Corporate Knowledge: Top Of The Mountain Once Again

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Jeff McDonald, San Antonio Express-News: “As the final seconds bled away on a 104-87 Game 5 demolition of the Miami Heat that clinched the most dominating NBA Finals in league history, the moment of catharsis was at hand for the Spurs. So was their fifth NBA championship, seven seasons and too much heartache in the making.”

James Herbert, CBS Sports: “Kawhi Leonard doesn’t like attention. He does not like to talk. He just quietly does his job. In this respect (as well as his two-way brilliance on the court), the 22-year-old is the perfect man to succeed Tim Duncan as the face of the San Antonio Spurs. The transition has been underway for a while, but it might have accelerated Sunday, as Leonard was named the 2013-2014 NBA Finals MVP.”

Travis Hale, Pounding the Rock: “Since the Spurs defeated the Heat in Game 5 on Sunday night there has been ample talk of redemption. But like catching up on sleep, redemption is not possible. Sure, the Spurs came back and dominated the Heat in 2014 and snatched the title away in convincing fashion. But they still lost last year. No matter how badly they beat the Heat this year–and make no mistake, they destroyed them–it will never fully replace the void left from June of 2013. Like the gambler that can never find happiness in his winnings because he only wishes he’d bet more, the Spurs (and their fans) will always have to live with that pain from those final 29 seconds on that steamy Miami night in 2013.”

J.A. Adande, ESPN: “The fact that the Finals MVP was open to debate until the moment Mr. Russell himself came on stage to hand out his namesake trophy speaks to the Spurs’ balance. It could have been Boris Diaw (whom they picked up as an overweight castoff from the Charlotte Bobcats in 2012, by the way) even though he never had a double-digit scoring game in the series. It could have been Duncan, who happened to notch his NBA record 158th playoff double-double during the Finals.”

Paul Flannery, SB Nation: “We reached capacity about a half hour before tip-off and things were starting to get serious. Imagine several hundred of your friends hanging out in the same spot, living and dying with each shot and groaning with every miss. Mix a strong amount of booze with heightened expectations and there’s no telling what you’re going to get. But this crowd was different. Loud and boisterous, yes, but fun and disarming, rather than dark and menacing. The Heat started strong and I noticed a young fella in a Tim Duncan jersey was now rocking back and forth nervously in place in front of me. As LeBron threatened to go supernova and the Heat built a huge early lead he finally couldn’t take it anymore and wandered off to silently collect his thoughts.”

Royce Young, ESPN: “But even as buttoned-up and mundane as the Spurs are, they know how to party. Because, you know, they’ve got some experience with it. The pungent combination of Dom Perignon and cigar smoke hit you within 20 yards of the team’s locker room. Inside, it looked like Game 1’s aftermath all over again, except this time instead of dripping with sweat, players were drenched in beer and champagne. They danced, they chanted, they gave incoherent interviews. Cory Joseph did one where a guy was basically just prompting him what to say and he was yelling it back at him. Matt Bonner at one point said, “It’s wicked awesome!” in an accent that betrayed his New Hampshire roots.”

Dan Devine, Ball Don’t Lie: “Duncan also referenced his children, daughter Sydney and son Draven, during his chat with Burke, saying the experience of winning it all amid “all [they’d] been through” made this a “very emotional time.” That emotion swung toward elation during his postgame news conference, where Duncan was joined by his two young charges, prompting a reporter to ask him if the win — in which Duncan scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds, dished two assists and blocked two shots in 33-plus minutes — felt particularly rewarding due to taking place on Father’s Day.”

Buck Harvey, San Antonio Express-News: ” There’s no reason to think they won’t be back. And when they return, it won’t be for a victory lap. They should return as favorites — to repeat for the first time. They will return without the regret of 2013 because they figured out how to not lose Game 6. They avoided playing one.”

Kevin Arnovitz, ESPN: “In exchange for their buying in, players earn trust, whether they arrived in San Antonio as a first overall draft pick or on a bus from the D-League. With the game on the line, Popovich will design an opportunity to get that former D-Leaguer an open shot, even when most coaches would just ride their Hall of Famer against a double-team. R.C. Buford appraises talent not by the standards of current trends or conventional wisdom but by a steadfast belief in process and innovation. Duncan might not speak to a young teammate for a calendar year, but don’t mistake aloofness for indifference; he’s just sizing you up before he dives in. “

  • DorieStreet

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SPURS: PLAYERS, COACHING STAFF, FRONT OFFICE.
    CELEBRATE AND REVEL: SPURS FANS ALL OVER THE WORLD.
    THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO: BE PROUD OF YOUR SUPPORT FOR THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT–
    AND OF THIS FRANCHISE; IT REPRESENTS YOU IN SO MANY WAYS.

  • DJMP

    What an amazing journey! Tipping my virtual hat to the writers and all affiliated at 48 Minutes of Hell for your devotion, energy and hard work. Keep it up! I love this team and am so proud of their accomplishments. What a way to bring in the summer of ’14; it’s gonna be a phenomenal one! Cheers!

  • ferscia

    I´d love to see a Margin and a El conclusion for game 5…

  • Dapimp Ofdayear

    What happened to the Game 5 margin?

  • idahospur

    Now I need to find a decent priced shirt and get it shipped to Idaho.

  • DorieStreet

    Pay the premium now for one shirt (or two) online and get it shipped ASAP so you can wear it the rest of the month thru the 4th of July.
    After the Fourth – contact any HEB store in South Texas so you can load up on all the Spurs Championship merchandise (shirts, hats, banners, shot glasses, etc.) at disounted prices.

    ENJOY AND REVEL THE SPURS DOMINANT FINALS PLAY IN IDAHO (as I will in Georgia).