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Kragthorpe: Spurs’ culture gives them consistency


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What if they’d finish second in the 1997 lottery and ended up with Utah’s Keith Van Horn instead of Duncan?

What if some team had grabbed Ginobili before the second-to-last pick of the second round in 1999, when the Jazz made someone named Eddie Lucas the final selection of that draft?

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What if the Jazz had taken Parker instead of Raul Lopez late in the first round in 2001, when Vancouver picked Jamaal Tinsley just ahead of Parker?

As it is, "the Spurs’ way" under Popovich became established.

"That’s probably overblown," Popovich said. "When you win, a lot of things get attributed to you that you shouldn’t get credit for."

How else could he have addressed the subject? That’s the Spurs’ way.

kkragthorpe@sltrib.com

Twitter: @tribkurt




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