Originally written on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 10/18/14
The San Antonio Spurs have always been thought of as that grind-it-out team. That team that methodically breaks down defenses with its passing and low post play. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili have long been able to slither their way through defenses and Duncan was just a point guard in a post's body with the way he could break down defenses with his post moves and the pass. There was not much more of a team built on efficiency than this one. But when most thought of those championship teams and the franchise in general are the hard-nosed defenses that slowed and bogged the game down. Fans hated it. Or if they did not hate it, it did not resonate with the kind of games the casual fan likes to watch. the Spurs were the 2000s equivalent of ugly basketball. But comparing them to the Bad Boy Pistons of the 1980s is going a bit far. Sure their games might have been ugly and their focus on defense and discipline was intense. But there were not dirty tactics (aside from Bruce Bowen&...
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