Dallas Wins NBA Title…LeBron’s Off-Season Plans

I swear this post was going to only reference the new NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks.  In my defense over a month ago I was soliciting Mark Cuban to use his TV show to help convince the national media the Mavs were worth their attention…which they were not getting even after sweeping the Lakers.

Dallas’ 105-95 win last night to clinch the series 4-2 was as surreal as it was…eventually… definitive.  Dirk Nowitzki was 1 of 12 at halftime…and the Mavericks were still up 53-51.  While he was sputtering, the rest of the team was shooting over 60%…led by Jason Terry’s 8 of 10.  Terry scored the last 10 points of the first half for the Mavs, who even had a 12 point lead at one point.

The Mavericks came out of the locker room resolute…won the third quarter by 7…and that was pretty much that.   Miami got within 4 with 10 minutes left but JJ Barea promptly drilled a key 3-pointer to maintain a healthy margin…which once again ballooned up to 12 at one point before the final buzzer.

This post should only be about the Dallas Mavericks who many analysts picked…when asked which first-round NBA Playoff favorite was most likely to be beaten.  They kept their veteran focus and maintained their collective professionalism in spite of the critics…even after a historic collapse in Portland within that first-round…and went about their mission to win a long-elusive Championship.

However…I am forced to mention LeBron James here as well.

I was determined to not bring up when the score was 95-87 down the stretch…and it was clear Miami was in complete and total disarray…he caught not one but two passes in a possession and threw them both back so fast it looked like a game of “hot potato.”  He had no interest whatsoever in determining the Heat’s fate.

I was determined to not bring up a comment issued on Twitter from his account after the game which said, “The Greater Man upstairs know when it’s my time.  Right now isn’t the time.” I pray that was in reference to Heat President Pat Riley, because Pat…not God…cares how many titles LeBron gets.

No, what I didn’t count on and am forced to mention about LeBron James is this…

“All the people that were rooting me on to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life they had before.  They have the same personal problems they had to today.  I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want with me and my family and be happy with that.  They can get a few days or a few months or whatever the case may be on being happy that not only myself, but the Miami Heat not accomplishing their goal.  But they’ll have to get back to the real world at some point.”

I had decided some time ago to forgive James’ egocentric “Decision,” push his Miami Heat smoke machine/disco ball party shortly thereafter all to the sidelines…and truly give LeBron a chance to redeem himself in my eyes.

Not only did he pass off on that chance – as he passed off most of the time during these NBA Finals – I am now firmly convinced after his post-game comments the best way for me to view him is through the eyes of those who excuse his actions and words with “well, he’s just a 26-year-old kid.”

Yes, I am completely convinced that is the best way for me to view LeBron James now.  He’s just a kid Regardless of all his fortune you can clearly see and hear…he’s…just…a… kid.

Way to man up, Mavs.  Mission accomplished.


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7 Responses to Dallas Wins NBA Title…LeBron’s Off-Season Plans

  1. So glad the Mavs and Dirk Nowitzki finally got their championship. Its funny how this series was a “good” versus “evil” showdown. My faith in the Universe and justice has been restored, a guy who has stuck with his team through good and bad, worked hard, and paid his dues, wins and the whiny, ego-maniacal, spoiled, pretty much has never had to work for anything guy gets shut down. And his post game comments are just ridiculous. He clearly lives in his own “King world.” Good post!


    • LSON, we certainly did have our Heroes and Villians all picked out for us ahead of time! It is ironic the Mavs got their title against Miami, and especially Dirk finally winning a ring with all the fuss surrounding the stars of the Heat trying to get theirs. I truly did set all that stuff aside about James and his new team as the season went along…and just focused on the basketball itself. But after seeing him both on and off the court in these Finals, I sadly think my impressions last summer were justified after all.


  2. FireDannyAinge says:

    SPARE ME. Dirk stayed with the money. I should shut up now. I need Karma on my side tonight but I’ll be damned if Dirk is this saint all the Lebron haters are making him out to be.

    Wade said before that this years heat reminded him of the 05 Heat. That makes next years heat the 2006 heat.

    It’s 8 o’clock. Time to be good:)

    P.S.- Wife beaters are evil not good. jason Kidd winning a title is bad karma.


    • FDA, you could have gone viral bad on your comment cause you needed no Karma last night for your beloved Bruins. That was a lock! Note about Jason Kidd’s history duly and respectfully noted.


  3. toosoxy says:

    Yeah. Okay.
    But did you see Dirk’s arms?
    I mean, of course you did. How could you not?
    I wonder what Dirk’s arms are doing this summer.
    good versus evil?
    miami is not evil.
    we have the parrot jungle. parrots, see, do not live in evil places.
    i might try to watch more basketball next year.
    or. um. i might just move back to miami?
    or. um.
    use my newfound knowledge of d-wade and c-bosh to score more free drinks at a bar?
    you know. something.
    um. go lebron james?
    26 is not a kid! i am 27. of course, i am at work and i am using work time to type a super long comment on a sports blog.


    • TooSoxy, too funny on that last line about using work time to type a super long comment…I am glad you took ALL the time you wanted. Age is just a number…and I think some people are “younger” than their age and others “older.” What it really is about IMHO is experiences. And what I cannot understand is…how James only seems to go “backwards” from his experiences and not forward? Miami is certainly not evil. I have “met” many folks through this site who live in Miami and seem like really cool, decent folk. That being said, because of LBJ they unfortunately have been saddled with the most hated team in all of sports…though I know you have another team in mind!


    • If you notice my quotations, the good/evil thing was clearly metaphorical. I mean, some people probably classify Mark Cuban as “evil.” (Probably more like crazy.) But I think sportsattitude is right and it was pretty clear with this match-up (unless you’re a Miami fan) people had their idea of “good guys” and “bad guys.” (See the quotations there?) Lebron James has such an amazing natural talent and sometimes when people have that they take it for granted, and they assume everything else will come as naturally and easily, but doesn’t. Perhaps that is where the “kid” aspect comes in, learning it doesn’t come so easily. Just my two cents.


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