The Dallas Mavericks are the 2011 NBA Champions, let that sink in for just a moment. This team was a team that everyone wanted to face in the playoffs, and everyone thought they would be an easy out. That is until Dirk Nowitzki showed up and proved that he is one of the best in the game.
The Mavericks became a franchise 31 years ago, and for the majority of those years, it has been a long road of pain and suffering. But last night those years of waiting and hoping all became a reality. Back in 2006 the Mavs thought they had it in their grasp, only to have it stolen from their hands.
This year you could feel the drive to finish the job. While players have come and gone, only Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry remained. There was a drive and a purpose with this team. Each game through the finals, you could just sense that they were going to find a way to win, but you feared the old luck at the same time.
While watching everyone celebrate and enjoy the fact that they just won a title, only thing missing was seeing Dirk out there, but he had to go have a private moment. Which is understandable after everything he has had to endure with this team. There can’t be anyone unhappy with the fact that Dirk finally got the ring he has deserved.
The moment that it really hit home that this was real was when I saw the original owner Don Carter and his trademark cowboy hat on stage to accept the trophy. That was a very classy move on the part of Cuban. While he isn’t always the most popular guy, he has found ways to do the right thing. Mark Cuban has always tried to better the Mavs, that no fan will ever bash him for being greedy.
There are some questions that will start to crop up as the celebration wears off, but those will be for another day. For now, Dirk, and Jason Kidd both got the ring that any basketball fan would say they deserved. This will be a championship that will be celebrated for a long time and I am sure that Cuban will find every way possible to include the fans at every turn.
In the end, there is a lot of emotion and joy in the fan base. And there was a lot of emotion and jubilation on the faces of the players and executives. But there is only one word that will send chills down the spine of everyone associated with the Mavericks. And that word is…