Originally posted on The Sports Rocker  |  Last updated 5/28/13
With yesterday's defeat of the Memphis Grizzlies, and therefore sweep, the San Antonio Spurs are once again going to the NBA Finals. For the Spurs, this is their 5th trip since Tim Duncan joined the organization. I think it's safe to assume that the Miami Heat will advance in the East, and this sets up Lebron James versus the Spurs II. "Remember that time they called us old?""Yesterday? That was hilarious!" That sets up one of the ultimate good versus evil match-ups in NBA history. But first, let's examine the Spurs dynasty since Timmy D joined against some of the other dynasties of the same era.San Antonio Spurs (1997-2012)NBA Champs: 4Western Conference Champs: 4 (not including this season)(One title every 3.75 seasons)LA Lakers (1999-2012)NBA Champs: 5Western Conference Champs: 7(One every 2.6 seasons)NY Yankees (1996-2012)World Series Champs: 5American League Champs: 5(One every 3.2 seasons)New England Patriots (2001-20012)Super Bowl titles: 3AFC Championships: 5(one every 3.7 seasons)So why don't the Spurs get more recognition? Surely their market size is to blame. San Antonio is the 37th largest TV market in the U.S., behind such notables as the Greenville-Spartanburg market in upstate South Carolina, the Hartford-New Haven market and Columbus, Ohio. The Spurs go out of their way to bring in players that don't buck the team system. Quick, name one player on the Spurs that isn't Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli, or Tony Parker. Tony Parker's claim to fame, besides basketball, was being married to Eva Longoria for a few seconds. Manu Ginobli's bald spot probably receives more endorsement requests than Duncan. Aside from Parker's relationship to Longoria, no other Spurs player has been linked to any kind of model or actress. So Derek Jeter and Tom Brady will never get a request to suit up for the Spurs. Sorry, ladies.And the Spurs don't have celebrities at court side for every home game. Maybe the Spurs can get Billy Crystal to fly in for a few home dates. Then again, thinking of the luck he's brought to the Clippers, let's not.So should the Spurs get more ink about their dynasty? Certainly. Do they want it? They could probably care less. But in an age of sports stars picking and choosing their teams and destinations for their talents, take a moment to enjoy the Spurs for what they are: A team first.
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