Rivalry Week: The Mavericks, the Lakers, and a rivalry that never was

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Rivalry Week: The Mavericks, the Lakers, and a rivalry that never was
Rivalry Week: The Mavericks, the Lakers, and a rivalry that never was

[EIC's note: This is the third piece in a series we're calling “Rivalry Week” — running up until the start of the season talking about Mavericks' rivals, whether historic, current, imagined, or something else. The pieces will be sometimes serious, sometimes funny, and sometimes both. Catch the first two here, here, also here!] Rivalries can sprout up in sports for a variety of reasons. Geographical superiority. A blood feud since the dawn of time. A 7-foot, 285 pound young center targeting a sub 6-foot, 185 pound energizer bunny mid-air in the fourth quarter of an elimination game in the NBA Playoffs. 2011 was a different time for the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers. The Mavericks, led

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