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No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:18 am

By Matt Moore

As much as everyone outside of the state of Florida may have wanted to enjoy watching the Heat as the Mavericks get their championship rings, it's not to be. Those interested in schadenfreude will have to settle for the Miami 3 watching the Mavericks' first championship banner be raised. 

WFAA in Dallas reports that Mark Cuban has informed them the Christmas Day season opener against the Heat will not be ring ceremony night for the Mavericks. It's customary for the first home game of the season to be ring ceremony night, but Cuban says that due to so many people likely having made other plans for Christmas in light of the ongoing lockout, he didn't want to leave them out. 

However, the banner will be raised to the rafters so fans can celebrate their championship team on their home floor for the first time. The Heat of course lost to the Mavericks in six games in last season's Finals.

The story should be about the Mavericks, but it will, as always, be about the Heat. How will they react watching the banner they were two wins away from obtaining be raised in front of them? Does it spell an omen or serve as motivation? Will it affect how they approach their first game of the season? A loss would leave the Heat 0-2 in season openers under the new Triad after last year's loss to the Celtics in Boston.

Either way, it's going to be a fairly brutal process for the Heat to sit and watch the title they nearly won be celebrated on their opponents' home floor. Great drama, just the thing to kick off the season with to start moving past the lockout.  

Since: Dec 3, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:34 am

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

It takes a "TEAM" to win we have seen it over and over again.. A couple superstars does not designate a team. Fock lebron and dwayde, and any other store bought teams!

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2011 12:09 am

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

That picture is GREATNESS!!! It will never get old for me. Dirk and the MAVS ARE THE CHAMPS!!!!

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 11:50 pm

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

I mostly agree with you, except for the fact that you put Horace ahead of Rodman on the list of very good players to play with Jordan. Rodman scored in Detroit... and chose to just rebound and play D in Chicago. He passed up layups all day in Chicago. Rodman is the greatest rebounder of all time (perhaps Barkley would be in the mention if you considered size and time-period), and one of the best defenders. I would honestly say that I believe the freakshow would take any team to a championship before Pippen would have (in other words, a better Robin than Pippen). Just give him credit, he was a beast.

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:49 pm

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

What's ridiculous is the fact that you think there is an analogy between the 90s Bulls and the present day Miami Heat. If you really do think that there's a direct comparison you are unbelievable.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are, at worst, two of the top 5 players in today's NBA. At their very best, respectively, they are two of the top 3. That has been a reality since at least 2 years before "the decision", it was a reality at the time of "the decision", and it will continue to be a reality for the better part of this next decade (decision decision decision, poopy kaka maka waka yaka paka bucket mcnugget i'm rin-tin-tin).
You said, Michael Jordan "...didn't start winning championships until he was surrounded with the likes of Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, John Paxson, Craig Hodges, Cliff Levingston, Dennis Rodman, Steve Kerr, Toni Kukoc..."

Of those 8 guys you listed tell me, fellow Bulls fan, exactly how many were, at any point in time during their playing careers, ranked amongst the 5 best players in the entire league???

The answer, of course is one: Scottie Pippen. And he was drafted, not acquired via blockbuster trade, back in 1987. Chicago was a lowly playoff contender at the time. The only other guy whom you might even consider calling a top 5 player in the entire league (at any point during his playing career) was Horace Grant, who was an all-star in 1994. And we both know that's kind of a stretch. And Chicago selected him in the exact same draft class as Scottie Pippen... a mere five picks later!

(Finishing a distant third behind Pippen and Grant, but with most highly honorable mention, is the great Dickey Simpkins, whose massive game defied logic and bridged the gap between the space-time continuum, cured tuberculosis, effectively ended pain and suffering in the world, and made Chuck Norris cry himself to sleep in a manic-depressive state. Simpkins was that awesome. But you didn't mention him. That makes me sad. And that makes Chuck Norris even more f****** paranoid about the whole situation).

The difference is that Jordan's team, albeit by circumstance and not neccessarily choice, was forced to wait for things to come together. Nobody is saying that LeBron or D-Wade should try and "do it alone". Had LeBron chosen the Clippers or Knicks I wouldn't even have typed this garbage or thought these thoughts. What drives people like me nuts is the fact that, regardless of what you say, James and Wade are the future of the league and have permanently damaged their brands. Maybe I'm old fashioned, but building a winner takes time. Patience is not a bad word. And stars shine brightest when they are separate. So you're a star? Good. Go find your own way and shine somewhere.

Since: Dec 4, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 10:14 pm

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

The Mavericks were the better team.  Get over it. Will the Mavericks win another championship? Yes, eventually, don't be so stupid as to make a statement that any team won't eventually win a championship. The Mavs are worthy champions. They worked hard and they crushed the Heat. Moral lesson: you can't just show up and win because you believe your own hype. Dallas did the work; they won; they are the world champs.

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:12 pm

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

Does that statement have anything to do with the fact that everyone gave the Heat the champioship at the start of the season. The only problem was that it was only hypothetical....guess you're a lttle upset that the real thing went to the Mavericks?!?!? Any yes....they can win another because they will be playing with absolutely no pressure whatsoever....unlike the fabricated team in Miami. Besides...who do the Heat have besides LeBron??? And we all know that teamwork prevails over selfishness in most cases. This wasn't the first time LeBron in the playoffs and it won't be the last!

Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:26 pm

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

Yes, and if the Heat had Magic, Kareem and Worthy they would have won..... and if and if and if..... what a f..king moron. The Dallas Mavericks were the better team, and that is why they ARE the champs... deal with it. 

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:44 pm

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

Don't bet your life on that...If Lebum had decided to play to his potential in the finals, Dallas would've been done. He choked, Dallas won. That's it. However, to say they won't win one is just your hatred getting the best of you. And that's ok, but don't let hate blind you.

Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:39 pm

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

Let it go's been a year already. Enjoy your ring because everyone knows that the Mavs will never win another championship. 

Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 6:33 pm

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

Wow !! this is news !?!? I was disappointed that the lockout ended last week, but now I know why I just can't stand the NBA.

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