NBA playoffs — San Antonio Spurs success traces back to David Robinson – ESPN

“I think [the attitude] permeates a whole franchise. It wasn’t me necessarily bringing it in. Popovich is always talking about team. He leads it by saying, ‘I don’t want any attention, I’m not going to act like I want attention.'”

That doesn’t mean the players don’t have pride or don’t value individual accomplishment. You don’t lead the league in scoring without believing that you can put the ball through the hoop more than anyone else in the NBA.

“When you get on the floor, you’ve got to think you’re the best player,” Robinson said. “Everybody does that.

“I didn’t necessarily think I wasn’t the best player on the team. I still felt like I had my role to play. It’s sort of like being a husband and a wife: Who’s more important? Nobody’s more important. You’ve both got your roles, you play your roles. And everything goes great as long as you play your roles. As soon as one of you guys acts like you run the show, and you’re more important than the other one, everything goes haywire.

via NBA playoffs — San Antonio Spurs success traces back to David Robinson – ESPN.

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