I know this might seem trivial to some but this area of the world where I live is known as Spurs Nation. I have followed them for years always hoping they would have a good season. The dream then was just to make it to the semi-finals.
When we finally won our first championship it was 1999...a shorten season due to the NBA lockout...the Spurs were written off as a fluke. My dad was very happy that his team finally made it, unfortunately he was ill by this time and never got to watch them play.
Since that time the Spurs have earned the respect of the league. Win or lose I will always be a Spurs fan and I thank them for the great season we had this year. It was quite a series and the best finals I have ever watched to date.
I commend the fans in San Antonio for showing the nation how to be graceful in defeat. They were prepared for the victory parade that did not come and instead turned it into a...thank you for a great season celebration...as fans rode downtown honking horns, waving flags and jerseys of their favorite players. If you did not know any better you would have thought the Spurs won.
Was watching it unfold on San Antonio KSAT12 the anchorman said he was sad for the loss but upon seeing the fan reaction, it made him feel better and proud that even in defeat, we do not let things get out of hand.