If you know anything about me, then you know that I’m a deranged passionate Dallas Mavericks fan whose career ambition in life is to own the team. As much as I love business and entrepreneurship, I love the Mavericks more.
About two weeks ago, we (and I don’t say “we” lightly here… I feel like I played in the playoffs because of the emotional ride of the entire playoff run) finally won the NBA championship for the first time.
After going through all that we’ve gone through in the 1990s (being the worst team in the league) and heartbreak in the playoffs in the next decade (losing to Miami in the 2006 Finals, becoming the first #1 seed to lose to a #8 seed in a best-of-seven series in 2007, etc.), winning the championship the way we did this year — bouncing back against Portland after blowing a 23-point lead in Game 4; sweeping the Lakers; making huge comebacks against Oklahoma City; and getting “sweet vindication” (Jason Terry’s words) against America’s Most Hated Team, the Miami Heat in the Finals – was simply amazing.
To commemorate the championship run, I’ve decided to halt all talks of business and entrepreneurship on my blog for the time being… and instead, I’ve created a massive compilation of great Mavs articles, videos, and so on from this season’s playoff run, Finals victory, and celebration.
I’m going to keep on adding to this compilation as I find more good links. Please let me know if you see anything good that I’ve missed!
Tears of a Crown: Dirk Nowitzki Rejoices by Marc Stein, ESPN.com
Perfect End for Jason Kidd: Right Now! By Jemele Hill, ESPN.com
NBA Finals Game 6 Retro Diary by Bill Simmons, Grantland.com
How Will We Remember ’11 NBA Finals by ESPN.com
Daily Dime by ESPN.com (the day after NBA Finals Game 6)
Carlisle Pushed All of the Right Buttons by John Hollinger, ESPN.com
Mark Cuban Let His Team Make Noise by Jeff Caplan, ESPNDallas.com
Kidd Retools His Career for a Ring by Johnny Ludden, Yahoo! Sports
Reflections of a Champion by Rob Mahoney, TheTwoManGame.com
Mavs Had Best Player, Better Finishers, Better Team by Gregg Doyel, CBSSports.com
Recap of Game 6 by Associated Press
Dirk’s Deutschland by Nicholas Kulish, Grantland.com
Dirk, Not LeBron, Becomes a Worthy Champion by Bill Reiter, FoxSports.com
Teamwork Trumps Talent in NBA Finals by Charley Rosen, FoxSports.com
Perseverance Pays Off for Nowitzki, Mavs by Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
Nowitzki Dismisses Insult Eve of Game 6 by Johnny Ludden, Yahoo! Sports
Nowitzki Leads Mavs to Brink of Title by Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports
For Dirk, Soup Does the Body Good by Mar J. Spears, Yahoo! Sports
Quirky Carlisle Keeps Mavs in Contention by Jason Whitlock, FoxSports.com
When Does It Start Being About the Mavs, Not About LeBron? By Gregg Doyel, CBSSports.com
Living in the Moment: Mavs Rally Again by Marc J. Spears, Yahoo! Sports (following Game 2 of the Finals)
Nowitzki Books Return Trip to NBA Finals by Johnny Ludden, Yahoo! Sports
Mavericks Photo Galleries from the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
(Photo Credit: dannyb on Flickr)