That's a credit, of course, to the players, but it's also a nod to the organization.
Gregg Popovich is a prickly curmudgeon, but the man can coach. Few are better with the Xs and Os. Or the development of players. Or the management of egos.
Granted, the former military man does so with a my-way-or-the-highway style, but hey, it works.
San Antonio's front office brass isn't all that different from Pop. Led by Oklahoma State alum and general manager R.C. Buford, the Spurs have a philosophy and they stick to it no matter what. Their goal is to have a playoff team every year. Period.
That means they spend within their small-market means. They refuse to mortgage the future for the present. They rely on player development over player acquisition.
Heck, even when the Spurs looked old against the youthful Thunder last season, they didn't deviate.
That was an offseason, you remember, when several of their Western Conference pursuers were revamping rosters. The Lakers snagged Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. The Clippers landed Chris Paul. The Nuggets got Andre Iguodala.
The Spurs' response?
They just stayed the course.
And here they are, back in the NBA Finals.
I know it has become trendy to cheer for the Spurs, so I guess I'm jumping on the bandwagon. But I'm not doing it because I hate the Heat. Miami obviously has great players, an outstanding coach and a successful system, otherwise it wouldn't be in the position to repeat as the champ.
Should the Heat prevail, it will be a worthy winner.
But I appreciate the way the Spurs go about their business. They are consistent. They are disciplined. They are smart.
So, go ahead and cheer for the Spurs because you hate the Heat if you must. I'm going to cheer for the Spurs because I actually like them.
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