There's been a lot of talk lately about the Dallas Maverick's and their tear through the regular season.
Eric Neel has an article at Page 2 about the Mavericks crazy, good regular season.
He compares their record to those of the great NBA teams, laying the claim, "they're going to belong at the table with the 1996 Bulls, the 1986 Celtics, the 1983 Sixers and the 1972 Lakers as architects of a truly dominant 82-game run."
He then laments the Mavs uninspiring qualities, answering his own question of why they seem to get to little love for their gaudy win total.
Cuban overshadows the, largely, uncharismatic players. When put up against the great Bulls, Celts, Sixers, or Lakers teams that had similar runs, they do fall short at the "IT" factor. Seen next to Nash's fun Sun's, or Detroit rage fueled us-against-the-world mindset, your eye does not follow the Mavs.
Henry Abbott at TrueHoop loves Nowitzki's game, but sees him as "not made for TV."
All of this is true. They have no dynamic personalities, they aren't overly flashy in their play. But I think the biggest problem is that they lost in the Finals last year. The teams they are being compared to all had serious, championship pedigree, and Dallas doesn't have that. Yet. If they were the defending champions, winning the way they have been this season, ESPN would be all over them. In a stocked Western Conference, despite their great play, I'm not sure if they will even make it to the Finals.
Plus, it's March Madness.