A tribute to “The Matrix” Shawn Marion

And so he goes.

For the first time in five years, the Dallas Mavericks roster will be missing a familiar and beloved face. It is  missing Shawn Marion. The Matrix. Trix. #0.

Trix, the man with the “ugly shot” whose moves on the court reminds us of Neo in The Matrix movies, hence the nickname, is now a Cavalier. He’s a Maverick no more.

As MFFLs everywhere welcome our new-look Mavs with the requisite buzz, hype, energy and excitement, let’s take time to say bye to #0.

Or better yet, thanks.

Thanks for helping us win the 2011 NBA Championship. You were our starting small forward at the time and that banner’s not hanging in the AAC rafters without your contribution on defense guarding elite ballers like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, and Lebron James.

Thanks for five years of “The Matrix.” When you came here in 2009 from the Toronto Raptors, it was with little fanfare. But over the course of five years you showed us your ability to hit the three, drive and post up, as well as play defense. You showed us your rebounding, your experience, your athleticism and that infamous “ugly shot.” And you helped us win a title.

Thanks for playing all those extra minutes – over 30 minutes per game this past year alone – and holding it down for our defense when we lacked a true perimeter defensive star.

Thanks for what appears to now be your last season here when you averaged over 10 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game on 48 percent shooting 48% from the field and 36% behind the arc.

Thanks for those nights when you had us cheering wildly. When the ball seemed to be under your command. Like December 30, 2013 when you had 32 points – including four threes – and 6 rebounds against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Thanks for allowing MFL’s to watch you make history like January 3rd of this year when you passed the 17,000-point mark and joined Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone and Kevin Garnett as the only players with at least 17,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 1,500 steals and 1,000 blocks.

Thanks for your fire, energy and commitment – no matter what. Like Game 1 of the 2011 Western Conference Finals when your nose was bloodied by Thunder center Kendrick Perkins and you got back on the court after the timeout, threw down a dunk, had a fast-break assist to Dirk for an and 1 layup and the rest was history.

Thanks for giving MFFL’s something to look forward to each game night for the last five years. You always played your heart out and gave us awesome performances

Thank you mostly for being an all around good guy, teammate and solid role player.

The Cavs will be better having you on their roster. And we know you will bring great value off the bench.

Thanks for the memories Shawn Marion. The Matrix. Trix. #0

We will never forget you. Or those cool socks-of-the-day.



2 thoughts on “A tribute to “The Matrix” Shawn Marion

    1. Thanks for reading mavsfansforlife.com Chris. Oh but yes! Big time sports fans in general but NBA and the Mavs in particular. My dream was to be the first black sportswoman anchor/reporter – but Pam Oliver beat me to it! (I’m older than a lot of you realize!)

      Tell your friends about mavsfansforlife.com and keep looking up, cause that’s where it’s at! Blessings!

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