15 Reasons Why You Know You’re a Fan of the Dallas Mavericks

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15 Reasons Why You Know You're a Fan of the Dallas Mavericks

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There are lots of benefits to living in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex. There isn't a lot of places you can live where you will feel all four seasons of the year in one day. Not many places can you leave for work bundled up in a jacket only to come home and put shorts on afterwards.

Another benefit of living in the metroplex is the ability to enjoy all four major sports. Not only do we have America's Team, but we also have the Texas Rangers, Dallas Stars and of course the Dallas Mavericks.

People in the DFW area might be a little spoiled when it comes to sports; thanks largely in part to the Dallas Cowboys and their Super Bowls. Even though it's been almost two decades since the last title, fans over at Jerry World still believe this year will be the next title.

Because of this, people are a little skeptical when it comes to teams not winning championships. Not only do people expect it, sometimes they have a hard time supporting a team if they don't win on a consistent basis.

Enter the Dallas Mavericks. For over a decade now, the team has been winning and in the playoffs, minus last year of course. For most of the Dirk Nowitzki years, though, this team has been relevant and in the playoffs. They made two NBA Finals during that time and even won a title.

As you would expect this playoff run and championship has brought many people to the American Airlines Center to cheer the Mavs. These fans have been there to sell out the arena as they watch the Mavs battle for another title.

My question, though, is how many of these people are true Mavs fans? Are they real fans or are they posers who jumped on the band-wagon at the right time? Here's a list of 15 ways to know if you're a true Mavs fan or not.

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You know the dance routine to every Mavs ManiAACs performance

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Whether they are performing a rendition of Thriller on Halloween or dancing around to a different song, Mavs fans know this group and what they bring to each and every game.

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Anytime someone shrugs with their palms up, you think of Tim Duncan

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Whether or not you think he is a great player is irrelevant in this conversation. Every Mavs fan knows that there is no bigger cry-baby in all of sports than Tim Duncan. The minute the whistle blows and its a foul on him, you know Duncan is going to ask the question, "Who me?" as he looks helpless to the referee.

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You know exactly how to pronounce the name Holger Geschwindner and you know who he is

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People around here know that Dirk has a very untraditional style of training and conditioning. If you watch a practice, you will often see the big German jumping around in the background like he's on a trampoline. The reality is these are training principles and practices he learned from his coach in Germany - Holger Geschwindner. Holger will usually fly in during the season at least once or twice.

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You were actually happy when the Mavericks let Michael Finley go

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Dallas had the luxury of Steven Nash, Michael Finley and Dirk Nowitzki all playing together during the early part of the 21st century. However, it seemed apparent that in order for Dirk to completely take control of this team, the other two pieces might need to leave. Nash left via free-agency to the Phoenix Suns. Finley seemed destined to remain a Maverick forever until they decided to waive him in order to take advantage of the one-time amnesty provision. Dirk took over as the true leader and never looked back.

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Until they won the championship, the greatest accomplishment for Dallas was sweeping the Lakers in the 2011 playoffs

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The Mavericks were in the middle of a playoff series drought. After losing the 2006 Finals, the Mavs struggled with winning a playoff series. In 2011, Dallas got past the Portland Trailblazers but nobody gave them a shot against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers were two-time defending champions and were the favorites to represent the Western Conference again. Dallas, however, not only stopped the Lakers but they did it in dominating fashion as they swept the Lakers out of the playoffs. This would be the greatest moment in franchise history until a month later.

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The name Dwyane Wade makes you sick to your stomach

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The Mavericks had a chance to win an NBA title in 2006 when they played the Miami Heat. After winning the first two games, Dallas held a 13 point lead with 6:40 left to go in game three. The next 6:40, the entire Mavs family found out who Dwyane Wade was. Wade put on a performance that would make Michael Jordan proud as he almost single-handedly brought the Heat back to win the game and ultimately the series.

To make things worse for Mavs fans, Wade also won the MVP award during the All-Star game that was hosted in Dallas during the 2009-2010 season.

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If the picture below made you want to punch your computer screen or throw it across the room

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Dwyane Wade may be the person that scored all the points for the Miami Heat in the 2006 NBA Finals, but true Mavs fans know the reason Dallas lost the title was because of the name Bennett Salvatore. Salvatore was part of an extremely controversial ending in game five that helped give Miami the title.

Mavs fans know that if Dan Crawford is officiating a playoff game in which Dallas is involved, the chances of winning go down exponentially. At one point the Mavs were 2-16 in playoff games when he officiated.

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You believe in the parade jinx

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If those two aren't enough reasons for why Dallas didn't win the title, throw Laura Miller into the mix as well. Miller was the mayor of Dallas during the 2006 season. Mavs fans started cringing on the Monday morning after their Game 2 victory over the Heat in the Finals. Dallas had a 2-0 lead and looked poised to win the title. However, the Dallas mayor announced they had a parade route already lined up and ready for when the Mavs won the title. Every true Mavs fan knows this was the start of the demise.

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When someone refers to the Dark Ages, the first thing you think of is the Mavericks during the early 90's

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Dallas finished the 92-93 season with a dreadful 11-71 record. The next year, the almost became the first team in NBA history to lose at least 70 games in back-to-back seasons. This is the Dark Ages they should teach in history lessons.

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At least once a year you try to think of ways to trade Mavs Man

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For those of you who don't know, Mavs Man is a scary individual the Mavs try to use as entertainment in the arena during timeouts and such. The problem is that his costume is a bit scary. The attempt to make him look like a basketball and turned him into a Spiderman look-alike.

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Regardless of whether or not you think Shaq was the best big man in the game, the idea of trading Dirk for him infuriated you

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There was a point where Mark Cuban started realizing that offense alone wasn't going to get him to the promised land. There were rumors that Shaq might be on the market and the Lakers would be willing to deal the center. Lakers supposedly wanted Dirk in return, though. As much as I knew Shaq could probably help this team, it made me mad to think about trading Dirk for anyone. I was ready to start a "Keep Dirk at all costs Movement." Luckily I didn't have to bring out the picket signs.

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You get Mark Cuban

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Mark Cuban gets a lot of bad publicity around the NBA and in the press but as a Mavs fan, you get it. You understand his desire and his passion because you realize he's just a fan like you and I. Ok, so maybe he's a fan that has billions of dollars.

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You know the meaning of MFFL

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You are the ultimate MFFL. You have the shirt, the banner and you even hashtag it in all your tweets and Facebook posts. The rest of the NBA doesn't get it nor will they ever. Through thick-and-thin we are #MFFL (Mavs Fan For Life).

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You shed a tear every time you see Tyson Chandler in a New York Knicks uiform

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Tyson Chandler was the anchor that held this team together defensively during their title run in 2011. It's a shame that they couldn't find a way to bring him back again for one more shot. Rather, Chandler signed with the Knicks and was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. Makes me tear up just typing it.

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You know exactly where you were on June 12, 2011

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Doesn't matter if you were watching it at home, sitting at a friends house or in a bar, you know exactly where you were when the final horn sounded and the Dallas Mavericks were crowned NBA Champions.

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