Spurs facing a Cavs team built in their image
CLEVELAND -- Born and raised a Pistons fan, Dan Gilbert celebrated earnestly in 2004 when his hometown team won a championship and with a defensive-based, blue-collar attitude. The next year he bitterly watched as the San Antonio Spurs knocked them from the perch to claim their most-recent ring.
So in early 2005 when Gilbert wrote a check for $375 million to buy the Cleveland Cavaliers, an underachieving team in another depressed Rust Belt city, he knew exactly how he wanted to make his franchise. ...
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The Spurs are making their third appearance in five years. The Cavs are making their first in team history.
The NBA Finals begin Thursday on ABC (9 ET).
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