J.J. Barea was a key factor in the Mavs winning the NBA title and he did Puerto Rico proud. The Mavericks took their first NBA championship Sunday night, after beating the Miami Heat 105-95, in a game in which Barea contributed 15 points and five assists. With a combination of agile drives and three-point shots, Barea was a vital part of the Mavericks success.
The point guard for the Dallas Mavericks, José Juan "J.J." Barea, is originally from Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. There have been seven NBA players who were born in Puerto Rico, and Barea is the most accomplished. One of the biggest moves of the 2011 NBA Finals was inserting point guard J.J. Barea into the starting lineup, which helped the Mavs win the games. He averaged 11.4 points and crushed the Heat defense with his outstanding speed.
Despite his height and weight, he had no problems going to the basket, and getting hit hard by the big guys of the NBA. Barea gave hope to short guys around the world demonstrating, that with hard work, will, and passion, they can be champions too.
Although, he is 26-year old with little NBA experience, Barea is very grounded. After winning the championship he told reporters, it was all about staying aggressive and confident. During the championship trophy ceremony, he proudly displayed the Puerto Rican flag. J.J. Barea, the smallest player on the court, earned the championship title by playing with the heart of a champion.
Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks and J.J. Barea!
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