There's a fine line between a player being honest, open and a player just taking cheap shots at others and the Mavericks DeShawn Stevenson is walking that razors edge between the two. Lucking for him though, he hasn't quite passed that point, and his honesty is a welcome thing to my ears (er, eyes).
Known for his blatant lack of respect for LeBron James, something I can very well agree with, he has been quite frank over the years in his assessment of the 'King'. This trend continued in an interview he gave with ESPNDallas.com after their clinching game 6 win over the Heat where he didn't try to hide the fact that beating the Heat, in their own building, was a nice extra touch to winning the NBA Championship.
"It makes me feel good, man, to beat him, to beat that Miami team," Stevenson said. "The way they act, the way they treated Dirk [Nowitzki], all the things that they said were very classless. To win on the court the way we did it, it was wonderful."
The incident Stevenson is referring to is the one that took place before game 5 where a classless LeBron James and Dwayne Wade made fun of Nowitzki by faking sick for the camera's, a condition that Dirk didn't fake in game 4 when he was playing with a sinus infection that came with a triple digit temperature.
"I think we did it with class," said Stevenson of winning the Championship. "They tried all kind of different things and made fun of us and were on the go-karts laughing after Game 1, like they already won the championship. To beat them on their court, it feels good."
The series between these two teams will go down as one of the greatest ever. They had three straight games that came down to the wire and could be considered 'instant classics'. This type of series tends to lend to a fair amount of chippiness and that was prevalent throughout the 6 games.
"A series like this gets personal," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "It gets personal because we have guys that say things, and they do it to get themselves going. Then they have the incident with the camera and the coughing and all that stuff. You get to Game 5, Game 6 and it becomes personal. Our guys took it personally."
With the Finals behind them, Stevenson and the Mavericks can sit back and enjoy an uncertain NBA summer as Champions, something that no other team can do this offseason.
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