Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Spurs, Duncan Continue Courting Success

As the saying goes, death and taxes are the only two things (the former for sure) that you can count on in life.

Could it perhaps be time to add in there the San Antonio Spurs making a yearly visit to the NBA playoffs?

New to the NBA in 1976 (Spurs came from the merger of the NBA and American Basketball Association), San Antonio has captured four NBA crowns, with a fifth one there for the taking this spring.

After disposing of the Memphis Grizzlies Monday evening (4-0 sweep) in the Western Conference Finals, the Spurs (have made the playoffs 23 of the last 24 seasons) now sit back and await most likely the defending champion Miami Heat, though Indiana will likely have a say or two about that.

For all the critics who say Tim Duncan is too old, Manu Ginobili can’t stay healthy, and Tony Parker is, well, too old and injured at times, the trio of superstars continue to carry the Texas team into the playoffs year after year. Throw in future Hall of Fame head coach Gregg Popovich, and you have all the ingredients for a franchise to possibly win its fifth NBA title (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007).

While there are many things to like about this Texas cast of characters, one of the most alluring things is that egos are few and far between.

Egos Not Welcomed in San Antonio

Yes, Duncan is a sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer down the road, Parker is likely, and Ginobili can certainly throw his name into the discussion. As for Popovich, you can bet the family fortune on the fact that he will go down as one of the great coaches of his generation, also finding himself enshrined in Springfield (Massachusetts) one day.

With all that said, there is no showboating when it comes to this cast of characters, starting from Popovich on down.

Yes, don’t think for one second that this team has not faced postseason adversity along the way, especially in recent years.

It was just a season ago that the veteran-laden Spurs had a 2-0 lead on Oklahoma City in the Western Conference Finals, only to watch the Thunder rattle off four straight wins, sending Duncan and Co. home for a long summer. If anything, that playoff setback is fueling this year’s team, a squad that is equally as talented or even more so than the defending champion Heat.

While Ginobli and Parker (2007 Finals MVP) have battled injuries at times this year, Duncan continues to elude Father Time, looking like a man possessed in obtaining one more ring before he calls it an epic career. Even an impending divorce from his wife does not seem to be distracting the three-time NBA Finals MVP during this playoff run.

As the Spurs (have a week off now before the NBA Finals), continue on their quest for ring number five, it seems an eternity ago that this franchise began as the Dallas Chaparrals of the original ABA in 1967.

Just like death and taxes, the Spurs making the playoffs continues to be something you can pretty much count on.

About the Author: With 23 years’ writing experience, Dave Thomas covers a variety of business topics and individuals, including David Kiger.

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