5 NBA teams from the ’90s that deserve their own sports documentary

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The early San Antonio Spurs dynasty

When Michael Jordan retired for the second time and Bulls management decided to break up arguably the greatest NBA dynasty ever, it paved the way for fresh new talent to seize the throne. The first team to do so was the San Antonio Spurs, who broke through in ’99 thanks to Gregg Popovich, the eternally likable David Robinson and some young second-year player by the name of Tim Duncan.

We get it: Not everyone likes the Spurs. They’ve been a playoff mainstay since 1998, tied for the longest playoff streak in any major sport, they’ve won five titles during that absurd stretch and yes, we’d rather forget about their decidedly boring Finals series in 2005 and 2007.

However, taking a look at the early makings of this long-spanning dynasty would allow us to cover all five of their titles, gloss over some of the more boring stuff and focus primarily on Duncan’s ascension, Robinson finally getting a ring after toiling away for year and other memorable role players like Avery Johnson, Sean Elliott, Mario Elie, Steve Kerr and Antonio Daniels.

Names like Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Bruce Bowen, Stephen Jackson and Steve Smith had slowly trickled in by the time the Spurs won another title in 2003, and the documentary could cover their stories too. But there’s no question the league was looking for its next great superstar to pick up the mantle when MJ retired in ’98, and Duncan was the first one to answer that call with a championship to boot. It’d be fascinating to hear him, Parker, Ginobili and Pop speak about it at full length.