by Ari Temkin | Photo by Vivian Crook
The essence of sports debate—and great debate in general—is questioning the unknowable. That’s what facilitates great debate. The San Antonio Spurs have one of the top organizations in modern sports history. That’s not debatable. They’ve been the champions of the National Basketball Association five times in 15 years. All five times they were unquestionably the best team in the league. The best Spurs team ever, though? That conversation is hyperbole for the sake of hyperbole. But hyperbole aside, of the five title teams, the 2014 Spurs are the best ever.
Sure, the ’99 team was the first. Plus, it was the highlight of a Hall-of-Fame career for David Robinson and the second season for a budding all-time great in Tim Duncan. The 2003 team was carried on Tim Duncan’s back, and was arguably Duncan’s greatest season as a pro. The 2005 team had two developing stars in Ginobili and Parker, and 2007 was the full on emergence of those three great players together. The 2014 team, however, was a completely different form of champion. The group had an incredible amount of talent–that’s not debatable. But more so than the previous teams, the 2014 team was just that: a team in every sense of the word.
Read more in the September 2014 issue of S.A. Scene.