This is supposed to be a happy occasion. Let's not bicker and argue about who killed who.
Dirk Nowitzki has won the 2006-07 regular season NBA MVP, the first European player to do so. All season Mavs fans have wanted to see this day come. We just figured it would be awarded during a Mavs playoff game.
But being "the best player on the best team," the one that won 67 games (of 82), which was tied for the 6th best record in NBA history, gets you noticed as having great value.
Dirk's a great guy it seems and a great player. Yet, he had a poor playoff series against the Golden State Warriors. He's not alone in not playing well in that series, but he shoulders more of the blame being the superstar. That's just how it is.
Personally, I thought the Mavs MVP in that series was DeSagna Diop and I'm glad they re-signed him.
But this was much less of a happy occasion because of the huge disappointment for the Mavericks. After being up 2-0 in the NBA Finals last year, the Mavs have just really underwhelmed in the playoffs ever since, which is sad.
"Even when I heard I was MVP, I was sad to watch all these playoff games and know that we're not a part of it," Nowitzki said. "It's heartbreaking still to me. I was trying to be positive and be really happy, but it's going to take a while for it to really sink in."Somebody killed their championship last year and most thought they were a lock to at least make it to the Western Conference Finals (only needing to beat either the Spurs or the Suns, but not both). They would have had the 8th seed and then Utar, which would have been seen as an easy route to the WCF, at least on paper. But somebody killed this championship season as well.
Was it Dirk not stepping up? Was it a lack of playing defense? Was it Jason Terry not stepping up? Was it Josh Howard being absent for lengthy periods? Was it just overall an off series for a great team? Whatever it was, it writes a bad ending for a good season/story.
But ... this is supposed to be a happy occasion. Let's not bicker and argue about who killed who.
Dirk was "Number One" this year, but the team was not. Next year, I'd like to see him hoisting a different trophy, not in May, but in June.
Danke for a great regular season and congratulations, Dirk.