The Spurs have a reputation around the NBA for having sustained greatness and playing basketball the right way. There isn't a soul around the league that will disagree with that. Well, that widespread opinion stretches even further than the boundaries of the NBA.
Head coach of Serbia National Team in the 2016 Olympics recently had this to say about our Spurs:
Serbia coach Aleksandar Djordjevic: "San Antonio's game in last decade showed us how the game should be played."— Jeff Zillgitt (@JeffZillgitt) August 13, 2016
Credentialed basketball minds from not only the NBA, but all over the world appreciate the beautiful basketball that San Antonio has been playing over the years. It's no surprise that the Spurs are respected beyond just the league in which they play. The Silver and Black simply set the standard for basketball.