The San Antonio Spurs have been a model franchise in the NBA and North American sports for nearly three decades. From the cultural foundation of team-first basketball and the outstanding medical staff that has extended the careers of countless players to their innovative front-office executives that ushered in the advent of global scouting, no organization has been at the forefront of the ever-changing geography of the league as often Head Coach Gregg Popovich and company.
Tim Duncan was the catalyst of five championships, and his willingness to listen to criticism and take pay cuts for the benefit of the ball club made it simple for everyone else to fall in line and execute their roles. That kind of leadership and humility from a superstar is rare, and it didn't go unnoticed by opponents. Dwyane Wade acknowledged that infectious discipline and shared how it made San Antonio unique during a chat with Tony Parker on the debut episode of the SKWEEK Show.
The Hall of Fame shooting guard spoke about his efforts to get a rise out of the Spurs with trash talk falling flat in the 2014 NBA Finals. Everybody on the roster was dialed in and desperate to redeem themselves after an excruciating loss at the hands of Miami the previous year, and their focus and respect for the Heat made them dangerous. San Antonio sent LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Wade packing in a lopsided series, securing their fifth title with a dazzling display of ball movement.
You can check out the complete conversation between Parker, Wade, Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, Matt Pokora, and Thierry Henry above.