ARLINGTON -- 14 titles in 20 years don’t lie, y’all!
We’ve got a Dallas dynasty on our hands.
"They actually call it dynasty (emphasis on ’nasty’),” said 7-time national champion Jason Nelms. "One thing that gets said is they don’t like our style of play, but our style of play is six out of seven and 14 out of 20.”
BUT — NewsFix wanted to know:
How does this DFW dynasty compare to others we’ve seen on the court?
We start with the Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs and their five championships.
"The Spurs have always been the silent assassins,” said 9-time national champion Bobbie Nickleberry. "We don’t try to be the silent assassins. We try to be the loud assassins.”
How about the Showtime Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980’s and their quintet of titles?
"Showtime Lakers?” Nickleberry said. “That's definitely us, right on the head.”
The talent certainly crosses over.
"I played able body ball coming up as a youngster,” Nickleberry said. "I was 13 when I got hurt, and that translated a lot to my wheelchair basketball."
Now Nickleberry is the NWBA Tournament MVP.
“You’re almost in a Magic Johnson type role with him,” Nelms said. “Bobbie's got the best hands in the league by far."
"People call me the Big Smooth,” Nickleberry added. "My game is pure.”
But is it pure enough to match the six-time champion Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls?
"Man, MJ’s the greatest player ever,” Nelms said. "We don`t have a greatest player ever. We can’t say that one.”
Only one team did something the Mavs haven’t matched: the Bill Russell Boston Celtics of the 1950’s and 1960’s with eight straight NBA titles.
"I don’t know,” Nickleberry said. That’s to be determined.”
Overall, they’re focused on the “L” word: legacy.
“Boston's legacy and LA’s legacy. I think we’re competing with that,” Nelms said.
Hey, these Dallas Mavs are already the greatest wheelchair team ever, so it looks like this competition’s a wrap!