This Year is Different

It isn't like the Dallas Mavericks winning the NBA title in June was a big secret, but until now no one within the NBA was talking about basketball and everyone outside the sport was only talking about the lack thereof.

But now it is back to business as usual and everyone is clamoring about the NBA. Talk of the upcoming season is as prominent as Christmas at Starbucks. The NBA chatter is focused on the upcoming season and whether the Mavericks have the legs to repeat as champions or if the Miami Heat will come back with more fire than ever to take back what they already knew was theirs in August of 2010.

Foreward by Mark Cuban

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"If you are a Mavs fan you will not be able to put it down."
Mavs Owner, Mark Cuban
Learn how the Mavericks pulled off their magical championship run!

Through extensive interviews and covering the Mavericks as a passionate journalist, Dallas sports talk Host Bob Sturm illuminates what exactly brought the Mavericks together as a team - a team that won 57 regular season games and compiled playoff series victories over Portland, Los Angeles, and Oklahoma City before taking the home the Larry O'Brien Trophy from the Finals by convincingly defeating the Miami Heat.

About the Author

Bob Sturm, a native of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and a graduate of Liberty University, has hosted his half of the Bob and Dan Show on Sportsradio 1310, The Ticket in Dallas, Texas, since 1999. Bob has also worked in television sports and has written sports blogs and stories for the Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, and Fox Sports Southwest.

He and his wife, Sally, and three children, Madeline, Brett, and Justin, live in Lewisville, Texas.

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THIS YEAR IS DIFFERENT covers all the important details of the Dallas Mavericks' 2011 championship season, including:

The transformation of the Dallas Mavericks franchise from perennial loser to NBA powerhouse.

Precise Reports

Tracing the ups and downs of the 2011 campaign, as the Mavs soared to the top of the standings, only to suffer critical injuries mid-season and a string of losses which threatened their playoff hopes.

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Dirk Nowitzki's career-long battle to cement his dynasty with an NBA championship, including a bitter loss in the 2006 Finals to Dwyane Wade's Miami Heat.

A game-by-game recap of the Mavericks' 2011 playoff run, as they battled through the quarter-, semi-, and Western Conference Finals for a chance to compete for the NBA championship.

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