Dirk Nowitzki validated his spot in the pantheon of basketball greats. His subpar 9-27 shooting performance was but a minor blip on the radar of an MVP series and MVP-type of season, and by scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter, he became the anti-LeBron.
Poise and perspective and restraint are the skills of veteran players. Disappointment and frustration and outright embarrassment teach them well. In that respect, the Miami Heat should be a tougher Finals opponent next time.
Not everyone agrees that we should continue to harbor such ill will against LeBron. Here, a roundup of what sports columnists are saying about "The Decision" as the Heat sit on the brink of elimination.
In Game 4, LeBron managed to attempt just one shot in the fourth quarter. Forget the 3-11 shooting output and 37-97 total for the series -- that's bad enough in itself -- but it was the manner in which he played that truly excludes him from the list of all-time legends.
Hotshot minor leaguer Bryce Harper hit a long homer. Instead of hustling out of the batter's box, he stood and admired it. If that wasn't bad enough, as he neared home, he blew a kiss to the opposing pitcher.