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Ever since “The Decision” and the oh so vain LeBron James said, “In this fall I'm going to take my talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat,” he put a target on his back. That target was enlarged after a ludacris show a couple days later when the freshest face on South Beach, LeBron was asked how many championships the Heat will win, he responded with, “Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven…” propelling him from being the next Michael Jordan, to the second most hated man in the America. After they got Osama, LeBron even managed to grab that top spot.
But as the season went on the mighty big three kept getting mightier and mightier, and everyone that should have and could have stopped them started dropping like flies. First the young and talented Philadelphia SeventySixers were ousted in a quick and painless 5 games. Next up, the veterans, the beast from the east, the Celtics. This was the match up everyone was waiting for, the whole nation was depending on Paul, Ray Ray and KG to extinguish the Heat, but again it was a task too tall and the talent from South Beach was rolling. Next up LBJ, D-Wade and Chris Bosh, eliminated the leagues MVP Derrick Rose and his favored Bulls, leaving them without a chance. Every time the Bulls looked to make a run, the big three seemed to turn it up effortlessly.
America already seemed doomed and to have conceded. King James, took his short-cut and traded and betrayed his way in to a championship as the Heat were facing the Dallas Mavericks in the final.
Who were the Mavericks? A bunch of beat up old guys and a German? There was no way, after the way the Heat bullied their way to Final that they even had a chance at losing. HOWEVER there is one thing this country forgot (and so did the big three), one thing that every basketball fan who was feverishly hoping LeBron would not get a championship did not take in to consideration, it is something we all take for granted every day in this country, something that continuously slips our mind, and that is how truly incredible and reliable German efficiency really is. Yes, your car, your washer/dryer, your coffee machine, all the other electronics in your home you can simply forget about because they never cause you trouble, and Dirk Nowitzki. This 7-foot perfectly engineered German export displayed exceptional talent, skill and reliability throughout the entire playoffs, ultimately cooling off the Heat.
With 29 seconds left in game 6, Dirk Nowitzki drove past LeBron James for a last layup that brought a joyful Dallas off the bench. For Nowitzki, the face of the Dallas Mavericks organization, Game 6 of the finals followed the same pattern as his career. His play in the first three quarters Sunday night invited criticism. But in the final 12 minutes, he offered a test positive that it is not how you start that matters but how you finish. Nowitzki scored 10 out of his 21 points in the final 12 minutes to lead the Mavericks to a title-clinching 105-95 victory against the Heat. Overall Dirk put on an MVP deserving performance leading his red hot Mavs to a well deserved first NBA championship and sending the whiny Heat in to a disappointing summer vacation. So lets all crack open a nice German Weissbeir, cheers to the Dallas Mavs and wish LeBron all the best for Hurricane season on South Beach.
Maybe LeBron was right when he said “Not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven…” we just needed to finish the sentence for him “….not any championships.”
To quote Barack Obama describing Kanye West after the Taylor Swift VMA incident: “well, he’s a jackass.”
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