games against European ones, it was before season, but it happens.
    And NCAA basketball? Young guys playing sport without a chance to play against experienced players.
    You can call it junior league, they do not have chance against any serious European team. They maybe have talent,
    But they lack all other things…