The San Antonio Spurs is one of the small market teams in the league. But they’ve got a winning record more than half of the teams in the league. They’ve been a model as an organization by any sports worldwide. The great teams in other sports compared themselves from the team in Texas,the Spurs. With this historic run of 22 years of winning season, others can’t accept the facts of their greatness.
There is some kind of a people like Phil Jackson who put Spurs 1999 title as an asterisk because of a lockout season. But the truth is all team’s played the same amount of game. The Spurs also had a bad start at that time but recovered themselves after 14 games. The Spurs just only beat the duo of Shaq and Kobe badly in only four games. The 11-time champion coach also lauded that the Spurs aren’t a dynasty because they didn’t win back to back. Yes, it’s true, but the four titles have been won in a span of nine years. That time the Spurs always in the title conversation every year. They’ve always a one-shot away to advance in the next round that can make a championship run.
Among small market teams, other than Spurs only three teams got one title each. The Milwaukee Bucks in 1971, Portland Trail Blazers in 1977, and recently the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016. Since then, the Bucks yet to reach the NBA Finals, Blazers made it twice in 1990 and 1992 both lost. The Cleveland Cavaliers made it five times but succeed only once. The Utah Jazz had a great ran in 1997 & 98 in the Finals both lost. The Oklahoma City Thunder also in 2012 that after winning the game one, they surrender the next four games. There are teams like Minnesota and Sacramento among others who still in a shaky situation.
While San Antonio Spurs missed the postseason four times only since 1976. Which big market can’t replicate that kind of success. Even with the era of Tim Duncan, without marque free agents they are winning. David Robinson is already on the downhill of his career when Duncan came but able to find Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Aside from that, they have the best front office to fill the role that can help Duncan. Nobody wants to play here, there are rumors that All-Star players almost came. From Chris Webber in 2002 and Jason Kidd in 2003 but they back out in the last minutes instead they get a washed-up Tracy McGrady in 2013. They only win in a long time because of the group put by Gregg Popovich.
There are great players from a small market team, like Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Clyde Drexler. But all of these guys been traded or made way to get out. While the Spurs make Tim Duncan and David Robinson satisfied to build a franchise for the rest of their careers. Duncan didn’t say “Oh build me with these guys” after the Lakers win 3 straight. The Spurs build a guy who can be motivated themselves after a loss as 2013 ran.
Shaquille O’Neal and Phil Jackson among big names in the league but been butthurt by the truth. Their ego has been affected which in denial about Spurs’ success. Duncan is a way better player and a person. While Gregg Popovich can make a ran for the greatest coach of all time. Spurs overachieves more than other franchises that can pay a lot of money to let great players play with them. Good role players want to play with because National TV is on their side to market them. While people or ESPN doesn’t talk about the Spurs outside of San Antonio ori fans.
Even the Spurs just win 3 times they got nothing to prove. As people around the league want to look at San Antonio Spurs employee if they want somebody to run their own organization. If they want success they hire someone that got to learn from the Spurs organization.
This is why the Spurs are always on top no matter how people denied the facts.