Spurs win title in boring fashion; Portland’s future unveiled

So, the San Antonio spurs swept their way to an NBA Title in fantastically boring fashion.

I was personally glad when King James’ Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Detroit Pistons to get to the NBA Finals, because I thought that a Spurs-Pistons series would really suck. Watching two defenses battle it out and seeing lots of games where the combined scores of both teams just topped 100 points didn’t sound too exciting.

But the Cavs had nothing on the Spurs. The Spurs, after all, are a dynasty.

A dynasty that will be carried on, in a couple of years, here in Portland.

Look at the Spurs, and what do you see? A game built on half-court play dominated by big men, defense, and hard-nosed effort. A team with off-court character, no soap operas, and a “culture” that local fans love and adore. A franchise player known as “The Great Fundamental” who’s most interesting soap opera is one member’s engagement to a TV star.

Kevin Pritchard, Portland’s GM, came up under Greg Popovich and through the Spurs’ School of How-To-Do-It-Right. He talks “culture.” He values character. He seeks substance over style. And he’s building a team in San Antonio’s image.

I noted somewhere online earlier this week that one pundit (I wish I remembered who–it was some ESPN guy) was saying that Portland is setting up to dominate the west for the next 10 years. When it does, the NBA’s best team of tomorrow will look a lot like the NBA’s best team today.

And, as the Spurs have shown, that is no coincidence when you focus on fundamentals.

8 Comments so far

  1. Truth (unregistered) on June 15th, 2007 @ 4:43 pm

    I hope watching the “new” Portland play isn’t as boring as watching the Spurs!

  2. Rusty (unregistered) on June 15th, 2007 @ 5:24 pm

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure I’ll prefer a boring winner to the exciting mediocrity we’ve muddled through these past few years…

  3. Rusty (unregistered) on June 15th, 2007 @ 5:25 pm

    Don’t get me wrong. I’m sure I’ll prefer a boring winner to the exciting mediocrity we’ve muddled through these past few years…

  4. TKrueg (unregistered) on June 15th, 2007 @ 6:50 pm

    The whole notion that the Spurs are boring and that the NBA is ‘unwatchable’ these days… I don’t understand.

    These same people are generally the ones that complained the NBA is too selfish, showboat-y, or one-dimensional. Well folks, the league has moved away from the ‘me-first’ mentality and now you’re not happy?

    I never much liked the Spurs, but I have a hell of lot of respect for what they’ve managed to do in the last 10 years. They ARE a dynasty, regardless of the pundits that say it ‘just doesn’t FEEL like a dynasty’. Or that they need to win consecutive titles. What crap. They’ve flown under the radar because they run a tight, selfless ship in a smaller market than Portland. In fact, the Blazers may get the same shrug when we’re contending again.

  5. David (unregistered) on June 15th, 2007 @ 7:38 pm

    There is something very wrong about basketball in June. Basketball belongs in an overly hot gym with the snow falling outside. You slip on the ice when you step outside the door. Your wet hair freezes in the cold air. That’s basketball, my friend.

  6. warner (unregistered) on June 17th, 2007 @ 9:17 pm

    Tkrueg- You hit it again. Public perception takes so long to turn around. I still hear so many comments from “casual” fans about the “thugs” and “gangster attitude” in the NBA. Yet, the Champions are pretty much squeaky clean, Portland is no longer the “Jailblazers”, heck, even Allen Iverson is in Denver and making no news. I always ask people who make comments like that if they like the NFL. Most times they do, so I point out a couple of the recent incidents there. It shows me that they really don’t know what they’re talking about.

    And yes, we Blazer fans won’t care much about style of play if they win. Winning, and playing right, isn’t boring.

  7. Daaaaave (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 12:04 pm

    The Spurs aren’t really any less watchable than the “Bad Boys” Pistons were in the late 80’s. There’s just a little bit of fatigue as you get Tony Parker/Eva Longoria shoved down your throat with a mention every 90 seconds and being forced to endure listening to Manu and Oberto’s flopping and Bruce Bowen’s cheap shots as “veteran tricks” whereas if they were a .500 team they’d be dirty players.

    Defense wins championships but it rarely wins you fans.

  8. chad (unregistered) on June 18th, 2007 @ 1:49 pm

    The Spurs aren’t boring at all. For fans of good basketball, they are the real deal. People who are just interested in fast-breaks and slam dunks don’t understand real basketball. What is boring is the fact that the Eastern Conference is so ridiculously weaker than the Western Conference that the Finals become pointless. The real championship series was between Phoenix and San Antonio in the second round. It was said during the finals, and I think it’s probably true: any of the 8 playoff teams in the Western Conference could probably beat the Cavs in a 7 game series, that’s how bad it was. Cleveland had one player who deserved to be there: LeBron James. And even he failed miserably to live up to the hype. San Antonio is a brilliant basketball TEAM, they understand how to play the game in all its many nuances. The finals were ruined because they didn’t have a team to play against who could even come close to matching up.

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