In a year when the Cowboys were predicted to be the first team ever to have home field advantage in the Super Bowl, it ends up being the Mavericks bringing championship gold to Dallas. I couldn’t be happier for veterans Dirka Dirka and Jason Kidd, as well as owner Mark Cuban, all of whom just won their first NBA championship in what can be called an unlikely playoff run.
But that’s not the real story. The history books won’t recall this event as the Dallas Mavericks winning their first championship, but rather it’ll be known for LeBron not making good on his promise to bring multiple titles to Miami. It was nearly a year ago when King James dropped the Decision on all our collective asses, and I’m sure I wasn’t the only one to prematurely crown them. Even Hitler thought the Heat were a shoo-in to beat Dallas. And not to take anything away from the Mavs, but they had nothing on the Lakers team of the last couple of years. If the Heat had been playing Kobe and Co. from last year, it would’ve been done in 4, no doubt!
Perhaps this will put to rest the James vs Jordan debate (that’s weird, my sister’s name is Jordan), at least for the time being. Most will agree that even the greats couldn’t get it done alone: Earvin had Kareem, Kobe had Shaq and Gasol, Jordan had Pippen. One can’t hold it against LeBron then for his decision to team up with Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, because for whatever reason, he wasn’t getting the help in Cleveland. However, if he truly is the best player ever to walk the court, he has no more excuses (although he’ll prolly blame it on the coach).
In the end, LeBron might put up similar, possibly even better, numbers than Jordan did, but I’ll be damned if the guy wins more than six championships. Heck, I would be surprised if the guy could muster up any more than two in his whole dang career. In fact, I think LeBron could go down as having the worst finals record of any player. Just look at how the East is starting to shape up: Boston is getting old as fuck, Dwight Howard looks to be heading out of Orlando (possibly to LA?), the Knicks are still a superstar away from having any type of impact in the post season, and something tells me Mikhail Prokhorov won’t be making good on his goal. We could be seeing Heat vs Bulls in many a conference championship to come. Wouldn’t it be fitting if for the rest of his career, LeBron could breeze through the playoffs, only to lose it in the Finals? Well, that’s my dream anyway.