On the flip side, the Miami Heat, love them or hate them, deserve a lot of PROPS as well. While many are celebrating the fact that King LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of the Heat fell short of their goal, they are forgetting that the Heat made it to the finals in the first place. Many, including me, didn't think they were going to get passed the second round and they proved us all wrong by cruising through the Eastern Conference playoffs. We can say what we want about them but winning the East was HUGE, no doubt about it. The Heat proved they have what it takes and while many may be laughing at them now, sooner or later, they will get the last laugh.
I guess nobody was happier than disgruntled Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who tweeted: Congrats to Mark C. & entire Mavs org. Mavs NEVER stopped & now entire franchise gets rings. Old Lesson for all: There are NO SHORTCUTS. NONE.
Can someone tell Gilbert that if a team loses the NBA Finals they only get eliminated from the series and NOT the league. In other words, THE HEAT WILL BE BACK! And can someone tell him that winning the Eastern Conference is a huge accomplishment in of itself and if the new Heat were able to breeze through the Eastern Conference on their first try, imagine what they are going to do when they completely gel as a unit.
Yes, I agree that the manner in which the Heat banded together was TASTELESS. Yes, they put themselves in a position that anything less than a championship would be considered a failure but the NBA didn't seize to exist with the Mavericks win. There are plenty of future finals ahead and the Heat look like they are in great shape to compete for some of those. All this loss did was buy Gilbert a little bit more time to come through on his promise to Cleveland fans that the Cavs will win a championship before the "so-called" KING does. Sorry Dan, I still got my money on The King. He came within 2 wins while your team is still a few years away from even reaching the playoffs.
As for the Mavericks-Heat legacy-- they are now bonded together for all eternity. In 2006, the Heat won their FIRST-EVER NBA Championship by beating the Mavericks, 4-2, and now in 2011 the Mavericks have won their FIRST-EVER NBA Championship by beating the Heat, 4-2. How often does that phenomena happen, if it has ever happened?
The 4 players who played in both finals now have rings. For the Heat, Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem and for the Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry. So the only thing left to make this fairy tale complete is for a rematch to break the tie. That would be awesome.
And finally, to add a little icing on the Heat-Mavericks cake: When Mark Cuban and the Mavericks hosted the 2010 All-Star Game and turned it into an all-out extravaganza at Cowboys Stadium, the MVP of that game was-- Dwyane Wade.