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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar praises Spurs teamwork

When a basketball legend like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar heaps praise on an NBA team, then that team must be doing something right.

Case in point, Jabbar’s recent comments on the 2014 NBA Champs San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs dissected the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals in five games thanks in large part to teamwork, players knowing their roles, and leaning on the team concept over the individual. And that philosophy did not get past Jabbar who had nothing but praise for the Spurs.

Via Star Telegram:

“The whole idea of having guys that work well together as a unit, that’s how you win basketball games,” Abdul-Jabbar said at the Omni Dallas Hotel. “Having outstanding individuals is great, but it’s the team that gets the job done.

“The fact that the people in San Antonio understand that and they try to get the players that get behind that approach, that’s what makes them successful.”

Successful indeed.

The Spurs were able to overcome great talents like LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh and overwhelmed Miami with ball movement and a willingness to let other players outside Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker thrive.

Patty Mills, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, and Boris Diaw stepped up huge for the Spurs when it mattered. San Antonio’s “Big 3” deferred to their role players without hesitation. Miami needed their “Big 3” more so than San Antonio did.

In the end, teamwork won out, while relying on individual talent lost.