It really bugs me how journalists are trying to find the story they think everyone wants to read: that the 'lil general pushed the big storm trooper and the MVP finally pushed his team to victory. It's bullshit. Patent bullshit. You know who the MVP of last night's game was?
Devin Fucking Harris. That man above scored or assisted on every single point in the fourth quarter that wasn't a free throw. Every one. He hit Dirk for both of the two field goals he scored... (all of the rest of Dirk's points came on free throws). He got the scoring started. He assisted Croshere, the only other Maverick with a field goal in the fourth quarter. Dallas would be in its off-season right now if it wasn't for him. Dirk played a big part, but Devin was the guy.
And while I'm on the subject of Dallas players, let me just say that Jason Terry is the biggest non-Bowen cocksucker in the NBA (even if Baron was acting). What a cheapshot move he pulled on Baron Davis, who was smoking him mercilessly (again). I like guys who play a little rough in the spirit of hustle, who foul you on what should be an easy layup and put themselves at risk because they want to win so badly. I don't like guys like Terry who throw cheap shots when dudes aren't looking, when the ball's not live, and when they're getting smoked because they suck. I have always been lukewarm to Jason Terry, and now I just think he is a big pussy. There is no explanation for the referees leaving him in except for fear instilled by Mark Cuban's incessant attempts to get the commissioner's office to discipline them for not making more pro-Dallas calls.
Just in case it's not clear, I now officially hate Dallas. Mark Cuban, ever the class loser, said of coach Don Nelson, who is making Cuban and his team look like foolish, spoiled front-runners: "I said it [to him in 2003] and I think it [now][that he only performs well as an underdog]. That's one of the areas we didn't get along. Some people are afraid to lose. You can't be afraid to lose if you're going to be a winner. You see it in business all the time. Guess what? No balls, no babies, right? You've got to go for it and I don't think Nellie's got that attitude. And that was a conflict. That was a big conflict."
Yeah, I'm sure the second-winningest coach in NBA history, who has won three coach of the year awards and was voted by his peers to be one of the top-10 coaches in NBA history in 1997, who turned the Mavericks around with his unconventional thinking, and who can go home at night and polish a championship ring for his thumb, index, middle, ring, and pinky (that pinky one is the hardest) finger is really afraid of winning. He probably needs to learn how to win from a guy who invented streaming radio and got bought out by Yahoo! at the height of ridiculous tech buyouts, a real winner whose life was going nowhere until he stumbled on a good idea. The only bigger bullshit than Cuban implying that Don Nelson is not a winner is his implication that he is some sort of businessman. I could be a businessman, too, if I had scored a billion bucks off of a pet-rock idea.
Well, Don't Ever Give Up supports real winners, and that is one thing Mark Cuban ain't (unless you're talking about the lottery). As always, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org