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Nowitzki's Legacy Grows

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Everyone has been shooting off the wrong legacy, you might say, in this 2011 NBA Finals.

So much attention has been heaped on Miami Heat forward LeBron James since his team took the Eastern Conference finals two weeks ago: Will James finally get his ring? Will "The Decision" that led to all the derision pay off so swiftly? Is he up to the moment? What was with Game 4 the other night or, for that matter, fourth quarters in general? And always, how will Cleveland feel about all this?

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Meanwhile, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, with little of James' LeDrama and apparently none of his Madison Avenue marketing sizzle, plugs along in a half-speed, George Gervin-way toward a...

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