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Dirk or LeBron: Who Needs It More?

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  • Sachin Shenolikar
  • May 31, 2011, 1:38 PM

Of all the big storylines heading into this year's NBA Finals, the biggest boils down to the superstars. Which player needs to win a ring more, LeBron or Dirk?

I say it's Nowitzki. He turns 33 in a few weeks and this will likely be his final chance at leading a team to a title. If Dirk's career ended today, he would be a top 30 player all-time, in the same class as greats such as Karl Malone, John Stockton, and Charles Barkley. Since none of those guys won any rings during their careers, a championship would propel Nowitzki into legendary status — perhaps into one of the top 20 players of all time.

Don't get me wrong, it's championship or bust for King James and the Heat this season. Anything less will be considered a disappointment. James has lost a lot of fans since joining Miami, and those people will be looking for any excuse to criticize him. But remember, LeBron is just 26, and he'll have plenty of chances to win in the future. His legacy won't depend on whether or not he wins the championship this season.

So which team will win? I'm going with Dallas. Not only is Nowitzki playing at an incredible level, but he will be looking for payback since the Heat defeated the Mavs in the 2006 Finals. Dallas also has a stronger supporting cast — Jason Kidd, Shawn Marion, and JJ Barea are all capable of making big plays. Miami has two of the NBA's best players, is jelling at the right time, and has homecourt advantage, but Dallas is a terrific road team and should be able to steal a game or two in South Beach.

Prediction: Mavs in 6.

What do you think? Which team will win the championship? Which superstar needs it more? Tell us what you think in the comments!

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its king james dirk wont stand a chance


I think dirk needs it because lebron has wade and bbosh already.

i think dirk needs it more

I think that Dirk needs it more more cause if he don't win it the heat won they would of beat the mavs in 2006 and 2011

i dnt like dirk

I don't know????!!!!

O yes you do!

I think The Mavs. are working harder than Heat so the mavs. should win

I feel like we need it more. It's been 5 years since that last finals game. Lebron came to Miami to win it all and get his first ring. "It's now or never"

drik leBron is 2 famis

heat is really good but Dirk has been working very hard so I think he deserves a ring. LBJ had his chance when he was with the Cavs he is still very good but this is Dirks time to shine.

ya lbj he does not have a good attitude sometimes off the court so it is Dirks chance

I think LBron needs it more Because he has not relly making that much noise as far as the finals go,Goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo HEAT.

Lebron is DA best and Dirk has no talent as good as Lebron and the Heat is the best Who aggrees with me!!!!!!!!1

LeBron is soooooooooo yesterday. Say hello to the next greatest star of the NBA... DIRK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


LeBron: He was the King for the Cavaleirs... He worked so hard in Cleveland, but it was like the Cavaleirs people expected him to win EVERY game for them in order to get a championship. Well, Cleveland that ain't gonna happen. You have to have the whole team help out. It's not a one man show.
Now when LeBron went to Miami, Cleveland was raging. But Cleveland what'd you think? He didn't win a championship there, so he's moving.
LeBron's in Miami now, and the whole Heat team is helping out! Look where they've got! LeBron has not let all of the down talking get him down.
Dirk: Where's he been? I really hadnj't heard ANYTHING about him really until the playoffs.



YOUR absoulutly right . I mean Dirk is no where near as good as LBJ. LBJ has had more experience than dirk. Everyone Knows that the HEAT are the best and always will be so the Heat will win The N.B.A Finals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who agrees with me. If you do reply and share your coments about Lebron James!!!!!!

i think we should be able to talk to otha ppl on here lol! reply if yaw agree

It stinks that u cant find ur friends and talk to them

I feel you. It's kinda lame we can't talk to other people. No not kinda just striaght lame! LOL

I've never really liked LBJ but after all he's been through I think he needs a ring.

This person is right,LeBron deserves aring

no i think Dirk needs it more


i think lebron deserves it more he hs worked so hard

Watchout Miami..did u watch the Western Confrence Finals at all? Dallas can be down 15 in the 4th and still find a way to win...a good NBA Finals would be Thunder vs. Heat...7 game series...Durant and Ibalka(yeah not Westbrook;I said Ibalka) lifting the Lary O'brien..dont worry it will happen next year.THUNDER UP!

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I think LeBron needs it, because Dirk will still be considered one of the greats even if he loses. Besides the Mavs are old and have no chance of beating the Heat.

No u r all wrong...Kidd needs it...i think its funny that all of u r saying LeBron or Dirk needs the ring...Those guys are young and at their prime...Kidd on the other hand is getting older and still hasn't won one...his legacy will be decided by this the most because this is his final chance 2 win as a Mav cause the Thunder r gonna be the best of the West AND the U.S. next year...Thunder Up!!! i dont like the commercial either but still, Thunder Up!!!

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