For years, the basketball world has been trying to figure out just what it is that makes the San Antonio Spurs so special.
Was it simply the direct result of Gregg Popovich's coaching genius? Did it all happen because players like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili had the freedom to realize their full potential? Was it some combination of coaching and talent, mixed in with a dose of good fortune on draft night?
Nope. Turns out it was steak. Thick, juicy steak.
Not just any steak, though—these prime cuts apparently came from H-E-B, a grocery chain in Texas and Mexico.
See, the secret isn't in the meat itself. It comes from that classy feeling of enjoying a fine slab of beef.
Parker and Ginobili already know this. They should after spending all of their combined 23 NBA seasons (and counting) in San Antonio. The 22-year-old Kawhi Leonard is still learning, but credit the young man for being such a quick study.
Duncan, for whatever reason, refuses to embrace this idea. Maybe he's just not used to this scene, though; I'm not sure if fine dining exists in the land of Dungeons & Dragons.
Still, if it works for his teammates, you have to think that, at the end of the day, Duncan will support it.
There's a second part to San Antonio's magic. It comes from Leonard's massive mitts, which help him wreak havoc on the wing and apparently palm a massive pile of dirty laundry.
This might be bad news for the Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers. Both franchises tried their best to emulate the Spurs' ways this summer by giving head coaching gigs to Pop's former assistants Mike Budenholzer (in Atlanta) and Brett Brown (in Philly).
Coaching is important, but so too is the Hall of Fame talent that Popovich has in his rotation. Put that combination together and you have the makings of something special.
With four NBA titles and 14 50-win efforts to show for the last 15 seasons, San Antonio has created a dynasty without flashy free-agent acquisitions or blockbuster trades.
Thank Popovich for that—Duncan, Parker, Ginobili and now Leonard, too. But don't forget to tip the butcher.