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SI: ‘Decoding 2006 Finals’

SI: 'Decoding 2006 Finals'

The NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat will begin on Thursday night in Texas. Kelly Dwyer at Sports Illustrated offers a peek at what fans can expect from the rare, but exciting, match-up between the two teams. This analysis includes some nifty, inter-team trivia:

– Mavs assistant Del Harris once coached Shaquille O’Neal when both were in Los Angeles.

– In the summer of 2004 the Mavericks decided against trading Dirk Nowitzki to the Lakers for O’Neal’s services, so the Lakers then dealt the Big Aristotle to the Heat. Riley wouldn’t part with Dwyane Wade in his deal but still had enough to secure the Diesel Daddy.

– Sean Combs designed Dallas’ alternate uniforms but won’t be seen in Big D, though Diddy has no problems stopping in for Heat games throughout the year.

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