The San Antonio Spurs, the oldie but goodies of the NBA may once again put together an impressive run.
The Spurs continue to age, but yet continue to defy speculative odds set forth by some preseason analysts. They continue to rump through the regular season, but have sputtered out in the playoffs the past two years. Both times the Spurs have been bounced in somewhat unexpected fashion have been due to serious match-up problems. The Spurs started off hot against the Thunder, which is what people suggested going into the series, but ultimately deflated after that.
But no one really cares about that, except Spurs fans of course. The rest of hoops fans have been happy to see such a well oiled Spurs team continue to have success after reinventing itself in a way. The team went from a very meticulous approach on offense, and this usually brought along the criticism of being boring. No longer is that the case because San Antonio has an offense which is more than exciting. The team has produced one of the top paced offenses of the past three years by shifting the focus from Tim Duncan to other players.
But as time goes on the reality weighs more heavily on the NBA universe and it’s that the Spurs will one day soon look more different than they have in the past 10 years or so. No Duncan, Manu Ginobili and very possibly no Tony Parker. Greg Popovich will most likely be there, but that’s just one face.
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So we should cherish this upcoming season every time the Spurs take the court. I’m not saying this is the final year of the team as is or contending, but it’s close to being that way. You don’t want to look back and remember they were amazing to watch, but not be able to recall exactly why. You want to make sure you remember the Spurs stars and role players displaying other worldly ball movement over the entirety of a season. Those moments you saw a man flash open and before you could yell at the screen some skipped a pass to him. You want to remember the nights Manu used the Eurostep like it was the first time a defender ever faced such trickery.
Don’t be the guy who didn’t pay attention to how well Pop incorporated role players and turned them into deadly pawns. Instead be sure to watch this team whenever you can during the upcoming season. Take everything in. Notice the subtle or not so subtle expansion of the growth of Manu’s bald spot. Notice how Tim Duncan is forever glued to the floor, but still executes timely blocked shots. Take in to account that although Tony Parker certainly isn’t old, he’s been in the league forever it seems.
An extremely exiting team to watch is slowly fading from view, and I hope it happens as slow as possible.