It was a combination of things, but the primary reason was superior coaching by Pop.
His team trusts him to such an extent, that they would run into traffic if he asked them to.
There is no single player on the Spurs whose voice is recognized over Pop's.
from '86-'89 after recovering from his broken ankle, Jordan was basically the head coach of the Bulls. Doug Collins deferred every decision to Michael.
In 1990, Phil Jackson became coach and introduced the triangle-offense. Jordan controlled the practices, but only offered input to Jackson during game-time. Jackson always had the last word, and the Bulls won 6 titles in the '90's.
I can't imagine James or Wade taking Spoelstra's advice over their own.
The Heat won the championship in 2012 because their sheer physicality over-matched the Thunder's, and Brooks was as green as Spoelstra.
In 2013, they barely beat the Spurs, and did not take appropriate measures to better prepare themselves for a potential re-match. You can only blame Spoelstra for that.
On the flip side, Pop realized that it was exhaustion more than anything else, that prevented the Spurs from winning in 2013. So, he rested his star players starting from the first game of the regular season. This course of action also meant that his bench got more minutes throughout the year, thus gaining experience and confidence.
As it turned out, The Spurs' veterans were fresher, and their bench players shellacked those of Miami.
I picked the Spurs over the Heat in 4 games, and Game 2 (the game that the Heat won) was only decided in the last couple of minutes.
I love basketball, and I didn't bother to watch any of the Finals until Game 5, and I only watched the last 2 minutes of that game, just to see the confetti come down.
In my opinion, there was never a time when the 2014 Finals were riveting.
by reviewraters 5 years ago
Who will win the 2013 NBA Finals?After a good win tonight for the Spurs. I am going with the San Antonio Spurs in 6 games. Who are you going with Spurs or Heat?BTW: I am not a Spurs fan nor do I plan on being one, I am a Lakers fan and absolutely hate the Heat.
by Steven Escareno 5 years ago
As we all know, MIami Heat won back to back titles this year, in an epic game 7 series clincher no less. However, was that series fixed? Did David Stern purposely rig the game to where Miami cheated their way into another title? I personally don't think so, but a friend of mine brought...
by prettydarkhorse 7 years ago
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by ballfan92 7 years ago
Among the favorites are the Heat, Celtics, Lakers, Spurs, but who do you think will win it all this year?
by Seattle Hoopz 4 years ago
What your predictions on this years NBA finals?? #SH
by Steven Escareno 5 years ago
Let's be honest, we all know Miami is going to beat Indiana. The only question is when will they beat them? Nothing against the Pacers, but they lack the offensive explosiveness to keep up with the Heat, as I say that series will be over in six to seven games if you ask me.However, I...
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