Revisiting the NBA's 1998 Lockout

Spurs break through
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Spurs break through

After a 50-game regular season that didn't start until Feb. 5, the Tim Duncan- and David Robinson-led Spurs beat the Knicks in the Finals to win the first of their four championships. Some critics considered the championship tarnished because it followed a shortened season; Phil Jackson, for one, suggested it be accompanied by an asterisk, a remark that helped fuel the Spurs-Lakers rivalry when the Zen Master became Los Angeles' coach in 1999. Steve Kerr, a member of the title team, responded, "They still gave us a ring, and there's no asterisk on the ring."

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