With Dirk moving up the Scoring Ranks, I've been thinking about the career the man has had, both on the court and with how hes been perceived. Was the whole "soft" label really justified? Could he and Nash, eventually, have won a title? Were they the best duo to never do so? Why do some people question Dirk's MVP season?
I feel like people underrate those early Mavs teams, that if not for some unfortunate decisions/events, could have won it all. But people look back on them as if something was fundamentally flawed with the pairing of Dirk/Nash. That you could not win it all if those 2 were your pillars. I think Cuban messed up a good thing when he brought in Antoine Walker, a guy that hurts just about every team hes ever joined. That Dirk eventually won, helped shed doubt, but seems like some feel he only recently developed that will to win. It somewhat cheapens the legacy he should be leaving the NBA, as one of its best big game performers.
What do you guys think of how Dirk has fared vs his peers over the years? KG, Duncan, Malone, C-Webb, Amare. This guy has gone h2h against the best to ever play the PF position and has more than held his own in the playoffs.