LeBron and Dirk: Who Needs This Ring More?

It should be easy right? LeBron James is the second coming of “His Airness” and needs a championship as soon as possible if he has any shot of fulfilling his nickname of “King James,” right? That is unless you’re Scottie Pippen then you think LeBron’s already better than Michael Jordan. (He hasn’t even past Kobe’s body of work yet so “You can take that to the bank.”)  LeBron also has to win because of the expectations that were placed on him after he went to Miami to join up with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. LeBron has to win to finally shut up every tired argument of him abandoning Cleveland and needing a super team to win (MJ’s team was not as good as LeBron’s team is and will be because players are going to join LeBron to try and win a ring. It’s like when you were a kid playing Madden and your starters were Peyton Manning, LaDanian Tomlinson, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens.). Well that was easy; LeBron needs this championship more than Dirk. Not so fast.

Think about the Miami Heat with this in mind; it’s the worse team they’ll ever have while James, Wade, and Bosh are there.  The way the Heat meshed throughout the end of the season and the playoffs and the contracts that expire after this season will open the door for solid free agents to join them. Their defense is suffocating and that’s with stiffs like Mike Bibby and Mike Miller on the team.  All they need is a point-guard and a big man who can score for them and they’ll have everything that is needed to become a dynasty, as long as LeBron doesn’t call Wade, Bosh, and himself the “Three-tles.” (Calling themselves the “Three-tles” finished on the list of “Embarrassing Things I Shouldn’t Have Said” along with Liam Gallagher’s “We will be as big as the Beatles, if not bigger” and Bryon Russell telling Jordan in ’94 “Why’d you quit? You know I could guard you. If I ever see you in a pair of shorts …”) Basically, this year is Dirk’s best chance to win.

No one can deny how well the Dallas Mavericks are playing.  They swept those bum Lakers and handled the Thunder without a real problem.  In Dirk’s last trip to the Finals in 2006, he was a great player but earned his reputation of soft and cracks and under pressure.  In 2011, he added a post-game and is officially unstoppable and I can’t stress it enough, he’s seven-feet-tall, his shot can’t be blocked.  His old reputation has been forgotten because Dirk hasn’t played better in his career.  Jason Kidd, once known as “Ason Kidd” because he had no “J,” has been knocking down threes and hitting daggers.  He’s a good defender and had no problem checking Kevin Durant in the Conference Finals.  He’s the veteran influence that has helped put the Mavericks over the top. Their bench that includes Jason Terry, JJ Barea, and Peja Stojakovic has been the catalyst to their success.  Terry, their sixth-man, is averaging 17 points for the playoffs and 46% (inhuman) from three.  Stojakovic has hit a few threes and contributed and Barea is so quick that he gets to the basket with no problem because of the adjustment from slow Kidd to Barea. (Think of it like a baseball team that is thrown pitches at 75 mph for six innings and then gets thrown pitches at 96 for the last three.)  However, the players that got them there are a bunch of 30-somethings on the downward end of their careers.  Kidd is 38, Stojakovic is 33, and Terry, their second best player, is 33.

With all of these factors, LeBron needs a ring badly, but in the scope of things Dirk needs this more.  He is going to go down as one of the best shooters in NBA history and a ring would just solidify and improve his standing on everyone’s “Best Ever” list.

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