Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 12:00 pm  |  17 responses

Gregg Popovich Doesn’t Expect Major Changes to Spurs

Though understandably disappointed by how his team finished what was a dream season prior to the Playoffs, Gregg Popovich says not to expect too many changes in San Antonio heading into next year. From the Express-News: “[Tim] Duncan is entering the final year of his contract but has the option of forgoing the roughly $21.2 million he is owed to sign a longer-term deal at a lower starting price, as Richard Jefferson did last summer. That could give the Spurs a bit of financial wiggle room to chase free agents. ‘There will be some changes, but we never get drastic in that sense,’ Popovich said. ‘Somebody asked me yesterday, ‘We lost, do we blow it up’?? That’s the most preposterous attitude you can have.’ Whatever the offseason holds, winning 60 games again next season will be a tall order, and — in a Western Conference in which the eighth seed can beat the first — simply making the playoffs will be a chore. The apocalypse scenario for Spurs fans remains a lockout that erases the entire final year of Duncan’s deal, after which he could walk away for good. Duncan was in no mood to consider that possibility after Game 6. ‘I just lost a game,’ Duncan said. ‘I’m not even worried about any of that stuff.’ Between now and the tenuous start of the 2011-12 campaign, there will be time to think about roster overhauls, and time to debate the future and, maybe, to ponder the end of an era. Too much time, if you ask the Spurs.”

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  • stayweird38

    First? hahah

  • stayweird38

    and second go bulls!


    No major changes means San Antonio better brace themselves for a cycle of NBA purgatory, which is mediocre records and no lottery pick.

  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Duncan should retire, this was their last and best shot at a title, they aren’t topping the West again, he might as well go out near the top.

  • roman

    We shall expect the same type of season next year. Blow it up already!!!!!!!!!

  • JL

    wait.. so the lockout doesn’t just extend their contracts? They just don’t get paid and their contracts are a year shorter? Of course the owners don’t mind a lockout!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    They should pursue Dwight Howard. Imagine how insane the Spurs would be with Dwight Howard at center in the front court with Tim Duncan? I think Dwight’s best shot at a chip might just be in San Antonio–they have the perfect pieces. All they need is some young blood, preferably a gifted center to shoulder the load inside.

  • http://slamonline.com biged

    shut up about dwight howard going to the spurs. that isnt his best shot a ring. theres 10 teams that give him a better shot and a better future. duncan has 1 maybe two years left in this league.

    they wont be insane with dwight and Duncan.

  • J.C.

    Eh, if anyone can blow up a team and rebuild with good young pieces I’d trust the Spurs front office to do it.

  • Groves

    his best shot at a title, or multiple would be with the heat, because they need interior D, shotblocking and a bit of inside scoring and they already have wade and lebron to be the go to guys on offense…. but we know this isn’t going to happen

  • Groves

    as for the spurs, if you run out of momentum when you hit the playoffs you need to add a number of pieces, including big guys

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    It’s about match ups and health more so than this Spurs team doing anything wrong. They’ll keep it together and have another successful season. Something I wish the Suns would have learnt to do. Amare and Nash and Richardson would all still be playing right about now.

  • Zabba

    Get rid of Jefferson. Everyone else performs.

  • Ronald

    @Teddy: You took the words right out of my mouth. D-How with the team with the best regular season 3pt%? + Duncan for mentoring? It would be a perfect fit. Heat + D12 seems silly.

  • Ronald

    And, I don’t see how D12 wouldn’t be a good fit with the Spurs. A team that’s used to running things through the post, good 3 point shooting, solid coaching, a PG/SG combo that can score and a good front office. Other teams: Lakers have the triangle which would be awful for D12, Heat don’t have the money and have too many slashers for it to work, Celtics? Maybe, but cap space? Thunder don’t need D12, Mavs? Maybe.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic Fredd

    What the Spurs need, is a new superstar to start a new era ala Duncan with Robinson … eventually part ways with Gino or TP / Hill. and put RJ off the bench. I donno, but damn, do something guys …

  • http://www.walshsportsblog.com Darren

    Yeah, why didnt they think of signing a superstar? They’ve been contenders/champions for more than 10 years, they’ll figure out a way to stay near the top.