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Duncan, Parker enjoy reminding us that people have been saying the Spurs were done for ‘seven or eight years’

Jun 14, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

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SAN ANTONIO – The Spurs are on the verge of winning a fifth NBA title since drafting Tim Duncan back in 1997, and have made the playoffs in each of the last 17 seasons.

It’s been an incredible run that manages to keep on keeping on, despite the fact that every few years, the so-called experts who follow the league are quick to declare the team’s impending demise.

Tim Duncan and Tony Parker don’t appear to be the types who would bother trying to turn such nonsense into some form of internal motivation, but at Saturday’s media availability session, both of them separately brought up the fact that many had counted them out at various times in the past.

“We’ve been on our last run for the last five or six years from how everyone wants to put it,” Duncan said. “We show up every year, and we try to put together the best teams and the best runs possible because what people say doesn’t matter to us.”

Parker had a similar response, when asked why this season is different in that people don’t seem to be talking like this might be another of those supposedly final runs through the postseason.

“I don’t know,” Parker said. “You should talk to your colleagues, you know? You’ve been saying that for the last seven, eight years. I don’t know what to say. Every year the journalists keep saying the same stuff that we’re done and it’s the last run. I totally understand. We’re getting older every year, but we always come back and just keep pushing the limits, I guess, especially Timmy and Manu. We just keep playing great basketball.”

  1. money2long - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    People knowledgable on the intricacies of basketball know to appreciate and not depreciate the San Antonio spurs.

  2. iknowzeroaboutsports - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Most dominant team in last 11 years: 6 Finals appearances, 5 titles (yes, this one is over).

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      First, I root for the Spurs as I don’t like the Heat…

      But when one carefully chooses and selects dates, others may do it too.

      Most dominant team in last 4 yrs: 4 Finals appearances, 2 titles, back to back titles at that.

      So yes, the Spurs ARE the most dominant team in the last 11 yrs.

      And yes, the Heat ARE the most dominant team in the last 4 yrs.

      Spurs never one back to back titles and the Spurs, only once went to back to back Finals in those 6 Finals appearances…

      Gosh I hope the Spurs close this out…

      • moneyz2 - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        you’re funny, ” the most dominant team in the last 4 years” 2 win – 2 losses…

        The Lakers in 2000-2010 went to the final 7 times and won 5. That’s dominant.. The heat has to win 3 more titles without losing to achieve that. That’s dominant.

        SA won in 99, 03, 05, 07 without losing any finals Until last year loss to the heat, and they were 19 seconds away of winning it.. and then redemption this year.. Tha’ts dominant..

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 14, 2014 at 11:32 PM

        FINALLY A VOICE OF REASON HAS EMERGED

      • kavika6 - Jun 15, 2014 at 4:00 AM

        You had me until you said “never one back to back titles”, not because of the spelling mistake but because I’m sick of hearing people like Phil Jackson say that the Spurs can’t be considered a dynasty because they’ve never won back to back.

        To argue against Phil Jackson and this Heatles era, a dynasty consists of continued excellence, not just being the best for two straight years.

    • sumkat - Jun 14, 2014 at 4:33 PM

      This would be their 5th title, and the first won was way more than 11 years ago (1999, by my math, is 15 years). Come to think of it, their 2nd title was 12 years ago

    • eureca323 - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      Your math isn’t adding up.

  3. gameisours - Jun 14, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    I’m leaning more and more towards putting Duncan ahead of Kobe.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      You could’ve done that even if the Spurs didn’t make it to the finals these last two years.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      Well, you’re a smart person…

      Duncan’s career, all of it, is better overall than Kobe’s career right now…

      • money2long - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:22 PM

        Lol. It is a good debate.
        There’s a reason they call Duncan the greatest power forward.
        And why there was discussion if Kobe could be called the greatest ever.
        Kobe is just so much more versitile of a ball player.
        Around this time of year it’s easy to give more credit to those with the: what have u done for me lately. And since Duncan is in position to win the chip and Kobe’s at home, most will find it easier to give the nod to Timmy over Kobe.

        But don’t be so quick.
        Kobe is very very lethal. It really is a tough call. Depends on your cup of tea.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        @money – Kobe is about as versatile as a wrecking ball. And he is not mentally versatile at all – he’s too stubborn.

      • moneyz2 - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:57 PM

        Kobe’s 5 win 2 loses
        Duncan 5 win 1 loss

        Duncan has the edge right now…

      • moneyz2 - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM

        But Kobe 3peat and 2peat.
        Dunacan has never won Back to Back

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:57 PM

        Shaq 3 peated… Kobe was a sidekick…

        Just Google the finals stats from those 3 series and your eyes will bug out at what Shaq did compared to Kobe…

        Kobe was Pippen to Shaq’s being MJ in those first 3 titles…

        Kobe rode Superman’s cape to a 3 peat…

      • gameisours - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        Well you could also argue about MVPs and finals MVPs.

      • money2long - Jun 14, 2014 at 10:39 PM

        Kobe was needed as much as shaq. They needed each other.
        Just because shaq was the first option doesn’t mean squat. Kobe was just option 1B.

    • rushbacker - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      LMAO at volume scorer Kobe being more versatile than the guy who plays two positions equally well, and is one of the most complete and well-rounded bigs to ever lace ‘em up.

      • kavika6 - Jun 15, 2014 at 4:06 AM

        Not to mention that Duncan is still playing and winning championships at an older age while Kobe physically and mentally is a train wreck. If Kobe comes back and has some success in his late 30s the debate may continue but it looks to me like Kobe is done. If so, Duncan deserves the most accolades.

  4. mikecarter1135 - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Dynasty, one of the most looked over under appreciated teams in modern sports history. I tell anybody if want to learn the fundamentals of basketball watch my Spurs.

    • antistratfordian - Jun 14, 2014 at 6:23 PM

      That’s partially the Spurs own fault. If they were able to repeat, three-peat, or string together consecutive years of championship domination, people would respect them more.

      But, generally, fans don’t want to learn the fundamentals of basketball, they want to watch impossible athletes play the type of physics defying basketball that they know is completely outside of the realm of possibility for an average person – they want to watch MJ.

      • theblackrook - Jun 14, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        Most teams never make it to the finals and you want to try to say they weren’t dominate cause they didn’t do it back to back. You people man…

      • antistratfordian - Jun 14, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        That’s the name of the game. I didn’t make the rules. It’s a lot harder to keep returning to the finals year after year for three or four consecutive years to win consecutive championships, etc. That’s why those that do are called dynasties. The Spurs have just been more mercurial in the playoffs than a true dynasty would be. Too up and down. You have to be more reliable than that in the postseason.

      • kavika6 - Jun 15, 2014 at 4:10 AM

        I repeat, a dynasty takes longer to develop than 2 or 3 years.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        Understood. That’s why no one referred to the Heat as a dynasty until they went to the Finals for their 4th straight year. People are still hesitant to refer to the Spurs as a dynasty.

      • mrhonorama - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:34 AM

        But MJ was one of the most fundamentally sound players ever. It’s more about the system than the players. For years, the Spurs ran very traditional offensive and defensive schemes that fit their personnel, and this certainly was fundamentally sound and without the bells and whistles that excite fans. But as time went on, Pop adapted the team into a more pace oriented offense. Folks who call the Spurs boring now really don’t understand basketball — they play the game the way it should be played, and they are so fun to watch.

      • antistratfordian - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:50 PM

        MJ was not one of the most fundamentally sound players ever when it came to playing within a team. The national perception of him up until 1991 was that he didn’t make his teammates better because he was selfish. That is the opposite of fundamental basketball. But it’s really what fans are most enthralled by – individual domination.

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