A Spurs fan once said during the New Orleans series, when things were looking pretty bleak, that if the Spurs were the Titanic, he was going down with the ship. I counted myself in.
Well, the ship has gone down, at least for this year, and it really sucks. Badly. But as bad as I feel right now, I couldn't even begin to imagine how much harder it must be for those guys out there. Timmy, Tony, Manu, Bruce, Brent, Fin, Pop, Rob. I know they didn't play very well outside of Game 3. Their championship experience as a team didn't show. But heck, they just came off the New Orleans series, got only one-day breaks and gave it their all. The scheduling is not an excuse. There are no excuses. You've got to be ready to play seven games. I'm just saying that if you're an aging team who just came out of a seven-game series, an every-other-day schedule definitely doesn't help any.
It would be easy to put the blame on the now infamous Joey Crawford non-call. Or blame Pop for sitting Bruce out with six minutes left in Game 1. Or blame Manu for not stepping up when needed. But those points are moot now. There's no point dealing with them. The Lakers were the better team this series. Congrats to them. They outplayed the Spurs, and Phil outcoached Pop. Finally, we saw the Spurs' experience fade into old age. Rob couldn't buy a shot, Fin was erratic. Only the Mango tree showed up to play.
But there's no shame in being a Spurs fan right now, because they have accomplished so much in the past decade that really, we don't have much room for complaint. I know that for such a successful franchise, anything less than a championship is a disappointment, but Spurs fans should never forget the B.D. era. Before Duncan. When, every year, the Spurs got close to the title but always fell short. Now they have four championships, and that's more than most true fans can boast of.
Stand proud, San Antonio. There's no reason to be ashamed of this team, and every reason to be proud of it. And next season, when the Spurs begin another title run, I'll be here again rooting for the San Antonio Spurs.