NORMAN — Yes, it is difficult to root for the team that eliminated your team.
It seems like it should be easy, but as the Sooner Nation can surely explain, falling short at the Cotton Bowl or Bedlam doesn’t make folks around here Longhorn and Cowboy fans.
Nonetheless, the NBA Finals begin tonight and you need a team and that team should be San Antonio.
Following are five reasons to root for the Spurs rather than the Miami Heat, and none of them will be the fact that when the team that beat your team wins it all, it makes your team look better. Consider that one a bonus reason.
1. Tim Duncan: Maybe the coolest thing about Duncan, beyond his being born in St. Croix and staying in school for four years and earning his degree — what a concept — is that it’s hard to remember him being so dominant and yet he’s pretty much been the best player on the court season after season after season.
Early in his career, he was the man, averaging at least 20 points and at least 11 rebounds in each of his first eight seasons, and even then the most shot attempts he ever averaged was 18.3.
Since, he’s remained terrific, yet more of a complementary player, averaging 18.6, 20.0, 19.3, 19.3, 17.9, 13.4, 15.4, 17.8 and 15.1 points per outing, with rebound averages ranging from 8.9 to 11.3.
He’s like the power hitter in the twilight of his career who still smacks 25 home runs and drives in 90. He’s never stopped producing and he’s always facilitated teammates.
2. The era: Here’s a question making the rounds. What’s more impressive, what the Heat could do, going to the NBA Finals four consecutive seasons and winning three straight, or what San Antonio could do, winning a fifth title in 16 seasons.
What the Heat could do is amazing. Threepeat wasn’t even a term until Michael Jordan pushed it upon the nation. Also, what San Antonio has done and could do is still less likely and more impressive.