When this Mavs-Heat series started, my fear was the Heat would roll, and LeBron would be ascendent, and DeShawn Stevenson and Brendan Haywood would be sad little ineffectual footnotes, doomed yet again to sadness and fake rivalries with The King, etc. etc.

Did I ever imagine that LeBron would come up short, at least initially, and that DeShawn would become a go-to interview, and that Bob Ley would wind up reciting the lyrics to Jay Z’s anti-DeShawn diss song on ESPN? I did not. But it makes me so, so, so, so, so, so, so happy.

Really. Watching Bob Ley read the lyrics to this song, and knowing that DeShawn is now ahead in the series makes me truly happy. I only wish he had mentioned Pro’Verb’s response. Or the Crab Dribble game, when an injured DeShawn heckled LeBron from the bench, then said “It’s whatever. I don’t like him. I don’t like that dude.”

Anyhow, I also enjoyed this New York Daily News story — DeShawn Stevenson-LeBron James war of words continues as Dallas guard says King ‘checked out’ — which quotes LeBron saying “DeShawn, he’s been talking for a long time, since out of the Washington-Cleveland days.” And also this Adrian Wojnarowski,column, in which Woj goes straight to DeShawn to ask about LeBron’s fourth quarter performance.

“Different guys are different,” Stevenson told Yahoo! Sports in a corner of the Mavericks’ locker room Thursday night. “Kobe Bryant feeds off stuff like that. He looks for it every time. LeBron’s a different kind of person.”

Stevenson also apparently claims their feud is done.

“That stuff is over,” said Stevenson, via here. “We’re both trying to win a championship, and that thing is over with.”

Not for me, it’s not. Not for Bob Ley, either.