NFL Lockout

Things You Should Be Doing During The NFL Lockout: #41

Courtesy of Mark Cuban's Twitter page (@mcuban).

The NFL lockout may be over soon…just in time for the NBA lockout to happen.


Right before I fell asleep around 3:45 on Monday morning, I furiously checked my Blackberry for new Twitter updates on what the Dallas Mavericks were up to in Miami following their decisive 105-95 win in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to claim the franchise’s first championship.

Tweets kept rolling in about how the Mavs walked into Club Liv in Miami with the Larry O’Brien Trophy and partied the night away.

Everyone knows the narrative at this point. The Dallas Mavericks were just starting a championship celebration that was five years in the making.

The franchise’s nightmare, better known as the 2006 NBA Finals, haunted and hounded the organization until they finally did something about it.

Something about taking a 2-0 lead in a best of seven series and then blowing the next four games along with the world championship makes one bitter and full of regret.

The pain doesn’t go away until the mountain (or in this case Miami’s Big 3) is conquered once and for all.

Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry, two players who were at the epicenter of the ’06 Mavericks collapse, were not going to be satisfied until they redeemed themselves on the NBA’s biggest stage.

Their greatest failure ultimately fueled their greatest victory five years later.

Along with their teammates, Nowitzki, who won the 2011 NBA Finals MVP award, and Terry (who outscored Miami’s LeBron James during the series 108-107), earned the right to drink, party with Lil’ Wayne, sing “We Are The Champions,” and celebrate with other Miami Heat players (!!!).

Even though the loss to the Miami Heat in the 2006 NBA Finals ranks as one of the darkest moments in Mavericks history, that failure helped make them what they are today, and now forever…champions.

Don’t be afraid of failure. We should wear it like a blanket.

Sure, it hurts. But to get to where we want to go in life, it’s an essential tool.

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