This Year Is Different - Bob Sturm

This Year Is Different

By Bob Sturm

  • Release Date: 2011-12-12
  • Genre: Reference
Score: 4.5
From 91 Ratings

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For 31 years, The Dallas Mavericks had seasons end in disappointment. Every year, they tried again to find the right combination, only to find another dead end. But in the 2010-11 season, the Mavericks finally found the right mix around their superstar, Dirk Nowitzki, and shocked the basketball world by winning their first NBA Championship.

Through extensive interviews and covering the Mavericks as a passionate journalist, Sturm illuminates what exactly brought the Mavericks together as a team. THIS YEAR IS DIFFERENT covers all the important details of the Dallas Mavericks' 2011 championship season, including: The transformation of the Dallas Mavericks franchise from perennial loser to NBA powerhouse. Dirk Nowitzki's career-long battle to cement his dynasty with an NBA championship, including a bitter loss in the 2006 Finals to Dwyane Wade's Miami Heat. Tracing the ups and downs of the 2011 campaign, as the Mavs soared to the top of the standings, only to suffer critical injuries mid-season and a string of losses which threatened their playoff hopes. A game-by-game recap of the Mavericks' 2011 playoff run, as they battled through the quarter-, semi-, and Western Conference Finals for a chance to compete for the NBA championship. The epic story of the 2011 NBA Finals, as Nowitzki and the Mavs took on Miami's "Big Three," in a rematch of Dallas' heartbreaking loss in the 2006 Finals, and how the Mavericks overcame all odds to win their first NBA Championship.


  • This Year is Different, comments by Phil Renfrow

    By Phil Renfrow
    In my 55+ years on this earth, I have read many sports related books. Without question, 'This Year is Different' is one of my favorites. It completely captured and brought back all the highs and lows of the Mav's 2010-2011 championship season. Re-living the moment following game six of the Heat series gave me goose bumps and brought tears to my eyes. I think most any sports fan would enjoy this book. For Dallas Maverick fans, it should be a must read. My only suggestion would be that 'This Year is Different' should also be printed in hard cover, or at least soft cover. I would love to have it on my shelf in my sports/game room at my house. Many thanks to Bob Sturm for writing such a fantastic book!
  • This year is different

    By ʟᴏʟ
    I felt this was a great recap of the enjoyment all of us MAVS fans had for the 2010 - 2011 season. For anyone wanting a fact based perspective on the season and the road through the playoffs, this is a good read. Well done Bob Sturm show!
  • Great read!

    By Tondawg24
    Awesome!!! Great read for any Mavs fan! Brought an inside look and the magical run for the championship. I will read it many times to relive the great season that will go down in the books as one of the best. I love that we were the first ones to beat the "big three" on their supposed run to multiple championships. Way to go Bob and GO MAVS!!!!
  • This book is different

    By Saguaro82
    What a great way to relive the magical run of 2011! Filled with ticket-speak, this book brought on sports-crys and smiles. Way to go Sturminator.
  • A Great Sports Book, and A Must Read for the MFFL (Mavs Fan For Life)

    By Hurltastic4
    Bob Sturm writes with insightful detail the great Dallas Mavericks 2010-11 season. He does so in historical context of Dallas Mavericks regular season successes and soul-crushing playoff failures (2006 finals vs. the Heat) under the ownership of Mark Cuban. But mostly, as the title implies, the book is about how our hero Dirk Nowitzki overcame the doubters to lead his Justice League Mavericks to victory over the Miami Heat Legion of Doom and become World Champions. As a season ticket holder over the past 15 years, reading this book allowed me to re-live the historical ups and considerable downs of the past, up until this last magical season, including what was going on behind the scenes with the players, the genius Donnie Nelson, and a heart-felt forward by Mark Cuban. Well researched and very well written for a first effort at a longer-than-article length piece by Mr. Sturm. I am now ready to watch my re-tooled and new-look Mavs defend their title. GO MAVS!!!
  • Beyond terrific!

    By Marty Tayman
    Bob is not just the guy in the next cubicle, he is a sports genius and another reason to count our blessings this season. This is probably the best sports book ever written.
  • Merry Christmas Philadelphia!!!

    By Captain Starshine
    Even though little Bob has to work through Christmas, he was able to release a book about his favorite team - the little Mamricks (with apologies to Green Bay, Liberty, Liverpool and Team Hardline). This book is chocked full of sportsy Sturminated knowledge about sports and The Wire. It's basically an episode of the Wire with a little Sons of Anarchy and Decter (before Dexter got silly). Sports. Sports.
  • Merry Christmas To Me!

    By yourstoopid
    It was an amazing year for the loyal Mavericks fan capped off by a fantastic look at how it happened. Bob is a sports genius with a wealth of knowledge so do yourself a favor and buy this book! P1s Unite!
  • Ask Sports Sturm

    By DeepEllum
    I assume Bob wrote this for Dan so he knows what happened last season.
  • This Year is Different-I was sturminated

    By Boykinrun
    I am a P1 of This Year is Different. I truly have had my sports world turned upside down by reading this detailed depiction of Dallas Mavericks basketball. If you want to be cancer free, happy, and an all around better person, then I suggest that you read this book. If you simply want to mill around smartly or just ask the time of your friendly mercantile, then I suggest this book. Thanks Bob Sturm for making Dallas a better place.