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Dirk Nowitzki Wurzburg Germany

Video: See Dirk Nowitzki celebrated in his home town


Dirk Nowitzki still not particularly good at singing “We are the Champions” but nobody in Wurzburg, Germany, really cares.

Wurzburg is Nowitzki’s home town and they threw a parade and party in his honor Tuesday for winning an NBA title.

The crowd in the town square is totally into it, chanting MVP and singing along. Probably singing better than he did. But man, it looks like a lot of fun.

NBA’s championship DVD out, if you can’t get enough Dirk

Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

The official NBA Dallas Mavericks Championship DVD is out, with plenty of Dirk Nowitzki one-legged turnaround jumpers and Jason Terry showing off his ink.

The fine folks at the NBA.com site released a trailer for the DVD. We thought we’d bring that to you rather than just give you another lockout story.

Bookmark this post and come back to it so you can remember what NBA basketball looks like whenever you get down about how the lockout is dragging on.

Dallas may have won last old-school title for while

APTOPIX NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

Dallas won it all. They earned it. They get the banner and the rings (if they do rings) and the bragging rights. They earned them.

But everybody wants to be Miami.

Not the fans. Outside of South Florida the Heat the Heat are despised, treated with the same venom usually reserved for politicians who text pictures of their junk to people who are not their wives.

But around the league Miami is the model for the future — everybody wants a trio of superstars. Miami has theirs, but you see the Knicks trying to get their trio (at the cost of all their good role players), same with the Nets, same with a lot of teams trying to jump on that bandwagon. It’s why there is so much interest in what is going to happen with Chris Paul and Dwight Howard — if they opt out in 2012 are they going to team up with? Some may not like this trend (some owners hate the players having that kind of power) but it’s the way the league is moving.

Dallas was a throwback. They just won a ring the old school way. The last one we may see for a while.

They certainly have talent — you don’t win without it. They have one of the best in the game in Dirk Nowitzki. Jason Terry can score on anyone, Jason Kidd is a solid leader, Tyson Chandler the best defensive center in the game.

But this was not a “superstar+superstar+superstar=success” formula. They did it by putting together a team that fit well together. They did it by being well coached. They did it with balance. They took years to bring it all together right, to learn some hard lessons along the way. They did it as a team.

“Guys started to understand if we trusted the system, and executed, because all our guys knew how to play basketball good things would happen,” said Dallas owner Mark Cuban in a postgame interview on NBA TV. “No one was selfish — when the ball needed to move, the ball moved. When someone needed to hit an open shot, they hit an open shot.”

Everybody looked past the Mavericks when the playoffs started because they had a regular season that looked so much like their last ones — 11 years in a row with 50 wins, you just came to expect it and came to expect them to fold in the playoffs. But this Dallas team was tougher than past versions. And while Boston got old and the Lakers fell apart, Dallas kept playing better and better, believing in each other.

There is more than one way to build a great team, more than one way to win a title. Miami will get there. Miami learned that it needs to balance out the roster with better fitting role players. The players saw first hand the level of trust needed for them to take the next step.

But more and more teams are going to build their teams the Miami way. Doing it the way Dallas did it is a long, hard road.

And right now, Cuban would not trade the road he traveled to get there for anything.