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Rooting for, and picking, Dallas
May 31, 2011 - Neil Rudel
Sorry for the break.
The NBA Finals begin tonight, and both teams, Miami and Dallas, have compelling storylines.
Cutting to the chase: I'm rooting for Dallas. I did not like the way LeBron James left Cleveland, choosing to announce his Decision publicly, and tearing the hearts out of a city that has seen its share of sports disappointments.
You know the story: James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh got together and made a pact to play together in Miami. When the owners have stockpiled talent, it's accepted -- even though it can also disrupt the competitive balance in pro sports.
I can't condemn the Heat because the Lakers, many years ago, had Jerry West and Elgin Baylor when they went out and got Wilt Chamberlain.
If other players decide to handle their free agency like LeBron, Wade and Bosh did -- and by the way, they did it so they wouldn't have to compete against the rest of the league independently -- there may only be a half-dozen teams that realistically can win future NBA championships.
Teams, and players, know they'll need not two but three superstars to have a chance. And that's not healthy to a league that has prided itself on having small markets equal to big markets.
Dirk Nowitzki has been stalking his first NBA title, too, and James and the Big Three have actually made Mark Cuban endearing.
Mavs in 7. I hope.