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Friday, June 8th, 2012 at 9:40 am  |  7 responses

San Antonio Spurs Enter a Summer of Uncertainty


The Spurs’ magical season came crashing down against the young OKC Thunder — a “fair and square” loss according to head coach Gregg Popovich — and there’s no telling what’s in store for them going forward. Per the Express-News: “Same place we’ve been going the last eight years,’ guard Manu Ginobili said. ‘We’ve always been old. We still compete.’ Indeed, eulogizing the Spurs has been an annual rite of spring (or summer), dating to their last NBA title in 2007. They always seem to respond by finding a way to remain relevant. For the team front office, spearheaded by coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford, the goal this offseason is not unlike that of offseasons before it. They must creatively find ways to keep the window open, if only a crack. By the time the playoffs roll around next year, free-agent-to-be Tim Duncan will be 37, Ginobili will be 35, Tony Parker 31. ‘We don’t talk about it, but they’re intelligent people,’ Popovich said. ‘They know it’s not going to go on forever.’ In Oklahoma City on Wednesday, the Spurs met the end nobody saw coming, to the season nobody expected. [...] This is what Popovich meant when he said his team ‘overachieved.’ ‘If you look back at the beginning of the season, we didn’t exist,’ Popovich said. ‘We were on nobody’s radar.’”

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  • Jono

    Why is Spurs written twice? Is it something I’m not getting here?

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    you r not getting the typo

  • Brahsef

    They almost made the finals. Keep doing what they’re doing. Core stays intact and keep adding solid young players to the squad.

  • http://www.slamonline.com keep it real

    Keep Duncan and parker, and trade ginobili for picks and role players.

  • Dan Delgado

    The Big three still have a lot to offer. Add to that the combination of young and experienced talent that the team has added and you have another playoff contender for 2012-2013. But, in order for the Spurs to be able to go as deep into the playoffs (or even deeper) next year, as they did this year, they’re going to have to find Tim Duncan’s replacement. I’m not saying Duncan needs to be replaced now, but the Spurs need a player who can come off the bench for Duncan and, more importantly, fill the void that Duncan will leave when he does decide to hang up his high-tops. Unfortunately, Tiago Splitter is not that person.

    The Spurs must live and succeed in the present, while they plan for the future.

  • LA Huey

    Tell Danny Green to work on his 3-pt shot in the summer.

  • Zabba

    They need D. Get Tyson Chandler or Perkins. And your mom.

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