Sometimes it's not about coaches, even as the Los Angeles Lakers have made it almost solely about that at the start of this season.

Sometimes championship legacy is about the players, those who bridge eras, maintain continuity.

That's where the Lakers appear so lost. That's why the San Antonio Spurs almost never appear lost. And that's why the Miami Heat were able to again find their championship way after losing their championship way.

Over a two-day span at Staples Center this past week, a lesson in continuity was offered, one that may have to particularly resonate with Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol in order for the Lakers to meet what they perceive as their next championship mandate.

As he prepared for Tuesday's game against the Lakers at Staples Center, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was asked about that championship bridge, how players from one championship era can instill a franchise's legacy on the team's next generation.