On October 11, 1980, the current NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks took the court for their first official NBA game. The Dick Motta led Mavericks were matched up against their in state foes, the San Antonio Spurs. The Mavericks starters for this inaugural game were: Jerome Whitehead, Abdul Jeelani, Tom LaGarde, Geoff Huston and Winford Boynes. The game was played in front of 10,323 fans with the Mavericks shocking everyone with a 103 - 92 win. Winford Boynes led the Mavs with 21 points while Tom LaGarde chipped in with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
You can see some footage from that first game in the video below. Granted, it's mostly of Motta on the sidelines but there's some good stuff here. How about that practice gear?
Now that this season's NBA Finals matchup has been finalized, who will win it all?
When you look at the matchup, it has a good guys versus bad guys feel to it. It is a story of redemption versus validation. It feels scripted. The Dallas Mavericks are the feel good story. It’s a story of redemption for Dirk Nowitzki, after the Mavericks blew a 2-0 series lead in the NBA finals five years ago. After years of hearing “he is soft” and “he can’t close out games,” Dirk has slayed almost all of his demons in these NBA playoffs. The only demon left to vanquish is winning an NBA Championship. And who do Dirk and Mavericks need to get through to win that title? The Miami Heat, the same team that came back from a 0-2 series deficit to win the NBA Championship five years ago. The legend of Dirk continues…
The Heat is playing the role of the villain this season. After “The Decision” and “The Welcoming Party,” the Heat became the team people love to hate. People hate that LeBron and Bosh left their teams/fans to make a powerhouse in Miami. People hate that they celebrated their Conference Semi-Finals win against the Celtics as if they had already won the title. Despite their critics, the Heat is on a mission to prove it was all worth it. It was worth it for LeBron and Bosh to leave behind everything they have ever known as an NBA player. It was worth it to take all the criticism from the media and the fans. It was worth it because they are four wins away from an NBA title.
So, who do you have winning the NBA Championship in ‘11?
is filthy...enough said.