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Heat partied with Mavericks after Game 6?

Posted on: June 14, 2011 12:32 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 3:20 pm
Posted by Matt Moore

See, when people question their will to win? This is what they're talking about.

Reports surfaced Monday on 790 The Ticket in Miami that some Heat players joined the Mavericks on Sunday night while the new NBA champs partied on South Beach (photos!) after their Game 6 win. One trusted member of Mavs media confirmed that Erick Dampier was one of the Miami members in attendance, along with unnamed others. 

Just so we're clear on this. The Mavs trash-talked you all series long, dashed your title hopes, put even more criticism on your squad, celebrated on your floor and then in your city, and you go party with them? Nice chemistry guys. A few assorted thoughts:

  • The Big Three reportedly were not part of the celebration, but would it surprise you in the slightest if they were? Would that shock you in any way? If LeBron James had gone down there to party with JET, it would have been just more delight for the millions of people that took abject glee in the fall of the Heat and James in particular. It's a good thing they didn't head down there as far as we knew.
  • On the flip side of this, I tried explaining to people how much of this entire process is theatrics. Do the Mavs and Heat organizations like each other? No. Do Dirk and Wade get along? Probably not. But it's not personal, and all of these players consider themselves part of a brotherhood of players. Once the buzzer sounds, most of them are friends with one another. We like to think of these as blood rivalries like the one that existed with the Celtics and Lakers of the 80's but things aren't like that. Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant are buds, though they try and keep that one quiet for PR purposes. That said, KG would never celebrate with the team that defeated him.
  • How does one make that decision? "Well, I just lost the NBA Finals. What can I do? I guess I'll go out, since I live in Miami. Hmm. Maybe I should go drink and dance with the guys that just made me look like a group of slugs offensively and shut us down on our own floor. That sounds fun! Surely no one will see me!"
  • There likely won't be repercussions from this for Maimi, but there should be. Players that partake in that kind of behavior shouldn't be allowed to return to the team. Dampier is old enough to where he probably doesn't care, and after so many years in Dallas, you can understand him wanting to see his guys celebrate. But at the same time, one of the Heat's biggest issues this year was chemistry, and having guys who aren't fully committed to the organization is part of that. 
  • It's an insult to Chris Bosh, who was emotionally wrecked after the loss. Say what you want about Bosh, he played his face off in the postseason and wanted to win badly. He cared. 

(HT: BDL via PBT)

Since: Aug 6, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2011 1:23 pm

This is a dumb story, Matt Moore.

Do you not have anything else to write about? You come off as 'female dog' when you write an article like this.

Next time start this article with a "Girl, guess what?" or "Chile, did you hear?" like on the View or the Talk.

Since: Sep 14, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2011 1:22 pm

Irresponsible Journalism

I love the CBSsports website but this is a really ridiculous article. If I wanted this type of story creation I'd go to FOXsports!

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: June 14, 2011 1:18 pm

Heat partied with Mavericks after Game 6

how do u even have a job? oh yeah, this site hires the worst sports analysts on the planet thats why.. u judge and doyel should go in the back of ur van and have a nice gangbang session. youd probably be the one taken in in the @$$ anyway, u soft pu$$y. u embarrass sports fan like me for these type of antics, trying to be clever with ur oh yeah wouldnt be surpised if lbj wade and bosh partied there.. dude grow up

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2011 1:18 pm

Heat partied with Mavericks after Game 6

Is it just me or is Lebron starting to resemble Greg Oden.
Who the hell is Greg Oden?

Since: May 7, 2009
Posted on: June 14, 2011 1:07 pm

Heat partied with Mavericks after Game 6

This was a really pathetic comment.  When the game is over, you congratulate your opponent and have a drink.  These are games; they are not wars or vendettas.  Nobody is dead.  Do you tell your kids not to play with kids from other schools?  Do you tell shirts to pull a knife on skins after the game?  When it's over, the loser says congratulations and we'll get you next time.

When the final whistle blows, you are under no obligation to continue struggling against the opponent.  Recognizing this is the difference between adults and juveniles.  Maybe REQUIRING a joint celebration would help straighten out some people's heads.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 1:07 pm

Heat partied with Mavericks after Game 6

Ridiculous.  But it's unfair to damn James/Wade/Bosh by saying it wouldn't have surprised you to see them there.  That's branding them with your own imagination, not their actions.  Unfortunately, this suggests how much criticism of the Heat--deserved as much of it might be--is tendentious and projected.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 1:06 pm

Heat partied with Mavericks after Game 6

Who cares what Matt Moore thinks.  The assertion that players should not mingle and have a good time together after the season is over is pretty silly.  Who cares if it is the same night or the next day or the middle of July.  Does Matt want to be their mommy and draw up lists of who NBA players can be friends with or play with off the court or when the play dates should take place?  These guys are people and they are entertainers. 

Since: Aug 29, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2011 12:59 pm

Heat partied with Mavericks after Game 6


Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: June 14, 2011 12:59 pm

Heat partied with Mavericks after Game 6

Is it just me or is Lebron starting to resemble Greg Oden.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 12:58 pm

Heat partied with Mavericks after Game 6

Dampier was on the roster of Miami but he never played.  And he will most likely not be back next year as a member of the team.  Yet he was a player on the Mavericks for years.  Who cares if he partied with his buddies on Dallas?<br /><br />This report has no bearing on the Heat.<br /><br />FYI...I am a Bulls fan living in Chicago so I am in no way a supporter of the Heat, but the media is ridiculous.

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