The Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Championships for the first time in the franchise history. The dreams of Mark Cuban, the eccentric and passionate team owner (see below), came true when the Mavs defeated the Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals.
2011 NBA Finals were probably the most exciting NBA final clash in the last decade. The Miami Heat with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and, of course, LeBron James, Dallas Maverics with legendary Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitzki – more on his career development in our previous posts Fieldoo’s idea – part 2 – were excellent warranty for an outstanding finals series.
The 2011 NBA Finals were not extraordinary only for the numerous star players in both teams but also for many side stories that made the finals even more spectacular and interesting. That’s the place to mention the huge impact of social media, which provoked different opinion on respective teams.
When Dallas lost one of the final games (in the end they ran out 4:2 winners of the series), Miami fans and supporters created a funny Twitter hashtag #NoRingski (obviously with reference to Nowitzki), which instantly became a trending topic. Dirk Nowitzki was also part of the social media discussion when Miami players Wade and James showed zero respect mocking his illness (see video below).
However, the justice always finds the right way: it rewards good guys and punishes bad guys. James and Wade might be great basketball players but their reactions were inappropriate. As role models for many young athletes, they should have taken greater care with their comments. LeBron’s poor performance in the final games was a regular part of conversation among fans (see below). Just like he was mocking Nowitzki’s illness, the fans were mocking his performances; what goes around comes around.
On the other hand, Dirk Nowitzki was rewarded for his fair play with the most prestigious team and individual titles: the NBA Championship and NBA Finals MVP. No doubt, there’s always justice for all …