By Trevor Zickgraf, Project Spurs.com
The San Antonio Spurs face the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time Tuesday night. Aside from being the two dominant teams in the post Jordan NBA, the two teams don't have a ton in common and the Spurs fan base doesn't really like the Lakers franchise. Spurs fans specifically hate this Lakers team because of the hype that came with it once Steve Nash and Dwight Howard were traded for over the summer. Now, the one likable part of the team, former Spurs assistant Mike Brown, is gone.
Hiring former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni is the one way to make this Laker team even more unlikable for Spurs fans. Reuniting D'Antoni with Nash brings back memories of the Seven Seconds or Less Suns.
Like the rest of the country, Spurs fans have fond memories of those Suns teams. Unlike the rest of the country, those memories involve the Spurs beating the Suns in the playoffs over and over again.
And if Nash's class and no-quit attitude is the part of those Suns teams Spurs fans respected, D'Antoni's constant complaining on the sidelines and unwillingness to adjust his offensive system no matter what the situation is what we turned our noses up at.
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