Chris Bosh disagrees with Phil Jackson.
"I think the Spurs have been a dynasty. We're trying to be like them." Chris Bosh— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) June 4, 2014
Chris Bosh on the Pacers' antics: "The Spurs are different."— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) June 4, 2014
Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Remember that.
While you're at it, tell the Zen Master to remember that too.
Back in April, Jackson was discussing Carmelo Anthony's free agency when he indulged in a brief Spurs-baiting tangent, per Newsday's Al Iannazzone:
Tim Duncan making the salary he's making after being part of a dynasty—not a dynasty, I wouldn't call San Antonio a dynasty—a force, a great force. They haven't been able to win consecutive championships but they've always been there. San Antonio has had a wonderful run through Tim's tenure there as a player. He's agreed to take a salary cut so other players can play with him so they can be this good. And that's the beginning of team play.
P-Jax, tactless as he was, made some good points.
The Spurs have never won back-to-back championships, something Jackson's Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers teams habitually did. This is the first time they're even making consecutive Finals appearances. But they have won three during the Big Three era, and four since head coach Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan joined forces in 1997.
Their three most recent titles came in a span of five years as well, between 2003 and 2007. Beyond that, their regular-season accolades must be taken into consideration too, as Bleacher Report's Stephen Babb pointed out:
The team's regular-season accomplishments are also remarkable, year in and year out. If you add up the playoff appearances and longevity, it's hard to argue the Spurs are something less than dynastic—even if they don't quite feel like a traditional dynasty either.
Over the last 17 years, the Spurs have never won fewer than 61 percent of their regular-season contests. Their collective winning percentage during that same span is 70.6. Not only are they the only team to eclipse 70 percent in that time, but they're the only franchise to exceed 64 percent.
When you combine regular-season dominance with their championships, the sheer consistency of it all remains remarkable.
Dare we say dynastic?
We do. Or at least we should.
Bosh has the right idea.
Miami isn't exactly like San Antonio. These Heat don't have the same longevity. Their reign has been short, and they were pieced together almost overnight. The Spurs were built and developed from within.
Are the Spurs a dynasty?
But their principles are identical. Both teams have spent most of their time together chasing championships and history. In that regard, they're the same.
The Heat could try to emulate Jackson's Bulls or Lakers, but the Spurs are the NBA's modern-day dynasty. They're the standard for all sustained powerhouses right now.
If the Heat are able to take down the Spurs and win their third consecutive championship, that will change. They'll become today's dynasty. They'll become the standard some other team is chasing years from now.
Until then, there are the Spurs. The wonderfully dynastic Spurs.
Impersonate on, Miami.
*Stats via Basketball-Reference.com.