Just like the Bears, the 49ers can afford Romo. But just like the Bears, the 49ers are far from being a winner.
Colin Kaepernick didn’t even play too poorly for San Francisco and it wasn’t nearly enough to make up for the NFL’s worst defense and an offense that was severely lacking in weapons to work with.
Would Romo want to walk into that rebuilding effort? Doubtful.
Seconds before the final buzzer had even sounded in Miami, Nowitzki is running off the floor. His 10 fourth-quarter points had made sure Dallas was crowned 2011 champion, but before the trophy is presented, Nowitzki needs a moment. He isn’t going to let the world see him cry.
A Mavericks public relations official follows him into the locker room. We have to go, he tells Nowitzki, knowing the television cameras could only wait so long. You have to receive the Finals MVP trophy, he continued.
“Give it to somebody else,” Nowitzki remembers replying.
By 2005, a 26-year-old Nowitzki had already tallied 11,106 career points. That season brought his epochal game-tying layup in Game 7 against the Spurs, as well as heartbreak in the 2006 finals. But it starts on a lighter note that preseason, when Knicks rookie David Lee is convinced he needed to show something against the established Nowitzki.
“David Lee just thought it was the most important thing to guard Dirk, and Dirk just torched him,” Cuban says.
Nowitzki’s reaction, in Cuban’s recollection, is, “Who the fuck is David Lee Roth, and what’s he doing here?”
For what it’s worth, Lee remembered this game well but says that Cuban has embellished it a bit — in classic Cuban fashion.