The scene looks like a Rocky movie; the older Rocky goes out for one last time against the young and current champion.
Rocky continues to defy the odds even if there is only just a pinch of chance in winning. And like any old contender they hang on to that one word that pushes them to dream and to give it all…
For the 38 year old, Tim Duncan getting back into the NBA finals again is a sweet redemption. They could have won it last year in game 6. But fate seemed to take them into a different path. Instead of winning their fifth NBA championship, they went home with a heavy heart. Tim played like it was his last game scoring 30 points, 17 rebounds and a steal. It was a defining moment of his career. It was like watching a flashback of Tim on his prime. A championship could have sealed everything. Instead the series went on to the full seven games and eventually lost to Miami.
Most teams could have been buried on that defeat and crumbled, but not the Spurs. The pain and frustration became a good source of motivation to move forward. And when people already counted them out by the start of the season, they came back fighting and now, they are back again for another championship run.
Acquiring Marco Belinelli, a healthy Kawhi Leonard and a rejuvenated Manu Ginobili, the Spurs are a deeper and a better team compared to last year.
“We got four more to win,” said Tim Duncan after winning the Western conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunders. This time Tim knows if they lost again, it might be their last chance for redemption.
The Spurs as an organization takes pride on their system. Hours and hours of practice, the players spent their time more on the gym trying to perfect each execution, pacing and plays. It has become a part of their muscle memory and that’s what makes them special. The road to the finals has all been familiar to them. They have been preparing for this battle all year long. In order to beat Miami, they would just have to stick to their system.
The old champion goes to war again against the young champion.
This time would be different. Not everyone has been given a second chance.
And not everyone is like Rocky or the Spurs as we speak.