COLUMBUS, Ohio - From the start of the NBA Finals, Clevelanders embraced the Dallas Mavericks as their adopted team—the Mavaliers.
After the Mavs 105-95 victory over LeBron James and the Miami Heat on Sunday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich gave the Mavs an official recognition from the state.
Kasich issued a resolution declaring the Mavericks and their fans as "Honorary Ohioans" for the day.
In the resolution, Kasich credited the Mavericks for their display of "loyalty, integrity and teamwork essential to victory."
He also pointed out that Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki "chose to re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks in the summer of 2010, forgoing free agency and keeping his talents in Dallas, thus remaining loyal to the team, city and fans for whom he played his entire career."