Call yourself a Mavs fan? Then root for the Heat.
Some of your minds are blown, I know. But just bear with me…….
Here’s an example that might clear it up, assuming you know anything about baseball and you’re a Texas Rangers fan.
In 2002, The SF Giants faced off against the Anaheim Angels. The hated Barry Bonds vs. the Rally Monkey Angels. Remember? I’m sure at the time, some Ranger fans were rooting for the Angels. What was the harm right? A lesser known team of scrappy ball players was making a run in October. Plus most of you all loved to root against Barry Bonds. But looking back, how dirty does it make you feel for rooting for the Angels in 2002? Now that the Rangers/Angels rivalry is heated up, I despise the fact that the Angels fan base has ammo in a sports talk battle. The dreaded, “We have a ring, how ‘bout you?”
What’s your point, Tony?
My point is that Lebron James is playing the part of Barry Bonds in these NBA finals. Hated and despised for their own separate reasons, but hated none the less. The OKC Thunder are the sweet little team that peaked a little earlier than planned like the 2002 Angels. 80% of Mavs nation is pulling for the Thunder. I’ve cleverly come up with “80%” based solely off text messages and tweets. But there is a healthy majority of Dallas Mavericks fans that are rooting for OKC simply because of their hate for the Miami Heat. The hate is deserved and warranted. But it’s misplaced.
My warning to you today is that in a few years when the Mavericks/Thunder rivalry reaches the level of Mavericks/Spurs, you’ll REGRET ever pulling for the Thunder. You’ll despise the fact that they have as many championships as our Mavericks. You’ll hear the Thunder’s new found fans talk trash and I guarantee you’ll hear this; “OKC has only been around for 4 years and we already have as many rings as Dallas.” (Although we all know they were the Supersonics before moving to OKC so the 4 years thing is a little skewed. But we wouldn’t expect a fan base like OKC’s to be clever enough to take that into consideration. Ouch! SHOTS FIRED!). Not to mention the fact that OKC has had minimal hardships on the way to the Larry O’Brien trophy, if they happen to win it. Look at our precious Mavs, YEARS of torture and heartache. Do we really want to see a young, cocky, brash, streaky shooting team from Oklahoma win a title? So easily? Nope.
Also, another reason to root for Miami is rather simple. By the Mavericks beating the Heat last year, it will make our title look even better. Miami would’ve taken down the favorites, OKC. The Mavs would be the only team to solve and conquer the 3 headed Miami beast. Our trophy will be shinier for this. Just trust me.
Mavs fans, think this through and root against the Thunder. Your future self will appreciate it.