Subject: A Mavericks Christmas Story?

Subject: A Mavericks Christmas Story?

By Janice Coleman

 

 

 

It was the night of February 18th, when all through the house…..American Airlines Center, that is…..every creature was stirring, yes even someone dressed like a mouse! Miami came to town with a Heat- packing six consecutive wins against the Mavs since the 2011 NBA Finals. To briefly recap the game, it was a hard fought close scoring battle for three quarters with the Mavericks leading 85-84 going into the 4th quarter. The 4th quarter didn’t go as well for the Mavericks, who were in a tight race with four teams for the final three playoff spots in the West. {{more}} It depends upon who you ask whether the Mavs ran out of power, or the Heat and LeBron James turned things up several notches or a combination of both. The Heat had a 14-0 in the 4th, LeBron ends up scoring 42, Bosch 22, Wade 13, Anderson 18, and Chalmers 10. Nowitski scored 22 and the Mavs were handed their third straight season sweep by the Heat. The game ending score was 117-106 Miami. But there was another story to tell. Just as Santa has his helpers, so do the Mavs. I took my journey to the Mavs-Heat game with two of my nieces, Denicia and Delyssa Miller and my nephew Dennis Miller who are siblings and are Mavs helpers. Dennis and Delyssa rebound balls for the players before the games, give out programs, schedules, bags, etc., as well as protecting their players by keeping the floor dry and clear. Denicia started out as a ball girl 4 years ago and after three more years coached at the Mavs summer camp for kids. She now works as a part of the ‘street team’ and ‘rowdy crowd’ for the Mavericks. Her responsibilities include setting up ‘pop a shot’ and ‘dunk pit’ blow up games for the kids at Mavs local events, as well as throwing tee shirts into the game crowd and getting the crowd involved in the games along with other duties. All three helpers hope to stay involved with the Mavs at some level in the future while pursuing their academic and career goals.A view of the action from the American Airlines Center Jumbo Tron. Photo courtesy of Janice Coleman Just as ‘Santa’s elves and helpers’ happily work to bring joy to those in Santa’s organization, the Miller siblings happily work to bring joy to those in the Mavericks organization. So it really is a Mavs Christmas story, considering the many gifts and services the players provide and the story of the many Mavs helpers who help make their jobs run a lot smoother. And this is where we say…….and to all a good night!Photo courtesy of Janice ColemanPhoto courtesy of Janice ColemanPhoto courtesy of Janice ColemanPhoto courtesy of Janice ColemanPhoto courtesy of Janice Coleman