I have a lot to say and I am sure I will forget some stuff, but seeing the San Antonio Spurs win their fifth championship in 15 years puts a smile on my face. At the same time, I am a very jealous person. Maybe that’s how fans of other team’s felt about us in the 90’s with the Bulls winning. Last year, the Spurs had made one bad decision or two in Game 6 that ultimately, led to defeat of both, that game and the next. The Heat took advantage of it. Fair enough.
Any other team that fucked up like they did (the Bulls, specifically) would have never recovered.
This year, they didn’t let it get to them. They continued to do what they do best and faced the Heat again; this time, wiping the floor with them. Every victory was by at least, 15 points. And guess what? They didn’t blow any of those leads. They played defense, they didn’t give many second chance points and, surprise surprise, they made their free throws. But what makes me jealous the most about the Spurs in the last 15 years?
They have a head coach who actually knows how to coach and one who cares about the health of his players.
Any other coach with these guys and their window for a championship closes five years ago. You can look at the ages (Duncan – 38, Parker – 32, Ginobli – 36) and you would think, “No way. They’re too old”. Fuck, even I thought that a while back, especially since they hadn’t won since 2007. Even last year, I thought they were done and that they wouldn’t bounce back.
Gregg Popovich is one of the top five coaches of all time. Because of him actually knowing how to manage minutes for his players (giving nights off, limiting players’ minutes throughout the regular season, using his entire bench, etc.), they have been able to win five titles in 15 years. They should have had one more but I digress.
Popovich has always done this and more frequently, in the last five or six years, which has propelled the Spurs to two chances to win a championship.
But see? We, as fans of the Bulls can only dream of a coach who is half as decent as Popovich. Instead, we are stuck with a moronic, PATHETIC individual who disguises himself as a head coach. This man, disguised as a head coach, only plays six or seven guys and plays them so much, that they rack up high minutes and injuries which they don’t recover from. When his team is up or down 30, he takes the starters out and let’s the bench play the remaining part of the game.
The Spurs have a real head coach and that pisses me off. The Spurs have a real head coach who takes players that no one has ever heard of and turns them into an NBA Finals MVP. He takes players, who should have been finished years ago and continues to get them to play their best basketball when it matters the most. He knows the entire point of an NBA season (a marathon, not a sprint). The players don’t ask for breaks and they don’t want them, but Popovich reminds them not verbally, but mentally, that they may lose a battle (a regular season game in January) but the objective is to win the war (NBA championship).
I wish the Bulls were half of what the Spurs are.