The Dallas Mavericks have been to the NBA Finals twice, both times they faced the Miami Heat. In 2006, they were up 2-0 and wound up losing the series.
In 2011, they were able to find redemption and win that elusive NBA Championship beating the loaded Heat team. This time Dwyane Wade had teamed up with LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban needless to say isn’t a fan of the Heat and isn’t shy about talking about it.
From Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News:
“Hate’s a strong word, but it’s probably not strong enough,” Cuban said of how he feels about the Heat.
“It’s not the individual players at all,” he said. “It’s just the whole representation of 2006 still sticks with me.”
The 2011 Mavs still remain the only team to have ever beaten the LeBron James led Miami Heat in the NBA playoffs. So Cuban can hang his hat on that for now.