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  • Lamar Odom Ends Dallas Mavericks Stint In Current NBA Season

    10. April 2012

    Former Los Angeles Lakers versatile power-forward Lamar Odom will no longer play for the Dallas Mavericks in the current National Basketball Association season. (Photo: khloekardashian.celebuzz.com)

    The chance to see former Los Angeles Lakers versatile power-forward Lamar Odom play for the Dallas Mavericks in the forthcoming National Basketball Association playoffs is now a thing of the past.

    This developed after Odom and the Mavericks management have mutually agreed to end the stint of the NBA superstar in the current NBA season. The Mavericks and Odom decided to part ways due to the lackluster play of the versatile power-forward this year. Read more »

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    NBA Veteran Shawn Marion Wants World To Call Mavericks “World Champion”

    21. December 2011

    National Basketball Association veteran power-forward Shawn Marion (holding championship belt) wants the world to recognized the Dallas Mavericks as a legitimate champion in the NBA. (Photo: Getty Images)

    In an effort to bring the defending National Basketball Association (NBA) champion Dallas Mavericks to the discussion table, veteran NBA power-forward Shawn Marion wants the world to address the team as “world champion”.

    Marion told the media that he is not happy that that the Mavericks is getting less respect as the NBA champion. He said he is mad that many people are saying that the Mavericks have a less chance of repeating as NBA champion this year.

    The NBA veteran said contrary to the perception of many, the Mavericks are fully focussed on defending their title this year. The power-forward said the team worked hard last year to win the title and they are not giving it out on the silver platter this year.

    Marion said the Mavericks will repeat as champion since they will work hard to get it. He said as champion they deserved to be addressed as champion and not as one of the underdogs this year. Nicknamed “The Matrix” by TNT analyst Kenny Smith during the pre-season of his rookie year for his seemingly bionic athleticism, Marion is widely regarded as one of the most versatile players in the league thanks to his athleticism and ability to play and defend many positions.

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    Hero’s Welcome For Dirk Nowitzki In Soccer Loving Germany

    29. June 2011

    Dallas Mavericks superstar power-forward Dirk Nowitzki (with ball) received a hero's welcome in his recent return to his hometown in Germany. (Photo: mhelgarrido.blogspot.com)

    In a rare occasion, the soccer loving country of Germany gave honor to the sport of basketball over the ever popular game of soccer in the European country.

    Residents of Wuerzburg, Germany gave a hero’ welcome to German basketball superstar Dirk Nowitzki when the latter arrived on his hometown  more than two weeks after leading the Dallas Mavericks to their first championship. According to reports, Nowitzki was welcomed by about 3,000 fans in a Wuerzburg sports hall and signed the golden book in the city hall.

    To those who witnessed the event, the fans also cheered “MVP, MVP” to welcome the most valuable player of the final series against the Miami Heat. Nowitzki even got into a motorcade to join an outdoor party expected to draw 15,000 fans.

    The German countrymen of Nowitzki gave the huge honor to the NBA superstar to express their joy that one of their own was able to carry the name of their country in the NBA, the premier professional basketball league in the planet. The German fans of Nowitzki were also very happy that their top basketball export was able to finally nail down his first NBA crown after 13 years of waiting.

    The countrymen of Nowitzki were also jubilant due to the strong performance of their own in the NBA Finals that earned him the NBA Finals MVP. Nowitzki for his part is very happy with the honor and respect given to him by his countrymen.

    The superstar power-forward hoped he can win more NBA championships to bring joy to Germany. Dirk Werner Nowitzki is an alumnus of Röntgen Gymnasium and DJK Würzburg basketball club.

    Nowitzki was drafted ninth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1998 NBA Draft, and was immediately traded to the Mavericks, where he has played ever since.Standing 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), Nowitzki plays the power forward position but also has the mobility, size, and shooting ability to play the other front-court positions, center and small forward. Nowitzki has led the Mavericks to eleven consecutive NBA Playoffs (2000–01 to 2010–11), including an NBA Finals appearance in 2006 and the franchise’s first championship in 2011, making him one of only five players in NBA history to win the championship while being the only NBA All-Star on the team.

    He is a ten-time All-Star and eleven-time member of the All-NBA Teams, and is the first European-born player in NBA history to receive the NBA Most Valuable Player award. He is the first Maverick ever to be voted into an All-NBA Team and also holds several all-time Mavericks franchise records.

     

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    Dallas Mavericks claims 1st NBA title after 31 years of waiting

    13. June 2011

    After 31 years of waiting the Dallas Mavericks is finally an NBA champion.

    To all hoop loving fans around the world the place to be these days is in Dallas, Texas.

    Finally after 31 years of waiting, the Dallas Mavericks capture their first ever National Basketball Association crown.The Mavericks beat the Miami Heat 105-95 in the all-important Game 6 of their best of seven championship series at the American Airlines Center in Miami, Florida to take the championship crown.

    The underdog Mavericks defeated the favored Heat in their best of seven championship series four games to two.The victory of the Mavericks is also a form of sweet revenge for the team after the Heat earlier beat them for the NBA crown in the 2006 NBA Finals.The way the Mavericks defeated the Heat is also a revelation since only a few basketball experts picked them to win the NBA crown due to the star-studded line-up of the Heat made up of its so-called big three NBA superstars Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh.

    To compensate for its limited athletic skills, the Mavericks rely on its team-work, resiliency and determination to bring down the Heat.Down in most of their games, the Mavericks always find a way to catch the Heat and eventually beat them in Game 6 to claim their first ever NBA crown.

    Dallas Mavericks superstar power-forward Dirk Nowitzki (with ball) against the Miami Heat defense.

    Two players very instrumental for the NBA crown for the Mavericks is its superstar power-forward Dirk Nowitzki who withstand a flu and cough in Game 4 to help his team beat the Heat.Nowitzki was very focused in the entire series as he withstand the tough defense put up by the Heat to score and lead his team to victory against the NBA Eastern Conference champion.

    Mavericks high-flying guard Jason Terry was also a revelation in the NBA Finals series as he scored huge numbers for his team despite being guarded by James, considered as one of the top defenders in the NBA.Before beating the Heat in the NBA Finals, the Mavericks already took the attention of the basketball world when they eliminated the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the playoffs with a 4-0 sweep in their best of seven playoff match-up.

    With their morale boosting win against the Lakers, the Mavericks became very confident in the playoffs which they carried over until the Finals and their eventual NBA crown.Nowitzki was very happy with their feat and he promised that the team will do their best to defend their crown in the next NBA season.

    The Heat for its part were sad with their loss but is very determined to take the NBA crown next year.

     

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    King James seeks return of clutch self in Game 6

    12. June 2011

    Miami Heat superstar forward Lebron "King" James seeks to repair his damaged clutch reputation in Game 6 of NBA Finals on Sunday evening.

    The National Basketball Association Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat is just a loss away from being beaten for the championship crown in the current NBA season by the Western Conference champion Dallas Mavericks.

    Down 3-2 in its best of of seven NBA championship series, the Heat hopes to find its groove back when they face the Mavericks in the crucial Game 6 of their match at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.One superstar player also hoping to find his scoring and clutch ways back is Heat superstar forward Lebron “King” James whose performance in the past three games of the series is way below his average and his capabilities.

    In the recent two straight losses by the Heat to the Mavericks in Games 4 and 5, James had been heavily criticised by the media for his failure to deliver for his team especially in the fourth quarter.Many are saying, James’ moniker that he is “King” due to his awesome basketball talent is not correct since he collapses during the important moment of their NBA Finals games, the fourth quarter.

    The criticism grew even louder in Game 4 when the usual double scoring James was held to only eight points by the Mavericks, which lead to  the defeat of his team.Now that the world especially those haters of the Heat are feasting on his lacklustre performance in his team’s recent defeats, James hopes to find his old self so that he can bring his team to victory now that the game shifts back to their home-floor.

    James himself admitted his poor play in the past three games of his team and he vowed to play much better and be more aggressive for his team in the all-important Game 6.The NBA superstar said he and the rest of the Heat team needs to give it their all so that they can have the chance to extend their series to a deciding Game 7, which still be held on their home-floor.”Now that the next two games will be held in Miami, I hope to find my groove back for the team,” James said.

    Amids the mounting criticism on his NBA Finals dismal performance, James remain composed and confident saying he do not care what people think since what matters for him is to bring his team to the NBA championship this year.

    Before his NBA Finals slump, James had a colorful resume in his NBA career.James was taken with the number one pick in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers and signed a shoe contract with Nike before his professional debut.Listed as a small forward, James has set numerous youngest player records since joining the league.

    He was named the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2003–04, was named the NBA Most Valuable Player in 2008–09 and 2009–10, and has been both an All-NBA selection and an All-Star every season since 2005.In 2010, a much-publicized free agency process ended with James signing with the Miami Heat.

    He became the third reigning NBA MVP to change teams and the first since Moses Malone in 1982.Can “King James” regain his old clutch self? Find out yourself by watching the NBA Finals Game 6 on Sunday evening.

     

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