- Peter Keating
THE LAKERS, HEAT, Thunder, even the Nets -- there's a long list of NBA teams that gathered more buzz this offseason than the Spurs, who led the league in W's in 2011-12 but topped no one's Q rating. And yet, San Antonio generates huge excitement among statheads. Why? Well, let's look back to a moment in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. With 9:40 left in the third quarter, Tony Parker came around the top of the key and found Kawhi Leonard in the left corner. Leonard drove along the baseline, then pinpointed a bounce pass through two Oklahoma City defenders to Boris Diaw. Diaw faked a move toward the basket and pushed a no-look pass to Danny Green,
set free in the right corner by a Tim Duncan pick. Green released, and drained a bomb. Beautiful.
Why are some NBA teams greater than the sum of their parts? In ESPN The Magazine, Peter Keating looks at team chemistry, one of the league's great mysteries.