Poetic Justice was served as the Dallas Mavericks took their talents to South Beach and wrestled a championship away from Lebron James and the Miami Heat. Disappointment and anguish were painted on the faces of Miami’s big three, while Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry and Jason Kidd exalted at capturing their first (and previously elusive) NBA title. The series pinned the Hollywood Heat against the Veteran Mavericks, a battle of contrasting styles, which only heightened the interest for media, fans and athletes.
After a slew of early round playoff exits, Nowitzki silenced the critics, lifting the Mavericks to their first championship in the franchise’s history. For Jason Kidd, the third time was a charm as his first two finals appearances went unfulfilled. Jason Terry can brandish his Larry O’Brien Trophy ink with pride and accomplishment as his dream has now become a reality.
With all the buzz and excitement swirling around Maverick’s nation, rest assured there was not a dry eye in the Heat locker room. From Lebron’s Decision, to Miami’s pre-season pep rally, the team set the bar high but fell two games shy. With the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement expiring this summer, the owners will likely request changes to the league’s salary cap system , making it more difficult for teams to afford a trio of superstars the caliber of James, Wade and Bosh. Dallas’ triumph is a testament to the importance of inspiring coach, team unity, chemistry and trust. A proud day for the Mavericks organization and fans as they can proclaim they are the 2011 NBA World Champions.