I know that all of Blazer's Edge will want to join me in congratulating Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks on their convincing win in the 2011 NBA Finals. Nuts and cake for all Mavericks' fans on the occasion of your first NBA Championship. We know you couldn't have done it without the lessons learned in the first round. So congrats and you're welcome!
On a personal note I would like to thank Jason Kidd for being one of my favorite non-Blazers of all time, Dirk Nowitski for being the best European player of all time (only Arvydas Sabonis comes close), and Jason Terry for showing Brandon Roy what he needs to do to win a championship next year.
I would also like to present my first annual NBA Finals Wee MVP to J.J. Barea for the smallest guy on the court who made the biggest difference. Come on, Patty! I hope you get a fair go to win this next year (hopefully with the Blazers).