Which San Antonio Spurs' Legacies Were Most Damaged by NBA Finals Loss?

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Which San Antonio Spurs' Legacies Were Most Damaged by NBA Finals Loss?
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Gregg Popovich is as good a coach as you can find in the NBA today, but his legacy took a hit after Game 7, as did the rest of the star players on the San Antonio Spurs.

28 ticks of the clock would have turned Popovich into one of the four best coaches in NBA history beyond doubt, joining Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach and Pat Riley. 

Beyond that, Tim Duncan would have easily become known as the best player of the post-Michael Jordan generation, giving him an edge on Kobe Bryant.

Manu Ginobili would have padded his lead as the best sixth man in the history of the game, and Tony Parker would have put a lock-down on being the league's top point guard for the time being.

For Pop and Duncan it would have been a fifth title, while Ginobili and Parker would be up to four apiece. Oh, and Matt Bonner would pick up his second.

The biggest saving grace for the Spurs is that the series was a close contest. It was about as close to a seven-game tie as you could imagine.

However, everybody took a little hit, but whose hit was the biggest?

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