There has been much debate over who is the team of the decade. Recently Mark Stein of ESPN ranked the Spurs as the team of the decade. His reasoning?

ESPN: It’s not an easy trick to pick the Spurs here after they lost four of their five playoff showdowns with the Lakers in the 2000’s … but we’re doing it anyway.

Now, despite being a Lakers website, I want to hear your thoughts Lakers Nation!

Here are some things to think about…

  • Lakers won 4 titles
  • Spurs won 3
  • We beat them 4 out of 5 times in the playoffs
  • We defended a title, successfully, twice (including a 3-peat)
  • Spurs never won back-2-back
  • SamV

    YA RIGHT! It’s a no brainer, the lakers are the team of the decade hands down. I’m happy there is no official award because espn has it wrong for sure. The most prolific one-two punch, 4 titles, a 3 peat, and more finals appearances as well. How can you call the spurs the team of the decade when the team you are pitting them against beat them 4/5 times? It makes no sense. Lake Show, hands down

  • gugy

    While the Spurs had a great team, but the Lakers is definitely the team of the decade.

    Well, is well know ESPN doesn’t like the Lakers. So many of their writers are haters.
    F•ck them.

  • Pourky

    That’s ESPN for ya…of course they will always do their best to take credit away from L.A. Lakers.

    That’s why I don’t really care what ESPN’s opinion is because of the cold hars facts available to the world, plain and simple.

    LAKERS ARE THE TRUE TEAM OF THE DECADE!!!

  • daboss1848

    you guys would be best served to read the whole article b4 resorting to the easy to write “espn hates us” line

  • The Mamba24

    I think its coz the Lakers missed the playoffs once and the Spurs were always a 50+ win team. I think that’s what it boiled down to.

    • http://www.myspace.com/7oh SamV

      It shouldn’t boil down to the number of 50+ win seasons. Greatness is defined by titles not consistency. Look at the Boston Celtics. They disappeared YEARS and are still considered one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) NBA franchises of all time. The spurs were the most consistent team of the decade and that’s it.

      • mr.laker19

        How is this for consistency, the Lakers are the only team to reach the NBA finals in every decade since the NBA existed. THATS relevant.

      • http://LakersNation Marwan..

        Hey I read an article on ESPN.com that ranks the best franchises in NBA history, all 30 of them.
        #1 Lakers
        #2 Celtics
        #3 Spurs
        #4 Bulls
        #5 Suns
        #6 76ers
        #7 Jazz
        #8 Blazers
        #9 Pacers
        #10 Rockets
        #11 Bucks
        #12 Thunder
        #13 Pistons
        #14 Heat
        #15 Magic
        #16 Knicks
        #17 Mavericks
        #18 Nuggets
        #19 Cavaliers
        #20 Warriors
        #21 Nets
        #22 Hawks
        #23 Wizards
        #24 Hornets
        #25 Kings
        #26 Timberwolves
        #27 Raptors
        #28 Bobcats
        #29 Clippers
        #30 Grizzlies

        http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2009/columns/story?columnist=hollinger_john&page=FranchiseRankings-Lakers

        Spurs can take “franchise of the decade” and Lakers can take best franchise in NBA history, I can live with that.

  • lakers0828

    The Lakers to me are hands down team of the Decade I mean how can u not Say they are yeah the spurs won titles but think of this the Lakers were the only team of this decade to repeat and the spurs were never able to repeat to Me its Hands down to Lakers and I also think Espn are a bunch of Laker haters there writers are all celtic fans except for J A Adande other then that Marc Stein is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WRong

  • Kid Kaos 310

    Great article non the less

  • pauer

    didnt the spurs win the title in the half season? does that even fully count as a title?

    • 007

      exactly. the coach of the decade (heck, the best coach of all time) even jabbed at the spurs and said that title should have an *(asterisk) next to it. lol

  • Lakers 24 7

    Probably because the Spurs were able to keep their core players throughout most of the decade.

  • Trem

    Bullshit. I read the article and I completely disagree

  • 007

    Last night TNT said we are the only team who has played a game every christmas for this entire decade. hmmm…. now why would they schedule it like that?… maybe because we’re the most exciting!!

  • mr.laker19

    Not to mention 6 total nba finals appearances and we started and ended the decade with champisonships whcih shows relevance throughout. Also two different MVP;s, A player who broke numerous scoring records and a coach who reached 10 total titles. Like WTF??? How is this even a question? Spurs didnt even repeat! Get the hell outta here wit dat bull, unbiasly its the Lakers. We were in the Finals over half the damm decade! ESPN does hate the lakers.

  • thanhttrinh

    ya know ESPN is the most haters, too many wrong articles, thats why i dont care what they said, it looks like the Celdicks fans talking crap, hahaha haters

  • Jimmy

    I think Stein just wanted a lot of hits on his article, smart move.

    • desecrator93

      lol

  • KING

    Fukk that

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    the truth hurts.

    • SamV

      having to read your comments hurt more

    • http://LakersNation Marwan..

      I laffs atu when I read you comments, insist on being a Kobe hater.

  • thanhttrinh

    the haters are worrying about LA would be pass Celdicks’ franchise for the next multiple years
    why ? because we are the greatest team at this period right now, the greatest coach, greatest player in the world, the most franchise in the NBA history, srr u should accept the fact !

  • BE_A_LakerFan

    That is just pure hate.. that’s all it is. Then to say “we’re doing it anyway”. Almost as if to say, we know the Lakers are better but we’ll just pick the Spurs just because… gtfoh with that. Smh.

  • DickChoke

    Bottom line is the Spurs never won a championship when the Lakers were at their peak. Only when the Lakers were out of the way could the Spurs win. You also have to take into account that the Lakers have been to the Finals two more times than San Antonio.

  • thanhttrinh

    the Spurs cannot get back to the finals till Kobe would getting retire, however Houston, Denver are the hot teams in the West now…they gotta through those teams first
    with the fact that Tim Duncan is getting older, Tony Parker, Manu, they cannot compete agaisnt the West not even against us, this is the 09-10 season, not the past few years
    i mean, guys…no team can stop us at this period !

  • http://LakersNation Marwan..

    Guys do you know how lucky we are to have Shannon. I mean Lakers originally traded for Morrison but Brown was a throw in, since the Bobcats wanted to get rid of their salary cap. Wow, lucky we got Brown though, he is the one that is contributing. I feel sorry for Morrison though, he had a great career til that ACL killed his knee, and he never recovered from it (mentally though, his knee is fine). He was a hot shooter before the injury, hes lost it now. I hope he picks it up before the trade deadline, I would love to have a pure shooter on the team. He did show a glimpse of what he can do in the season opener against Clippers going 4-4 from 3 pointers. We need that Adam Morrison, consistently.

  • http://LakersNation Marwan..

    Kobe shows why hes a great leader.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WhmtDS2Zg8

    After the Lakers’ 110-99 win over the New Orleans Hornets, Kobe Bryant talks about the way he encourages reserve small forward Adam Morrison.

    Reporter: “I saw you jump up off the bench pretty animated when Morrison made that left handed layup. Is that just a reaction to seeing a guy that doesnt get his minutes produce or just being excited?”

    Kobe: “No. Its me encouraging him and reminding him that I want him to do what he does best, which is score. You know, defensively we’ll provide help for him and certain areas he’ll put forth the effort defensively that we need from him, but on the offensive end we try to put guys in situations to maximize their potential. You know, we’re not gonna ask them to go out there and be you know, Lamar Odom, facilitate and everything. Thats not what he does best”

  • willmo

    It’s no surprise to anyone that ESPN would pull this kind of crap. Kudos to the Spurs for being consistent, but the Lakers are the draw of the NBA. Shaq and Kobe 3 peat and now with this new Dynasty no one can stop us and it’s killing the main media like ESPN and the likes. ESPN’s dream is to have Lebron be the center of attention 24/7 and it’s so obvious this year that Kobe will win the MVP barring any major injury. The Spurs aren’t even relevant in the West anymore. They can’t beat the best teams in the league which used to be their trade mark. Had the Lakers had a competitive team 05-07 Kobe would have won 2 more MVP’s.

  • willmo

    Here is how the fans voted on ESPN’s Best of the decade.

    1) Which is the franchise of the decade?

    Lakers 73.8%
    Spurs 26.2%

    2) Which is the team of the decade?

    ’99-’00 Lakers (67-15, Won Finals) 45.2%
    ’07-’08 Celtics (66-16, Won Finals) 19.4%
    ’00-’01 Lakers (56-26, Won Finals) 14.4%
    ’08-’09 Lakers (65-17, Won Finals) 14.1%
    ’04-’05 Spurs (59-23, Won Finals) 6.9%

    3) Who is the player of the decade?

    Kobe Bryant 67.8%
    Tim Duncan 14.2%
    LeBron James 8.2%
    Shaquille O’Neal 7.0%
    Kevin Garnett 2.8%

    4) Which is the shot of the decade?

    Robert Horry’s 3-pointer from the top of the key vs. Kings, ’02 41.7%
    Derek Fisher’s in-bounds turnaround jumper with 0.4 remaining vs. Spurs, ’04 41.1%
    LeBron James 3-pointer vs. Magic, ’09 12.3%
    Devin Harris’ halfcourt shot vs. Nets, ’09 4.8%

    5) Which is the playoff game of the decade?

    ’02 West Finals Game 7, Lakers vs. Kings OT (Lakers won 112-106, series 4-3) 31.0%
    ’09 First Round, Game 6, Celtics vs. Bulls 3 OT (Bulls won 128-127, lost series 4-3) 30.6%
    ’00 West Finals Game 7, Lakers vs. Trail Blazers (Lakers won 89-84, series 4-3) 21.8%
    ’08 First Round, Game 1, Spurs vs. Suns (Spurs won 117-115 2OT, series 4-1) 9.5%
    ’08 East Semis, Game 7, Cavs vs. Celtics (Celtics won 97-92, series 4-3) 7.1%

    6) Which is the NBA Finals performance of the decade?

    2000 Shaquille O’Neal (29.7 ppg, 13.6 rpg, 3.0 bpg and 3.8 apg) 53.7%
    2006 Dwyane Wade (27.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 6.7 apg and 1.9 spg) 25.6%
    2003 Tim Duncan (24.2 ppg, 17.0 rpg, 5.3 bpg, and 3.9 apg) 16.3%
    2001 Shaquille O’Neal (28.7 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 2.8 bpg and 3.7 apg) 4.4%

    7) Which is the nickname of the decade?

    King James (LeBron James) 36.3%
    The Big Aristotle (Shaquille O’Neal) 24.5%
    Agent Zero (Gilbert Arenas) 22.7%
    Flash (Dwyane Wade) 16.4%

    8) Which is the performance of the decade?

    Kobe’s 81-point game (Jan. 22, 2006 vs. Raptors) 78.3% LeBron’s 48 points vs. Pistons ’07 East Finals (May 31, 2007) 10.3%
    Shaq’s 61 points, 23 rebounds on his birthday (March 6, 2000 vs. Clippers) 9.1%
    Arenas’ 60 points vs. Lakers (Dec. 17, 2006) 2.2%

    9) Which is the NBA Finals of the decade?

    ’06 Heat rally from 2-0 hole over Mavs 34.3%
    ’08 Celtics rally in Game 4, defeat Lakers in 6 23.7%
    ’00 Lakers in 6 over Pacers 22.6%
    ’05 Spurs in 7 over Pistons 19.4%

    10) Which is the playoff series of the decade?

    ’02 West Finals: Kings-Lakers (Lakers won 4-3) 36.0%
    ’09 East Semis: Bulls-Celtics (Celtics won 4-3) 32.9%
    ’00 West Finals: Lakers-Blazers (Lakers won 4-3) 17.8%
    ’07 West Semis: Suns-Spurs (Spurs won 4-2) 8.0%
    ’06 West Semis: Mavs-Spurs (Mavs won 4-3) 5.3%

  • LAL_24

    this just in Henry Abbott (another ESPN “anylyst”) thinks LeBron is more clutch than Kobe….WOW haha this guy is stupid…..
    anyways back to the topics ill take 4 titles and 6 Western Conference tiles over 3 titles and 3 conference titles any day