Before it was renovated last year, my high school had a murial in the center of a large brick wall that read a quote from the school???s namesake, Benjamin E. Mays. It read, "He who starts behind in the great race of life must forever remain behind or run faster than the man in front." This is a saying I walked by everyday for almost three years of high school. It stuck with me--and it applies perfectly to the Dallas Mavericks.
Dirk never gave up his old shooting coach. He never gave up on winning a title in Dallas, despite the free agent departures he never considered joining a super team and he hasn't given up in a fourth quarter comeback to date. After 13 seasons, Dirk finally has a nickname that sticks--NoQUITzki. The Mavericks have had six 4th quarter comebacks in the 2011 playoffs. When they shocked the Lakers in Games 1 and 3, it was chalked up to L.A.'s fatigue. When they stormed back on the Thunder, youth was blamed. It's time to face the facts, comebacks are in the DNA of this team.