NBA Finals 2010-2011: The Mavs of Destiny

The Boys in Blue have vanquished the Reds.

So it is finally over the Dallas Mavericks who probably few if any outside of Texas and Charles Barkley picked to win the NBA Finals are now NBA Champions and has done much to erase the hard memories of the 2006 Finals. This was a story that you could never pass off in fiction, I said it before it is hard to make a real underdog and this year an Underdog did win it all when they had to contend in the stronger Western Conference and face off against the team just about every one believed would win. I just wanted to gush about sports once again because THIS is the kind of drama that media and anime want but rarely achieve. The Mavericks proved themselves to be Mavs of Destiny and came out the Winner. Glory to the Mavericks and may Commissioner Stern Long remember the bitterness of having to hand Mark Cuban the Trophy. Thanks to my mates at sccsav who wanted to witness the Mavericks claim righteous revenge.

On paper the Dallas Mavericks should not have gotten to the Finals, the Portland Trailblazers should have taken away their jump shot and should have won that series when the Mavericks lost a double digit lead. At that point anyone with a grasp of the NBA thought that the Mavericks would get bounced in the playoffs like they had for most of their history. Ever since they blew a 2-0 lead against the Miami Heat in 2006 they were labeled as choke artists that they could only succeed in the regular season, but this year it was different. After banishing the Trailblazers who were favored to win the Mavericks were slated to be swept by the Lakers who had destroyed them in the regular season, but the Laker Championship Armor was in disrepair. When the Mavericks swept the Lakers it was because the Lakers gave up, that the Lakers broke down, that the Lakers had bad matchups, and few if any felt that Dallas had much to do with that win.

When they came across the up and coming Thunder which was made up of mostly 22-21 year old players, the old veterans of the Dallas Mavericks were supposed to be out run. The Mavericks were the oldest team left in the playoffs and they were older than the recently vanquished Lakers, and were this Gundam they would have been trashed. Old men rarely ever win in fiction but here it was a team of old veterans who had worked for most of their careers to win a championship, there was only one NBA All-Star on their roster and one that was the face of the 2006 failure. For most of their roster on the face of it their best years were behind them, they were not getting any younger and this was to be their last chance and slim chance at that. However a curious thing happened when the young guns of the Thunder were outmaneuvered by the veteran Mavericks who were not intimidated even when they were down 15 points with minutes to go.

It was to be the theme of the Mavericks slow starts and getting lead by double digits often with minutes left to go in the final quarter. They may have been on the losing side when it came to being NBA Champions year after year after year, but this year they were in a brotherhood of losers who had always been the bridesmaids but never the bride. They were considered to be “soft” that you could push them around and they would fold, pretty much the entire league felt that way, but they had taken a chance one of the few young men on their roster in Tyson Chandler who did prove to be the tank player they needed. Every team they played since the Trailblazers were more talented and many times younger than they were yet the Mavericks would find a way to win in the end.

Looking at this team you could easily make the case that the roster was full of old men, unproven players, undrafted players, and one that only had one superstar talent. To make things worse the team was coached by a man who looked like Jim Carey and was owned by a guy that had a very antagonistic relationship with the Commissioner and the referees. On the face of it the Mavericks did not look like winners and when they somehow made it to the NBA finals they were once again supposed to be swept by the Miami Heat who had two of the best players on the planet in Dwane Wade and LeBron James with another All-Star Talent. The Miami Heat was the opposite of the Mavericks they were the favorite to win there was no question as to their talent, and the strength of their front office headed by an NBA Legend. The Heat had vanquished the Celtics and the Bulls and looked certain to start their dynasty this year as they stated in their Championship Parade back in July of last year. James was so bullish about their championship success that he went on to promise a dynasty of 8 seasons.

It was not to be for the talented Heat who lost to a group of aging veterans. Still it seems that the Basketball Gods have special providence for old men this year. Unlike the Miami Heat the Dallas Mavericks were a team was a congregation of men that were closer to the end of their time than they were to starting it. Miami had three players who could single handedly win a game, and every series they played up to then was decided in 5 games, while the Mavericks struggled in their first series and were said to have been gifted their series against the Lakers. Miami was to be stronger, faster, and just flat out better. The Heat got valuable players back from injury while the Mavericks had lost an important scorer and an important rebounder. But then some of the Mavericks who had seen very little play time went out and played hard, even the balding doughy Brian Cardinal who looked out of shape was able to contribute to the Mavericks victory. In the end the team of old men who few picked to win it all became Champions over the team that was “destined” to be the face of the NBA for years to come.

There were plenty of story lines since it was the Heat who took it upon themselves to build their own super team, promise a dynasty, and telling their front running, bandwagon “fans” that it was going to be easy. When they got the Dallas Mavericks as their last stepping stone they felt it was no contest as no team since 1994 was a team with three NBA All-Stars defeated by a team with just one. After all it was Dirk Nowitzki who had five years ago choked away a lead against them. The Mavericks old veterans included: Jason Kidd who was long mocked as having no jump shot and was the oldest player left in the league, Shawn Marion was usually out of shape and was to guard LeBron, Dirk was to face the man who had wrecked him in the past, and Jason Terry was to be shut down by a premier defender in LeBron on the offensive end. What youth the Mavericks had included the likes of Tyson Chandler who had been bounced around the league and was usually on the injury list, and JJ Barea who was the smallest player in the series and was an undrafted player out of Puerto Rico which was not known for producing strong basketball talent. Most daunting of all was that LeBron’s self-proclaimed nemesis, DeShawn Stevenson, from his days in Cleveland was still making questionable decisions on the court with stupid fouls. So it was to be that a bunch of old men and squires was to face the dreaded three headed Heat Hydra.

When things were tied 2-2 things looked bad for the Mavericks, Dirk was sick and struggling in Game 4, both their victories over the Heat were ones “given away” by the Miami Heat, but the team pulled together and won it handily. Game 6 was looking grim when Dirk was going 1-12 for shooting in the first half, but again the team pulled together and slammed the door crushing every ring finger on the Miami Heat and right in the face of the franchise that had humiliated them in 2006. The Jim Carey stand-in that they called coach outwitted the youngest coach in the NBA who had the backing of the Legendary Pat Riley, and was widely lauded as a defensive master. But Jim Carey had the guts to bench Peja Stojakovic who had a heavy hand in crushing the Lakers, benched Stevenson in favor of JJ Barea, and put in the doughy Brian Cardinal when his back-up center, the formidable Brendan Haywood was injured. In the end the former bench player who was widely likened as Jim Carey’s stunt double overcame the rising star of the coaching world.

The Championship win for the Dallas Mavericks makes plenty for BEST END. Dirk and Terry claim vengeance for their 2006 humiliation, Jason Kidd gets his first Championship after 17 years of struggles, Marion wielder  of the ugliest shot in the NBA becomes a champion after years of being regarded as a has-been, JJ Barea the undrafted player mocked for his short stature gets to be the face of the sweep of the Lakers, Stojakovic gets his vengeance on the Lakers who were gifted a win by the refs when he was still young, The Mavericks franchise finally gets one championship after decades of waiting, and most deliciously of all Cleveland gets the best closure for the drama of LeBron’s decision. Sports is never fair but on 6/12/2011 the team that was the scrappy underdog beat the team that threw themselves a Championship Parade before the first tip-off of the season. The hubris of the Miami Heat and their front running, fair weather fanbase gets slapped with bitter defeat from a team that they referred to as chokers and belittled ever since getting the better of them in 2006. America wins Miami loses, Just about every fan of the NBA outside of South Beach is glad that the Miami super-team will not begin their reign of terror this year.

Even if you care nothing for basketball the Dallas Mavericks have demonstrated that humiliations do not have to last forever, that revenge may come late but can be delicious all the same, that talent lazily spent is no substitute for hard work and heart, that old men can make one last glorious charge and win something that had eluded them for most of their lives, that shortcuts are never certain, and that it is only over when you decide to quit. So congratulations to the 2011 NBA Champions the Dallas Mavericks and their fans, the Stars and the Cowboys maybe struggling (the Cowboys rightfully so) but the Mavericks have made history this day. America loves you especially Cleveland. So ends a tale so grand, and so unbelievable that it can only be true, fiction wishes it was this great but at least we will be spared the Hollywood movie (unless the real Jim Carey makes a successful pitch to play Rick Carlisle). Much can and will be said of LeBron but you cannot call him a liar for he was right, as they won not, one, not two, just none. So to the few front running Miami Heat Fans enjoy your “not one” Championship, Sir Charles sends his regards for correctly picking the Mavericks to win in six despite all your asinine jeering during TNT coverage. I confess it feels real good to have the last laugh at you collective expense. So ends your disgusting whiteouts, out the door with minutes to go. Long may the Heattle nation arrive late, not pay attention, not know the rules, and quit early. At the time of Sir Charles made his prophecy he might have been wrong but right now I doubt it.

Such a memorable Finals, so let’s enjoy it since the lockout starts right after the draft.

Jason Kidd was pretty much the epitome of hard work, now he has graduated a champion. Also he did outwit the great Kobe Bryant and the Chosen One, LeBron.

The Jet was launching Itano Circuses all over the Lakers and the Heat, Maverick Missiles and Sidewinders were filling the air.

The Matrix not only "Reloaded" he brought about the collapse of reality to the point that Stevenson was making it rain and Brian Cardinal became a Hero.

The Mavs did it the hard way, year after year of failure they finally got one. This old Horse might not run as fast but it knew the way.

Action Dirk had a FEVER and the only prescription was MOAR COWBELL and a ring.

It was classic Red vs. Blue, the boys in blue won.

JJ Barea proved that size matters not, all HEART and NO QUIT. Such was the man who broke the back of the feared and fabled Lakers defense.

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23 Comments

  1. KabayanPilipino
    Posted June 13, 2011 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    what!? this is so shocking! I just woke up this day and I thought the LA Lakers won the NBA Championship! No! its the Mavs!

    well, congrats to Nowitzki and Kidd and the MAVS for their 1st ever NBA Champ.

    Next year, gonna be Rose and the Bulls! go Chicago! :D

    • Crusader
      Posted June 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

      Lakers not only got bounced they got bounced in Round 2 and were swept, and went out with so little class they surpassed the 1991 Piston’s walk off.

  2. KiPlus
    Posted June 13, 2011 at 5:31 am | Permalink

    I’m 12 and what is this?

    • Crusader
      Posted June 13, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Permalink

      Basketball.

  3. Posted June 13, 2011 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    Wow I no longer follow the NBA, so I had no idea so much was behind their victory as NBA champions. Those are names I truly recognize, and it feels good that the underdog, and veterans and All-Star players I knew from when I was still following the NBA finally got what they deserve. Congratulations to the Mavericks on winning this hard-earned and well-fought championship. May what you have done stuff a cog in the arrogant NBA players and show them what hard work, teamwork and effort really means.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Permalink

      Yeah the Mavs had plenty of guys who had been in the league for a long time, it was good to see them do it all the old fashioned way when most of them were treated as if their time had already passed. But as a Brotherhood of Ring-less Veterans they made good on their quest to claim a title when their youth had long since left them. In the end effort, heart, and camaraderie of a true team beat out the Heat who were banking solely on talent to carry them along with buzzwords.

      Even in terms of coaching there was a world of difference as Carlisle was constantly making adjustments win or lose while Spoelstra was playing catch up and losing.

  4. XIX
    Posted June 13, 2011 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Would you do a blog for the Canucks and the Bruins? I personally would love the nucks to win cause just like the mavs, they have never won a championship.

    NHL trophy > NBA trophy
    Hell, I even heard that they don’t make Stanley Cups every year O_o; Means their is only one.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 13, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

      I don’t know much about hockey and the NHL to make a good post all I do know is that the Bruins haven’t won the Stanley Cup since the 1970s and the Canucks have never won it. Other feeling despair over Luongo being awful on the road to being brilliant on home ice I am unqualified to really write about the subject.

      As for the Cup being better, different things have different values to different people. That being said there has only been on Stanley Cup which if memory serves me well was a punch bowl that was passed around the championship teams every year and is engraved with the names of members of the winning team. It’s a cool trophy with plenty of history but it’s only cool if you care about Hockey.

  5. SquareSphere
    Posted June 13, 2011 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    After seeing that abomination of a Gundam series Sunrise is planning to put out (seriously if the main pilot was any younger he’d still be in diapers), reading about old vets getting BEST END warms my heart.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 13, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Permalink

      Indeed screw these kids, they may run faster but they dash themselves against walls while old horses know the way around.

  6. Posted June 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    “Old Lesson for all: There are NO SHORTCUTS. NONE.”

    • Crusader
      Posted June 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

      NOT IN THEIR GARAGE!

  7. Posted June 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    Wait now what?! We do it all over again! YES!!

    • Crusader
      Posted June 13, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

      After the lockout sadly…

  8. ectholion
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    well what can i say the mavs earned it. well, here’s hoping for a better showing from the heat next season.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 14, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

      For your sake you better hope they show up period, because lockout is coming and it will mean lots of lost games because there are more teams losing money than making money.

  9. rage
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Now that the NBA finals are over they can make way for a glorious game seven between vancouver and boston. I expect overtime.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 14, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

      Game 7 the words that every sports fan will be interested in.

  10. Nitramy
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, Dallas Mavericks, for proving that Hard Work and Guts ultimately pays off in the end.

    With love,

    Takaya Noriko, Amano Kazumi and Ohta Koichirou

    • Crusader
      Posted June 16, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

      Indeed for Hard Work proved more useful than raw talent without the NO QUIT attitude to back it up.

  11. Posted June 16, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Reminds me of when merkatz puts the smack down on reinhards young admirals.

  12. Posted June 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Reminds me of when merkatz puts the smack down on reinhards young admirals. I note the distinct lack of rioting in Miami when they lost unlike in Vancouver.

    • Crusader
      Posted June 16, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

      I forget if Reinhard’s Bullpen of Admirals actually managed to completely disappear at some point. Still I remember that ass kicking but at least they showed up for said ass kicking.

      Rioting is generally bad but it shows that they at least care in Vancouver, Miami however… they just went home to cry and bitch on the internet when America won or went they with Erick Dampier to party with the Mavs in Miami after they won it all…

      Not sure which is more sad that Miami went to the Mavs victory party or that Vancouver went nuts when their chances were BRUINED.

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