What DOES constitute a dynasty?

Posted by By at 15 April, at 02 : 14 AM Print

Now, many analysts have stated that a “dynasty” is the number of championships that a team wins over a specific period of time (3 in 4 years, 4 in 4 years, etc). I think that is too simple of a definition. I think the dynasty label applies to a team that defines a period with their style and execution of play with the Championships being the culmination or proof that the style of play was effective.

The very first “dynasty” in the NBA was the 1950-54 Minneapolis Lakers. George Mikan, the NBA’s very first superstar, along with Vern Mikkelsen and Jim Pollard formed a deadly front court with Mikan averaging over 28 pts during this period. Mikan towered over smaller players and initiated a period where “big men” dominated with shot blocking, rebounding and low post moves like the hook shot. Then of course there was THE DYNASTY. The Boston Celtics, coached by Arnold “Red” Auerbach won eight championships in a row and 11 titles in 13 years in the 50′s and 60′s. Auerbach initiated the “fastbreak” offense as an scoring threat and his teams were defined by stifling defense and team play. It was said that he knew how to get the most out of his players, knowing who to “pat on the back” and who to “kick in the ass”.

Finally, in the post-Michael, Larry and Magic era of the NBA, the Chicago Bulls between 1991 and 1998 won six titles. As a fan during this time, I knew about Jordan & Pippen but there were many other role players (Horace Grant, BJ Armstrong, Ron Harper, Dennis Rodman). Phil Jackson (aka the Zenmaster) initiated the “triple-post offense” or triangle offense in this period and sent the rest of the league reeling until the present day. The Lakers came back to prominence in the 80′s with “Showtime” basketball which was also leveraged with Magic Johnson’s abilities and players like A.C. Green, James Worthy, Byron Scott and Michael Cooper making no-look passes in the fastbreak offense. To round out the decade and enter the 21st century, the San Antonio Spurs put together a period from 1999 to 2007 where they won 4 titles in 8 years on tremendous defensive play and use of talented European players like Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and the Virgin Islands own Tim Duncan. The Spurs are known around the NBA as its most “international team”. So you tell me, these teams won their titles in a defined period, but seeing their style of play and different strategies used to achieve these rewards…What do you think?

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6 Comments

  1. Zig, 9 years ago Reply

    Eric..Do you think Miami can be a dynasty?

    • Eric Labrador, 9 years ago Reply

      I think the framework is there–Heat basketball is tremendous defense and unselfish play. All that is needed is for these guys to buy into it and then excel. As Coach Wooden used to say, Wins & Losses don’t matter. Its the effort to go out and do your best each day in practice & games. The accolades will come later, if at all.

      • Tony, 9 years ago Reply

        Why is every writer on this site drunk on the Heat punch. Miami’s low post has more gapping holes then a porn star…until they address their toughness down low they aint going nowhere…book it !!

        • Eric Labrador, 9 years ago Reply

          Tony you are absolutely right. About the Heat’s low post game but not the pornstar (funny, though). Right now with wing players like Lebron & Wade, all that is needed from the “block” is defense & rebs. Also, the coaches are developing both players’ post games–Stay Tuned. Otherwise, they are rolling the dice hoping for a hard seven.

  2. ThunderDan, 9 years ago Reply

    Tony, I agree that the Heat are going nowhere with you. Ive read a lot on this site, and theres a couple writers who are Pro-Heat, but you get a good perspective otherwise. Im a Thunder fan and don’t see the Heat as close to us as far as talent throughout the whole roster is concerned.

  3. Gerry, 9 years ago Reply

    A Dynasty is only a dynasty if theres earned Championships (not by buying a teams players) as well as a genius coach (Phil Jackson)


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