I was listening to Doug Gottlieb fill in for Collin Cowherd on ESPN Radio yesterday and he brought up a point that I thought might bring some interesting thoughts here at PtR. Gottlieb played professionally over seas and in the USBL. He's been with ESPN for some time and is a college basketball analyst.
What he said is that the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger are like the San Antonio Spurs. His point being that the Steelers have won 2 titles with Big Ben and might win a third this year, but they won't mean as much because they haven't ever beaten New England on their way to a title. You can probably see where he's going. He said that the reason that Roethlisbeger doesn't get the same respect as Peyton Manning and Tom Brady is that he hasn't beaten them on his way to his titles. In the same vien, he claims, the Spurs 4 titles are less impressive than the Lakers or even Boston's because they failed to ever beat Shaq, Kobe and Phil.
Does it all mean less?
It seems to me, that you can only beat who's on the court with you. Of course the Spurs did beat the Lakers in 1999 and 2003, but I'm not sure Phil was coaching those teams. Anyway, I think Gottlieb was trying to rile up Steelers fans by saying their Championships aren't impressive, but I want to know what you think. Does it matter that the Spurs didn't beat the Shaq lead Lakers more than twice? Does it matter that the Nets and Cav's weren't great teams?