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Salute to San Antonio


How about a salute to the San Antonio Spurs and head coach Gregg Popovich! That's right, the name is Popovich, Popovich, Popovich! Does anybody away from San Antonio know just how good a coach this guy is? The guy has won four NBA titles!

Popovich learned discipline while at the Air Force Academy. Realize this: Mike Krzyzewski learned a lot while at West Point. There is something about these coaches learning about discipline while being at the service academies! These guys know how to lead, how to communicate and how to get the best out of people.

As a coach, it is important to know the strengths and weaknesses of your team. Popovich has done a great job building the foundation around Tim Duncan, who in my estimation is the greatest power forward to ever play the game.

Duncan has all the intangibles as a solid, steady player. He gets the job done on the court and he doesn't have to be flashy to be effective. Duncan is a superstar who leads in a very quiet way.

What about the job Tony Parker did in the finals? He averaged almost 25 ppg…did a super job distributing the rock while shooting well over 50 percent from the field.

What a year he is having! The finals MVP trophy, plus getting married to the lovely Eva Longoria this summer …does it get better than that? That wedding in Paris will be special.

Right now, Parker and the Spurs are celebrating with that gold trophy, baby!

Then you have to talk about Manu Ginobli, who came up big in the fourth quarter of game four. He was brilliant helping San Antonio get to the winner's circle, hitting big shot after big shot. Throw in a drive to the basket for a three-point play and some clutch free throws and he came through big time!

The role players stepped up as well.

Mr. Popovich is so underrated on a national scale, but his peers know what he is all about. The San Antonio Spurs deserve a salute.

As for the Cleveland Cavaliers, I heard some criticism in the media after the sweep. Let me tell you, the future is bright for Mike Brown's team. The King, Mr. LeBron James, is only four years removed from high school. Big things will be happening in Cleveland in the future.

For now, the riverwalk will be rocking and rolling as the Spurs celebrate as kings of the basketball world once again.

Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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