DALLAS – Shawn Marion doesn’t need any help getting amped up for The Finals. It is, after all, his first trip to the NBA’s big show after getting as close as the Western Conference finals previously.
Just don’t talk to him about LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh or the rest of the Miami Heat. Because he’s not interested in waxing poetic about the Dallas Mavericks’ opponent. Instead, he’s focused solely on the Mavericks and their journey to the final days of this season.
“It’s not really about them or anything they are doing,” Marion said after fielding repeated questions about the Heat after practice Friday at American Airlines Center. “It’s about the Dallas Mavericks right now and what we’re going to play for and what we’re about to do.”
When asked if the Heat might be the model for the new NBA, where players get together and form their own firms on certain teams to restructure the league, Marion made clear that his concerns right now are not necessarily with the sea changes going on around the league.
“I don’t know which way it’s going,” he said. “Right now we’re going to the NBA Finals. I can’t speak on the whole league. We’re in the NBA Finals right now and that’s what we need to be talking about. We’re about to go to [it]. We start Tuesday. Y’all start Tuesday. We all start Tuesday. So get y’all’s [expletives] there. I don’t know what time, but Tuesday we start The Finals.”
Despite being the likely underdog for the third time, out of four, in this postseason, the Mavericks’ colorful swingman is decidedly upbeat about where his team stands going into the series.
“They’re a very athletic team now, but we’re very crafty and we have some athleticism over here, too,” Marion said. “At the same time, that’s not always going to be enough. We’ve got some things to guard against. But we’re poised, we’re hungry and I’m ready to eat,” Marion said. “My stomach is three-fourths full and I need four more wins to fill that [expletive] up.”
Like we said, there are no artificial energy boosters needed for the Matrix.