How about those San Antonio Spurs?
Despite being the second seed in the NBA’s Western Conference, most folks thought they’d lose to the Memphis Grizzlies in five or six games in the Conference Finals.
Well, the Spurs just won the series. In four. Swept ’em.
How does a team that sports the best coach in the league plus possibly the greatest power forward in the history of basketball keep getting dismissed like this? “They’re too old,” they say. “The run has to end at some point.”
No they’re not! No it doesn’t!
Have you ever heard the adage, “don’t work harder, work smarter?” Well, I don’t mean to say that they don’t work hard, because I have no doubt they do, but the Spurs organization is just smarter than almost everyone else. It’s the only answer, really. From the front office to the head coach to the players, the Spurs organization just does it, whatever “it” is, better than anyone else.
I’m not a Spurs fan, but I tip my cap. Neutral sports fans will be in their corner if they face the Heat, and I hope that people really appreciate what they’ve been able to do in the past 15 years.
We don’t often see dynasties in sports anymore, and when we do, we generally don’t like them. While they haven’t won the championship every year, the Spurs certainly count as a dynasty out West, and personally, I can’t bring myself to hate them even just a little bit.