The Heat cut to the front of the line to get to the NBA Finals by brazenly throwing money around and creating an instant All-Star team last summer. Meanwhile, the Mavericks quietly gutted it out in the playoffs for 10 straight seasons, with several excruciating and humbling exits along the way. It's no wonder so many hoops fans were rooting for a Dallas win.
Steve Horwood, Tempe, Ariz.
While I enjoyed Lee Jenkins's article on the Mavericks' championship (Lone Star Power, June 20), I find his assertion that by finally winning a title, Dirk Nowitzki has had "13 failed seasons washed off his 7-foot frame" to be pure nonsense. Dirk was the league MVP in 2007 and is a 10-time NBA All-Star who has averaged 23.0 points and 8.4 rebounds for his career. It is outrageous to even allude to him as a failure.
Robert Mayer, Fairfield, Conn.
Nowitzki referred to Jason Kidd as a warrior, but I think that's an apt description of the entire Mavericks team. They fought like warriors throughout their series against Miami, never giving up. They didn't brag about how many championships they would win, and they didn't mock the Heat. They simply let their play do the talking.
Carol A. Caudill, Salt Lick, Ky.
The Brews Cruise
As a longtime fan of the Brewers, I was happy to see someone finally take notice of their recent success (INSIDE BASEBALL, June 20). Whether you're a fan of the Brew Crew or not, Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder are having years that are hard to ignore. If they can keep it up, I believe they'll be the best hitting duo the game has seen in quite a while, and Milwaukee will make a deep run in the postseason.
Ben Zehrt, Solon, Iowa
The Lying Game