The Quiet Dynasty of the San Antonio Spurs

Spurs fifth title in 15 years.  The Quiet Dynasty.
Spurs fifth title in 15 years. The Quiet Dynasty.

The San Antonio Spurs are a dynasty yet no one wants to acknowledge it.

They weren’t suppose to be doing this. Young and upstart teams like the Los Angeles Clippers, the Houston Rockets, and the Portland Trail Blazers threatened the Spurs quest for their fifth title. The Spurs responded by coming out and dominating the regular season, with the best record in the NBA. They reached the Finals for the second year in a row, defeating the Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trail Blazers and the Oklahoma City Thunder to face off against the Heat again. They got their revenge.

They are not exciting. They are too old. They get injured quick. This is how basketball fans see the San Antonio Spurs outside of San Antonio. It shouldn’t be. What they should see is how beautifully they play this great sport. You can’t help but to love the way they play and respect them.

The Spurs now have five championships (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014.) Since Duncan was selected first overall in the 1997 NBA draft they have never missed the playoffs over that span. Since Duncan arrived in San Antonio, the Spurs have won over 50 games in 15 of the last 17 seasons (the other two was lockout shorten seasons in 1998-1999 and 2011-2012). Tim Duncan joins John Salley as only players in NBA history to win an NBA championship in three different decades.

The Spurs are more than Tim Duncan though. He had help with Tony Parker and Manu Gibobli who both has 117 playoff wins under their belt (seven more wins than the trio of Magic Johnson,Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Michael Cooper.) And of course you got Coach Gregg Popovich. The man who never smiles even after winning the NBA title. The coach who always have the best sideline interviews (his one sentence answers are hilarious.) He is considered to be one of the best coaches of all time with his five rings.

A dynasty isn’t just consecutive championships, it is also a powerful group that maintains its position for a considerable time. San Antonio’s 950 wins and five championships in 15 years certainly qualifies them as a dynasty.

They did it quietly. Just the way they like it.


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