It’s hard to put how amazing the San Antonio Spurs are into words. Ever since they drafted Tim Duncan in 1997, they’ve been a title contender year in, year out. He hasn’t done it all by himself, obviously. Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker soon followed suit and ever since the trio joined forces, they have been the beating heart of the franchise. But what’s amazing is how R.C. Buford and his staff continue to find diamonds in the rough — whether it is through free agency or the draft — and implement them into the system without skipping a beat. Ginobili and Duncan’s playing days are numbered and at age 32, Parker’s peak years are slowing winding down. Nevertheless, the Spurs are looking better than ever and are geared, yet again, to win another championship — what would be their fifth since 1999.
The Big Three is still there, healthy and motivated to win another title together, but it’s the system in place that makes them — the unit — so special. It’s what separates them from the every other team in the NBA and it’s why Gregg Popovich’s name will someday be cemented in the Hall of Fame. They play a brand of basketball that we haven’t seen in the NBA in decades; perhaps since Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were still in the league. It’s unselfish, smart and unstoppable. They move the ball around with crisp precision and every shot they take seems to be on their agenda, not that of their competitor.
Many of us take the Spurs for granted. After all, they’ve been doing this for years — playing the game of basketball without the same razzle-dazzle as, say, the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and L.A. Clippers. But it’s beautiful basketball and living proof that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, something Strong Team captured perfectly in this seven jaw dropping minute video: