When it comes to professional sports, in postgame interviews you usually hear just a few familiar assessments on a team’s opponent. You’ve got the classic, “We beat ourselves.” Of course there is the oft-mentioned, “That’s a good team. We knew we were in for a fight.” And then there is, “Hats off to them. They beat us.”
You’ve heard these before and you’ll surely hear them again, as they have become so ingrained in athlete speak that they’re repeated over and over. However, on occasion, a player will give their true and honest assessment of another team. When that happens, something magical takes place.
Like, for instance, when David Lee of the Golden State Warriors describes matching up with the San Antonio Spurs. Not only is it humorous, it’s also a perfect explanation of everything about the Spurs. From the AP:
“They’re a very frustrating team to play,” Lee said. “I don’t go out there feeling like they’re a better team than us. When you play the Lakers you look at their size and say it’s going to be a tough game. I feel like we match up well with the Spurs. I feel like they’re a beatable team, especially in this building. And just the way they execute and the way they take advantage of any little mistake you make, it’s like a boring way to play but it’s so effective.”
Let’s see here — mentions of the Spurs being frustrating, boring and of how well they execute. That’s the Spurs trifecta. Well done, David Lee, you’ve just elucidated in six sentences what everyone’s felt about San Antonio for the past 14 years.
As for the part where Lee doesn’t feel like the Spurs are a better team than the Warriors, that’s a LOL for sure. Yes, Lee’s only been a Warrior for half a season so he probably doesn’t know that the Warriors haven’t beat the Spurs since January 2007. Fair enough. But in the half season Lee’s been in Golden State, the Warriors have lost to the Spurs three times with the margin of victory increasing each time. Not only are the Spurs a better team than the Warriors, they’re also becoming an even better team each time they play. It might not feel like they’re a better team, but they are definitely a better team. Doy.
But really, that’s not the big news. Of course the Spurs are better than the Warriors, despite how David Lee feels. Everyone knows this, probably even David Lee. The big news is that whoever decides to write a book about the Tim Duncan Spurs finally has the perfect quote to lead with in the preface. Because, seriously, “the way they execute and the way they take advantage of any little mistake you make, it’s like a boring way to play but it’s so effective” is perfect.