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Old 06-14-2011, 12:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I dont know about anybody on this forum, but if i were a heat fan, or even a member of the heat organization, i would be extremely annoyed about this. I mean the team just won the championship on ur home court...

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Apparently what happens on the court stays on the court for Erick Dampier and a few Miami Heat players.

According to ESPN's Jemele Hill, Dampier and other Heat members went to the same party the Dallas Mavericks went to celebrate their NBA Finals victory. I don't know about you, but the last thing I would do if I just lost an NBA Championship would be to party with the enemy, let alone party at all.

That definitely says something about Miami's competitiveness. Kobe Bryant didn't go out and party with Dirk and company when the Mavs swept the Lakers, I'll tell you that right now.
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Dampier hasn't played since April so he probably wasn't feeling too guilty about it, but he was joined by a few teammates. It would be interesting to hear who those were, but since Dampier was the one named, you'd have to imagine the others would be bench warmers as well.

If the media gets wind of who showed up to celebrate their loss, the players who went may just regret it.
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:25 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well Erick Dampier was with the Mavs before for a while and is probably good friends with the team. Why not?
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Well Erick Dampier was with the Mavs before for a while and is probably good friends with the team. Why not?
yeah, doesn't surprise me. He hardly played for the Heat, he almost certainly won't be playing for Miami next season, and he might be happy for the Mavericks organization. It especially makes sense if Dampier intends to retire.
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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ohhhhhhh shit.......heat are gonna struggle if eric dampier gets suspended for few games lol
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Old 06-14-2011, 02:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah I would have expected Dampier to have odd feelings about this. Him going isn't really that big a deal. If it were lebron and wade on the other hand...
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Dampier will likely never play another game for Miami anyway, why would he care?
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Dampier has more ties with Dallas than he does with Miami.
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Old 06-14-2011, 10:39 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I personally have no problem with player partying with the team that beat them. I respect it actually. It doesn't take away from what you did on the floor.
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:30 PM   #9 (permalink)
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they just took their talents to dallas
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Old 06-14-2011, 03:48 PM   #10 (permalink)
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dampier lost in 06 with dirk and terry, he feels the glory indirectly.
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:03 PM   #11 (permalink)
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He used to play for Dallas so he is happy for them. I am not surprised at all, he was a bench-warmer in Miami and had no ties with the team or organization.
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FYI, Juwan Howard played for Dallas on two seperate occasions. He is also likely to retire very soon. I wouldn't be surprised if Howard was one of the other players involved.
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I personally have no problem with player partying with the team that beat them. I respect it actually. It doesn't take away from what you did on the floor.
I'm surprised to hear to admit that.

I don't respect it at all. In fact i would say it's a sign of disrespect towards the team you are currently playing for. Who gives a shit if Dampier is good buddies with his ex-dallas teammates? He's a member of the Heat now and has just gone through one of the most heart-breaking moments in all of sports.

How in the world is any kind of partying on his mind?

YOu of all people SJ - mr.old school. for shame.
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Old 06-15-2011, 10:12 AM   #14 (permalink)
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The season is over, go out and celebrate your friends' positive accomplishments. No use wallowing in your own failures, takes a stronger man to show respect and congratulate those that beat you.
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The season is over, go out and celebrate your friends' positive accomplishments. No use wallowing in your own failures, takes a stronger man to show respect and congratulate those that beat you.
Look... after a day or two then sure.

but if you just lost the NBA final - the event that you devote all your energy and blood and sweat to for an entire season - and you feel like 'partying it up' with the people that just beat you for the prize of a lifetime... then i think your priorities are fucked. you shouldn't be in the mood to party just minutes after failing in the biggest challenge of your playing career. You should be pissed off/frustrated/sad/any one of those things. but not in the mood to party.
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YOu of all people SJ - mr.old school. for shame.
I respect what your saying Fancy. But I just don't feel like that Fancy, never did actually. My focus in sport has always been on the moment. I could give you a hard foul, hear the whistle, and then might help you up.

The ultimate athlete in my mind is an athlete that has a healthy outlook and CAN disassociate the game from real life. Hatred of the opponent is unhealthy and counterproductive to positive thought. I believe in intensity of effort and focus, not aggression and negative thought.

Some of you may not understand what I mean, it would be easier to talk about this in person. But I really believe this stuff. The best athletes in the world are able to separate success from failure very quickly and move on.

I dislike crossing the line during the game, in the arena, all that stuff. But afterwards, most of these guys are friends, I think it's ok.

I don't expect people to share my opinion at all, but I have it, and to be honest, I am very comfortable with it.
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Look... after a day or two then sure.

but if you just lost the NBA final - the event that you devote all your energy and blood and sweat to for an entire season - and you feel like 'partying it up' with the people that just beat you for the prize of a lifetime... then i think your priorities are fucked. you shouldn't be in the mood to party just minutes after failing in the biggest challenge of your playing career. You should be pissed off/frustrated/sad/any one of those things. but not in the mood to party.
Well, it was likely hours after, not minutes. I get your point, but we're likely talking about two guys that realized they are at the end of their careers and likely have known that for months minimum. Blood, sweat and tears were shared by these guys with members of the Mavs not that long ago either. I think it isn't worth crying over.... the season is over and they likely put everything they had in... time to party! Check your pride at the door and dance like you own the place!
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If I won an NBA championship I would just go home and rest and be with the family...but thats just me
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I respect what your saying Fancy. But I just don't feel like that Fancy, never did actually. My focus in sport has always been on the moment. I could give you a hard foul, hear the whistle, and then might help you up.

The ultimate athlete in my mind is an athlete that has a healthy outlook and CAN disassociate the game from real life. Hatred of the opponent is unhealthy and counterproductive to positive thought. I believe in intensity of effort and focus, not aggression and negative thought.

Some of you may not understand what I mean, it would be easier to talk about this in person. But I really believe this stuff. The best athletes in the world are able to separate success from failure very quickly and move on.

I dislike crossing the line during the game, in the arena, all that stuff. But afterwards, most of these guys are friends, I think it's ok.

I don't expect people to share my opinion at all, but I have it, and to be honest, I am very comfortable with it.
look at sports in the UK, expecially rugby. It's quite a must, after the game, go for a beer (or more) with the opponents; just an hour or so after they figth on the pitch. Something similar happen with football (soccer for you north american). And i find all this a very good habit
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i was reading on the internet how some miami people were disappointed that LIV nightclub had no backbone and was all about making money because they allowed the dallas mavericks to party there. apparently LIV is THE TOP spot in miami so they were upset that they would let the enemy party it up there after they embarassed the heat at home. it would have never happened in places like New York. other clubs, sure, but not the number 1 spot.

miami really is a pathetic sports town
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