The Spurs won at least 50 games again this season, keeping a 16-year streak alive of accomplishing a feat that no other team is likely to ever touch.
One reason for that is consistency; the team’s historically great trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili recently set the all-time record for most games played by a three-man group, surpassing Boston’s Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish, who held the mark since 1992.
But the other, far more important reason — the lack of ego present in any of the team’s stars, and a willingness to let others take the reins as soon as they’re ready — might be one that’s unique to the San Antonio franchise.
One of the better quotes I can ever remember from Parker, on striking balance with Leonard: pic.twitter.com/7AzeVMoM0z
— Dan McCarney (@danmccarneySAEN) April 9, 2015
Kawhi Leonard was the Finals MVP last year, but he’s proven capable of playing at that level for more than just an easily-won five-game series. Without Parker’s willingness to let him be great, the Spurs might not be having the late-season surge they’re experiencing, which has them primed to once again contend for the title — just as they’ve been doing for the past 16 years.