NBA Finals: Smile Cleveland, You Got the Last Laugh as Miami Falls in Finals

Orly Rios Jr.Analyst IIJune 12, 2011

After all the offseason hype, Miami fell short in the NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks.
After all the offseason hype, Miami fell short in the NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Revenge is a dish best served cold, the saying goes.

Sunday Night, the city of Cleveland got their revenge on LeBron James for making a mockery and embarrassing his former team and owner, who not only loved him, but built their entire franchise around him.

"Not one, not two, not three" was the battle cry for the Miami Heat as they proudly proclaimed the number of NBA Titles they were going to win even before they had stepped on the court together for an official NBA game.

ESPN did to LeBron what they did to Brett Favre his whole career, over expose him (no pun intended on Favre).

Anybody who wasn't a Miami fan was disgusted with the LeBron move to Miami.

The animosity deepened with the writers and analysts all but writing off the entire league in favor of the Miami Heat.

Over and over, writers, radio hosts, and ESPN kept instilling in the minds of readers and listeners that LeBron and Wade were two of the top five players in the league. They were bigger, stronger, faster, and just too good to lose a title to anybody this year, or for the next several years.

Until they met the Dallas Mavericks, a complete team that included a bench not consisting of one contributor, but of a group of players.

Dallas was a better team, and anybody not blinded by the glamour of the Miami Heat knew that. Outside of the big three in Miami, the Heat weren't much to fear.

Philadelphia was a joke, Boston was old and down a man (Rondo with a broken arm), and Chicago was too small and inexperienced.

Dallas was none of the above and after six NBA Finals games, they proved that the best TEAM always wins the Title.

So smile, Cleveland, you got your revenge on LeBron.

And if that isn't good enough, bear this in mind, thanks to the moves the Heat made to try and buy a title, every NBA squad will be making similar moves.

Where will Chris Paul end up? What about Dwight Howard? Will Chicago find a Robin to Batman (Derrick Rose) to help ease up the pressure of being a "one-man team"?

Only time will tell, in the meantime, congrats to the Dallas Mavericks on being the best team in the NBA during the 2010-11 season.