Dallas Mavericks: How Dirk Nowitzki and Company Overcame the Odds
The Dallas Mavericks proved it takes an entire team to win a championship and not just a few superstars
With the odds against them, the Dallas Mavericks are world champions for the first time in the franchise's history. The team couldn't have deserved it more.
Owner, Mark Cuban is considered by many to be the best owner in the NBA. His class showed through when he had David Stern present the Larry O'Brien trophy to the first Dallas Mavericks owner, Donald Carter.
Let us not forget about Jason Kidd, who is going to go down as a top five point guard, even without a ring. A title just makes for a stronger argument. Dirk Nowitzki will never be known as the best player without a ring, that will still reside with LeBron James.
Coach Rick Carlisle was given a raw deal, when he was forced out of the Indiana Pacers organization for Larry Brown. This is Carlisle's first title as a coach, but also won one as a player for the Boston Celtics in 1986.
No one gave the Mavericks a chance. It seemed as if every major news outlet wrote them off in ever series, and made them underdogs.
The Mavericks started with the Portland Trailblazers. Many expected them to be bumped out of the playoffs. But, that never happened. They advanced to play the defending champion, Los Angeles Lakers. Surely, the Mavericks would lose there. Not only did they win, but they stomped the Lakers throughout the entire series, sweeping them 4-0 in the series. That set them up to play the Oklahoma City Thunder. When it seemed like the Thunder would take command of the series, Dallas roared back. Coming back from huge deficits and ultimately earning a birth to face the Miami Heat.
After game one of the finals it appeared that Dallas' run was finally over, but in fact it had just begun. Led by MVP Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas beat the Heat four game to two. Dallas capped off a finals run that most story books couldn't have told. Whether you were a fan or not, they were hard to root against.
The Dallas Mavericks have been in the league since 1980. It took them 31 years to taste ultimate success. I think the wait was worth it.
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