The San Antonio Spurs start the party after their NBA Finals win. Bermuda’s Matt Herring is back row, fourth from the right. *AFP photo
The San Antonio Spurs start the party after their NBA Finals win. Bermuda’s Matt Herring is back row, fourth from the right. *AFP photo

Bermudian Matt Herring said the San Antonio Spurs’ NBA Finals win will stay with him ‘forever’.

As the dust settled on the Spurs’ crushing 4-1 series win over Lebron James’ Miami Heat, Herring, a  strength and conditioning coach for the team, was able to bask in the knowledge he had helped the likes of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker produce a performance heralded as one of the most complete in basketball history.

“I am so pleased for the guys,” he told the Bermuda Sun. “They played with passion and intelligence. I am most excited about returning to our arena and seeing the 2013-14 NBA Championship banner hanging from the rafters. Knowing that I played a role in that win will stick with me forever.”

It has been a gruelling season for Herring, 27, who has worked closely with the players — in Texas and on the road — en route to the franchise’s fifth championship.

The final demolition job on the Heat in Game 5 on Sunday — the Spurs won 104-87 — was followed by epic celebration scenes and Herring, from Warwick,  says the organization’s inherent belief in each other was the difference. It was an unbelievable experience to be a part of this championship winning team,” he said. 

Ultimate test

“We had to overcome some extremely talented opposition to get through to the finals, but facing Lebron James and the Miami Heat in the Championship series was the ultimate test.

“We had complete focus throughout the year and worked hard to get this opportunity. 

“The stress levels were very high during the playoffs but we believed in each other from top to bottom within the organization. 

“When we realized that we had accomplished our ultimate goal of winning the NBA title, a wave of relief and elation came over us.  Knowing that all the hard work had ultimately brought the Spurs our first championship in seven years made it all worthwhile.”