3.) The Spurs culture remains intact
Operating a successful franchise goes beyond having special players and someone who knows their way around a clipboard. There must be a dependable foundation that extends from the front office to the hardwood, and the Spurs have been the golden standard for establishing a championship culture. Despite missing the playoffs for four consecutive seasons amid a rebuild, the good guys had the buy-in from everyone to trust their tried-and-true process.
Plenty of intelligent coaches and bonafide superstars have failed to capture the feeling of elation that comes with winning an oh-so elusive title, but the Silver and Black have established a system that has spanned multiple decades. Gregg Popovich, R.C. Buford, and Brian Wright are the engineers that keep things chugging along, but we all know who set this well-oiled machine in motion. As long as Pop is on board, San Antonio's long-term future is in good hands.