The Dallas Mavericks didn't defeat the Miami Heat, " the haters" did, according to Dwyane Wade, one of the Heat's Big Three.
Miami "played off hatred," Wade says in a SiriusXM radio interview with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski earlier this week. The Heat "wanted to win to spite people" ... and "I believe that's the reason we didn't win a championship."
"The haters" certainly exist. They exist because Miami opened the 2010-11 NBA season by crowning themselves future multi-time championships. They exist because in the end, a "king" was forced to realize he wore too few clothes.
They exist because Wade -- the man who once questioned Dirk Nowitzki as a player and as a leader -- could not escape Nowitzki's wrath or match his brilliance. They exist because the Mavericks played with a certain level of "hatred," too. and won because of it.
"Remember '06!" Jason Terry cawed into the ear of Nowitzki during the fourth quarter of the Game 6 title-clincher in Miami, a game in which Dallas' ...