SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs have long been the NBA's gold standard when it comes to drafting and development. They comb the globe to find the right players to fit their well-established system, then spend the time it takes to develop them.
Even their American players don't come from America. Danny Green, Gary Neal and Matt Bonner all played overseas before establishing themselves with the Spurs. And the patience and work that the Spurs put in is paying off in a major way in the NBA Finals.
Neal scored 24 points in Game 3 and Green has set the finals record for made 3-pointers.
The unlikely contributions have helped the Spurs take a 3-2 lead over the Miami Heat heading into Tuesday's Game 6 in Miami.
MIAMI (AP) - LeBron James has been wearing a good amount of camouflage attire at times during the NBA playoffs, with some of his vests, pants and even ties done in the design.
It doesn't seem fitting, since there's really no where for him to hide.
He has more at stake than any other Miami player in these NBA Finals, especially now that the San Antonio Spurs are one game away from grabbing the title. If the Heat lose, it'll be perceived as James' failure. If the Heat win, his status as the game's best player not only becomes even more cemented, but he might even win over a few more doubters.
James says he looks forward to the challenge that starts when Miami hosts Game 6 of the series on Tuesday night.