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If this year’s Finals taught us anything, it’s that you shouldn’t leave your feet throw a pass. Especially if you’re Shawn Marion, because yikes. And you thought his jumper was ugly.

(via NBA Playbook)

On today’s show, Skeets and Tas congratulate Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks on winning their first NBA title. Topics include: The Dirkus Circus hurdling a scorer’s table at the buzzer, Jason Terry and that smokin’ Mavericks bench, two key turning points in Game 6, Shawn Marion’s unheralded play, Carlisle’s coaching decisions, LeBron’s piss-poor body language, sad Bosh, if Spoelstra will be back behind the Heat bench, why we need to chill a lil’ with Miami, missed free throws, Marc Anthony’s National Anthem, the skirmish, Steve Nash, and much, much more. And on behalf of the entire TBJ team, thanks for watching this season, guys.

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There’s a whole lot to like about this here vijoe. From the amount of Dallas fans who hung around after the game to say wassup to their title team to Dirk taking the time to bask in their applause on both of sides of the bus to the silly grin he has on his face the entire time, it’s all good, baby bay-bay.

But the best part, by far, is at the end when Dirk says, “We’re got going to the club? Why not?” Dude just wants to party and vibe out to some Kompakt Records electro. Maybe chill out to some Superpitcher or whatever.

He got his wish.

Ha ha. Your dad and all his old guy friends go to the club in tucked-in dress shirts. Classic old guys moves.

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“I had to get a moment. I was crying a bit. I was a little emotional. … I actually didn’t want to come out for the trophy, but the guys talked me into it.” — Dirk Nowitzki, 2011 NBA Finals MVP

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Well, if “that’s the only way you can say it,” then that’s how you have to say it.

(via Ben Golliver)

Can’t blame him for this one.

When was the last time an NBA team that was considered as much of an underdog as the Dallas Mavericks won the championship? You could compare this to the Pistons conquering the seemingly unconquerable Lakers in 2004, but the Mavericks were even considered underdogs by many in their first-round series against the Blazers. They were doubted every step of the way, and none of their four series went beyond six games on the way to their first championship in 31 seasons of franchise history.

These fantastic Finals were the culmination of what pretty much everyone should agree was one of the most entertaining NBA playoffs we’ve ever witnessed. The drama was at a high level throughout the post-season, with none of the interesting storylines panning out the way most of us expected.

The key element to any great drama — whether it’s on the screen, the stage or the hardwood — is that there has to be a plot twist that seems surprising at the time but appears inevitable in retrospect. Aristotle called this “Peripeteia:  a change by which the action veers round to its opposite, subject always to our rule of probability or necessity.” Most of us are surely surprised that the Mavericks beat the Lakers, Thunder and Heat on their way to championship glory, but it’s clear in retrospect that we underestimated them.

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