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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.  
Comments

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:58 pm
 

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

 it's too bad you didn't read the whole post 
No I read every word.  i didn't miss the point.  I just diagree with it.  It's ridiculous that people expect a player to cement his legacy by doing it alone.  There is no doing it alone in sports, unless you play tennis or golf.  Basketball may be as close as you get, but you still can't do it alone.  

I have been a Bulls fan forever, and when Jordan came into the league the Bulls were pretty bad.  He almost single-handedly made them into a playoff team.  But they 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... obviously Jordan was by far the best of them all, but that supporting cast had a legit shot at a title during Jordan's first retirement, if it weren't for that phantom foul on Pippen.



Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:53 pm
 

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

Every once in a while you read  story that makes you smile.  Brightens your day just a little.

LeChoke standing there in front of thousands of screaming Mavs fans while they raise the banner knowing full well that HE is the primary reason the Heat lost just warms the cockels of my heart a tad.

Couldn't have happened to a bigger d*Bag. 



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:39 pm
 

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

Yeah, you're right.  Teamwork sucks



canes, it's too bad you didn't read the whole post you were responding to because you obviously completely missed that poster's point. It was actually a well-written post that made some very good points, none of which were "teamwork sucks."



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:36 pm
 

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

The Heat are non-news worthy ... next



Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:34 pm
 

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

The Heat an non-news worthy .... next



Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:31 pm
 

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

2nd place is first loser. When u predict a championship before even practicing with your teammates, and then you fail, you are a LOSER.  Hey, LeDouche, hows your daddy, Delonte West? 



Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:29 pm
 

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

I'm all for doing a "ceremonial" ring presentation in front of the Cheat on Xmas and doing the real one at a leter date.  There would be nothing greater than mashing it their faces one last time.  C'mon Cuban, you know you want to do it. 



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:27 pm
 

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

but I don't support Wade and James mainly because they damaged their own legacies by joining forces.
Yeah, you're right.  Teamwork sucks.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:25 pm
 

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

I just find it laughable how a) this story is made into a big deal (The banner going up has the same symbolism as the players getting their rings); and b) how people are calling the Heat  "big 3" experimant a failure.  Wow, make it to The Finals in your first year together but don't win and you are a bunch of losers??  I don't expect many people outside of South Florida to cheer for them or like them, but it just cracks me up how the jury has already decided these guys can't win... 



Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:15 pm
 

No rings for Mavericks on Christmas

Actually, I don't hate "them" at all. I have no feelings towards Chris Bosh whatsoever. He made the right move for his career no matter how you slice it. It's Dwyane Wade and LeBron James I started rooting against. In my mind it has nothing to do with them "partying it up" in South Beach, mocking Dirk Nowitzki in the Finals, promising 7 titles, etc. They are real people, and not cardboard cutouts. They don't have to be neutral like vanilla in all that they say and do.


Folks like me are in the minority, but I don't support Wade and James mainly because they damaged their own legacies by joining forces. Purely a competitve cop-out in my books. It's a weird opinion, but that's how I think. It's a stretch to assume that either guy would have eventually become as great as Michael Jordan, but in my strange head I would at least have liked to imagine that one guy was striving. I can dig that. I pulled for LeBron when he was a Cav. I usually rooted for Dwyane Wade's teams before last year. You don't have to stay with a bad team, but for crying out loud don't reinvent the Olympic team. Save that for the, um, Olympics.


Go to your own city. Build up your own brand. Find a core group of guys and grow as a team. That doesn't mean you have to stay in Cleveland. Pick a team that already has a good supporting cast. That doesn't mean you go and share the spotlight with a superstar your equal who is trying to build a legacy that ultimately eclipses yours.


"But what they did was selfless! They abandoned their individual goals for the sake of winning championships!" Who cares about selflessness? You're a superstar, not a star. You're not Joe Johnson or Amare Stoudemire. You're too big to be selfless. Supernovas outshine entire galaxies, and that's how it's supposed to be. You don't share an orbit. You shine brighter when you're farther apart. Be your own man and have your own spotlight. Professional basketball has nothing to do with selflessness.


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