Tuesday , Jun , 05 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Surprisingly, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker & San Antonio Spurs Are Finals’ Bad Boys

From alter boys to bad boys, the Spurs are receiving some serious hate in this year’s NBA Finals … Being the villain is new to San Antonio … Read how Duncan and Parker are handling their new image ….

Rock stars, rappers, and actors are bad boys. The guys who park their motorbikes at the bar outside my apartment are bad boys.

There are also bad girls. Paris Hilton is rocking jail stripes. I won’t start on Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears.

However, I must admit I normally don’t think of and the as bad boys.

So I was a little surprised when Duncan claimed his Spurs are the Tommy Lees of the NBA Finals.

"We are the bad boys, which is fun," he said. "Yeah, yeah, I enjoy being the bad boys. We’re going to try to change our name or get a nickname or something for our team.

"It’s a different role for us. We’re usually the underdogs. We’re usually the ones kind of fighting out of a hole. That’s a little bit on (the Cavaliers’) shoulders now." (mysan Antonio.com)

His teammate, , the soft-spoken Frenchmen who is engaged to Eva Longoria, also weighed in with his thoughts.

“We’ve been the bad boys since the second round. It’s not going to change," Parker boasted of the Spurs’ new image, which is very different than the past. "We are not vanilla anymore. We are the bad boys." (mysan Antonio.com)

Parker and Duncan are right. The Spurs’ image officially changed when Robert Horry body-checked Steve Nash in game four of the Western Conference semifinals between the Spurs and Suns.

But San Antonio hadn’t been angels for sometime now. Bruce Bowen has always been public enemy number one because of his physical style. And Manu Ginobili’s flopping has driven opponents and fans mad for at least a couple of seasons.

Then there’s Duncan, who shed his Timmy the friendly robot label when he got into it with referee Joey Crawford.

The Spurs aren’t close to Detroit’s bad boys of the late eighties. But they’re not the feel good San Antonio team of the past.  And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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