Dirk Nowitzki's memories of the last night he spent in Miami are incredible, albeit incomplete.
He still has vivid memories of dashing off the court as the clock ticked down and bawling tears of joy in the AmericanAirlines Arena visitors’ locker room, releasing all the emotions after finally accomplishing his ultimate goal of winning an NBA championship. He remembers the team bus rolling directly from the arena to Club Liv in Miami Beach after the Mavs slammed the door on the Heat with the Game 6 win.
From there, well, it gets a little fuzzy.
Dirk knows he chugged from a gigantic $90,000 champagne bottle as he danced into the wee hours of the morning with teammates, owner Mark Cuban, support staff, friends and others. But parts of the best night of Nowitzki’s life are definitely a blur.
And, as far as he’s concerned, it’s irrelevant as the Mavs return to Miami as the defending NBA champions.
“Yeah, it was [special], but I don’t want to dwell too much on the past,” Nowitzki said. “I mean, it felt like we were celebrating all season. With the lockout-shortened season, we didn’t get our rings on time. Then we celebrate the banner, we celebrate the rings and every other day a player came in here getting a ring. So we’ve been celebrating a lot this year.
“We want to kind of put it behind us and just move forward and hopefully have a good playoff run here. Yeah, it’ll be nice to go back to the scene of the crime, but we’ve got to move on. We’ve got a ballgame to play.”
Nowitzki will leave his championship ring at home. He’s only worn it once or twice – not since he “swagged the symphony,” as he said – and doesn’t feel the need bust out jewelry to gloat during his return to Miami.
This is a business trip, plain and simple. The Mavs’ bus won’t be stopping at Club Liv.
“Maybe in the summer again, but I’ll definitely stay away from there,” Nowitzki said. “We did have a good time there.
“That was a great time. We’d love to do it again, but we’ve got a lot of work to do.”