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Mavericks' approach is same as always

A new era begins as NBA champions, but much the same for team built on consistency

Updated: November 29, 2011, 10:27 AM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

On one hand, when the Dallas Mavericks finally collect their rings and raise the 2010-11 championship banner on Christmas Day, starting another grueling -- albeit shortened -- regular season, a new era for the franchise will have begun.

No longer can the previously title-less Mavs and Dirk Nowitzki, arguably the greatest European ever to play in the NBA and the only one to captain his team to a championship, be pushed around as a nice team and a nice guy that together will never get over ...

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