The success of the San Antonio Spurs might not be a huge surprise to anybody, but to the players, it really was more of a formality.
Behind the success, coach Gregg Popovich, who has stood tall and watched on as his team clinched their and his fifth NBA title over the Miami Heat in this year's finals.
It may seem like a sensible thing to do over the course of a season, or two, or three, but Popovich has got his players believing in everything he does, so when they are benched or rested, nobody questions his decision.
The Indiana-born coach said that although he may limit some of his big players' stats from being as awe-inspiring as they might have been, but the one thing he can deliver in return is championship rings.
“We’ve protected guys for many years minutes-wise..And I’ve said before I’ve often felt guilty because their lifetime stats are going to be worse than everybody else's because of the way I’ve sat them over the years,” he told ESPN.
Spurs star Tony Parker confirmed that because championships are the one thing everybody wants to win, the big three along with the rest of the squad understand and more-importantly buy in to Popovich's game plan.
“Because all three of us see the big picture; we want to win championships,...“I think that’s the big key of our success here in San Antonio all those years is Timmy, Manu, myself, we never let our ego [get in the way], it was the team first and that’s the most important.
"I always trust Pop’s judgement. I trust the way he sees, you know, for our team the big picture to win at the end. So I don’t care about all that stuff, as long as we get the ring at the end, and so far he’s right.” the French point guard confirmed.
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