With all the different sports today you never really hear how many players have stuck by one another for a long period over their career. For the San Antonio Spurs and their 'Big 3', they have been together for a very long time.
This past Monday, the trio won their 469th career regular season game giving them the third-highest total for any trio in NBA History according to ESPN's Elias.
The Spurs' big three had been tied with Bill Russell, K.C. Jones and Sam Jones (468 for Boston). The two higher totals were by Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish for the Celtics (540); and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper for the Lakers (490).
Also on Monday, Tim Duncan became the oldest player to record a 20 point and 20 rebound performance in the Spurs win against the Atlanta Hawks. He also added more to his resume as it was his buzzer beating jump shot that propelled the Spurs to their 15th win of the season.
The city of San Antonio and their fans have been lucky enough to watch these three grow with one another. When Tony Parker came into the league at the young age of 18, many had doubts of how this 'kid' would be able to handle the pressure of the NBA life. Years later, he has been in talks of being the leagues MVP and has been dubbed as the 'leader' of the team.
What makes this trio so good is their attitude on the floor. They do not get upset when one player will take more shots than the other, they trust in one another. They listen to one another. This brings me back to when Parker was discussing something with Pop during the finals last season…..and well this transpired…..
Can you sit there and say that you will see this kind of reaction from teammates if a player comes into a huddle and speaks on what needs to happen during play? You can just see every player in the huddle with their eyes focused on Parker. This is the kind of respect the 'big 3' have from their teammates.