Evans Clinchy
Thursday January 26th, 2012

The wait is finally over -- more than seven months after toppling the Miami Heat to win the NBA Finals, the Dallas Mavericks have finally received their championship rings.

While teams are normally presented their rings on opening night, the Mavs took longer this season, as owner Mark Cuban waited until after the conclusion of this summer's lockout to confer with his players about ring designs. The Mavs finally received their rings tonight before a home game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Eleven Mavericks were there to pick up their rings, including nine active Mavs plus J.J. Barea of the Wolves and the retired Peja Stojakovic. Corey Brewer, Caron Butler, Tyson Chandler and DeShawn Stephenson were unable to attend.

The Mavs must quickly turn their attention to defending their title -- they've fought back from a slow start to a record of 11-7, tied for sixth in the Eastern Conference. "We've got to be able to get the rings and enjoy that moment and then move on to the game and do better than we did opening night," coach Rick Carlisle said, according to NBA.com. "I think at this point, we have a good handle on it. This is the third one of this sort of thing that we've had -- the banner, and the White House, and then this."

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