Giovani, if Dirk were black they would be on him about not having won a championship. Since he is white they just try not to talk about him. I think it helps Dirk some allowing him to go out there and just play basketball. I really appreciated the Bird-Nique style duel in game 1.If the Mavs and Heat advance and want to hype the Final into a Bird (Dirk) vs. Magic (Lebron) thing then that would be great. Dirk doesn't have Bird's three rings but his numbers are great. If Dirk wins a ring then he could end his career right up there with Bird among the all-time greats. I think a title this year and one next year would make Dirk's accomplishment almost as good as Bird's. Remember, Bird had that Hall of Fame front line. Also, two Finals MVP awards would tie him with Larry Legend. I really hope that Dirk gets a ring. Great player, a real professional. I also think that Kidd, Peja, Marion, and Terry have Been great pros who deserve a ring. A title would really validate Kidd's standing as one of the top 4 or 5 point guards ever. Having a pass-first point guard winning a ring as one of the main stars would be great. Hasn't really been done since Magic. Stockton came close though (twice). A championship would validate the Mavs philosophy of great shooting, passing, finesse, and team play. Great scorers who have a great team dynamic. Dirk reminds me some of Hakeem Olajuwon. Great fundamentals to go along with great size and length. Hakeem had a great career for awhile, as well as a Finals loss, then won an NBA championship by playing awesome, then came back and won an MVP award and another championship. With that two year run he went from being a very good player and all star to being a first ballot Hall of Famer and one of the 10 or 12 greatest NBA players ever.