Saturday, June 16, 2007

Can you say Dynasty?

The San Antonio Spurs are your 2007 NBA champions. After sweeping the Cleveland Cavaliers in 4 games, many have disputed that this is yet the best of all the other Spurs championship teams.

This definitely is one of the greatest organizations, not just in the NBA, but all of professional sports. They have an amazing front office, one of the best head coaches in the NBA, along with P.J. Carlesimo as your assistant coach for crying out loud, and one of the best players of all time in Tim Duncan. That's 4 championships in the last 9 years. Pretty impressive!

With their fourth championship since 1999 - and third in five years - the Spurs joined the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls as the only teams in NBA history to win four titles.

While I say the Spurs are a dynasty, "The Neutral Site" has a different point of view: San Antonio Spurs - Not a Dynasty

Now to talk about the series, Tim Duncan took the Finals MVP on the first three championship teams, but this year it was Tony Parker; which I definitely agree with. Parker does everything and anything to win. He'll find the open guy, hustle after loose balls, play tough defense, and can hit the shot whenever he needs to. When the Spurs needed a basket in the finals (and the rest of the playoffs) he found a way to get to the hoop or knock down a key outside shot. His Finals MVP award was well deserved. After game 2, I was thinking Tony Parker deserved to be the MVP when they end up winning the series.

As for next year, even as the oldest team in the league, the Spurs should be the favorite again for next year. Everybodys back and hopefully they can pick up some kind of young kid to help fill in as these guys get older; because pretty soon Horry and Finley won't be able to play anymore and they will need to bring in some young talent.

Switching gears, I would have loved to see LeBron James win a title. But it just happened to be they were playing my Spurs. LeBron James will definitely win a title (probably even multiple) in his tenure. The Cavs are one or two good players away from winning a title. They are a fairly young team and could win a ring down the road if LeBron is there to stay for awhile.


Raps Fan said...

since there is no universal definition of dynasty, i would have to say no to the spurs being one based on my own.

the bulls are probably the closest thing to a dynasty we have in the last 30 years or so. they won 6 championships in 8 year.

if you can't classify the lakers of the 80s (5 rings in 8 years) as a dynasty, then you definitely cant classify the spurs (4 rings in 9 years, with no repeat championship) as one.

i will say that they are a great team, and bet that they can run with anyone of those great teams of the past.

grittysquirrels said...

The key for me is no repeat rings....that is huge. When I think dynasty I think of teams like the 1956-1966 celtics, the 1990-1993 and 1995-1998 Bulls and probably the more recent Lakers 3 peat just to name a few. If they win it next year I'll call it a dynasty, but right now.......I say no.

Stefan Ming said...

they've been right there challenging for the title every year since they first won it in 99. always one of the top teams in the league. just because they haven't won it two years in a row doesnt mean they're not a dynasty...

Stefan Ming said...

also, you have to take into account they have the best winning % of any team in any sport in the last 10 year. plus with the title that = dynasty. I should have titled my post Unappreciated Spurs

Kevin Hayward said...

I can say dynasty, but I'd rather not. The Spurs are definitely the greatest team of our generation, but could they be any more boring? I'm looking forward to the days when LeBron and Dwyane Wade rule the roost.

Raps Fan said...

in all fairness, being boring doesn't disqualify you for being a dynasty. i am of the opinion that if the spurs were the lakers or knicks, everyone would be singing their praises.

as far as calling them a dynasty for a combo of their winning percentage and championships stephan...i think that is over shooting a bit. the 80's celtics were in a similar situation, but no one refers to them a potential dynasty.

i know they won 3 championships, but they had to fight the pistons, sixers in the east, and the lakers for the champioinship. that seems a bit more impressive to me.