this is exactly what i keep telling these hypocrit fans online. they say the spurs had an easy path the finals (mainly by avoiding OKC), but yet just about every non-spurs fan/writer favored their opponents in each round. then, when they'd win (2 out of 3 series relatively easily), it was about "well, that opponent must not have been as good as we thought" or "the spurs just had what it took to exploit their weaknesses".(or in other words, lucky matchups).
what if it's the opposite? what if the spurs are actually better than you thought rather the the opponent being worse? has anyone noticed the spurs have "exploited the weakness" of at least two entirely different types of teams? they stopped the outside shooting of a warrios team full of red-hot shooters and beat down the lakers and grizzles - two teams that lacked outside shooting but had stronger players in the paint than the spurs.
people can deny it all they want, but the spurs are simply better than they want to admit and stand a good chance against whoever comes out of the east tonight. it won't be until they win the championship that they will be respected, and even then the OKC doubters will linger.
The Spurs, as individuals and as an organization, are very well respected. Take away the basketball and they would still make admirable citizens, neighbors, bosses, employees, coworkers.The players behave as responsible, mature adults. They are gracious with interviews - even Pop most of the time as long as the questions aren't stupid. They don't look for publicity. They are not taken with themselves. They are professionals at what they do. I can get behind the Spurs because I LIKE not seeing their names spread across the breaking news headlines. Like me and most San Antonians they go to work, do their jobs, collect their pay checks and go home.