We discount them every year, feel they have to give out eventually. I mean, Tim Duncan played with David Robinson…David Robinson! Duncan is so old that he learned his post moves from the Dream–not Hakeem, but the first ever human’s actual dream, some caveman named Ugh in some cave in BC times. Duncan is a fossil.
Yet, here we are, again. The NBA playoffs soon to start, the Spurs presently in the second position in a super-stacked Western Conference. The Spurs…the DEFENDING-CHAMPION Spurs…at it again. How in the world of young, athletic ballers do they keep rising to this level? It’s beyond amazing.
The formula seems to be three parts aging superstar, a couple of parts role player, and one part young star who almost no one probably knows (I’m talking about you Mr. Kawhi Leonard.) Pour all those ingredients into a giant mixing bowl (their system) and stir it with the surly one himself, the bearded grump, Greg Popovich.
Viola! Success! Be in contention? Check! Make a bunch of deep playoff runs? Ditto! Hang some banners over the good ole Alamo City? Fo’ Sho’! Seems easy enough. Maybe not exciting, okay, for sure not exciting. But who promised excitement with your viewing? Pop doesn’t care if you love what you’re seeing, and honestly, if you aren’t a Spurs fan or a fan of the finer technical aspects of basketball, then you might want to tune out for San Antonio games.
If, however, you enjoy watching finely tuned precision (the kind you can only get from a time-tested brand), then you might want to sit and watch a while. This Spurs team is, by and large, the exact same team who dismantled Lebron and the Heat in last year’s Finals. Took them apart like a clumsily built Lego house and put them back together into a stately mansion…same exact bricks. The Spurs players know the game and their offense is pure poetry in motion. A wonderful sight to behold.
So, if you’re interested in that sort of thing, you know, nearly perfect execution and almost flawless decision making, maybe you should give the Spurs a try. I mean, you might as well because it’s a good bet they’re going to be playing on your TV well into June. Fo’ Sho’!