After winning the NBA Championship, the Dallas Mavericks decided to take advantage of being in the city where the heat is on and took the trophy out in Miami. The team rang up a $100,000 bar tab at Club Liv at the Fountainbleau Hotel in South Beach. That’s chump change for billionaire owner Mark Cuban who bought a $90,000 bottle of Nebuchadnezzar of Armand de Brignac champange that was 15L or 20 regular sized bottles.
Also joining the after party was rapper Lil’ Wayne, who is a known Heat fan, along with Trey Songz, Lil Twist, Slim Thug and Birdman. Mysteriuosly abesent from the party in “his city” was LeBron James.
Dirk Nowitzki is regarded as one of the nicest guys in the NBA. He even once famously autographed a LeBron jersey on Punk’d. But Nowitzki was not so nice after LeBron and Dwyane Wade mocked the NBA superstar for having a fever before Game 4 of the NBA finals. Nowitzki battled a sinus infection and a 101 fever, and the following day LeBron and Wade fake coughed after their team shoot around.
Nowitzki commented on the incident after Saturday’s practice, “I just thought it was a little childish, a little ignorant. I’ve been in this league for 13 years. I’ve never faked an injury or illness.”
Sick or not, Nowitzki is averaging 27 points in the NBA Finals, and his Dallas Mavericks have a 3-2 lead over the Miami Heat.
“It happened. It’s over to me,” Nowtizki said. “It’s not going to add anything extra to me. This is the NBA Finals. If you need an extra motivation at this time of year then you have a problem. We’re one win away from my dream, what I’ve worked on for half of my life.”
When asked about the alleged cough, Wade said, “I actually did cough, and with the cameras being right there, we made a joke out of it because we knew you guys were going to blow it up. You did exactly what we knew.”
Despite the controversy, Wade is claiming his and LeBron’s innocence, “We never said Dirk’s name. I think he’s not the only one in the world who can get sick or have a cough. We just had fun with the cameras being right in our face about the blowup of the incident, and it held to be true. You blew it up.”
Tonight is Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Boston Celtics and LA Lakers. Both teams are the most recent NBA champions, with LA winning last season and Boston winning in 2008. Additionally, LA and Boston both have star players who are playing injured (Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnet).
With so many similarities, many experts predict the series will go to a Game 7. However, the series may be decided in Game 1. According to statistics 79% of teams who win Game 1 go onto win the series. Even more, Phil Jackson (the coach of the Lakers) is 47-0 when winning Game 1 and has done it 23 times with the Lakers (Jackson had a long coaching tenure with the Bulls). How’s that for Vegas odds?