Dallas Takes Their Talents To Southbeach
By Brian Miller
Off topic? Yes. Local? Yes. Covered? Of course. It’s safe to say that tonights NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat will go down in history as one of the best series in the NBA. It will also go down in history as one of the biggest upsets.
If you’re a Heat fan, forget about the closeness of the games, don’t chide me on the fact that the Dallas Mavericks are a good team. The facts are simple, Lebron James made a mockery of Cleveland when he declared that he was “taking his ‘talents’ to Southbeach“. Tonight, it was the Mavericks who had the talent.
Aside from Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd, the Mavericks have no star talent. Not the kind to match that of Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, and King Lebron. No, they have a team. A team comprised of “us’s” instead of “me’s”.
Dwayne Wade is the class of the team, but it was the loud thud on the court by the classless self absorbed million upon million dollar man Lebron James that made the loudest noise. James finished his first season in Miami the same way he finished every year in Cleveland. Leaving fans to wonder if he really was “THE” man or just a very talented athlete who choked when it mattered most.
Forget about the comparisons to Michael Jordan, Lebron James doesn’t come close. The Miami Heat still may become the dynasty that James predicted, but it will forever be tarnished by the epic fail known as the 2011 NBA Finals.
Lebron James failed the city of Miami just as he failed his hometown of Cleveland. He will take the blame publicly and likely point his finger privately, but the reality is that James fails on so many levels when it comes time to perform under pressure.
Miami Heat fans are not happy. If you’re one of them, your likely pretty pissed off at me right now as well. But you know what, no matter what you think, the Heat blew it. They have been doing that all year long. Talking the talk and coming up a bit short when they had to walk the walk.
Tonight, the Miami Heat got beat by a team. Not a threesome of high priced, high profile free agents. A team. It was an epic series that was a lot of fun to watch, it was an epic fail for the man who held a city hostage with his playing futures decision, and captivated no one with his hour long program to declare his intentions on where to play.
Lebron James will have a very long off-season to think about next season and the season that was, but if there is one thing that he is very familiar with, it’s losing when it matters most. Cleveland…Miami…the only thing different for James is the weather.