Morea at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/sports/basketball/12bulls.html.The unforeseen, unmitigated feel-good underdog story of the N.B.A. season fits none of the standard profiles.
It does not feature a small-market team thriving in spite of its tiny payroll. It is not about plucky role players who fused their modest talents for a greater good.
The N.B.A.’s unlikely underdogs play in a huge market, have no trouble paying the bills and are blessed with one of the world’s most dazzling players. They play under the comfort of six championship banners.
If it is difficult to accept the Chicago Bulls — the franchise of Michael and Scottie, a 60-win team based in the nation’s third-largest market — as anything other than favorites, then flip the calendar back to last fall.