Do you remember when the Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals? I do. It was pretty surprising, at the time, how easily the Mavs handled the Heat, especially in Game 6, a 10-point Mavericks win that was the greatest victory margin of the series. Then there were parties and stuff, in all kinds of different countries. You remember this, I’m sure.
Guess who else remembers this? Dwyane Wade, and he’s still pretty sad about it. From the Sun-Sentinel:
“The sting is always going to be there when you lose,” he said. “Obviously, it was my first time ever losing the Finals. The sting is there, no question about it. I joke with the kids. I said, ‘All right, I’m going to make jokes about it. You guys are not going to ask me the question.’ Because the first thing, when they ask questions, they want to know stuff. I make sure I shed some light on it in a sense-of-humor type of way, but the sting is there.
“But you’ve got to move on. As I said, at the end of the year, we learn from it, but life continues to go and we’ll have a lot more basketball left in our lives to play and we’ll get another crack at it.”
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As for Dwyane, this isn’t too big of a surprise. The Finals happened a month ago, and that’s a minuscule amount of time when you consider that guys on the Mavericks were still upset about their 2006 loss five years later. Losing a championship is a pretty big deal, and it often leads to greater success down the line. Maybe losing in the NBA Finals will be a blessing for the Heat, since it’ll help show them all what it takes to win a championship. Wouldn’t be the first time such a thing has happened.
Of course, the Heat obviously don’t feel like that now, especially not Dwyane Wade, who has to deal with a bunch of campers asking him about losing in the Finals. Those kids won’t shut up about it, even if he is shedding light on it in a sense-of-humor type way. Make ‘em do 100 laps around the gym. That’ll get ‘em quiet.