San Antonio Spurs Antonio McDyess has experienced it all in the NBA during his 14 seasons.
He has experienced the best of times such as going to the NBA finals in 2005, and being named an All-Star in 2001.
He has also experienced the worst of times like the repeated knee injuries and more importantly, not capturing an NBA championship.
Before entering this season, McDyess said this will be his final hurrah in the NBA, and barring any last minute change of mind, he is taking all the lessons learned throughout his career and imparting his wisdom to the younger players on the Spurs team.
In 2005 with the Detroit Pistons, McDyess finally tasted the NBA Finals when he faced his current team. It was a thrilling seven game series where the Spurs captured their third NBA title. The NBA title eluded McDyess once again.
Now with the Spurs having the league's best record, and with championship hopes riding high, McDyess knows to temper any premature excitement.
"It's looking good," said McDyess when asked about how his championship hopes are shaping up with the Spurs this season. "But as you know and I know, the regular season really don't mean a thing once you go to the playoffs. You can have the best record and just because you got the home stand doesn't mean like you can't lose."
This is true and the Spurs can also learn from franchise experience. In 1995 the Spurs had the NBA's best record but ran into a hot Houston Rockets team in the playoffs and title hopes quickly vanished.
Same goes for McDyess when he was with the Detroit Pistons.