Coach Collins commented after the Spurs Sixers game about the NBA from the what-was and what-is standpoint.
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Collins pointed out how the Spurs, with an older Big Three of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, are different in that they have kept these players together. He also said that the Spurs, winners of four titles under coach Gregg Popovich, are similar to a certain football team in New England.
“He’s a brilliant coach,” Collins said. “And he’s got three core guys that have been with him through thick and thin. And if you notice, they always keep those three and Pop’ together, and that’s that stability
“I think Pop’ would be the first one to tell you how blessed he has been,” Collins continued. “Those three guys and David Robinson and you’ve got years of success. “He’s won four championships – that doesn’t happen by accident. He’s one of the best coaches ever, and they do it in a market that loves this team.”
And then Collins made the comparison to the Patriots in terms of their longevity. “Over the last 10-12 years the two franchises that have done that are the New England Patriots and the San Antonio Spurs,” he said. “They have been models about what it’s all about to build a team. They stay strong, and they have been very fortunate that those three guys have been healthy for the most part. They’ve got a great coach, a great owner and they don’t panic.”