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June 16, 2014

Spurs give teams like rebuilding Celtics hope

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens participated in a much-publicized event on Friday with other head coaches from other sports as part of the Positive Coaches Alliance.

I was not able to attend. But if I did, I would have had a boat load of questions for the new, young, energetic and seemingly talented Celtics coach. And most of the boat load of questions would have been centered on what happened last night, the San Antonio Spurs slaying the Miami Heat.

LeBron James and Miami lost last night 104-87 to the Spurs, who won the best-of-seven NBA Finals 4-1.

Did you see the way the Spurs played, almost from Day 1 of the NBA season, with complete and utter passion for winning?

Did you see the way Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, oftentimes in his best Bill Belichick impersonation, stayed on message, never publicly berating his players by name.

Did you notice the relationship Popovich had with his point guard, Tony Parker, and how Parker respected his head coach? Do you envision your relationship with Rajon Rondo being anything like that? (If no, please let Danny Ainge know before the draft next week.)

Did you notice how the Spurs, on offense, move without the ball, sort of like the pain-in-neck guy down at the local YMCA, who runs, runs and runs, always moving, and how the opposition (see the Miami Heat!) got really tired of staying with that YMCA-like lunatic and basically gave up?

Did you see the Spurs’ roster, full of no-names, but most of whom played pivotal roles every night despite having their own version of the Big Three, albeit a weaker one, in Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobli and Parker? I thought Patty Mills was a famous blues singer and Boris Diaw was an actor from the mid-1930s. No, they’re guys that the Spurs couldn’t win without.

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