The Mavericks’ season ends when the regular season ends for the first time since 2000. Chances are this will happen with greater frequency for the next decade than it did for the last.
They should hang another banner in American Airlines Center. A franchise that makes 12 straight trips to the playoffs deserves that much.
I realize that it’s all about championships, particularly in Dallas, particularly in this culture. People don’t want to admire success sustained on a consistent basis. They want to see the rings.
Mavericks fans are lucky that they got to witness both, but am I the only one who — if forced to choose — would take 12 straight trips to the playoffs without a title over a team that wins a championship when all the stars align but is hit or miss at making the postseason year after year?
I probably am, and that’s fine. Certainly the Mavericks owner disagrees with me.
“I will take a title any time,” Mark Cuban said via email. “The way north Texas rallied around the Mavs was a unique experience unlike any other in sports.”
I understand why an owner would feel that way. For all the controversy he has created in more than a decade as owner, if Cuban were to sell the team today, the first thing he would be remembered for is the 2011 championship. And it’s a title that will only gain significance — not to Mavs fans who already appreciate it, but on a national basis — if it marks the last challenge that LeBron James and Dwayne Wade failed to meet in Miami.
I would say it was a great experience locally but hardly unique. Somebody wins the NBA title every year. Not many teams provide their fans with a playoff run as constant as the one the Mavericks have managed.
Only the San Antonio Spurs (16 seasons) have a longer current streak. The Mavericks’ 12-year run ties them for 13th longest in NBA history. They are one of just 10 teams to make 12 straight postseason trips and win a title in that process.