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I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago, IL and for as far back as I can remember I was hooked on sports. Baseball, football, soccer, and last but certainly not least, basketball. I didn’t seem to care about anything else growing up so my parents tried to involve me in as many sports as possible and I will always thank them for that.

Everyone obviously knows that Chicago is synonymous with “His Airness”, Michael Jordan. My dad had season tickets since Jordan’s 2nd season so I’ve seen him play easily over 200 times. In my opinion upper management could’ve done a better job of extending “The Big Three’s” (Jordan,Pippen,Jackson) tenure to keep the dream alive, but instead sold out a lot of fans. As true fans we continued to go to Bulls games through the following years and I began to notice a new wave in the NBA. High scoring, fast paced, unlike anything I had seen before, there was a new “Big Three”. Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, and Michael Finley took the Dallas area by storm, and couldn’t disappoint. After watching them once it was like I had been a Dallas Mavericks fan my whole life. Each and every year, my love for this team continued to grow. Despite deep playoff runs the Mavericks couldn’t bust through and get the championship but I continued to invest my time and more importantly my heart into this team.

In the summer of 2004, my family and I moved to Phoenix, AZ. I vividly remember sitting in Illinois helping pack up the house when there was breaking news on ESPN, “Steve Nash to sign with the Phoenix Suns”. This couldn’t be true could it? My parents who had begun to follow the Suns a little more rushed to the phone and immediately purchased season tickets for the upcoming season. So let me get this right, I get to see Steve Nash in person on a consistent basis? GREAT! But…..no more “Big Three”?

Each passing year, and sometimes with a humiliating ending (1st round upset vs. GS), the Dallas Mavericks were still the only team that caught my eye to and it wasn’t going to change. Friends here in Phoenix still don’t understand where my love for the Dallas Mavericks comes from but I live and breathe this team and always will.

In the 2010-2011 season many things happened in my life and possibly one in particular that could’ve been my good luck charm. The MAVS went through various ups and downs in the season but anything can happen in the playoffs right? They disposed of the Blazers in the 1st round, and then promptly “swept” the defending champion L.A. Lakers right off the court. On May 20, 2011, I got married to the love of my life and we set off for our honeymoon cruise. The Mavs were just starting their series vs. Oklahoma City and the ride that my wife and I went on was one heck of a roller coaster. A roller coaster that ended with Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks hoisting the NBA Championship trophy.

I decided I wanted to give everyone a place to come and get updates/news/videos from myself and other MAVS fans. The Dallas Mavericks caught the world’s attention last year and we(MAVS Nation) have only just begun.

 

Ryan Wilson
Mavs Fanatic

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