These NBA championship celebrations are becoming old hat for San Antonio Spurs fans. For the fifth time in 15 years, the team is letting the citizens of the "River City" partake in another NBA Finals triumph.
You can't help but feel a sense of finality about this title, though. Tim Duncan is 38 years old, Manu Ginobili's right behind him at 36 and Gregg Popovich is 65 years old himself.
Duncan admitted after the 104-87 win in Game 5 that the end is nigh.
"Just the close of a career. I know it's coming to an end," he said, per The Associated Press, via BostonHerald.com. "Don't know if I'll ever have a chance to do this again. My kids and all we've been through, just a real emotional time."
After last year's Finals loss to the Miami Heat, the general feeling was that that was the Spurs' last chance before the door closed completely on their title hopes. The Houston Rockets added Dwight Howard in the offseason, and the time was now for Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to truly take the next step with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Then San Antonio had to go and upend the Thunder before dethroning the reigning champions in the most assured way possible.
Each of San Antonio's four wins came by 15 points or more, and the basketball put on display was among the best displays of a team game you're ever going to see. Kawhi Leonard took the jump from talented player to the-sky-is-the-limit player. Boris Diaw turned into one of the Spurs' most valuable players.
As with every champion before them, the Spurs will be taking to the streets to bask in the glory of their most recent conquest. The celebration will begin on Wednesday at 6 p.m. CT.
The event will both serve as a coronation of the most recent NBA champions and what may be the end of an era.
How to Watch
Full coverage of both the parade and celebration inside the Alamodome will be shown on Fox Sports Southwest. Coverage begins at 6 p.m. CT and runs through 10 p.m. CT. A live stream of the events will be carried on NBA.com.
KSAT San Antonio posted an image of the Spurs' celebration route:
The river parade begins in front of the Arneson River Theater. The celebration will make stops at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and Rivercenter Mall before reaching its conclusion at the Navarro Street Bridge.
For those preparing to attend the parade, fans aren't allowed to reserve spots along the River Walk until 4 p.m. CT and later, according to the Spurs official website.
Once the parade is over, the players will enter the Alamodome to bring an end to the day's festivities. No tickets are needed for the event. Fans can show up as early as 4:30 p.m. CT, and once inside can watch a simulcast of the parade.
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