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NBA Finals: Why it's hard not to root for the San Antonio Spurs

If you love the game, it's hard not to cheer for San Antonio. For starters, these guys are disciplined and intelligent. Players. Coaches. Management. Doesn't it seem like everyone in the Spurs organization has their stuff together?
by Jenni Carlson Published: June 10, 2013

When these NBA Finals began, I had one friend who I knew to be a Spurs fan.

Paul is a die-hard. Grew up Texas. Latched onto San Antonio at an early age. Even though he lives in Oklahoma City now, he is sticking to his silver-and-black guns.

But in the past few days, I've discovered that Paul isn't my only Spurs-loving friend. I can't go on Facebook or Twitter without seeing folks who are pulling for San Antonio.

Spurs fans are popping up all over the place.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

I'm rooting for San Antonio, too, but not because I hate Miami.

I know there are plenty of folks pulling for the Spurs because it means pulling against the Heat. Hey, those guys down in Miami are easy to loathe. “Take my talents to South Beach”? The Heatles? “Not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven” championships?

The sense of entitlement can be nauseating.

And among Thunder fans, the idea of the Heat winning another title turns even more stomachs.

But none of that is why I'm pulling for the Spurs.

I'm a basketball fan, and if you love the game, it's hard not to cheer for San Antonio.

For starters, these guys are disciplined and intelligent. Players. Coaches. Management. Doesn't it seem like everyone in the Spurs organization has their stuff together?

On the court, the Spurs rarely beat themselves. They don't win every game, but when they lose, it's seldom because of self-inflicted wounds.

Rewind to last year's Western Conference Finals when the Thunder came back to beat the Spurs. San Antonio won the first two games of the series in dominating fashion, but in losing the next four, the Spurs didn't fall apart. They played pretty well, actually. The Thunder just played better.

If you love basketball, you appreciate teams that play smart. Limit turnovers. Make smart decisions. Play together.

No NBA team does those things better than the Spurs.

That starts with Tim Duncan and Tony Parker, who had old souls even when they were young, but even members of supporting cast seem to mature when they're in a Spurs uniform. I mean, Danny Green wasn't supposed to be this good. Same for Kawhi Leonard or Gary Neal or just about every guy in a Spurs uniform.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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