& Gregg Popovich NBA coach of the decade. Tim Duncan was named to the All-decade first team along with Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Shaquille O’Neal. Bryant also edged out Duncan for NBA athlete of the decade.
The honors are part of a 14-page tribute to the players, coaches and teams of the 2000s in the new issue of the magazine, which will hit newsstands today.
A look at some of the winners:
Athlete of the decade: Kobe Bryant, Lakers SG, over Tim Duncan, Spurs PF
Coach of the decade: Gregg Popovich, Spurs
Team of the decade: Spurs
Game of the decade: Game 4, 2008 NBA Finals, Celtics 97, Lakers 91
All-decade first team: G Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant, F Tim Duncan and LeBron James, C Shaquille O’Neal
All-decade second team: G Allen Iverson and Dwyane Wade, F Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Garnett, C Yao Ming
Executive of the decade: Joe Dumars, Pistons president
:D Championship number 5 coming next june and a start of a new ruling decade for the Spurs
Open practice for the Spurs next Sunday Oct 4, 1:30-3:30PM if anyone is in the San Antonio area at the At&t Center with $1 hot dogs and sodas