“The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.” –
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The NBA Draft is coming up June 27 at the Barclays Center on ESPN. I wonder who is going first? These are future NBA basketball players joining the professional basketball league in the United States. If anything, they will represent the future of basketball like always.
“When you are destined for greatness, it shows in everything you do. It becomes you. Greatness becomes you.”― Lorii Myers
The San Antonio Spurs weren’t thrusted upon greatness. They witnessed Lebron James at his best. They watched him and dared him to make jump shots and three pointers and lived to say that they can live with that. Lebron James made the Spurs pay for leaving him open so he could take the jump shot. Lebron James earned these NBA Finals moments by making those jump shots and he did. It’s all over. Lebron James is a two-time NBA champion. Congrats to the two-time NBA defending champions Miami Heat.
“Greatness comes from fear. Fear can either shut us down and we go home, or we fight through it.” – Lionel Richie
The San Antonio Spurs didn’t want to stick around and watch the Miami Heat apparently sink down in Game 6. The Spurs took out Tim Duncan and inserted Boris Diaw for the last two possessions of the fourth quarter. Big mistake. The Heat were really irate that the Spurs’ championship party were beginning to set up and that’s when Miami started to rally. Lebron James hits a shot and Ray Allen hits a three. The Heat stuck it out and San Antonio couldn’t do anything, but witness and watch Lebron James’ greatness and the Miami Heat’s tested resolve. San Antonio crumpled, because they didn’t want to see Miami come back and get them back.
This is one of the best possible moves that Heat coach Erik Spoelstra has made. He made room for a perimeter shooter in Mike Miller and sent his rebounding hound and defensive backup in Udonis Haslem to the bench. Spoelstra hasn’t sent in his energy guy, Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen into the game, both instances in which Miami won Game 4 and San Antonio in turn winning Game 5. What’s up with that? I think Spoelstra needs Andersen to guard Tim Duncan, because he will help Miami out with his energy and rebounding and defense.
The Spurs are one win away from winning the NBA title again. The Miami Heat are one loss away. What’s missing from these NBA Finals? The capacity to play spectacular defense by either team. We haven’t seen a close game since Game 1 of the 2013 NBA Finals in which the Spurs won 92-88. The Heat will need to play catch-up and have to play angry for Game 6 in order that they survive their elimination game. Lebron James will have to play the game of his life, although that will be 50% unlikely, because the Spurs defense has nothing to do with Lebron James, it’s on Lebron James. Give the San Antonio defense credit for hounding Dwyane Wade and Lebron James, but don’t give Wade and James credit for trying to score points, because it’s their offense that is stalling, not the Spurs defense causing them to miss shots. What’s left to do? James and Wade must ignite their two-man fast break and when they do that, Miami perimeter shooters like Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers, and Chris Bosh make their shots. Any way to win Game 6 for Miami? They must play like there is no tomorrow. They made mince meat out of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Chicago Bulls for the first round and second round and had to survive seven games with the Indiana Pacers in order to move on. The Heat have to impose to play their brand of basketball in which James and Wade run their two-man fast break in which they did so well against Milwaukee and Chicago in the first and second round. What do the Spurs need to do in order to win Game 6? Play exactly like the way you did to win Game 5. Danny Green must continue to make three-pointers, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobli must continue to step up like always and make the Miami Heat bleed with their continued consistency of points and steady defense. I’d say that the Miami Heat aren’t closing out the Spurs perimeter players on defense in Games 2 and 4, in which they won, because they aren’t running Danny Green or Gary Neal or any one who is threatening to shoot the long ball out of the arena.
“If you can have continuity, a good group, a team, so to speak, and all that that entails and keep it in a continuous manner so that it grows more or less upon itself, within itself and the knowledge and understanding continues to grow you have a pretty good understanding. You can deal with adversity and you cannot get too pumped up about success but just enjoy it and realize how fleeting it might be. But the change, change, change, change, change thing doesn’t really work. You can see that in a lot of organizations. The continuity I think breeds, it breeds trust, it breeds camaraderie, it breeds a feeling of responsibility that each member holds towards the other. The ability to be excited for each other’s success, not to develop territory and walls, but to stay participatory. To be able to discuss, to argue and come out at the end on the same page with the same passion and the same goals.” – San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich
This is what I think should be the quote of the year. The San Antonio Spurs in basketball have one of the more level-headed organizations when it comes to disciplining players and coaching them. Gregg Popovich, R.C. Buford, and Peter Holt have created a long-lasting culture that has tamed the best of what the NBA’s best basketball teams has to offer. NBA basketball teams don’t last longer than the San Antonio Spurs, because they have a staple of foundation in Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobli that has lasted longer and matured longer than the Michael Jordan-era of the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s and the Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal-led Los Angeles Lakers teams. The San Antonio Spurs have learned from experience longer and faster and are full of wisdom when it comes to winning and losing playoff games. If there’s a playoff game going on, Gregg Popovich will let you know what is up with you and what you need to do to improve. Everybody on the San Antonio Spurs are playing as a team, from the number one star player to the last player on the roster. Everyone plays as a Spurs basketball player and has a role every time they step onto the court. The Spurs adapt very well to a lot of basketball situations and because basketball coaching is situational, they know how to scout their opponents, down from their strengths to their weaknesses. The Spurs are very good at doing what they need to do to stop their opponents from winning the game. There is no team that is more together than the San Antonio Spurs.
1. Manu Ginobli gets going and he gets hot with his perimeter shooting.
2. Tony Parker and Tim Duncan contribute in big ways to the Spurs’ game plan, whether it be scoring, assists, rebounds, or defense.
3. Watch out for the Lebron James-Dwyane Wade fast break.
4. Mario Chalmers, Chris Bosh, and Ray Allen shoot the lights out of the gym.