Shortly after the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals, the normally reserved Tim Duncan vowed that he and his teammates would avenge the crushing series defeat to the Miami Heat that they suffered in the 2013 NBA Finals.
Erik Spoelstra, perhaps the top young coach in the NBA, is well-liked by his peers and, most importantly, his players. But the Heat’s young coach, like his team, was blown away in the NBA Finals. He took a coaching spanking, administered by the guy on the other bench, Gregg Popovich.
In the NBA, there is no longer an offseason. The term has become theoretical. Nowadays, teams are built into winners in large part through free agent signings.
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