Donald Faison impressed by title run

FRISCO, Texas -- Even actor comedian Donald Faison is talking about the Dallas Mavericks’ recent championship run.

Faison will be one of many celebrities at the 10th annual Reebok Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game at Dr Pepper Ballpark alongside Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and president Donnie Nelson. The Larry O'Brien trophy will also make an appearance.

The New York native is a huge New York Knicks fan but still watched the rest of the postseason after his team's first-round exit. Faison said that after the Mavericks swept the Los Angeles Lakers, he felt it was obvious they would reach the Finals.

“But the way they handled Miami, it seemed like Miami didn’t want to play anymore other than Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade," he said. "The way they were able to do that was quite impressive.

“And the fact that J.J. Barea is shorter than I am and can do what he did against Miami, against L.A., against Oklahoma City, that’s impressive. We’ll see if they sign him again next year, but that was really impressive.”

Faison rooted against the Heat for the same reason as Cleveland Cavaliers’ fans -- LeBron James. Faison was upset when James didn’t take his talents to Madison Square Garden, saying he views James similarly to former Indiana Pacers guard Reggie Miller, who was hated by Knicks’ fans for his antics during the intense Knicks-Pacers rivalry in the 1990’s.

“I commend LeBron though and anybody else who is willing to be a villain for the rest of their career,” Faison said.