If you read a previous post I stated that if the Mavericks were going to be successful, the key was how Jason Kidd would react and his leadership ability to have his teammates jump aboard his train. The results of the NBA Finals justifies my theory.
Keep in mind that I am totally behind the fact that Dirk Nowitzki is the best player on that team and deserved the Finals MVP. But when he was 1 for 12 shooting in the first half, who do you think was right there with him in support to keep shooting and feeding him the ball? Kidd. Great players like Nowitzki can get themselves out of a slump on their own. But it is when you are in the Finals, not just a regular season game, and not just any game, but a game clinching Game 6b on the road. Jason Kidd was in his ear and by his side, and pumping Dirk up during timeouts, halftime, and warmups. Remember, to the all-star player, not any teammate can really keep you motivated. Do you think if Tyson Chandler was telling Dirk to “keep shooting, you are alright,” that it would have the same impact versus coming from a 17 year veteran all star and co-captain?
Congratulations to the Mavericks, the better team with a good leader.