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Report: Miami players joined Dallas post-title party

Jun 14, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

Erick Dampier, Chris Wilcox, Greg Monroe AP

It’s bad enough Heat fans were selling out their seats to Mavericks fans, but now this?

After the Mavs clinched their first ever NBA title on the Miami Heat’s floor, celebrating in their building, the team went to the trendy Liv nightclub (inside the Fontainebleau Hotel) to party — Mark Cuban rented the place out for the night. Probably with some pocket change for him. Anyway the Mavericks were partying with Lil’ Wayne, Trey Songz, other stars and Larry O’Brien.

And Erick Dampier of the Heat. And maybe other members of the Heat (no, not the big three).

It was reported on 790 The Ticket in Miami and has been confirmed by people who follow the Mavericks that we trust. (Via Ball Don’t Lie)

Dampier was a member of the Mavericks for six years, he has a lot of friends there… but still.

That just crosses a line. Losing in the finals should hurt. I am good with Chris Bosh breaking down in tears after the game — he wanted this. He cared. It bothered him. As it should. He was not in a place where he could a couple hours later go party with the enemy.

I know that this is not the 1950s where all the players hate the guys on the other team, and nor should it be. Between AAU ball and college and all sorts of off-season activities, I don’t have a problem with players hanging out off the court.

But not with the team that just beat you in the finals. A couple hours after they eliminated you from the finals. That should sting, you need to be mad at them for a while. Mad at yourself for not winning. Not ready to party with them.

  1. Nadeem - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    To be fair to Dampier, he never played in the finals. He dint really lose to the Mavs. Although the Mavs did lose several time because of him.

  2. pdbro - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Dampier clearly put everything on the line during the Finals. Blood, [ass] sweat, tears [of boredom]. He had just as much invested as the others.

    Clearly.

  3. professoressadiesel - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Damiper didn’t even play. He had to console Bosh. Let him party.

  4. dgforreal - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    I find this news rather classy actually.

  5. worldbfree4me - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    How many times must I repeat it “Sports are fixed!” Just like in politics, you have to wait your turn. The Mavs waited 13 years to get a ring under Cuban, and he would have had it sooner had not been critical of the NBA early on in his ownership. As you may recall Mark went as far as filming the referee’s to prove they were cheats.

    • jordinh - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:58 AM

      Lets let this be the last time u repeat it. PLEASE!

    • oneryone - Jun 14, 2011 at 1:16 PM

      ummmmm Mark Cuban has not owned the team that long…if you noticed he never bothered to open his big mouth this year even while Dirk was getting manhandled, beat up and pushed around. Or even while the refs called fouls on Chandler for standing there not moving with his arms up. Maybe he had bad body odor and thats why the refs made the calls they did OR do we need to go to the replays of the Laker games??? HUMMMM sounds like a jealous sports person

    • nfl25 - Jun 14, 2011 at 1:58 PM

      maybe if you elaborated for us a little, someone would follow what the hell u r saying. i think refs in can favor a certain player or two and maybe in the playoffs and finals they even try to force a 7th game by giving calls to one team.

      but if you think lebron and company was out ther trying to lose because d stern told them to lose, ur nuts

    • florida727 - Jun 14, 2011 at 3:10 PM

      Stupid comment (obviously) but I can tell you that during the Bulls six championship runs with Jordan, they, literally, never lost a playoff game that Steve Javie refereed. in any event, you still have to make shots under pressure, and no professional athlete settles for second place… because 10 years from now nobody’s going to say, “hey, that Heat team that LOST in the Finals sure was great, weren’t they?”

  6. savocabol1 - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    The seaon is over, please no more Miami posts.

  7. dirtybird2020 - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    This is funny! Mavs kept this bum got rid of nash! Lol well cgandler actually did something in his career!

  8. pete611 - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Most of the Heat players did not have the emotional connection to a team. They where just a collection of players brought together to fill in the court around the big 2 1/2.

    If they where a true team who had chemistry and teamwork, I don’t believe they would have been able to watch the MAVS celebrate, let alone join in.

  9. bobulated - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    Not a big deal. Some of these guys are friends and teammates from the past as well the fact that I just don’t see a problem in partying after the game. In club and college rugby it’s standard practice for teams to have an after party.

    • dgforreal - Jun 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM

      This is how it should be imo. Once the battle’s over you should be allowed to celebrate with your opponents. Good sportsmanship imo.

      • lexhansel - Jun 14, 2011 at 4:48 PM

        The after party was a big part of rugby. Never saw a fight between players, just commraderie and celebration…It shouldn’t be a problem in any sport. Most players wouldn’t see a problem with that.

      • connaniii - Jun 14, 2011 at 5:13 PM

        What about Joel Anthony??? he might not be a starter but he sure does the job on his defensive role!!!

  10. bhester1906 - Jun 14, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Thats cold man. Its obvious who was along for the ride and who was apart of the team. Keep the trio Haslem, Chalmers, and Miller. The rest gotta go…

  11. dirkified - Jun 14, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    what happens on the court, stays on the court. After the game, who cares if they party together. Eric was not wearing MAVs pom-poms and ans showing himself with Cuban with champagne.. He was there to kick it with old friends.. leave him alone.. ohh and he is the most over rated center ever!! Heat have a few of those!!

  12. huskerguy - Jun 14, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    So someone was happy with his friends winning. If you ask me, that is better sportsmanship than being a jerk about it. Leave it on the playing field and go on with life after the buzzer sounds.

  13. allball23 - Jun 14, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    There is no reason for him to be partying with the mavs the same night they won. Does not matter if he was part of the team and has friends there even if you dont care you just dont do that. Way to early for partying. Heat should give him the randy moss treatment and cut him he didnt play he is a bum anyway so no loss

  14. goforthanddie - Jun 14, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    I hope leb stood outside the club all night, taking notes on how a winner does it.

  15. chicagofan - Jun 14, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Who knows he may have been interviewing for a new job.Miami is unlikely to keep him.

  16. muhangis - Jun 14, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    I do not write in caps too often but:

  17. lexhansel - Jun 14, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    As a rookie rugby wing trying to move up the ladder in the 70’s, I found the after party with the opposing players as a learning tool. We hoisted a drink or 2, critiqued each other performance, then partied. We all sang songs, cheered each others stars and in general had a great time. Never did a fight break out, or to my memory, even strong words. The home team hosted the visitors and I had never seen such sportsmanship. I took the comments to heart and ended up the “A” side winger for BGSU my rookie year. Our motto was “Football (soccer) is a game of gentleman played by ruffians and rugby was a game of ruffians played by gentleman. I hope this still applies…Lex

    • lexhansel - Jun 14, 2011 at 4:39 PM

      ….Sorry, these are Pro basketball players we’re supposed to be talking about. Just an over the hill, rambling old man. I won’t do that again! New to the blog.

  18. thetooloftools - Jun 14, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    I would LOVE to get my hands of some of those “Miami Heat 2011 NBA Champions” T shirts.

  19. muhangis - Jun 14, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    I do not write in caps too often but: WELL MAYBE THE HEAT SHOULD HAVE PLAYED HIM ‘A’ MINUTE IN THE SERIES, at very least. How does it feel to sit on the bench and watch all your ‘deserved’ teammates get pounded, while they don’t let u to do anything about it.

    With the Heat, if you weren’t one of the Big 3, you were hardly considered a part of the team anyway. This is only a “team” that catered to their stars, everyone else was just there.

    In fact if the Heat coaches or management were any smart, they’d have given him his share of minutes, just for the fact that he should carry a chip on his shoulder against his former team for cutting him loose, giving a hearty possibility that he’d play well!

    Instead the Heat allowed Dampier and opened the door for him to hold a grudge against them for playing him ZERO minutes in the series, though he was healthy. Not saying that’s the actual case, but it’s possible.

    Now let him be merry with his friends and former family!

    & thanks for the opportunity to prove you a fool once again Kurt

  20. sivman17 - Jun 14, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    BFD. So NBA players are friends off the court.. who cares?

    Just because fans of one team arbitrarily hate fans of other teams, doesn’t mean professional athletes aren’t friends off the court.

    What another worthless article on msnbc.com sports

  21. sirorz - Jun 14, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    If there is a dislike button for this article, many will press.

  22. proudwolf - Jun 14, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    Hey Kurt, are you still hurting? Too bad, you should let the healing process to do it stuff. And not scratching back your wounded ego.

  23. scorch22 - Jun 14, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    He was probably more of a Maverick than he ever was a Heat player. In the league that cares less about players than any other, you can’t be upset when players treated like playing cards, care more about friendship than team ties. I say let the guy party with them, I get the Mavs were nicer to him in that one night than the Big Three were all year. If you want the players to care about their team, how about getting rid of trades. :)

  24. jjstrokes - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Dampier knew he wouldn’t be back next season after how things worked out in MIA this year. Like muhangis said, the Heat are a team full of Mercs. The man can do whatever he wants now the season’s over, but this mosdef just reinforces the notion that the Heatles weren’t much of a team at all.

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