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Friday, June 28th, 2013 at 2:50 pm  |  61 responses

Dirk Nowitzki ‘as Close as it Gets’ to Hating the Miami Heat


For Dirk Nowitzki, the Miami Heat remain a thorn in his side. Having faced the South Beach boys twice in the NBA Finals, Nowitzki says his feelings haven’t softened. Per ESPN: “In life, I don’t really hate much,’ Nowitzki said Friday. ‘I’m an easygoing guy, but that’s probably about as close as it gets.’ The 2011 Finals MVP’s deep-seated bitterness toward the Heat date to the 2006 Finals, when Miami won the series in six games despite Dallas building a 2-0 lead, and Dwyane Wade later cited Nowitzki’s lack of leadership as one of the primary reasons the Mavs failed to win the championship. Five years later, with Jason Terry his lone teammate remaining from the 2006 Finals, Nowitzki and the Mavs got their revenge by beating the Heat in six games. […] Wade and Erik Spoelstra referred to this season’s Finals as ‘the toughest series that we’ve ever been in,’ which stoked Dallas’ disdain for the Heat. ‘Well, he might have preferred to say ‘the toughest series that we won,’ Nowitzki said. ‘Yeah, for sure, the way they fought that out in Game 7 was an unbelievable series, but we did get ‘em.’”

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  • Conor

    They made James look like a fool, in the process. Their zone was perfect (but their shooting display was not unlike Hailey’s Comet).

  • LakeShow

    My jaw was dropped while I watched them tear through the Lakers. I couldn’t believe the ghost of Peja Stojakovic was annihilating the team…

  • Guest

    This is wonderful

  • shockexchange

    Dirk should save his “hate” for Mark Cuban who blew up the team after they won the chip. Had they stayed together, they could have three-peated.

  • spit hot fiyah

    yak yak

  • playa
  • Clos1881

    Love it ready for next season already.

  • Jay

    As far as I can tell from bball reference, wade is the only player in Finals history to attempt 20+ FTs in back to back games. The only 2 other times this happened in the playoffs was malone in 95 and west in 65. The # of phantom fouls called in those last 2 games was a flat out joke. Heat weren’t deserving of that championship at all.

  • Jay

    *since 63-64

  • Gman

    There was also the fact he was so fast noone could guard him…. everything looked like a foul.

  • MUBWAR

    hahahaha i hope thats one your sarcastic comment shock. three-peat? haha

  • OfftheWall87

    Dirk, you beat them in 2011. Let it go bro.

  • KingBenjamin

    Three peat? You’re an idiot.

  • shockexchange

    Who was going to beat them? The Mavs walked through a murderer’s row in the Western Conference and orchestrated “The LeBron Rules … Keys to Stopping LeBron James” to the letter in order to take the cake. They also had DeShawn Stephenson, “The LeBron Stopper,” in full effect.

  • MikeC.

    That series was a joke. I had no horse in that race and came out hating the Heat. Wade got so much help from the refs, it was comical. I don’t even count that as a championship that even exists. The officiating was so preposterously bad, it can’t even be called a joke.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange is ‘gon give you a pass cause you obviously don’t know who you’re talking to.

  • tru_cru

    I don’t blame him for being salty about that 06 loss. That was a prime example of how the refs can influence the outcome in games.

  • KingBenjamin

    I’m not talking to you I’m writing to you idiot, you’re an idiot named Shock Exchange who refers to himself in 3rd person, you’re a reject.

  • grgeblck

    Try to win atleast one more time to show that your championship wasn’t a fluke.

  • Alien Johnson

    The comment about San Antonio being the toughest series Miami had faced wasn’t in 2011, it was said a week ago. Dirk is just reminding them that the toughest series was the one they lost to the Mavericks. If I was them, I’d want to block out the beast mode beat down Dallas put on me, too.

  • juanghettocruz

    dirk shut up. u think ur really great and tough guy coz u won a single ring in ur long boring career. go back to germany and start bring back the NAZI again then ur be recognize tough… lol

  • Royce

    Man put down the pipe…

  • vINSANITY

    Is he also gonna get mad at “these are the biggest free throws of his career” and other dumb ish people always say in the NBA

  • OfftheWall87

    Also have to remember how many jumpshots he took and made from the free throw line and elbow area with hands in his face and with no hands in his face. The best teams wins series. If a team deserves to win a series, they win it.

  • OfftheWall87

    I know when the comment was made. Dirk can’t tell Wade and Spo what they meant to say. If that’s how they feel, that’s what it is. I’m sure they don’t need to be reminded of 2011. Everyone who dislikes the team reminds them of 2011 often.

  • OfftheWall87

    Wade’s FGs during the 4 games Miami won in a row: 14-26, 13-23, 11-28, 10-18. Dirk’s FGs in those same 4 games: 9-20, 2-14, 8-19, 10-22. He got horribly outplayed by Wade in those 4 games. If we’re going to talk about free throws, let’s talk about everything else including Wade outplaying Dirk just as Dirk outplayed him and LeBron in 2011.

  • shockexchange

    Having the Shock Exchange respond to you is the most attention you’ve ever gotten on this site. You’re welcome.

  • shockexchange

    If the Mavs had stayed together, Jay-Z would have written an entire “diss album” after DeShawn Stephenson – “The Kang Slayer” – finished putting the hurt on LeBron. “Who you callin’ over-rated? Blow the whistle.”

  • danpowers

    not getting his jokes doesnt really make you look smarter ;)

  • danpowers

    dirk should chill, he gave them a whooping when the whole world was watching. no need to have hard feelings on them.
    most fans even take away from the heats 2006 finals performance because of the questionable officiating. that makes his finals record against the heat something like 1,5 – 0,5.

    no matter how many titles that heat team wins, he will always be remembered as the dragon slayer, no hate needed.

  • danpowers

    try to accomplish anything close to an nba championship then come back and talk sh*t

  • Dagger

    Well, the big three Heat was in its first season together. The team was worse than it is now, and it played very differently. Not only did James barely show up, but the Heat were dealing with expectations and a level of hatred that I don’t think anybody on the team fully anticipated. The circumstances were ripe for a collapse, although the Mavs certainly had a hand in that (Dirk especially). I don’t think today’s version of the Heat would lose to the Mavs of 2011.

    In short: the Spurs can still be the toughest team the Heat ever faced, and have given them their most challenging series, even though the Mavs won in 2011. Those are not mutually exclusive statements.

  • Dagger

    Hate to say, but that free throw issue is so overstated. This video provides a good, balanced summary of game 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2zonUdXJkQ.

    Were there some phantom calls? Sure, but that’s certainly not why the Mavs lost the series. The biggest issues for the Mavs, as I recall, were sketchy rebounding and really problematic defense. Remember, Dampier and obviously Dirk started at the 5 and 4. Good luck protecting the paint with those two.

  • Alien Johnson

    The Mavericks threw multiple beat downs on more than just the Heat. James didn’t show up for a reason, which is the same reason Wade was also invisible in crunch time. I also recall everyone saying ‘Kobe, who?’ and having a ton of Gasol excuses lined up during that post-season run, as well. Too bad the Lakers had only been together for that season.

  • Alien Johnson

    We can only go off of what Wade and Spo actually said and if Dirk feels like reminding them of something they would rather block out of their minds, that’s what it is. It doesn’t matter when something happened, reality doesn’t operate on a time scale.

  • OfftheWall87

    He won against them when everyone expected them to lose. No one needs to be reminded of anything. Again, the Heat didn’t forget 2011 because it’s what everyone brings up when rational people talk about them winning the past 2 championships.

  • OfftheWall87

    The Mavs only have 1 championship. Since Nash left, they lost in the 2nd round in 2004-2005. Lost in the 1st round in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008. Lost in the 2nd round in 2008-2009. Lost in the 1st round in 2009-2010. Swept out of the 1st round in 2011-2012 and didn’t make the playoffs this season…so who did they put multiple beat downs on? If they consistently lost in either the 1st or 2nd round besides the season they won the title, that means they weren’t beating down anyone. Even with Nash, they never made it past the 2nd round.

  • Alien Johnson

    Who swept the Lakers and had multiple comeback wins against a fully healthy OKC that included James Harden? No, it wasn’t Miami.

    The Mavericks went to 6 games against San Antonio and 4 of those games were without Dirk. It was Shawn Bradley against Tim Duncan and David Robinson and it still went to 6 games. Lol!

  • Alien Johnson

    No one expected Miami to lose. Everyone talked about how Dallas didn’t have chance against the #1 defense of Miami and all the media was talking about was how the Super Friends were just going to walk right up to the trophy.

    When someone says ‘this was our toughest series’ when they conveniently forget about being roasted by a bunch of old guys 2 years earlier, a little reality check is in order. Like Dirk said, this past series was the toughest series that they won.

  • KingBenjamin

    LOL sure bud.

  • OfftheWall87

    You misunderstood. Dirk won when everyone expected them to lose, not Miami.

  • shockexchange

    “Thank-you Mr. Shock Exchange” would be more appropriate.

  • OfftheWall87

    Multiple beat downs against a team means you’ve beaten them more than once in the playoffs. The Mavs haven’t beaten a team multiple times in different seasons in the playoffs. Notice I mentioned the championship season already. One postseason they got past the 2nd round and won a title because of LeBron losing confidence in his game and Dirk going off along with their shooters. Going 6 games and losing isn’t a beat down at all…it’s a loss lol. So why is that important at all? And those games without Dirk? That team included Steve Nash and Michael Finley who was a star player at that time. So it was Nash and Finley against Robinson, Duncan, Parker and Ginobili…not Bradley against Duncan and Robinson. And they played 3 without Dirk, not 4.

  • pposse

    a Heat apologist; hahaha that team deserves zero apologists amongst the 7 billion people in this world.

  • Dagger

    I think it’s hard for you to see the Heat objectively, considering your other posts about them.

  • pposse

    thats bs…you try and bring up the point that they were in their first season together..well in their first season they got to the finals. If you get to the finals it should be viewed as a disapointment if you lose; they lost hence it was disapointing. The difference from that point…Lebron sought advice from a sport psychologist. Thats the rumor and there are plenty of examples that this is the reality. I commend the man for getting help and i fully believe this is the case, just look at the way he’s been taking deep breaths in pressure situations on the bench, never was this done in the past; he didn’t all of a sudden develop this routine without real help. He’ll never admit this though.

    Why should Dirk not feel any differently than what he stated. He’s a competitor, no one is even bringing up the fact that both Wade and Bron mocked him during that finals when he was sick. All three of those guys were in their prime. He doesn’t like the Heat and they don’t like him; they conveniently overlooked the beat down they received from them. Its the truth.

  • Dagger

    All of that is nice, but you realize that except for your last two sentences you aren’t responding to any of my points, right? None of the rest of your post invalidates anything I said. In fact, I agree with a lot of what you wrote.

    As for those last two sentences: I outlined why I didn’t think the Heat conveniently overlooked their loss in 2011. You’re free to disagree, but it helps to support your points with more than “it’s the truth.”

  • Lloyd

    That team isn’t together anymore to defend whether it was a fluke or not. That’s out of Dirk’s control.

  • pposse

    no coach would ever admit that the toughest series they ever played was one in which they lost. I get that, I get where Wade and Spo are coming from when they leave out the Mavericks series.

    Dirk has valid points, he’s a superstar in his own right and uses these silly quotes to make headlines in the offseason and motivate himself. He also im my opinion did a good job of ‘big brothering’ Wade in this instance. Gave him a fair warning not to overlook the him and the Mavs. He did it in a non tacky way and said what he had to say.

    Would today’s version of the Heat lose to the Mavs? Probably not, but today’s version of the Heat is directly correlated from the defeat Dirk handed them. There is no evidence for Lebron’s new ‘habits and routine’s', that Lebron himself has been quoted so much talking about in the past 2 years, would have developed. No reason why he would seek outside counseling.

  • Alien Johnson

    No, multiple beat downs means sweeping the champs, beating a lightning fast OKC, and then beating the Super Friends with 3 consecutive wins to close out the series. That’s 12 beat downs that were supposed to be guaranteed victories for Mavs opponents. The Mavs took those wins, though, and they didn’t luck out and get to capitalize on injuries like the Spurs have since 1998.

    Sure, Dirk has played alongside tons of stars in his career. In fact, they’ve been named to a total of 6 All-Star teams while playing with him, and two of those were as injury replacements. Kidd was chosen because the All-Star game was in Dallas, and if my memory serves me correctly, Josh Howard’s selection was as a replacement of a replacement. That would make him the only 4th string All-Star in the history of the NBA. I tell ya, Dirk’s teams have been as loaded as Boston, LA, Miami, and San Antonio. How else could they have gotten so deep into the playoffs? Lol! When Brandon Bass or Danny Fortson is your backup center, victory is assured!

    You keep saying the Mavs have only gotten past the 2nd round once, but believe it or not, the Mavericks actually went to the finals with Erick Dampier manning the paint. They’ve also beaten the Spurs in the playoffs, twice…with Erick Dampier starting at center. If you don’t know who Erick Dampier is, he was that big bald guy that sat at the far end of Miami’s bench while Dirk and Co. were schooling the Super Friends. He wasn’t good enough to step on Miami’s floor, but he started next to Dirk for 6 years. That’s playoff success waiting to happen! Lol!

    I meant 3 games not 4. I was in a hurry to get to work.

  • Alien Johnson

    They won the last two championships against teams the Mavericks have already beaten in the playoffs. In fact the Mavericks are the only team to have beaten championship caliber versions of LA, Miami, OKC, and San Antonio in the playoffs. Basically, if Miami were to beat LA, OKC, and San Antonio in the finals they wouldn’t have done anything the Mavericks haven’t already done.

  • OfftheWall87

    The Heat just won back to back championships…something the Mavs haven’t done.

  • Alien Johnson

    The Mavs beat the winners of four out of the last 5 championships and last years 2nd place finisher, all in one post-season. Miami has never done that.

  • OfftheWall87

    Miami’s been to 3 straight Finals…Dallas has never done that. They missed the playoffs this season and got swept out of the playoffs in the first round last season. People like holding on to things too long. Recent history, Miami has been to 3 straight Finals and won 2 of them. And if we’re going to go back over the past decade, I’ll take the team who’s won 3 championships and been to 4 Finals over the team with 1 championship and a bunch of first round and second round exits.

  • Alien Johnson

    Miami plays in the East. The real test is in the West. Most years you can play 2 rounds of Finals quality opponents just getting to the finals. It takes much more energy and intensity to make it to the finals in the West. Just ask KG. Wait…

    Enjoy your big fish in a little pond. Maybe next year they can fight their way out of 2 paper bags on their way to the finals. Lol!

  • grgeblck

    They even missed the playoffs. Most people will say Dirk was injured. Oh well.

  • OfftheWall87

    If the real test is in the West, then why have the last two championships gone to the East? Shouldn’t the West be able to beat the East if it’s supposedly easier to do so?

  • Alien Johnson

    You actually have to earn your way to the finals in the west. It doesn’t take much energy for an East super team to fight their way out of a wet paper bag, so they have much more mental and physical gas left in the tank. Detroit, Boston and Miami are the only 3 teams the east has produced over the past 15 years that could hang with the west, and Boston and Miami had to become super teams in order to make the cut. I mean, come on, dude, the Cavs we’re swept in the finals in 2007. LMFAO!

  • OfftheWall87

    If you beat 3 teams 4 out of 7 times in the playoffs, regardless of the conference, you’ve earned your way to the Finals. Don’t be stupid.

  • Alien Johnson

    Of course you earn your way to the finals in the east by beating 3 western conference 10th seed equivalents, 4 out of 7 times. Beating 3 teams with only 38, 45, and 49 wins, mostly against spectacular eastern conference teams, is hard work for a super team. The Super Friends were running on fumes half way through the ECF!

  • Peja Stojakovic

    I just hit another three against the Lakers, and its 2013

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