And now, the NBA playoffs have what the NHL wished it had - a Cinderella story.
By upsetting the 67-win Dallas Mavericks in a series completed Thursday night, the long-downtrodden Golden State Warriors, a team that needed to win on the final day of the season just to make the playoffs, have suddenly got the attention of the basketball world.
From Chris Mullin to Don Nelson to Baron Davis, the Warriors are a terrific story, and if you include the oft-troubled Stephen Jackson, certainly an intriguing one.
The NHL had one of these stories last year in the Edmonton Oilers, and even the Carolina Hurricanes, while they had a strong regular season, were also an attractive story because of the history of the franchise.
This year? There's nothing even close, really, with the Ottawa Senators, perhaps the closest.
But after being favorites who couldn't make it happen for so many years, it's hard for the Sens to be Cinderella now.
Such a team would surely help the NHL playoffs, which are gradually devolving into a thoroughly unexciting tournament because of the shocking decrease in goal-scoring, both from the regular season this year and in comparison to last spring's playoffs.
No NHL club has scored more than three goals in a game for a week now, this week's combined goals-per-game average has dropped under four and there's no sign of the drought ending anytime soon.
The NBA Warriors, meanwhile, play a chaotic game at breakneck speed, playing an anti-system style of basketball that totally befuddled Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavs.
The NBA playoffs already have LeBron, Steve Nash, Tim Duncan, Jason Kidd and now the Cinderella Warriors.
The NHL playoffs have the blocked shot and soccer scores.