The New York Knicks got a glimpse into what the San Antonio Spurs are all about.
New York completed interviews with former Spurs assistant coaches - Will Hardy and Ime Udoka. Should they ink either coach, they'll hope either brings the Spurs' magic formula which has delivered five NBA titles, quality coaching and that winning culture known as "The Spurs Way."
An NBA agent and coach spoke on "The Spurs Way" with the New York Post as they are considering Udoka or Hardy. From there, they spoke highly about the Spurs' culture.
“The Spurs Way is the sum being bigger than the individual parts,’’ the coach said. “It was never about Tim Duncan or Tony or Manu. Pop was allowed to coach them without individual agenda because the players bought into a system.’’
“It exists,’’ the agent said. “When it comes to player development, they’ve done amazing. The culture is just great there. When it comes to placing a young player in the NBA, as an agent, you’re targeting two franchises — San Antonio and Miami.”
One coaching source added, “The system is real. If a Hall of Famer buys in, great things happen. Tim was all about winning, a la Bill Russell. The best systems and best coaches can get more wins out of the same group of players than a strategically suspect system or inferior coach.”
The Spurs have amassed amazing records and produced quality players and coaches during the era of "The Spurs Way."
They have groomed many quality head coaches in the league such as Mike Budenholzer, Quin Snyder, James Borrego and more. Players have become key role players such as Lakers' Danny Green, and have currently made the postseason 22 consecutive times as well as owning the NBA's highest winning percentage currently at .618 (2189-1352).
San Antonio has been the model franchise for the NBA and the rest of major league sports for how to properly run a sports organization.