Well, it’s official. We’re having a rematch of the 2006 Finals in 2011. For the second time, an American Airlines brawl will happen. (Dallas plays in American Airlines Center, Miami plays in American Airlines Arena)
Yep, the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat will be playing against each other as Dallas will hope to get revenge on a souped-up version of the South Beach Boys.
While the nation will be divided between Dirk and LeBron, as either one will win their first championship ring, let me explain why it is best for basketball that everyone cheers for Dallas in this Finals.
1) Dallas deserves it more. Take a look at the Heat. In South Beach, 26-year-old LeBron James, who is in his prime, looks to win his first championship. After being almost custom-fitted with two other superstars, 27-year-old Chris Bosh and 29-year-old Dwyane Wade, he is now close to winning the first of what he believes will be a ridiculous amount of rings.
Now look back at Dallas. 32-year-old Dirk Nowitzki and 38-year-old Jason Kidd, both future first ballot Hall-of-Famers, still await their first ring. Wait! Did you just say that Tyson Chandler, Shawn Marion, Peja Stojakovic and Jason Terry are all still waiting for their first ring too? And that they are all over 30? And they all play for the Mavericks?
Answer me this: What makes LeBron James deserve a ring at this point in time more so than these six players? I have no sensible reason to justify such a claim. This goes hand-in-hand with the fact that…
2) Dallas has the better storyline. What sounds more appealing? A group of savvy veterans exact their revenge against a classic foe, or a set of free agent All-Stars waltz their way to a title?
Don’t be fooled by anything else, this is exactly what is offered this year in the NBA Finals.
When Miami signed LeBron and Bosh, they instantly became the favorites to win the title. Dallas seemed like a long-shot, too full of veterans that would somehow fall short. Now, Dallas has a chance to top the kings-to-be and be on the winning side of a great story.
Dallas lost a painful series to Miami for the 2006 title. Now, in their second ever championship series, against the same team, Dallas can get their first franchise championship and give first-time rings to many, many deserving players, not just two stars entering their prime.
They better, because…
3) Regardless of this series, Miami will win a championship sometime within three years. This is Dallas’ last real shot for a while.
It pained me to say that, but it is true.
Face it, Miami has enough talent now for a championship run. Within three years, they’ll be able to pull enough talent that throws them over the top in NBA history talent.
Meanwhile, Dallas is an old team. A historically old team. They won’t be able to adapt to play against young teams like the OKC Thunder or the Memphis Grizzlies in future years to come.
In three years, the Big Three of Miami will just barely be entering into their 30s. They’ll win a championship before then and will probably build a dynasty around those three susperstars.
4) If Miami wins… this is the future of the NBA. Remember, this happened during free agency. No championship rings, no dynasties, not even a single win yet.
Imagine what will happen if they actually win a title.
… God help us all.
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