Jan 14, 2011; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich (left) talks with forwards Tim Duncan (21) and Antonio McDyess (right) against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half at the AT
ESPN The Magazine has been compiling an extensive list of the best professional teams for 10 years. Since it’s inception, the Spurs have finished in the top 10 every year including No. 1 finishes in 2004 and 2006. (Which coincidentally came after the Spurs won a championship.)
The Spurs finished third this year behind the Oklahoma City Thunder and Green Bay Packers. Delving deeper, they were rated as the best franchise in fan relations, ownership, players and coaching.
ESPN recognized their consistence excellence by naming the Spurs the “Team of the Decade” as they excel in almost every subjective measure.
President of business operations for Spurs Sports and Entertainment Rick Pych commented on the honor in a statement released by the Spurs:
“We are once again honored to receive a top ranking in ESPN’s Ultimate Standings. The reason this survey means so much to us is very simple: it’s a direct indication of how our fans feel about us. The number one priority of our organization is to provide the best possible fan experience each and every day and treat everyone we touch as family. The relationship between the Spurs organization, our fans and the San Antonio community is truly extraordinary.”