Re: NBA Finals
posted at 8/25/2014 9:09 AM EDT
In response to Karllost's comment:
In response to RUWorthy's comment:
Been away for a long time.
Have to say that the Spurs played some of the most beautiful and pure basketball I have ever seen in last years finals. The passing and team basketball was just sublime. Incredible stuff, and well deserved champions. I would love to see the other teams in the NBA attempt to play a style of basketball like it.
Duncan cementing his place as one of the all time greats.
And Greg Popovich, certainly in the debate for the title of the best coach the league has seen.
Nice to see you back, respect your posting even when youre dead wrong, like now.
I cant ever consider Pop among the greatest nba coaches after the 2013 nba finals. Sorry, not after game 6 and the lost championship due to Pop.
Just as bad was Pop sticking with Ginobili throughout that series when the guy consistently played horrible to the point of costing his team the title... he was a turnover machine while throwing up ridiculous shots all at the wrong times. I understand sticking with the guys who got you there but comes a time when you do whats necessary for the benefit of the team. Pop failed miserably and his loyalty/stubbornness towards Ginobili trumped his team winning the title.
That said, you gotta love how the SPurs played in the finals and the body of work for Pops is undeniable. Has to be considered a great coach but 2013 wiped him off the map in discussions about all timers.
I think that Pop did learn from last year, thing I remember most from last year 2013 finals, was Ray Allens shot. Which is one of the greatest clutch shots ever. But the structure of the Spurs changed, players such as Mills had expanded roles, Danny Green for example saw less time in the post season. More importantly their game changed dramatically.
I recall in game 5 or was it 4 when Pop was about to put Manu into the game, and changed his mind. Maybe Manu was injured last season in the play offs. His numbers improved considerably this year in the post season. Pat Mills became a factor this season, yet Danny Green wasn't used as much.
The play offs are tough, but I think Pop learned from last year. Or at least improved his team to the point where they could beat Miami. The passing game, and consistent scoring from several players. Considering the age of the Spurs core this was impressive. I think the coaching was part of that, the learning and the ability to put the lessons into practice is the sign of a well coached team. Some things you can't coach for, such as Rays shot.
Thing I like about Pop as he appears to get the most out of his players. Players often passed up by several teams on draft night, or not really given a hope of making it in the NBA. Admittedly he has one of the all time greats in Duncan, and had Robinson for a time.
Duncan and Robinson being the only high draft picks to be affective in the championship campaigns. Although Sean Elliott did start in 1999. And I'm not counting Wil Purdue who was a high pick. Or Danny Ferry who won a title with them.
I think his says a lot about the draft at the same time. As it's more art than science.
But, Robinson and Duncan, especially Duncan are the only two genuine stars he has had, who came into the team. I don't think anybody saw Tony Parker becoming the player he has. 28th pick, 4 championships, 6 time all star, first ballot hall of fame (hopefully).
It's one thing to have a team of champions. But Pop has really accomplished wonders with the Spurs. No high draft picks, no superstar free agents coming to the team. I'm astounded by what they have accomplished. Plus coming from the toughest conference. The Mavs took them to 7 games in the first round. Which is incredible.