It looks like Shawn Marion is moving on from his tenure with the Dallas Mavericks. Marion played a key role in the Mavericks run to the 2011 NBA Championship, one of his fondest memories of being in Dallas, especially how the team came together.
“You know what? It was more how we just won it as a team, how we took it over,” Marion said. “We came into our own, and we were untouchable.”
They overcame a re-tooled Miami Heat team that added LeBron James and Chris Bosh in free agency the summer prior. Despite being perceived as the most talented team in the league, Marion says it was the Mavericks who were the more talented squad.
“I think we kind of did have more talent,” he said. “We had more depth and experience than any team. We were the most talented team at the time. I can’t argue that. You look at the starting five, and the depth we had at every position. We needed everybody on that team to win the championship.”
En route to that championship, the Mavericks used Marion to guard all the best players on opposing teams.
“That he guarded the toughest dude out there every night,” president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. “He had to guard Kobe [Bryant]. He had to guard Kevin Durant. And he had to cover LeBron [James]. He did all that and did a terrific job for us.
“We’re definitely not sipping from the cup without him.”