Over the past decade or so there have only been two teams in the NBA that have really made what you would call an NBA dynasty. When you think of the dynasty in professional sports you think of teams that can dominate for an extended period of time and most importantly win titles and championships consistently.
In the NBA, there’ve only been a few dynasties with only a handful of franchises labeled with that distinction. Back in the 90s it was the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan leading the way as they won three titles in a row, had a two-year layoff, then won three more titles. If Michael Jordan stayed with the team during the two-year period where he chose to try baseball instead, the Bulls might have one eight titles in row.
The Boston Celtics were also one of these teams that have been called an NBA dynasty as they absolutely dominated the sport throughout the late 50s and 60s with head coach Red Auerbach and some of the greatest players of all-time in point guard Bob Cousy and center Bill Russell. This NBA franchise at one point absolutely dominated for about a 13 year span where they won 11 NBA titles.
Along the Boston Celtics, their hated rival in the Los Angeles Lakers have also had multiple dynasties during the franchise’s history with hall of famers and future hall of fame players like Shaquille O’Neal, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant dominating the sport in different eras.
Over this past decade the two teams that did dominate in dynasty like fashion in the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs. It was just title after title for these two teams as they battled back and forth for this distinction of the best team in the NBA at the start of the last decade.
This season the San Antonio Spurs, despite signs of slowing down, have shown that they might be able to contend for a title this season as they are giving the second-seeded Dallas Mavericks all they can handle in the first round of the playoffs.
Coming into the playoffs, the Dallas Mavericks were thought to be the one team in the Western Conference that have the best chance of dethroning the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers. That still might be true, if the Lakers can get past the Thunder that is, as Dirk Nowitzki and company are as resilient as they come in the West, but they will first have to get passed Greg Popovich’s squad who are really making them work in the first round.
In game one of this series the Dallas Mavericks got out to a 1-0 series lead and with their impressive play it looked like they would most likely be the team to advance, but in games two and three the San Antonio Spurs got back on the board and to control the series going up 2-1.
Now anything can happen in this series in the Dallas Mavericks could very easily turn things around, but with the way the Spurs are playing in the experience they have in the playoffs I believe Tim Duncan and company will be the team to advance to the second round.