Ohio governor celebrates Mavericks

Updated: June 13, 2011, 3:44 PM ET
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- John Kasich, governor in LeBron James' home state of Ohio, has issued a resolution praising the Dallas Mavericks for their NBA title-clinching win Sunday over the Miami Heat.

Without naming James, Kasich's resolution commends the Mavericks for their "loyalty, integrity and teamwork." He also makes them honorary Ohioans.

The resolution singles out MVP Dirk Nowitzki for choosing to re-sign with the Mavericks and forego free agency in the summer of 2010, "thus remaining loyal to the team, city and fans for whom he played his entire career." James made an opposite choice by departing the Cleveland Cavaliers for Miami when he became a free agent.

The resolution says "the proud city of Cleveland and the entire state of Ohio share in the excitement of Dallas Mavericks fans everywhere."


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