“America’s Team” lies in the state of Texas. No, not the Dallas Cowboys, (America’s former team) who have not had a winning record since 2009 and have mustered just one playoff win since 1996. The title of “America’s Team” now belongs to the San Antonio Spurs.
Despite making their fifth NBA Finals appearance in the past 14 seasons, the Spurs seem to fly under the radar every year. The Spurs have not won an NBA Championship since 2007, but they have maintained their status as one of the dominant teams in the league for each of the past six years.
Some will say the Spurs are boring; that’s why they often get overlooked. The notion that the Spurs are “boring” is preposterous. How could any team with the electrifying Tony Parker be described as boring? Even if you do not like the Spurs, you can’t consider them dull; especially considering how often Manu Ginóbili flops like a fish on the court.
Respect is one word that comes to mind when thinking of the Spurs. Gregg Popovich has cemented his status as the best current coach in the league. I would even venture to say that Popovich is the second-best coach of all time, sitting right behind the legendary Red Auerbach.
Tim Duncan has played his way into the conversation of being the best power forward of all time. And you can’t forget Parker and Ginóbili, who are trying to further bolster the legacy of their Hall-of-Fame careers.
The Spurs are now “America’s Team” for the simple reason that they are playing the loathed Miami Heat. The Heat have been the most hated team in the league for each of the past three years and for good reason.
After the trio of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh formed in the summer of 2010, LeBron infamously guaranteed the Heat trio would win eight championships. Eight championships? Good try, Lebron. The trio is only signed for six years and all three players have an opt-out clause after next season, the fourth year in each of the contracts. Suffice to say, LeBron will be way off on his blasphemous predictions.
While LeBron is one of the most smug, egotistical players the sports world has ever seen, he should still be applauded for putting together a second consecutive historic postseason. He has carried the Heat throughout the entire 2013 NBA Playoffs.
The other two members of the “Big Three” cannot even be considered in the same conversation as LeBron. Wade has had an awful postseason, leaving many to question the once bright future of the guard, who has played his entire career with the Heat. Many fans have reveled in Wade’s failures because he is undoubtedly the dirtiest player in the NBA and is a notorious flopper.
The struggles of Bosh are not that satisfying for those fans that have seen what a gentleman he is off the court in interviews. Still, his crumbling play leads many to wonder if he will be traded in the offseason, as the Heat desperately need more help in the frontcourt next season.
It’s now up to the San Antonio Spurs, “America’s Team”, to take down the most hated team in sports history. The Spurs can hold the title as “America’s Team” for a long time if they are able to beat the Heat and force Miami to break up their insufferable trio.
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