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The world has changed since the last time there was an NBA Finals without Tim Duncan, Dwyane Wade or Kobe Bryant
This year's NBA Finals matchup is a noteworthy one. Sure, the four-time MVP is facing off with the 2015 MVP, but that's not why this series is particularly important.
This year marks the first time the Finals haven't featured Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant or Dwyane Wade since 1998. That was a long time ago ... 17 years to be exact. Do you remember what the world was like then? Allow us to remind you:
Furby was the hot toy on the market. Yeah, that creepy furry creature that undoubtedly gave you nightmares. Still terrifying.
Google was founded. There was life before Google search? People used books to look up information? What a concept.
Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa broke the home run record. McGwire finished the season with 70 home runs and Sosa finished with 66, both besting the record previously set by Roger Maris.
Britney Spears' first single "... Baby One More Time" was released. As if every teenybopper didn't try to learn the choreography from her music video.
Paul Pierce, Vince Carter and Dirk Nowitzki hadn't been drafted yet. Michael Olowokandi was drafted in the coveted No. 1 spot of the 1998 NBA Draft ahead of these guys. How bizarre.
"Armageddon" was a box-office hit. With this movie came Aerosmith's "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" which quickly climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck and outer space ... enough said.
"Dawson's Creek" made its television debut. Before there was "The O.C." there were the trials and tribulations of Dawson Leery. Joey and Dawson forever!
Spurs win fifth NBA championship
Even after going behind 22-6 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs would not be denied. Gregg Popovich's team quickly roared past the Miami Heat, clinching the 2014 NBA championship with a 104-87 win. It gives Popovich and star player Tim Duncan their fifth championships but first since 2007, meaning youngsters such as Kawhi Leonard are tasting triumph for the first time. What does the future hold for this squad? Where do Popovich and Duncan rank on their respective all-time lists?
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The Spurs' four best players now live on the head of a man from Texas. A customer at KardzMatic Barbershop in San Antonio got lifelike representations of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, and Manu Ginobili shaved into his head, and the result is incredibly impressive, if a little unsettling. Memo to those fans who get championship tattoos before their team actually wins a championship -- this might be a better way of going about it.