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The Spurs, The Sport Dynasty

I have said for years that the San Antonio Spurs are the most consistent and successful dynasty in all of professional sports.  They are not flashy or over celebratory, yet have proven long-term success.

Real quick on all of the celebrations that happen in sports; I am all for getting pumped up for the big game, but overdone celebrations get old and often take away from the game.  It is the fan's job to jump around and high five each other. All-to-often over exuberance from the players during the game can be counterproductive.  Act like you've been there. Overdone celebrations have ravished every sport. As a player, it's your job.  Do your job and then go about doing it some more.  Don't waste needed energy pounding on your chest and screaming how wonderful you are. (I digress)

Watching level headed calm and collective Tim Duncan since he played at Wake Forest, Duncan may not the most exciting player to watch for some, but to me, he is. 

When I played, I could run the floor, finish out of a fast break, and was athletic enough to make the NBA.  But it was tough defense and fundamental footwork that allowed me to get more than one chance at playing in the league. These fundamentals are why I think Tim Duncan is the best center in the NBA and has been for a long time. He plays tough defense and is as fundamental as a player can get at the center position. He doesn't feel the need to celebrate like he is the best thing since sliced bread and I like that about Duncan. It doesn't hurt that Duncan is the best name an NBA player can have.

Tim Duncan is the most fundamental center in the NBA, maybe ever.  His footwork is precise and his patience is fantastic.  He rarely gets excited; when he does it is a simple fist pump.  Then he gets back to work.  He doesn't jump on the press table and flex for all to see, like some other NBA payers.  (LaBron comes to mind)

Along with Tim Duncan, there is Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili that round out the steady threesome.  Besides great play, they bring a confident and calming sensation to the team.

Management has used this trio for 12 years, amassing their 110thplayoff win together, so far. (By the way, this feat ties the record from Magic, Kareem and Cooper of the Lakers)

No doubt this world needs role players.  Management has this unreal ability to surround the trio with role players to fill in the needed holes.  Jaren Jackson, a friend of mine was used as one of these roles and won himself a championship ring with the Spurs.  I played with Jaren on the Fort Wayne Fury, a CBA team. Jaren was called up to play for the Spurs. His tough defense and ability to nail the open three earned him a big fat ring on his finger and the right to call himself a world champion, a highlight in his career.  I couldn't be any more jealous. You deserve it Jaren, you worked hard for it.  

For the Spurs, there have been countless Jaren Jacksons over the years.  All with management plugging the right people into holes that need filling.  But that is what management is supposed to do.  Why do so many other teams struggle to do their job? How do the Spurs prove year in and year out that they are so good at filling these needed voids?    

If I were to build a team in any sport, I would start by studying the San Antonio Spurs management.  I would work hard to find out how they have been so successful, and then emulate what they have done constantly and successfully for decades.

During Monday's 122-105 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Spurs were steady, consistent, and more complete than any other team in the NBA. San Antonio is playing the best basketball of the NBA playoffs. It isn't even close.

The next time your favorite player sails through the air and dunks, remember Duncan's little up and under move off the glass is worth the same amount of points in the stat sheet.  Add his playoff runs and rings; I'll take Duncan even with his flat shot and average free-throw shooting. I choose Tim because he is a winner, and a humble winner at that.