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"Mavs Victory Lap" section of Grantland's NBA-appreciation opus

The Grantland staff wrote about their expectations of the coming 66 games and playoffs.  Each of them simply writes about what tickles their fancy right now, so overall the article is jumble of different viewpoints.  I just thought Mavs fans shouldn't miss out on David Shoemaker's section, titled "Mavs Victory Lap"

Speaking on behalf of Dallas Mavericks fans, we would like to thank you all for your solidarity during the Finals. (Actually, we'd like to thank you for picking the Mavs to lose to the Blazers in the opening round, to lose to the Lakers in the semis, and to lose to the Thunder in the Western Conference finals. Really, that helped.) We were proud to be the team the world could rally behind in toppling that diabolical squad with the two transcendent players who occasionally looked preternaturally dominant on the court.

I recommend you click the link above to read the rest of his section (the fourth one in the article), which goes on to talk about the beauty of the heightened importance of your team while they are the reigning champs.

The rest of the article mentions Dirk 3 times, Cuban once, and the words "Dallas," "Mavs," and "Mavericks" don't appear outside of Shoemaker's writing.  Which is not to say the rest of the article is useless, it's just designed to be scattershot and subjective.  I enjoyed the insights of Simmons, Klosterman, Katie Baker, Shane Ryan, Michael Weinreb, and Bill Barnwell, but I have yet to read some of the sections written by guys whose names I don't recognize.

Check it out and come back here to talk about what aspect of the season you're most looking forward to.  Or to gripe about grantland if that's your thing.

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