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An Open Letter To San Antonio Spurs Fans

What you have is what all of us want.

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We're sorry we doubted your team.

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The rest of us have been watching NBA basketball all these years, but not like you have.

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Not like your Spurs.

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And can we say it? We're jealous of this basketball machine you get to watch rev up every single night.

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Teams come and teams go, but it's June, and the Spurs are here again. As always.

How is your team still doing this?

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What's your secret, San Antonio? Is it the nasty?

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Just tell us! We'll be more nasty if we have to.

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Your Spurs were over the hill five years ago. They were dead and buried a year ago.

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How are they still here? How is this still possible?

How is Tim Duncan still doing this night after night?

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Do you know how many 7-footers have been this productive at his age? There's Kareem, and there's Tim, and... that's it.

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At age 37, Duncan averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds a game this year. Shaq couldn't match that. Neither could Hakeem. (Abdul-Jabbar went for 22 and 8 a game at this age.)

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How? HOW IS HE STILL PLAYING LIKE THIS?

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What about Tony Parker? How is he still quicker than everyone else on the floor?

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How does he even make passes like this?

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Watching Tony Parker is a nightly exercise in pick-and-roll perfection. And if there was a word more perfect than "perfect," we'd use that.

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And when we're out of words about those two, there's still Manu.

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How can we even find something left to say about Manu? About the way he can contort his body through traffic and come through clean on the other side?

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About the way he manages to do things on the basketball court that tip into a realm probably closer to magic than basketball? How does he do it?

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And there's that other thing we never fully appreciate about the Spurs: The way they just keep coming at you.

Honestly, is it any surprise that this quote is on the wall in the Spurs locker room?
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Honestly, is it any surprise that this quote is on the wall in the Spurs locker room?

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You shut down Tim, Tony, and Manu? Well, here's Kawhi Leonard coming right down the lane.

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Here's Danny Green taking over from deep.

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Here's Patty Mills, getting into the paint whenever he wants.

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Here's Tiago Splitter and his versatility in the paint.

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Here's Boris Diaw — Boris Diaw! — taking over a game.

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Do you realize what you've been watching all these years, Spurs fans?

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This league is full of stars — LeBron, Durant, Kobe, Melo — but can anything compare to the feeling of watching the San Antonio Spurs play the way Gregg Popovich built them to play?

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Watch the Spurs, and you get the sense that you are watching something wondrous. Something beautiful. And you've gotten to watch it every night.

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The rest of us are dealing with average coaches. You've got Gregg Popovich. Honestly, will we ever see a coach like Pop again?

Why haven't we renamed the Coach of the Year trophy after him, anyway? What does he have to do — win another title? Win another five?
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Why haven't we renamed the Coach of the Year trophy after him, anyway? What does he have to do — win another title? Win another five?

And we know what you're thinking: Maybe if the Spurs got the respect from ESPN…

…maybe then the rest of us would see the Spurs for what they are: One of the greatest dynasties of the past 25 years — in any sport.

What we'll say is this, San Antonio: We do get why you do crazy things for your team.

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Why you give the internet in your homes names like this.

Why everything you hold dear is silver and black.

Why after a big win, you drive up Commerce and down Market and honk.

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Why certain words are always on your mind.

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Why those words aren't so much a cheer as a mantra, a reason to live.

And we're sorry we didn't believe, San Antonio. It must be maddening to have not gotten the love you deserve.

But just remember: Any time we start to doubt your team, all you have to do is show us these.

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And that's all you need to say.