Tony Parker’s explanation of Kawhi Leonard’s emergence perfectly explains Spurs’ sustained success

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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.

From Dan McCarney of MySanAntonio.com:

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.