It’s not about money, it’s about being a champion

As terms of Dirk Nowitzki’s new 3-year, $25 million contract are revealed, the facts speak for themselves: That long-expected pay cut was actually a P-AAA-YYY…C-UUU-TTTT, making him the – wait for it – fourth highest paid Maverick on the roster.

Dirk. The fourth-highest paid Maverick. Let that marinate for a moment.

His loyalty, selflessness, bravery – whatever you want to label it – is, has and will continue to be debated on social media and sports talk shows nationwide. Why did he do it? He is so awesome! If that was me… and on and on. I’ve always heard, never count another man’s money for him (or her). All MFFL’s need to know is that our team leader, the face of our franchise, our “Batman” took less money and as a result, made free agency all about the team and not him.

He did it to help us get a sharp free-agent talent like Chandler Parsons. Check.

He did it to help position the Mavs to have money to re-sign or assemble some other pretty suitable and decent teammates.(Tyson Chandler, Chandler Parsons, Devin Harris, Raymond Felton, Greg Smith and more to come.) Check.

He did it so that owner Mark Cuban, Coach Rick Carlisle and the Dallas Mavericks would have everything it needed to bring a second title to Dallas.

Again, not begrudging anyone his money, especially an athlete who has a limited amount of time to make said money. Do you. Just like Dirk “did him.” For Dirk, it obviously wasn’t about the money. The 12-time NBA Al-star, MVP, Finals MVP, and, oh yeah, title-holder, has plenty of money I’m sure.

It was about team and winning and there’s nothing wrong with that.

As a thank you to Dirk, I have taken the liberty of changing a few of the words to Jessie J’s chart-topping hit, “Price Tag.” DISCLAIMER: These are my thoughts as an MFFL. And Dirk, like your pay-cut was for Dallas, this song’s for you.

“Dallas –It’s Not About the Money”

Seems like everybody’s got a price,
I wonder how they sleep at night.
When the player comes first,
And the team comes second,
Just stop, for a minute and
Smile

Why is everybody so serious!
Acting so darn mysterious
You got your shades on your eyes
And your nose so high

That you can’t even have a good
Time.
Everybody look to their left

Everybody look to their right
Can you feel that
We’re playing ball with love tonight…
It’s not about the money, money, money
I don’t need the money, money, money
I just wanna make the Mavs dance,
Forget about the Price Tag.

Ain’t about the (ha) Cha-Ching Cha-Ching.
Aint about the (yeah) Ba-Bling Ba-Bling
Wanna make the Mavs dance,
Forget about the Price Tag.

We need to take it back in time,
When b-ball made us all UNITE!
And it wasn’t all u and your big ego
Am I the only one getting… tired?

Why is everybody so obsessed?
Money can’t buy us happiness.
If we all slow down and enjoy right now
Guarantee we’ll be feeling
All right.
Everybody look to their left
Everybody look to their right
Can you feel that

We’ll pay them with rings tonight…
It’s not about the money, money, money
I don’t need Mark’s money, money, money
I just wanna make the Mavs dance,
Forget about the Price Tag.
On behalf of MFFL’s everywhere – thank you Dirk.

 

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