The Dallas Mavericks took home the ESPY for "Best Team," capping off a magnificent season that ended with the franchise's first title in 31 seasons. The Mavs beat the Miami Heat in what came to be billed as the Mavs being a true team, relying on virtually the entire roster, against a hastily put-together Miami Heat team reliant on three superstars.
For that reason, Dallas beat out the Boston Bruins, San Francisco Giants, Green Bay Packers, Auburn Tigers and the Texas A&M women's basketball team.
There to pick up the award were Mavs owner Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitzki -- who won ESPYs for "Best NBA Player" and "Best Male Athlete," Shawn Marion, J.J. Barea, Jason Kidd, Jason Terry, Brian Cardinal and Tyson Chandler. Rick Carlisle won "Best Coach/Manager."
Kidd and Cuban spoke on the stage after accepting the ESPY.
"On behalf of my teammates, our owner Cuban, we'd like to thank the fans for voting for us," Kidd said. "We had a heck of a year, but we wouldn't have done it if we weren't a team."
Cuban, dressed nicely in a suit, but the only one not wearing a tie (Chandler went with a tuxedo -- white tie, black pants, black bow tie), was succinct in his remarks.
"You know, every guy on this team, every year, they told me we should trade him, get rid of him, they're too old, they're always hurt, they can't get the job done, who let the dad on the court (Cuban points to Cardinal), who let the baby on the court (points to Barea)," Cuban said, drawing laughs. "You learn over time it's a very humbling game, but you also learn to trust and belief and care.
"And, I think if this Dallas Mavericks team proves anything, it's that good guys do win and can win and will win."