Well, it’s 2013 and the Spurs have made it to the NBA Finals. This is their 5th trip there since 1999. The previous four trips have netted an NBA title (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007). Yet, while we hear a lot of how the Spurs are the greatest franchise in the NBA, we do not hear a lot about Dynasty. Why?
Well, one reason lies in the fact that there is a bigger fish swimming in their conference: The Los Angeles Lakers. Forgot that they are the historical class of the Western Conference. Just take a look at what they have done in that same time period (since 1999): 7 Western Conference Championships and 5 NBA titles. However, with another title this year, that would give the Spurs 5 and 5. So certainly on pretty good footing with the Lakers. So what else is missing?
Well, the first big piece is that they are not playing in a large market/media capital. Everything the Lakers do are magnified because of the simple fact that they are in Los Angeles and have A-C list stars with Lakers gear vomited all over themselves. And star power is what gives them the second edge. The players on the court are as big as the stars off of it. It takes a certain personality to excel in LA. Tony Parker, David Robinson and Tim Duncan would certainly be top level NBA players in a Lakers jersey, however do they have LA personalities? Not really.
The Spurs will certainly be remembered as a top level team over the past 15 years when we look back on NBA history. I just hope that history does not diminish their accomplishments because the record will deem them as the little team that could. They are certainly bigger than that.