MIAMI, Florida – Dirk Nowitzki and Mark Cuban's Dallas Mavericks finally won their first NBA World Championship as Dallas beat Miami 105-95 in a rematch of the 2006 NBA Finals, which Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat won. This time around, Dirk would not let his team lose as he took NBA Finals MVP honors for a remarkable series. Dirk talks to GamerLive.TV about what video games he played growing up. The Finals MVP also explains why he hates gaming now and talks about which haircut he wants to have in the next NBA 2K12 basketball game in this exclusive video interview.
The NBA Finals marked the culmination of an amazing NBA season in which major players such as LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams, Chris Bosh traded teams. James and Bosh came to South Beach to join Dwayne Wade in forming the Big Three and became the villains of the NBA as James' controversial "The Decision" and exit from his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers turned many heads. While the road was rocky during the regular season, the Heat made it all the way to the NBA Finals but they came up two games short of their goal as Dallas' great offense came together with their stifling zone defense to stump Miami's offense.
German-born Nowitzki was an outstanding junior player who applied for early entry to the 1998 NBA Draft, where he was chosen ninth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks. Immediately traded to the Dallas Mavericks where he started slowly but has blossomed into a top player in the league. All the hard work has paid off as Celtics great Bill Russell presented Nowitzki with the NBA Finals MVP award.
Third times the charm for Jason Kidd as he finally won that elusive championship ring in his third try. He had led the New Jersey Nets to the NBA Finals twice only to lose to the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs in 2002 and 2003. At 38, he is the oldest player to ever win an NBA Finals.