- Series hub: Spurs vs. Heat
All the latest hot things usually turn up in Miami — clubs, music, dances, swimsuits, celebrities.
It is only fitting then that here come the Spurs. Better late than never.
The trendiness of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker is the basketball equivalent of the Grand Canyon and Gov. Chris Christie’s waistline — a long time in the making.
Perhaps the ultimate irony is that the Spurs could finally achieve the fame and across-the-board appreciation that has eluded them by beating a high-profile Heat team whose long term goal is to be, well, them. A real dynasty.
Yes, the Spurs have already won not one, not two, not three, but four championships. Yet it is this SPF-rated bid for a fifth that is at last getting them more notice than another bronze belly button on South Beach.
While it is Miami’s Bought Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh that still moves the needle on TMZ and Twitter, the Built Three of San Antonio is getting an overdue moment in the sun. It is as if that box of old clothes somebody found in their attic suddenly drew nodding approval on the runaways in Paris and Milan.
All those years when Duncan was as reliable as a metronome with his forceful low post game and nine All-NBA first team selections, he was supposed to be as exciting as oatmeal and now he gets applause as another middle-aged 37-year-old who decided it would be wise to drop 25 pounds.
All those years when Parker was regarded as merely a French affectation, a jaunty little beret that coach Gregg Popovich would occasionally rip off and stomp upon during timeouts, and now he’s suddenly being celebrated as the best point guard in the game when, in fact, he’s been performing at that level for some time.
All those years when Ginobili would throw himself regularly around NBA courts like a crash-test dummy with no regard for his own safety and now he’s earning respect for picking his spots to wreak havoc at a time when he appears held together with duct tape and glue.
For all those years, the Spurs have been accused of being dull, boring and always a ratings-killer when they showed up under the bright lights of The Finals. (more…)