This thread is made for the simple fact I want to show some much needed applause to the Mavs. I have to admit that I along with most of the NBA fans said that they would be knocked out by the Trail Blazers in the first round. They proved me wrong through out. I have hated the Mavs for a very long time. When I was younger and started watching the NBA I rooted for Allen Iverson's team because he was my favorite player. LA was reigning over the Western Conference for several years. Every year I would root against LA for obvious reasons. Kings could never get it done, but the Spurs did which is one of the main reasons why I liked the Spurs. They beat LA like no one else could really do all decade. Liking the Spurs(not my favorite team, but would root for them against certain teams) and their biggest rival in my opinion the Mavs. I think that is what drew the hatred that I had in my heart all these years.
Of course rooting against the Mavs vs virtually every team they faced just about. I rooted for the Heat in the Finals to win their first NBA championship in franchise history. Mavs had a great playoff run that year. Began the Finals series 2-0. The Heat came back and won it all. Of course, I cheered because the team I disliked with a passion lost. The following year the hatred probably got worse with Dirk winning the MVP award. Losing in the first round as the best team in the NBA was awesome at the time. Especially because it was the first time a team ever lost to a #8 seed in a 7 game series.
It cooled down rather with losses early in the playoffs, but I still disliked the team and rooted against the team vs virtually every team. Around 2008 or 2009 I found a guy I strongly disliked. His name was LeBron James. I eventually despised the guy just as much and more than the Mavs. I almost went off topic. I'll try to stay on it here. I rooted against the Mavs vs every team besides the team that Lebron was on since 2008 or 2009. There was no way, I thought that the Mavs would make it to the Finals. Not only that....I never thought I would ever root for the team to win a championship which I did in a rather weird way.
Playoffs began (thank goodness...I was beyond ready for like month before the season ended) of course rooted against the Heat and Mavs. Made a bold statement stating Mavs wouldn't make it out of the first round. That is my upset that didn't happen. My favorite team got the boot in the first round instead. Heat won their series(shocker...not). Mavs beat the Trail Blazers. I said Mavs won't beat LA. I'm gonna make an avatar bet thinking LA is gonna beat them without a doubt. Mavs not only beat LA, they beat them via sweep. If you would have told anyone before the season began LA would be swept they would have called you insane. Not only that, but if you would have said the Mavs of all teams would have swept them I figure they would have laughed at you. After my favorite team was eliminated....I rooted for OKC cuz they were underdogs. Underdogs in what I mean is after they were at the bottom of the NBA via standings they came back and got to the playoffs and beat LA 2x. I thought that was impressive. I rooted for them cuz what a way it would have been. Meaning story of course in just a little amount of time to win an NBA championship from being one of the worst teams in the NBA without superstar signings or superstar trades. Didn't happen....Mavs beat OKC and were going to the Finals
If you would have told me 3 months ago or 5 years ago I'd be rooting for the Mavs to win their first championship I would have called you crazy cuz there was really no way that could happen unless of the two teams I hate the most face in the Finals. They met and I had to root for the team I have disliked for a very long time. They won their first championship and I was happy for them. Especially Jason Kidd. Rooted for him to win with the Nets vs LA. Good to see it. A good story to end their season. I'd like to say I'm sorry. I'm sorry for showing such lack of respect to the team, owner, ect. You indeed did prove me wrong. I'm rather proud to say that since you beat the Heat. If you would have beat a different team I'd probably be upset right now. In any case, I have to give you the credit you deserve and much respect. Dallas prove not only me wrong, but virtually 95% of the NBA wrong. Congrats to the Mavs of the Cinderella story. I'm proud of the organization and the team. Oh yea, I'm also proud to have the Mavs logo on my avatar all month due to the bet. I wish the team well going forward. Once again congrats to the 2011 NBA Finals Champions......the Dallas Mavericks. Surprised??Don't be....STAY JEALOUS!!