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Before the championship window officially closed for the San Antonio Spurs during the Tim Duncan era, Gregg Popovich’s squad had some epic battles with the Miami Heat, with these two iconic teams splitting their two showdowns in the NBA Finals.
Hall of Famers Dwyane Wade and Tony Parker recently talked about their meetings in the NBA Finals and how each team had a lot of respect for one another.
Parker opened up about why the Spurs never talked trash to Wade and LeBron James during their matchups with championship rings on the line, via Legion Hoops.
Tony Parker tells Dwyane Wade why Spurs never talked trash to Heat:
“You know why we ain’t talk trash? Cause we had a lot of respect for you, a lot of respect for LeBron. I would respect you and have an appropriate fear.”
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— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) September 25, 2023
The Spurs and Heat were about as evenly matched as they come, with San Antonio and Miami having two of the more entertaining NBA Finals matchups in league history.
Ultimately, the Spurs got the last laugh as they were able to take down Wade and company in 2014, which ended the LeBron era of the Heat, as he chose to go back to the Cleveland Cavaliers in an effort to win his third NBA title, which he accomplished a couple of years later before joining the Los Angeles Lakers.
As for Wade, the 2014 NBA Finals was the last time he had an opportunity to win another title, as he was never able to get back to the promised land and ended his career with three titles to his credit, which is still impressive.
However, Duncan called it a career with five NBA titles, as he went into the Basketball Hall of Fame as one of the most successful forwards the league had ever seen.
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