Lakers, Spurs share esteemed success this past decade
With the Lakers visiting the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night, the accomplishments both organizations have earned this past decade appear nearly impeccable.
The Lakers won four NBA titles, including a three-peat from 2000 to 2002. The Spurs won three, one in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Although the Spurs had 576 wins to the Lakers' 530, the Lakers had 98 playoff victories and were the only team this past decade to win at least 65 games in two seasons. Nonetheless, the Lakers' 2004-05 season featured only the fifth time the franchise missed the playoffs. The Spurs, meanwhile, were the only franchise to win at least 50 games and make the postseason every year this past decade.
Lots of the success came on the backs of likely future Hall-of-Fame players, such as the Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal and the Spurs' David Robinson (current HOF) and Tim Duncan. Their coaches -- the Lakers' Phil Jackson (10) and the Spurs' Gregg Popovich (four) -- are the only two active coaches with multiple championships. And then there's the value of the teams, with the Lakers worth a league-high $607 million and the Spurs worth $398 million, according to Forbes.With both teams sharing rich history this past decade, the Lakers acknowledged they keep tabs on the Spurs' accomplishments.
-- Mark Medina
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