Dirk Nowitzki has been to the NBA Finals twice. The first time he lost to the Miami Heat, the second time he was able to finally exorcise his demons and win an NBA Championship by beating the Miami Heat with the LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh trio.
“In life, I don’t really hate much,” Nowitzki said Friday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM’s “Fitzsimmons and Durrett.” “I’m an easygoing guy, but that’s probably about as close as it gets.”
Dallas Mavericks fans were torn in the most recent NBA Finals when deciding who they’d support. Their biggest rival, the San Antonio Spurs were taking on the Heat.
Since LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh have teamed up only one NBA Team has beat them in a playoff series, the Mavs in the 2011 NBA Finals. So many Dallas fans scoffed when head coach Erik Spoelstra and Dwayne Wade called the 2013 NBA Finals “the toughest series that we’ve ever been in.”
“He might have preferred to say ‘the toughest series that we won,’” Nowitzki said. “Yeah, for sure, the way they fought that out in Game 7 was an unbelievable series, but we did get ‘em.”