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SpursThe San Antonio Spurs won the NBA Championship last evening in overwhelming fashion, crushing the Miami Heat yet again, 104-87, to win the championship series four games to one. The four wins by the Spurs against the two-time defending champion Heat came by margins of 15, 19, 21 and 17 points, the two largest of which took place in Miami. But, if anything, the margins of victory underestimate the extent of the dominance. The Spurs were simply the better team by a large margin.

The Spurs’ win demonstrates the value of team play, finding players who are willing to work to get better and buy-in to the program, great management, and the importance of finding underappreciated assets (relatively) cheaply. Many of those underappreciated assets come from countries other than the USA. Continue reading