LeBron James and his ‘decision’ to join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami was a huge topic of conversation during the 2011 NBA Finals for obvious reasons. Well Dallas Mavericks forward, Dirk Nowitzki, had to make a decision of his own last summer and he decided to resign with the only team he’s played with his entire NBA career.
He signed for $80 million over four years with nothing more than an aging point guard alongside him in Jason Kidd.
With 12 years in the league, Nowitzki decided to take the only path he knew. The one with broken teeth, broken fingers, 100 degree fevers, the one that wouldn’t be easy.
His decision turned out to be right one. He helped lead the Mavericks to one the best seasons in team history. They would go on to make the playoffs and even sweep the then-defending champs, Los Angeles Lakers.
The tall German even outshined James and Wade in the 2011 playoffs, averaging nearly 28 points, while Wade put up 24.5 and James had 23.7.
Nowitzki’s success also speaks to the system. The Mavericks wouldn’t have been able to be as good as they were this season without the coaching, without the game plan, without the bench, without the entire team.
The Dallas Mavericks won the championship not only because Nowitzki was dominant (of course it helped), but they ran as a unit. They were clicking on all cylinders; even JJ Barea was a huge factor in helping defeat the Miami Heat.
Nowitzki made his decision without peddling to a LeBron James, or a Carlos Boozer.
A championship team is one that’s built like one from top to bottom, not three players and a make-shift system.
He’s a true old school player at heart.
Congrats to The Dallas Mavericks and Dirk Nowitzki on a fine season.