I was surprised they managed it so easily, but I was glad to see my favorite NBA team, the San Antonio Spurs, win their 4th NBA title in 9 years tonight.
They're an under-appreciated dynasty because:
- They're in a small market that's not on the East Coast where you get more media coverage by default.
- Their star player (the greatest power forward ever) is a quiet guy who goes about his business and doesn't seek media attention. In fact their whole team isn't flashy. They're often described as playing a 'boring' brand of basketball because of it. They don't rely on a Kobe or Lebron or Jordan to carry them to victory every night. They beat you as a team with role players often being the deciding factor.
- They spread out their wins over a number of years instead of stringing together their championships in successive years. They may have only had one squad (in 2005) that could have gone toe-to-toe with some of the other great dynasties of the last 30 years. But in some ways, their constant success over such a long period is more impressive since it shows an ability to thrive in spite of personnel changes.