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    ESPN: Pulling for Big D

    http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=6614490

    By Rick Reilly
    ESPN.com

    Dirk Nowitzki & Jason Kidd
    Beating the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals will be challenging for the Dallas Mavericks, but rooting for Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd? That's easy.

    MIAMI -- Pull for Dallas to win these NBA Finals because Miami will get forklifts of rings someday. This might be Dallas' last chance.

    Pull for Dallas because it got screwed in the 2006 Finals worse than Bartman. To lose to the same team five years later would be tantamount to basketball waterboarding.

    Pull for Dallas because Mark Cuban hasn't opened his mouth once.

    Pull for Dallas because Dirk Nowitzki deserves this title more than anybody else on the floor, more than LeBron James, more than Dwyane Wade.


    Pull for Dallas because Nowitzki stayed with his team, never took his talents anywhere but to the damn gym every day.

    Pull for Dallas because Nowitzki has stuck it out through 13 seasons so far with this one team, stuck it out through all those depressing playoff springs, all those one-and-dones, all those words people called him -- "loser" "choker" "soft" -- stuck it out even when Steve Nash left, leaving Nowitzki with a lot of nobodies and some mops.

    Pull for Dallas because when you ask Nowitzki why he didn't bolt the way everybody else does, he simply says, "Because this is where my heart is."

    Pull for Dallas because Nowitzki didn't try to win a title the new way, didn't pick the best kids on the playground and take on everybody else, didn't get a bunch of super-human friends and schedule himself a ring, like you might a kegger or your birthday party.

    Pull for Dallas because Nowitzki has this crazy idea about trying to win one the old fashioned way, by getting better.

    Pull for Dallas because James is so heaven-sent talented that he'll get more than his share of rings before he's done.

    Pull for Dallas because Nowitzki is much closer to done than starting now.

    Pull for Dallas because 38-year-old Jason Kidd deserves one, too, despite what he says. "I want this more for Dirk than for me," says Kidd, who's played in three decades -- 17 years -- in this league without champagne in his hair. "All the work Dirk's put in, all the time. Man he deserves it more than anybody on this team. Plus, if he gets it, that means I get one too, right?"

    Pull for Dallas because Kidd is the guy everybody likes, the Ray Bourque of the NBA, the one everybody wants to see hold the trophy over his head someday. If he doesn't win it now, in his third Finals try, he'll never win it.

    Pull for Dallas because it has the best locker room in the NBA, not a whiner among them. There are more good guys in that room than in some divisions.

    Pull for Dallas because it doesn't do pre-championship celebrations. Dallas has this crazy notion that you should actually hold the trophy in your hands before you throw the parade. Wouldn't it be nice to give them one?

    Pull for these Dallas Mavericks because the way things are going, the Dallas Cowboys may never win a title again.

    Pull for Dallas because it's clear they're the underdogs in this, sort of the way a squirrel is the underdog vs. an owl. You knew that after Tuesday night's Game 1, the way LeBron James was flying over people like Air Florida and Dwyane Wade was dazzling everybody else, the way he does in NBA Finals. You knew that the way they pulled away to that win in Game 1.

    Pull for Dallas because its best player, Nowitzki, has a torn tendon in his left middle finger now and yet never once blinked when we asked if he'll keep playing.

    Pull for Dallas because it's not about The Decision. It's about one team taking the easy way to a title and another team taking a way that just keeps getting harder.

    Pull for Dallas, because, my God, how many good things can happen to Pat Riley in one lifetime?
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    Rick Reilly is a tool lmao. What a joke

    GIVE WADE THE BALL IN WINNING TIME

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    Watch the heat fans start complaining and talking all kind of garbage now...but i do like his point about miami will get their but this might be dallas' last chance.

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    He ha s some real vaild points I am rooting for Dallas too.

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    When did Championships become a charity case?

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    Where were these articles when Kobe was winning back to back rings?

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    Beating the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals will be challenging for the Dallas Mavericks, but rooting for Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd? That's easy.

    MIAMI -- Pull for Dallas to win these NBA Finals because Miami will get forklifts of rings someday. This might be Dallas' last chance.

    This is what I have been saying.
    "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."
    - Michael Jordan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Mind View Post
    Where were these articles when Kobe was winning back to back rings?
    Well they played the Magic when Dwight was 23 and then the Celtics last year who there big 3 already had a title.
    "Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships."
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    Around the same time super teams were created in 1 offseason. People will Hate the Heat more than the Lakers, Celtics or any other dominant team because they conspired to create this. Nobody has ever seen a team created like this. An MVP, superstar, and all star all join forces in free agency to run the table. Lakers getting older as well as Celtics so nobody really could dream of stopping them realistically. With no1 to rival them the competitiveness factor is awful and seems like the easy way to a chip. Only the fan base who supports them would not look at it that way. Understandable tho. If I was a Heat fan I wouldn't care either.

    Standing on Sacred Ground

    When the season starts and the blatant homerism subsides, people will realize the 2 biggest flaws on our team. MAYBE??

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlezPlayDKnicks View Post
    Around the same time super teams were created in 1 offseason. People will Hate the Heat more than the Lakers, Celtics or any other dominant team because they conspired to create this. Nobody has ever seen a team created like this. An MVP, superstar, and all star all join forces in free agency to run the table. Lakers getting older as well as Celtics so nobody really could dream of stopping them realistically. With no1 to rival them the competitiveness factor is awful and seems like the easy way to a chip. Only the fan base who supports them would not look at it that way. Understandable tho. If I was a Heat fan I wouldn't care either.
    this

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    Great article. If I wasn't pulling for Dallas before, I am now.

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    Pull for Dallas because Kidd is the guy everybody likes, the Ray Bourque of the NBA, the one everybody wants to see hold the trophy over his head someday. If he doesn't win it now, in his third Finals try, he'll never win it.

    this is the only reason why i would root for dallas if the heat weren't in the finals, everything else rick reilly says in this article is pretty much complete ****
    All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
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    Championships aren't guaranteed...

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    What I love is they whole world, has joined forces to defeat the Miami big three....I haven't seen a situation bring everyone together like this ever......Let's go dirk

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    I want dallas to win Because I like jason Kidd every since he was in NJ. I want to see him and Dirk win one.
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