Mark Cuban…I’m not Buying them Rings..??!

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is one of the most forward-thinking owners in all of professional sports.

Cuban is always looking for new innovations to improve the game.

Could that also include starting a new trend when it comes to championship jewelry?

While being interviewed during NBA TV’s postgame show by host Matt Winer, Cuban was asked just how big of a ring he was planning to get for his players.

Cuban quickly put some doubt into those plans.

“I’ll tell you something, I might not get rings,” Cuban said. “Rings are old school.”

Analyst Chris Webber was surprised by the answer, but Cuban compared it to Webber’s days at Michigan.

“It’s like the Fab Five; everybody had short shorts, then they didn’t have short shorts,” Cuban said.

Webber asked Cuban that if he wasn’t planning on the customary rings that players have received for decades for winning the title, what exactly was Cuban going to do?

Cuban smiled and kept that answer close to the vest, much like he has all of his comments throughout these playoffs. Cuban smiled and nodded, but he did not say what was up his sleeve.

It is obvious, however, that Cuban has put some thought into how he would celebrate, should this day ever come.

“You’ve seen it before, there’s guys who pick up the sweats and towels and they have these big, blingy rings, and I’m like, “Rings are done,” Cuban said.

“It’s time to take it to the next level.”

 

 

 

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Mavericks Ride to Title Win

A season that began with Miami celebrating the signings of James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – along with the promise of championships – ended on the very same floor, with the Dallas Mavericks hoisting the title trophy for the first time in their franchise history after beating the Heat 105-95 on Sunday night. The Mavericks won four of the series’ last five games, a turnabout that could not have been sweeter.

”I really still can’t believe it,” said Nowitzki, who had 21 points and took home finals MVP honors.

He and Jason Terry, who led the Mavs with 27 points, were the two remaining players from the Dallas team that lost to Miami in the 2006 finals.

”Tonight,” Terry said, ”we got vindication.”

James did not. Not even close, and a year unlike any other ended they way they all have so far – with him still waiting for an NBA title.

He scored 21 points for Miami, shook a few hands afterward, and departed before most of the Mavs tugged on their championship hats and T-shirts. Bosh had 19, Mario Chalmers 18 and Wade 17 for the Heat….”We worked so hard and so long for it,” Nowitzki said. ”The team has had an unbelievable ride.”

Game 5 -Pivotal!!

 

piv·ot·al/’pivətl/Adjective

1. Of crucial importance in relation to the development or success of something else.

 

 

DALLAS — The gamesmanship began quickly and with a nearly unified narrative.

Yes, on Wednesday, the day after the Great LeBron James Vanishing Act of 2011, the Dallas Mavericks sang a happy song: That LeBron wasn’t the epic failure most of the world saw at the end of the Miami Heat’s Game 4 come-from-ahead loss.

“I don’t think he struggled at all,” Jason Terry said, straight-faced.

“If you almost have a triple-double, if you fill up a stat sheet like he did, it’s a pretty good game,” promised Jason Kidd, who in another life apparently sold used cars.

Of course that’s what they were saying. It’s what they want you to hear. What they want the Heat to hear. What, most of all, they want LeBron James to hear.

Because the last thing they need is for the focus to be on the final play of regulation, when LeBron’s fourth-quarter offensive vanishing act was punctuated by a defensive act of passivity that’s almost criminal.

See that and, well, hell, LeBron and the Heat might realize something is very, very off with the King….well let’s see how Game 5 goes before we throw LeBron under the bus.

Heat grab 2-1 lead

 

 

Chris Bosh made a 16-foot, go-ahead jumper from the baseline with 39.6 seconds left and Haslem pestered Dirk Nowitzki the rest of the way as the Heat held on for an 88-86 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in the NBA finals.

”This is a total win,” said Wade, who led Miami with 29 points and 11 rebounds. ”You want to win the game on the defensive end of the floor and we got a stop.”

Recent history says this is a huge win for the Heat. The Game 3 winner in a tied finals has won the championship all 11 times since the 2-3-2 format began in 1985.

The Heat go into Game 4 on Tuesday night with a chance to do what they did in 2006: win it all on Dallas’ floor. They’ll need to win that game and the next, on Thursday night.

 

Game 2 Tonight 6pm….ABC

 

MIAMI

– One star spent the day after Game 1 of the NBA Finals talking about his blossoming penchant for hitting huge shots. The other spent it talking about his damaged finger — to say nothing of what it could mean for more wounded pride.

One game in, and this is where we’re at: The Heat have a 1-0 series lead, LeBron James has become the man with ice in his veins and Dirk Nowitzki, at least for now, is the guy with the torn tendon in his left hand.

The question is: How much will either of those facts dictate what happens the rest of the way?

“Well, he’s going to play,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Wednesday. “I’m not sure of the exact severity of the injury, but I know he’s going to tape it up, put a splint on it, or whatever it is, and he’s going to play. And we’re not going to make a big issue of it.

“At this point,” Carlisle added, “anything short of a compound fracture, you play.”

And so Nowitzki will play, most likely with his left middle finger on his non-shooting hand taped up or in a splint. How much that hampers his play won’t be clear until Thursday’s Game 2.

 

 

NBA Finals Start Tonight

 

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Mavs back in Finals

DALLAS (AP)

Dirk Nowitzki stood on the court wearing a baseball hat celebrating the Dallas Mavericks’ return to the NBA Finals. As his team received a silver trophy for winning the Western Conference, he looked as if he’d just been named the player of the week in November….Nowitzki’s indifferent attitude during the pandemonium around him shows just how locked in he is right now.

”We’ve got one of those trophies already,” Nowitzki said. ”This is nice for a day, but we set our goals in October to win it all. We haven’t done it yet.”

The superstar who has dominated this postseason added yet another highlight Wednesday night, hitting a straightaway 3-pointer with 1:14 left that put the Mavericks ahead for good on their way to a 100-96 victory over the OKC Thunder that ended the Western Conference finals in five games….The Mavericks have long been among the NBA’s elite, winning 50 games for 11 consecutive seasons. However, it’s been a bit hollow because they don’t have a title to show for it. They reached the Finals in 2006, went up 2-0 and had a big, late lead in Game 3, only to lose to the Miami Heat in six games. They’d won only a single playoff series since until this spring…..Dallas is 12-3 this postseason, and has won 10 of its last 11. Nowitzki has been at his best throughout, especially this series. He scored nine of his 26 points in the fourth quarter; for the series, he averaged 32.2 points, 11.8 in the fourth quarters.

But it wasn’t just him. A roster filled with guys seeking their first title made big plays down the stretch, from Jason Kidd to Shawn Marion to Jason Terry

”We just kept our poise at all times,” said Marion, who scored 15 of his 26 points in the final quarter. ”It seemed like we never got rattled and just chipped away and chipped away.”

When the Mavs last made the Finals, they advanced with a win in Phoenix. This time, they got to share the moment with their fans. Franchise founder Don Carter was right in the middle of it all, trading his signature white cowboy hat – the one that used to be featured in the team’s logo – for a black baseball cap that read ”The Finals 2011” with a Mavs logo and the championship trophy.

Kobe doesn’t need Diesel he has Gasol….. Lakers win 15th Title!!

The Los Angeles Lakers complete the quest for the NBA Championship and take the series from Orlando 4-1 with a 99-86 victory. Kobe Bryant scored 30, Lamar Odom who had some spectacular plays during the game,  added 17 pts, no one for Orlando had more than 18 points, Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard only had 11 points to end a very disappointing Finals run. The key to the game was in the second quarter when the Lakers went on a 16-2 run to put the game out of reach,they outscored Orlando 30-18 in that quarter and that proved to be the deciding factor in the game.

The Champs!

The Champs!

Derek Fisher & Kobe Bryant join Shaq  & Tim Duncan as the only active players with 4 rings, L.A coach Phil Jackson collected his 10th ring as a coach and 12th  ring overall as coach/player, he surpasses the legendary Red Auerbach as  NBA Finals winningest coach.

Phil & Kobe win 4th Title together

Phil & Kobe win 4th Title together

 

This win gives the Lakers 4 titles during this decade making them the team of the decade,check out the rings of previous Lakers Championships.

Lakers Bling

Lakers Bling

 

The Coaches Speak

 

 

My vote is 4 Boston

My vote is 4 Boston

 

 

Finals Fun!!!

 

The NBA Finals start tonight, so let’s have some fun at the expense of the two contenders……..

check out some of these pics….hmmm

Movie star??
Movie star??

         

Coach??

  Coach??

 

 

 

        
Old Gasol

Old Gasol

            

 

New Gasol

New Gasol

Rap-Star?
Rap-Star?

 

 

 

                   
                   
Baller???

Baller???

 

 

Jedi???
Jedi??
Jordan Farmer??

Jordan Farmer??

 

A MOMENT WITH PHIL JACKSON……..Did you know Phil Jackson went to high school in North Dakota……..played 4 sports…….basketball (won 2 state titles)…….football….baseball (pitcher)…….Track & Field (discus)……..majored in ….Religion…….Psychology….philosophy……Led NBA in personal fouls in 1974-75 season……330 fouls 

KB HAS A MUSTACHE LIKE THAT!!

KB HAS A MUSTACHE LIKE THAT!!

Obama’s pick: President Obama has picked the L.A. Lakers in 6: 

In your face Limbaugh In your face Limbaugh

 So far Obama is 3-3, he picked North Carolina in the Final Four, Pittsburgh in the Super Bowl, and the Florida Gators in the National Title Football game,……. rumor is he also picked the U.W Womens Softball Team

STAN VAN GUNDY FORMER DANCER FOR THE VILLAGE PEOPLE???

 
 

 

 

Y.M.C.A

Y.M.C.A

Random thoughts from Shaq

 

 

 

 

 

20 DOLLAR CHINESE FOOD.....MMmm....EGGROLLS

20 DOLLAR CHINESE FOOD.....MMmm....EGGROLLS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Morrison??

Adam Morrison??

 

 

 

 
MAGIC vs. LAKERS

MAGIC vs. LAKERS

20 DOLLAR CHINESE FOOD.....Mmm...EGGROLLS!!

20 DOLLAR CHINESE FOOD.....Mmm...POTSTICKERS