The Spurs continuous excellence under Pop and the front office is a model for doing it the right way. Those two super teams in 2013 and 2014 that should have won back-to-back titles were amazing, especially because of Duncan’s dominance at age 37–38. And Ginobli has given fans some of the most incredible yet unnoticed moments in NBA history. You have to watch this multiple times to appreciate the insane level of difficulty of this pass.

Having said all that, I wonder whether you shouldn’t save today’s eulogy and recycle it for the next three to five years.

As good as the Spurs played in the first game this season and the first game of the Conference Finals, I don’t see Golden State losing their stranglehold over the NBA for the foreseeable future, unless they are overcome with the disease of more.

Look at their core: Curry (29), Durant (28), Thompson (27), Green (27). No matter how great Kawhi Leonard is, that’s still one MVP candidate against two MVP recipients plus two more All-Stars.

I predict the Spurs will win a title in 2021.

One year after the Lakers.

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