Over the last 14 years, the San Antonio Spurs have done everything that a professional franchise can do, but they received an accolade this month that shouldn’t come to surprise to anyone who knows how the NBA‘s best conduct their business.
Forbes named the Spurs “the best run professional sports franchise” on the heels of them defeating the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday Night to cement another 50-win season. San Antonio set a record with this win as they have now won 50 or more games in 14 straight seasons — a mark that hasn’t been rivaled in decades, and won’t soon be challenged.
It’s astounding to think that the Spurs have a winning percentage of 70 percent since Gregg Popovich was hired as coach back in 1996. Although the Spurs are in a relatively small market for basketball, they still have managed to put the franchise on the map with Tim Duncan leading the charge. Duncan is far from an egomaniac, but the four rings on his hand make his at least somewhat of a diva, no?
All bling aside, this is really no shocker to me as the Spurs have been a model of consistency in North American sports, and have done it the right way. The Green Bay Packers surely come to mind in terms of great organizations as they have the best home-grown talent in all of the NFL. Also, MLB teams like the Tampa Bay Rays have re-invented the game over the years but have yet to take home the hardware, which has to hold them back in this debate.
I can’t argue with the Spurs production, but the careers of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Duncan are all coming to a close in the coming years, so the rebuilding process may begin sooner than later. Until the Spurs pour in a season with fewer than 50 wins, they will remain the best organization from top to bottom in North America.