Tale Of The Tape: San Antonio Spurs vs. Detroit Red Wings

Recently, the San Antonio Spurs captured their fifth NBA title since 1999, a tremendous feat. They are clearly a well-oiled machine, and easily the best-run organization in all of basketball. But in the professional sports world, they are not alone. The Detroit Red Wings have done a lot of right things over the past two decades and have left behind a legacy of their own. How do these two superpowers stack up? Let’s find out:

San Antonio Spurs
Detroit Red Wings
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Spurs 17. Extremely impressive.
Winner Red Wings 23, Just slightly more impressive.
CHAMPIONSHIPS (During playoff streak)
Winner Spurs 5, or 29.4 percent of the time.
Red Wings 4, or 17.4 percent of the time.
Winner Spurs: Gregg Popovich. He's been the coach since 1996 and is one of five coaches in NBA history to win five championships.
Red Wings: Scotty Bowman, Mike Babcock -- two of the best coaches in NHL history.
Spurs: R.C. Buford. Brought Manu Ginobli, Brent Barry, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Jackson and Tiago Splitter to the Spurs, among others. Has consistently supplied the team with quality depth.
Winner Red Wings: Ken Holland. Has found more hidden gems in the NHL Draft than anyone else, has been able to keep the team competitive for over two decades (albeit in different capacities).
NOTABLE PLAYERS (During playoff streak)
Spurs: Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Manu Ginobli, Tony Parker, Avery Johnson
Winner Red Wings: Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov, Brendan Shanahan, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Paul Coffey, Larry Murphy

The Winner Is

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Winner Detroit Red Wings
3 out of 5

Both of these teams have achieved elite status by consistently putting out a winning product, but what the Red Wings have been able to do is just unreal. Ultimately, it comes down to the nature of the two sports; in basketball, a duo or trio of stars can dominate a game, but in hockey, it takes an entire team of four offensive lines, three defensive pairings and two goaltenders to get the job done. Detroit has been able to do it successfully for 23 years. That's simply unreal.

-- Daniel Friedman, CBS New York contributor


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