An aging core of Hall of Famers. One of the best coaches in the NBA. A young group of exciting but unproven players. One of the best big-men in NBA history. A city that struggles to draw high-profile free agents. A series of dramatic playoff runs that ended in bitter defeat.
After reading the qualifications above, you're probably not sure if I'm talking about the Boston Celtics or the San Antonio Spurs. Though it might come as a surprise, I'm actually talking about both.
The last survivors from an era when the Detroit Pistons dominated the East and the Los Angeles Lakers weren't a complete train wreck, The Celtics and Spurs have eclipsed their original shelf-lives. When Danny Ainge brought in Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, the Big 3 were supposed to have a 3-year window. When Tim Duncan was drafted at #1 in 1997, few people expected him to be an All-Star at age 37, let alone on a championship caliber team.
As Boston showed in it's shocking run to the 2010 Finals and near defeat o...