dallas mavericks 2011 nba champions

June 13, 2011

I had to find a way to incorporate the victory of my  favorite sport’s team of all time into a blog post related to elephants. I can honestly say last night was one of the best nights of my life and its because the Dallas Mavericks won the NBA Championship for the first time in franchise history. Here are 3 reasons why the Dallas Mavericks team reminds me of a herd of elephants:

1) Elephants are known for their social cohesiveness, loyalty to one another, and teamwork.

These qualities  are the reason why the 2011 Dallas Mavericks team will go down in history. They proved to us that basketball will and always will be a team sport. Remember that old quote from Aristotle “The whole is greater than the sum of its part”. That is what the Mavericks showed us last night, reminding us of an important fact of life. I think Mark Cuban (Mavs owner) summed it up well… “I learned chemistry matters, that it’s a team game. That you have to have players that believe in each other and trust each other and trust your coach.” I think we all re-learned that last night.

2) The matriarch is the leader of the elephant herd and is well-respected.

Dirk is the matriarch of the Dallas Mavericks. He led his team to victory and never looked back. He always looked forward. In Game 2 when Mavericks had came back from a 15 point deficit in the 3 and Jason Terry let Chalmers hit a 3 from the corner, Dirk told Terry “I got you”. And he did. He came back with the lefty-layup to win the game. That’s a leader.  Jason Terry also said “What set him apart from all those other years, he made his teammates better”. He was able to do that because he had complete respect from all of the players surrounding him.

3) Elephants never forget.

The Dallas Mavericks embarrassingly lost to the Miami Heat in 2006. It is something that Dirk, Terry, and the rest of Mavs nation will never forget. The Dallas Mavericks, specifically Dirk and Terry, were not gonna let that happen again. In Game 6 when Dirk made 1 of 12 shots in the first half Jason Terry told Dirk to “remember 06”. That obviously did something to Dirk because he came back in the second half with a vengeance. Now, the Dallas Mavericks have a new memory, and we ain’t ever gonna forget it!




  1. dirk is a patriarch, not a matriarch.

    but very creative on the basketball-elephants front.

    • Well said….

  2. Nice work. I was wondering how you were gonna incorporate them. Well Done!

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