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2014 NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs By The Numbers [A Model Sports Franchise]
Forbes ^ | 06/16/2014 | Kurt Badenhausen,

Posted on 06/16/2014 7:21:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

The San Antonio Spurs clinched their fifth NBA title in franchise history Sunday night, and the championships have all come since the team drafted Tim Duncan with the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft. The five titles are the fourth most in NBA behind only the Boston Celtics (17), Los Angeles Lakers (16) and Chicago Bulls (6).

Third-year forward Kawhi Leonard won the NBA Finals MVP. The Spurs have the highest winning percentage in major pro sports since 1997 and the team has not won fewer than 60% of its game in any season since drafting Duncan.

The trio of Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker under the guidance of coach Gregg Popovich has won more playoff games than any trio of players in NBA history. It is a staggering run in an era of free agency and onerous luxury taxes where building a dynasty is more challenging than ever.

The Spurs have been the NBA’s model NBA franchise over the past two decades. They posted operating profits of a record $39 million last season despite playing in the NBA’s fourth smallest market. Ratings for Spurs games on Fox Sports Southwest were up 15% this year and ranked second in the NBA.

Peter Holt led an ownership group that bought the Spurs in 1996 for a grossed-up value of $76 million. Holt’s family made its fortune running the largest Caterpillar CAT -0.41% dealership in the U.S. Forbes valued the team at $660 million in January, but the value has jumped even further after the recent sales of the Milwaukee Bucks ($550 million) and Los Angeles Clippers ($2 billion).

(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society; Sports
KEYWORDS: basketball; nba; sanantonio; spurs

1 posted on 06/16/2014 7:21:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Popovich is definitely one of the greatest coaches, ever. IMHO he is better than Phil Jackson, because he hasn’t had nearly the talent that Jackson has had.


2 posted on 06/16/2014 7:24:29 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

5 posted on 06/16/2014 7:26:48 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

The Spurs also have a very high percentage of foreign players who actually learned the fundamentals and how to play as a team.


6 posted on 06/16/2014 7:27:51 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: ReaganÜberAlles
He’s coaching in the pussy era, where flopping and whining are allowed and defense is hindered by the new rules.

Aside from being a good player, you must also be a good actor.

7 posted on 06/16/2014 7:29:06 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeaHawkFan

RE: The Spurs also have a very high percentage of foreign players who actually learned the fundamentals and how to play as a team.

Hmmmm... that escaped my mind.

Manu Ginobilli — Argentina
Tony Parker — France
Boris Diaw - France
Tiago Splitter — Brazil
Marco Belinelli — Italy
Patrick Mills — Australian Aborigine

Good gosh, they’re practically a foreign team !!


8 posted on 06/16/2014 7:34:15 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: ReaganÜberAlles
MY my. You seem to be dwelling in a veritable vineyard of sour grapes.
9 posted on 06/16/2014 7:39:38 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: SeekAndFind

diving at the right time
is an important skill


10 posted on 06/16/2014 7:40:18 AM PDT by RockyTx
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

Odd. The bigger floppers and the whiners lost this one. It sure was evil to have the A/C off only on the Heat.


11 posted on 06/16/2014 7:44:14 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Tim Duncan essentially is foreign born (as in, not from an American “Hood”), too. Impossible to prove, but this year’s team may be the greatest of all time. Top flight players who execute a non-playground style of basketball that wears out more athletic yet less-disciplined teams.


12 posted on 06/16/2014 7:44:47 AM PDT by BlueStateRightist (Government is best which governs least.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Tim Duncan - US Virgin Islands.


13 posted on 06/16/2014 7:45:25 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: BlueStateRightist
Top flight players who execute a non-playground style of basketball that wears out more athletic yet less-disciplined teams.

Astute observation. Congratulations to the Spurs, the Heat and all who compete.

14 posted on 06/16/2014 7:55:46 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Ingtar

The sperns were given a heads up the night before so they could over hydrate. You live through the sperns don’t you loser? lol


15 posted on 06/16/2014 7:59:55 AM PDT by ReaganberAlles (Remember, you can't spell "progressive" without "SS".)
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To: hinckley buzzard

I didn’t have a dog in the fight. Didn’t care. I’m just pullin the sperns fans chains.


16 posted on 06/16/2014 8:00:52 AM PDT by ReaganberAlles (Remember, you can't spell "progressive" without "SS".)
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

“Jordan or the bad boys in Detroit would have eaten their lunch. It’s a pussy league now for floppers and whiners.”

Funny that you should mention those teams.

If anyone got ALL THE CALLS, IT WAS JORDAN. I mean if you breathed too hard on Jordan, it was a foul. Plus in Bill Laimbeer (of 4 men and a baby fame) was one of the all time floppers.


17 posted on 06/16/2014 8:02:16 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

Spurs far better team then Heat! Best played NBA basketball in decades, fundamentals, ball movements, shooting. Don’t know what you are whining about but with the exception of you and few crybabies everyone else, including those who lost to the Spurs are calling it one of the best teams they have played against. But of course you know more then most of these people!


18 posted on 06/16/2014 8:03:35 AM PDT by shoedog
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To: Ingtar

King James started his off-season 7 minutes early last night.


19 posted on 06/16/2014 8:06:24 AM PDT by AU72
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

Funny. I am not sure how they got notice the night before when it worked until shortly before game time. Then again, the air conditioning in Miami must have blown only on the Spurs as well. Tell it as well to the Celtics and Lakers for the 1984 finals. As Jordan found out in his career early, it takes more than one player to win a championship.


21 posted on 06/16/2014 8:09:13 AM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Ingtar

“worked until shortly before game time” lol.

I got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you ya fool. It’s what the sperns* do.


22 posted on 06/16/2014 8:10:41 AM PDT by ReaganberAlles (Remember, you can't spell "progressive" without "SS".)
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To: BlueStateRightist

“but this year’s team may be the greatest of all time.”

I don’t think so. The spurs played team ball, excellent defense and here is the biggie, had 5 guys on the floor at all times all of whom could shoot.

A lot of championship teams had this quality.

Magic, Kareem, Worthy, Fisher, and Byron Scott with Cooper off the bench were a team, all played good d and all could shoot.

The old Knicks with Frazier, Barnett, Debussere, Bradley, Lucas and cazzie russell, john stallworth off the bench. They played team ball, great D and everyone could shoot.

Same goes for Bird, Parrish, D Johnson, Ainge, McHale.

Same for the Pistons of Laimbeer, aguire/dantley, Dumars, Isaih, and Rodman, Salley and vinnie Johnson off the Bench.

When you played them, you couldn’t double anyone because the open man would kill you and on offense, it was a real challenge because they all played good individual defense and excellent team defense too.


23 posted on 06/16/2014 8:18:49 AM PDT by staytrue
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To: staytrue

Rodman couldn’t shoot. But he was one hell of a defensive player and a monster on the boards (And he was one dirty player too, who would pull down your pants while defending you ). I never liked the Pistons.


24 posted on 06/16/2014 8:27:01 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: ReaganÜberAlles
I’m just pullin the sperns fans chains.

The fans of the team that not only won another championship but thoroughly dismantled & embarrassed the Heat?

Yeah, ummm....good luck with that.

25 posted on 06/16/2014 8:30:11 AM PDT by gdani (Every day, your Govt surveils you more than the day before)
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To: gdani

tainted

they get an *


26 posted on 06/16/2014 8:30:44 AM PDT by ReaganberAlles (Remember, you can't spell "progressive" without "SS".)
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To: ReaganÜberAlles
tainted

they get an *


27 posted on 06/16/2014 8:32:35 AM PDT by gdani (Every day, your Govt surveils you more than the day before)
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

28 posted on 06/16/2014 8:42:58 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: dfwgator

I’m still going to give Jackson the edge on sheer percentage. 20 years, no missed playoffs, 13 trips to the finals, 11 wins, those are just scary numbers. And yeah he coached a lot of truly great players, who combine for 1 championship win with coaches not named Phil.


29 posted on 06/16/2014 9:05:29 AM PDT by discostu (Ladies and gentlemen watch Ruth!)
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To: ReaganÜberAlles
Holy Cow!! I'm seeing you everywhere today.

This Spurs Championship has truly chapped your a$$.

Nevertheless, laotzu awards ReaganÃœberAlles the coveted Proud Purple Microphone award as the Spurs Fan of the Year. I will whip it out for presentation at your earliest convenience.

Congratulations!! Please come in for a fitting.

30 posted on 06/16/2014 11:59:39 AM PDT by laotzu
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To: staytrue

I remember the playoff game against Utah where Jordan pushed the defender with his forearm, stepped back and sank the J.

Everyone said what a great shot. It was the game winner so the refs had already gone for beer.

There was a call last night in the paint when LeBron was going inside. The replay showed that no one touched him. Of course he got two free throws.

How many plays do we see where the offensive guy barrels into the defender and no call.

Only saw one play last night in which the player took 4 steps before the shot.

It’s this kind of star protection which rankles me.


31 posted on 06/16/2014 12:07:23 PM PDT by morphing libertarian ( On to impeachment and removal (IRS, Taliban, Fast and furious, VA, Benghazi)!!!)
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To: Constitution Day
Great GIF! This was my first choice....


32 posted on 06/16/2014 12:09:01 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: laotzu

*


33 posted on 06/16/2014 12:15:29 PM PDT by ReaganberAlles (Remember, you can't spell "progressive" without "SS".)
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To: ReaganÜberAlles

We have a guest presenter or this years Proud Purple Microphone award for the Spurs Fan of the Year: ReaganÜberAlles!!

Please speak directly into the Proud Purple Microphone. Get your lips right up against it. Mmmmm.

34 posted on 06/16/2014 12:17:58 PM PDT by laotzu
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Haha! I think this poor fella’s going to snap.


35 posted on 06/16/2014 12:22:45 PM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: ReaganÜberAlles; Constitution Day
I think this poor fella’s going to snap.

Uber, are you a snapper or a swallower?
(mean people suck, nice people swallow)

36 posted on 06/16/2014 12:53:20 PM PDT by laotzu
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