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Tim Duncan has said it all starts with Gregg Popovich, while Pop insists it all started with David Robinson. Exactly who set the foundation for the Spurs to become the model NBA franchise is a matter of respectful debate, even within the organization’s own ranks. What’s more, there is some dispute over whether the future lays with second-year swingman Kawhi Leonard or some as-yet unknown franchise centerpiece. What cannot be disputed is who controls the Spurs’ present. San Antonio is Tony Parker‘s team, as it has been for going on six or seven years, and all it takes for the casual fan to realize that, apparently, is for Parker to be on the precipice of winning a fourth championship ring. Few jobs in sports are as challenging as playing point guard for Popovich. A generation ago, Avery Johnson toiled under Pop’s yoke, enduring criticism from coaches, fans and reporters alike until his clutch jumper in Game 5 of the NBA Finals helped deliver San Antonio’s first title. It was never ea...
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