Phil Jackson: Spurs aren’t a dynasty until they win back-to-back titles

The Spurs have four NBA championships since 1999, but never back-to-back.


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The San Antonio Spurs have won four NBA titles since 1999 and own the league’s best winning percentage since.

That’s a dynasty in the eyes of many, but not to one of the game’s greatest coaches.

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson has 11 championship rings. He had a three-peat twice coaching Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s, and another with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000-02. Before he called it quits, he won back-to-back titles again with Lakers in 2009-10.

And that is what Jackson believes makes a dynasty.

"I wouldn’t call San Antonio a dynasty — a force, a great force," Jackson said, according to Newsday. "They haven’t been able to win consecutive championships but they’ve always been there."

The Spurs may not have been able to get it done in back-to-back seasons, but they were claiming the crown almost every other year. Tim Duncan led San Antonio to titles in 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007. They nearly won another last season, and are one of the favorites to win it all this year.

"San Antonio has had a wonderful run through Tim’s [Duncan] tenure there as a player," Jackson said. "He’s agreed to take a salary cut so other players can play with him so they can be this good. And that’s the beginning of team play."

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