One of the reasons winning back-to-back championships is so difficult is that the celebration never seems to end. Every team wants a shot at the champ which puts a bulls eye on your back, but it is tough to come back to reality after experiencing such a high. If you want proof, just ask the Boston Bruins. It feels like they stopped celebrating their Stanley Cup victory last weekend, which is almost certainly why they started so slow this season before turning on the jets. Now that they have received their championship rings, Dirk Nowitzki is looking forward to getting back to business with the Mavericks.
“It kind of dragged out,” Nowitzki said according to the Dallas Morning News. “We had the banner raised, then the White House and now the rings. It’s kind of like we all wanted to get this over with and move on and start obviously the new season. But it’s definitely a great thing getting the rings. They’re beautiful. But, I’m kind of glad it’s behind us now.”
Championships don’t last two years. Winning two in a row is a tall task, but the only way to do it is to get past the first one and remain hungry. Dirk and company have been average thus far this season. Perhaps no longer having to worry about what kind of ring they’re getting and being done with guest appearances will help them regain their focus.