Butler County Times Gazette
  • A column: Great teams win championships, not players

  • Lately everywhere you turn for sports coverage, albeit national or local, you will catch a glimpse of a certain team, the Miami Heat.
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  • Lately everywhere you turn for sports coverage, albeit national or local, you will catch a glimpse of a certain team, the Miami Heat.
    Now that the Heat finally dismissed the Pacers in a seven-game dog fight, they have reached the NBA Finals to play a team that has been off for nearly two weeks in the San Antonio Spurs.
    The Spurs made quick work of the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals needing the minimum four games to reach the championship series.
    Lately in the media, mostly by the sports hype machine that the network of ESPN has become, they have given the NBA championship all to the Heat.
    Since the arrival of Lebron James and Chris Bosh in the summer of 2010, the Heat has been the favorite to win the title each season thereafter.
    They have one in three seasons and are looking for their second to legitimize a true dynasty status. There is only one problem in the way, the Spurs.
    The Spurs have a history of success in the playoffs with four Finals championships in 1999, 2003, 2005 and most recently in 2007.
    The Spurs do not have the glitz and glamour the Heat have nor the everyday household names such as James and Wade.
    This is the determining factor for the Spurs and the difference that will prove to be catalyst to San Antonio’s fifth championship.
    The Spurs will be able to put aside selfish ambition and work as one, a team to beat a unit of talented players in the Heat.
    If they do not I will be eating a lot of crow.
    Some say the Spurs are too old and slow to play with the Heat. That is only if the Spurs try to play in the same manner as Miami.
    San Antonio is a team of grinders and hustle players such as Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard. These players must have the series of their lifetime for the Spurs to succeed.
    One note I would like to add each time the Spurs have been Western Conference Champions they went on to be NBA Champions.
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