Winning has become customary for the San Antonio Spurs, during the regular season they had two win streaks of eleven games and are currently on a 18 game win streak. Despite their continued dominance on the court the Spurs continue to be easily forgotten or overlooked by the national media. After running a clinic on the fundamental of basketball and execution against the young an inexperienced Clippers aka ‘Lob City’, the Spurs were relegated to the back pages while everyone focused on the inconsistent highlight friendly team in South Beach.
However, the Spurs appear unconcerned about winning popularity contests instead deciding to focus on their quest for an NBA Championship. The Spurs have taken on the personality of their head coach Gregg Popovich who I consider to be one of the greatest minds in basketball, the Bill Belichick of the NBA. If the NBA had not have implemented a dress code policy, I am sure Coach Popovich would have worn the famous hoody only adorned by true geniuses of their craft (ex. Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Belichick, and Lady Gaga).
It is unfortunate that Coach Popovich contribution to the game often get overlooked due to him coaching during the era of the Great Zin Master, Phil Jackson who won ten NBA Championships. But due to the Zin Master recent retirement Coach Popovich enshrinement as the NBA top coach in the league is no longer questioned.
Unlike the Zen who relied on the greatness of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan, Coach Popovich has created a system run by self-less players who flourish where the right pass is always made and their strengths are always enhanced. For example, Danny Green who was a NBA non factor has flourished as a starter for the Spurs posting the best numbers of his career. The value of the Spurs system only gets noticed when his former players fail to produce at the same level once they sign to play with other franchises (ex. Stephen Jackson).
As the NBA playoffs continue do not forget about the Spurs because although they appear in highlights getting posterized by their opponents at the end of the day all that really matters in the final score. With their depth, experience, and superior execution the team from the Alamo is a force to be reckoned with and although Vegas does not have them as a favorite (Heat are 2:1) to win the championship, do not be surprised if they win the title in impressive fashion this year. – A. Denmark (@eatdrnkslpsprtz)