Warning: This is my first article on Pounding the Rock so go easy on me.
It's a wonderful thing when you watch the Spurs play. There have been few super duper highlight real guys over the years. There has always been debate over which dynasty was the top dog of this generation: The Spurs or the Lakers. I'm here to offer my opinion on this. Both teams are polar opposites of each other. The showboat,superstar,media embraced LA Lakers and the quiet,humble, fundamental SA Spurs. This is my case for the Spurs.
First of all. Phil Jackson and many Laker fans like to assume that a dynasty means repeat. It doesn't. The term is subjective but the general idea is that a dynasty is consistent dominance over a certain span of time. A repeat is just icing on the cake. It doesn't even make sense from a logical standpoint. Does every championship have to be after the other? How does that make a difference? What about the rings of a sports dynasty that aren't connected? Do you just not count them?
If this was the NFL, you would say the Denver broncos were in the same ballpark as the 49ers, Steelers, and Cowboys.
I think the repeat argument is pointless.
Some people like to aim at the Lakers 5 rings vs the Spurs 4. I would respond by saying that they are looking at the wrong dynasty. The Shaq Kobe Lakers and the Kobe Gasol Lakers are two different teams. Just because Kobe is still there means nothing. If the patriots won the SB next year, are we really going to say that ring is a part of the dynasty that happened ten years ago just cause Brady is still there? What if Brady hypothetically played for ten more years and won a SB? Do we count rings 20 years apart just cause a player and coach are still there?
The Shaq Kobe Lakers and the Kobe Gasol Lakers were almost ten years apart. Their rosters are polar opposites. This is a huge difference with the Spurs since their core guys consistently won rings without long droughts in between. It's not 5>4. It's 4>3 or 4>2. Oh it's bad if you don't repeat, but it's ok if you just fall into irrelevance for almost a decade?
In conclusion, the Spurs are the greatest dynasty of the modern era and a fifth ring this year will only cement that even more. This isn't the Heat. Tony, Tim, Manu, and Pop stopped having to prove themselves a long time ago.