Why I’m rooting for the Mavericks

This year, I’ve been following the NBA Finals with a sort of vague passing interest, since my team, the Spurs, were eliminated much earlier than I had hoped.

But now, as the Mavericks are about 2 minutes away from winning their first ever NBA championship, I am moved to post why I root for them, even though they are my usual rivals up I-35. Because they remain one of the few teams that has bucked the tide of the NBA, in which NBA stars are increasingly greedy, increasingly impatient, and show no loyalty to the fans who remain fiercely loyal to them, often through some tough years.

Dirk Nowitizki, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant. What other active players are there who have remained with the team that drafted them and nurtured them through good and bad years? Not many. And the only one on that list who hasn’t gotten a ring yet is Dirk. So, I’d like to see him finally rewarded for his loyalty. And to go up against Lebron James and Chris Bosh, who represent everything that is wrong with the NBA today, the win would be that much sweeter.

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~ by realsupergirl on June 12, 2011.

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