Old Mavs, new tricks
How did the Mavericks beat the Heat? With a whole lot of cold.
This story appears in the July 25, 2011 issue of ESPN The Magazine.
IF IT SEEMED THE OLDEST, MOST INFIRM among the Mavericks drank from a fountain of youth on their way to snatching this year's NBA title from younger, quicker hands, well, they didn't. Oh, the Mavs found something, all right. But it wasn't a fountain as much as a fog. And they didn't drink the rejuvenating potion; they bathed in it.
From late April right through to their final championship-clinching victory over the Heat, a sextet of Mavs -- Jason Kidd, Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Tyson Chandler and Brian Cardinal -- made the 20-minute trek from American Airlines Center to a wellness facility in Plano, Texas, two times a week. The grizzled NBA vets, all of whom are 33 or older except
To read more about how the Dallas Mavericks used cryotherapy to beat the Heat during the NBA Finals, become an ESPN Insider today!
We see that you are not an ESPN Insider. Upgrade today and gain access to our exclusive coverage.
ESPN TOP HEADLINES
- Bell rallies OU, denies BCS bid for Okla. St.
- Ortiz: Yankees lost 'face of ballclub' in Cano
- D'Antoni: Kobe's minutes to be limited early
- Report: Browner rejects deal to reduce ban
MOST SENT STORIES ON ESPN.COM
ESPN The Magazine: July 25, 2011