My thoughts exactly.
I think the reason many people want Dallas to win it is because no one likes
sports to be rigged, and the way the Miami "big 3" got themselves
together there smacks of rigging things.If superstars are allowed to
build their own team, then why have other teams?Personally, I like
Wade and Bosh, and used to like James before I realized how subpar he performs
relative to the innate talent he has. I hate to see players resting on their
laurels get paid millions.
Ok, so you mentioned a few things to dislike about the Dallas Mavericks. I dont
like Mark Cuban either. But arent you being a hypocrite when you do the exact
thing you criticize? you accuse those rooting for the Mavericks of being
one-sided, but you do the same thing when you overlook the issues of the Heat
players.Nobody dislikes Dwyane Wade for being involved in a nasty
divorce and for helping to precipitate that by cheating on his wife and living
with a girlfriend before the divorce proceedings. Nobody dislikes Lebron James
for refusing to marry his longtime girlfriend and mother of his children
(probably because of alimony), even though that would add stability for the
kids. (And Im sure there are others that you failed to mention.)
So why are you saying that Jason Kidd should be disliked for fights with his
spouse? Or that Deshawn Stevenson should be disliked for some questionable
actions (perhaps the worst coming when he was still college-age (especially
since he grew up in a house where his brother tried to kill him when he as 1
year old, and his father murdered his mother when he was 12 years old). And,
ARE YOU SERIOUS when you think that Dirk loving and being faithful (to the
extent that he was going to tie the knot with her, until his legal advisers made
him conduct a background check on her) to a woman who has 15+ aliases, and has a
history of playing athletes to get their attention/money, is somehow his fault
and hurts his reputation? Are you kidding me?The point: all your
reasons against the players have been relationships issues, so it begs the
question: have you never gotten upset at your spouse? Have you never made a
mistake in your relationship? Should there be hate for Mavericks players because
of relationship issues when no one on the Miami Heat is hated for their
See, no one is hated for relationship issues (unless its something as big as
Kobes rape or Tiger Woods 100+ women, and even they were forgiven by many).
People are hated for BASKETBALL-ISSUES. And the presumptuous Miami Heat parade,
the arrogant and prideful (even disrespectful, with mockery of Dirk was an
example) way they carry themselves on court on national TV, the nationally
televised Decision (which was about BASKETBALL), etc. define the character of
the Miami Heat, James and Wade especially, as something that is not very
appealing to most. And others could go on and one in my stead. The
only one who comes close on the Mavericks is Jason Terry, who does a jet motion,
which has occurred few and far between (one time) this series (and is merely his
2-second signature-move celebration after a big shot). Its interesting that you
note off-court issues but fail to mention on-court issues. Except for
non-Maverick-player Mark Cubans annoying first-pumping, which happens to have
stopped for this postseason run.
I guess the fact that you fail to mention one basketball-related problem you
have with a single Mavericks player and were forced to go into off-court issues
except for someone who isnt even playing on the Mavericks answers your question
for you.And to close by having answered every single flawed argument
you make, you mention Cubans deep pockets: leather reclinersHD TVs757 jet. This
is another are you kidding me moment. Which basketball team, actually, which
professional sports team does not have an extreme over-abundance of furnishings
and luxurious accessories that pamper overly-paid athletes while the majority of
the world can barely get enough food to eat? Does the Miami Heat not have
leather couches? Do they lack HD TVs? Are you feeling sorry for Lebron James and
his multi-million dollar mansion and coterie of servants because his teams
carpets are a year older than Dallass?
And they pay a little more for players than other teams? Two of Dallas most
highly paid players arent even contributing to this series (Butler and Haywood),
and that fact that you must go into a teams payroll which happens to be a few
million dollars higher than other hundred-million-dollar-plus NBA team payrolls
is again indicative of your inability to find substantive issues against the
Mavericks, against suggest that you have a personal distaste for the Dallas
Mavericks, and again (through your inability to come up with better points)
answers your question for you.By the way, you state that people
dislike the Heat for buying their way to a championship. I think you need to do
some more reading, interviewing, research in general, because the franchises
payroll is NOT the issue, by any stretch of the imagination. Its (as I mentioned
earlier) the attitude and culture of the team, the childish arrogance the way in
which they look down upon others, they way they feed off beating others down but
dont come thrive (cold hard stares the norm) when things arent going their way.
Its dislike for Lebron James personally after The Decision especially the way in
which he played the city of Cleveland into thinking that he was going to resign,
only to turn his back and crush their hopes with not a word of condolence. Its
their disposition of entitlement, highlighted by the pre-season over-the-top and
flamboyant parade before they have proved anything. Its for attempting a coup
detat on the NBA with superstars of their magnitude (James and Wade quite
possibly number 1 and 2 in the NBA with Bryant aging, Durant and Rose still
young, Dirks reputation for playoff failure [until now], and Bosh a top-15
player) having never joined forces before, and having never joined forces before
in this way, where, instead of letting owners work out fair trades, decided to
take matters into their own hands, leave their franchises guessing until the
last moment, and choosing of their own power to play on the same team (something
which they had likely planned years before). So please, sir, do a
little research before writing a poor article that misrepresents the issues,
misrepresents the controversy, and misrepresents the players.
OK, Andy17 just about said it all. This is a highly biased, whiney piece by
someone who is obviously jealous of anyone more successful than the Jazz (which
is just about every team in the NBA, historically). Come on!
"men wearing boots with suits"? Like there aren't any of those in
church in Utah this very day? Face it, you just don't like Texas. And that's
just because you don't GET Texas. The Mavs are a team of guys with
good character, including Stevenson of late. They are playing team ball. And
they finally have found a way to do that which escaped them for the last 10
years - finishing games in the 4th quarter. I respect them for their great
performance this year. And I have been a huge Laker fan since 1971, so it hurts
this year to say it, but Go Mavs!!Get over yourself!
Reasons to root for the Mavs:1. The underdog2. Dirk has no
visible tattoos3. Dirk's work ethic4. Dirk shuns the spotlight 5. Their second best player has been out since Christmas6. Cuban is a
hard working success story, like Larry H. Miller7. Starting point guard is
38... That's 70 in basketball years8. If I had a billion dollars, I'd try
to buy an NBA franchise also9. Allas transformed themselves into Dallas10. I was at a Mav's game, when a quiet crowd was watching the T-Wolves
dismantle their team in the 4th. Mark Cuban stood on the ledge of his luxury
suite, and started a cheer that got our section, and then the entire arena in a
frenzy. The Mavs came back and won, and he won me over as a Mavs fan, although I
was there as a guest of the T-Wolves.
"And all those men wearing boots with suits" Seriously?
Have you ever actually been to Texas? I've lived here for over half a decade
and I've never seen that. You know, that's like when people find out you are
from Utah that they ask all those weird questions.Texans are
friendly. I got more grief for being a Mormon the three months I lived in Salt
Lake City then I have the entire time I've lived here.Have you ever
wondered why Texans brag about this place? There must be a reason. You can get
a good job, buy a reasonable house and eat amazing brisket.
Rock, you should take some time off and recharge. Maybe take a long walk, a nap,
enjoy a steaming bowl of chicken soup. I hope you have a fine day today and are
able to put "whatever was bothering you yesterday" behind you. Looking forward to your next.
I agree with Red Headed Stranger-I've lived in texas for 3 months one summer
during my college days when I sold pest control in Austin, TX. That brisket is
Well Sandra when you only have a choice of two you always go for the less evil.
Bron and Wade are nothing more than rich bullies. I hope they go down in
flames.. @Red Headed Stranger: I have never been to Texas but had a son serve a
mission in East Houston. He said if he was to drive home when he left Texas he
would only be half way there. I am old enough to remember when Texas was the
largest state in the union before 49 - 50th state came in. All ther states make
up a great country and I can find something nice and maybe different in each
state. It is a shame we can't see it all. And Sandra you need to be carefull who
you pick a fight with. Just be quiet and humble.. IMO
I love the Mavs for a variety of reasons (which were all sparked by living in
Dallas until I was 13), but the biggest one during the playoffs and Finals is
J.J. BAREA. That guy out-hustles everyone on the court and makes things happen
for Dallas. Go Mavs!
What a terrible article!!!
this is funny must of been a slow day at the office all this article did was
describe EVERY NBA team. the only differance between any NBA team is the jersey
I love ya Rock, but I think you misfired on this one. The Mavericks, despite
their inflated payroll and flamboyant owner, win the right way. They play
excellent team defense, move the ball on offense, rebound, and hustle hustle
hustle. That's very refreshing in today's NBA where most teams rely on star
power and raw athleticism to overpower people. If I cared about player's
criminal records or marital infidelities when deciding whom to root for, I
wouldn't watch professional sports.
Not surprised Brad Rock would write an article like this. What's the point of
this article? To me it just seems like a bunch of negative bashing. Fits Rock's
style perfectly though.J-TX"This is a highly biased,
whiney piece by someone who is obviously jealous of anyone more successful than
the Jazz (which is just about every team in the NBA, historically)." The only way the Jazz have not been successful is if you consider their lack
of a championship. Otherwise, this statement is completely false. The Jazz
have been on of the most successful franchises in the NBA.Personally, I love Dirk. He has gotten where he is by some talent, but mostly
hard work. He deserves every oz of success he's had. I used to be bugged by
Dirk, but now I feel his is very humble, hard working, competitive in nature,
and as clutch as anyone in history.
When I see a former Jazz player with a chance to win a ring, I cheer. I don't
look at Stevenson and say, hey, there's that profane statutory rapist that used
to play for the Jazz. I don't look at Jason Kidd and say, there's that wife
beating divorcee cheater. C'mon, Rock, most of us have forgotten that stuff,
why is it important for it to be in the forefront of our minds when watching the
finals? I'm not a Dallas fan by any means, but that's who is representing the
West, and that's who I want to beat the Heat. Period.
Reason to root for dallas?Two Words...Dirk Nowitzki...
I think Rock has some very valid points.We get on Wade and LeBron
for "celebrating"....But running down the court, arms
extended, ready to take off as a jet? That's OK.It's true. Cheering
for the Mavs is like cheering for the Insurance company.
@ UtahUte16 | 5:02 p.m. June 12, 2011 "The only way the Jazz have not
been successful is if you consider their lack of a championship. Otherwise, this
statement is completely false. The Jazz have been on of the most successful
franchises in the NBA."I will give you that the Jazz have been
one of the most successful regular season teams in the NBA, but my point stands.
More than half the NBA teams have won an NBA championship. The list below
includes the 14 who have not - but 2 of these at least won ABA titles. Did you miss the part about how I am a Laker fan? 17, baby! But I am
still hoping that when I watch today's game on the DVR, the Mavs will have won
their first - one more than the Jazz.....Pathetic loser list:Charlotte - Bobcats Charlotte/New Orleans - Hornets Indiana -
Pacers (Won ABA) New Jersey - Nets (won ABA as Oakland Oaks) New
Orleans/Utah - Jazz Toronto - Raptors Minnesota - Timberwolves Cleveland- Cavaliers Vancouver/Memphis - Grizzlies Dallas -
Mavericks Denver - Nuggets Orlando - Magic Phoenix - Suns San Diego/Los Angeles - Clippers
Great article. Yes, the Mavs are the lesser of the two evils, though Nowitski
and Barrea are likeable. Barrera was clearly a better point guard than Kidd.
Cuban does great things for his team, although made one of the lesser
intelligent moves in the history of the NBA when he gave up Steve Nash
predicting he would be injury prone with the way he plays. Can you imagine
Steve Nash on this team for the past x number of years?
Just got around to reading this article. I've just been TOOOOO busy watching a
first-class team put a first-classing whooping on a bunch of showboats. I'm
busy with a lot of sports here in the Dallas area, since we have hosted the
Super Bowl, the World Series and the NBA Finals this year. This doesn't even
begin to touch how well we do high school football (just ask Bingham about
Euless Trinity).Oh and about calling Texans a bunch of braggers.
Son, you need to understand that it isn't bragging if it's true.
Hey Sandra Bullock, I mean Brad. Just kiddin bro.Spot on.
Basically, there are not too many good role models in pro sports. And those
that are good role models aren't in the spotlight too much. I was a
Dallas fan for the last couple weeks because they were a "team" and
the HEat were made of 2 teams, the big name players and the rest of the guys
necessary to have 5 players on the floor. Now I'm back to wondering what the
Jazz are going to have to do to get a trophy in SLC.
You're jealous of Mark Cuban, who is everything Greg (?) Miller is and won't
ever be. Have fun celebrating that MLS Cup...