The San Antonio Spurs won the 2014 NBA Championship. Since only one player gets to be MVP (and not five different Spurs), it is fitting that Kawhi Leonard won it. Leonard’s fingerprints were all over Games 3, 4 and 5, on both offense and defense. It was fitting that Kawhi won Finals MVP because you rarely heard “Kawhi” and “MVP” in any conversations throughout the last three years, which happen to be his first three in the NBA. It was fitting because Kawhi is arguably the most selfless player in the NBA. It was fitting because, other than maybe Tim Duncan (1999, 2003, 2005), the NBA has not had a player thought of as “soft-spoken” win the Finals MVP award. Unless you’re a die-hard Miami Heat fan, or a “LeBron is God”-type, it’s hard not to appreciate the hoops perfection the Spurs put on display.
If I were a betting man, I’d bet that Kawhi will win at least one more Finals MVP in his career. It could come as soon as next year, or it may come post-Duncan, post-Popovich. Imagine the Spurs without Popovich. Without Duncan. Imagine Patty Mills as the sweet shooting point guard. Danny Green at the 2. Kawhi as the epitome, as the two-way playing heartbeat of the team. GM R.C. Buford will find another draft-day-steal/trade that will net him another capable big-man to eventually fill the enormous shoes of Duncan. It’s simply hard to imagine an NBA where the Spurs aren’t at least competitive.
This wraps up the NBA season. The over-scrutinized draft day possibilities won’t end. The Kevin Love trade permutations have been diagnosed and debated. The off-season will be eventful. But this is it for me. One or two Celtics-related draft thoughts (Aaron Gordon and T.J. Warren?). Other writing projects beckon. Writing that isn’t sports related.
I love the NBA. I love writing about the NBA. I hope I’ve spread that passion here. I’m glad I’ve devoted the time and energy to a sport that I love over the last two years.
Thank you for taking the time to read.
In Rondo, Steph, and Kawhi We Trust,