Obviously, a lot of things needs to be worked out before we see what the San Antonio Spurs will look like next season (whenever it starts).
But this is what we know for a fact, the Spurs still have the Big Three, coach Gregg Popovich on the sidelines and will probably be a much younger team than they’ve ever had in the past four or five seasons.
Tiago Splitter, DeJuan Blair, James Anderson, and Gary Neal are all solid young players who will be the foundation of the future.
They’ve also added nice young players that could help them immediately next season in Kawhi Leonard and Cory Joseph, plus Tony Parker is only 29.
On top of that, they have players that are developing and stashed overseas that might help the team in the near future.
This is not to say that some of these players will be a Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili or a Parker, because that is kind of far-fetched thing to expect from anybody coming into the NBA.
However, the Spurs have always relied on a team concept and have built through the draft to stay competitive. Picking the likes of Ginobili, Parker, Blair and Splitter late in the draft don’t hurt either.
The Spurs are one of the most successful organizations and franchise in the NBA despite being a small market team because their front office personnel is one of the best in the business.
The truth is they never missed the playoffs since Duncan’s arrival, and have won four NBA titles with different role players surrounding their stars along the way.
Even when Duncan and Ginobili do finally walk away from the game, the Spurs appears to be set for the future and have a core of young players waiting in the wings. These young players will be watching, waiting and learning from some of the NBA’s best.
For now, the Spurs are using their Big Three as long as they are serviceable to try to win another title and at the same time, help the young guns prepare for the next era. Duncan, Manu and Tony are still relevant.
In the next three years or so they might be sorely missed, but the Spurs should be ready. People have counted them out time and again, but they always seem to find a way to bounce back and prove their skeptics wrong.
Nonetheless, their last championship seems like a distant memory, their last title came in 2007 when Duncan’s knees are still sound.
Given their current state, it would be interesting to see how will the Spurs respond next season, especially Tim, Manu and Tony.
One thing is for sure though, the NBA lockout provides a lot of uncertainty.
Will there even be a season? Maybe a shortened season will take place similar to what happened back in 1999 when Duncan and the Spurs won their first NBA title.
Wouldn’t it be great to see Duncan win another title towards the end of his career?
Some people believed the Spurs have a good chance of winning the title in a lockout season.
Can the Spurs give Duncan the last hurrah the way he provided David Robinson during the Admiral’s twilight?
There is always a chance with one of the top organizations in sports.
The reality is the Spurs are consistent and always seem to be a step ahead of the rest of the league.
The best thing is that, the organization knows where the future of this franchise is headed and that’s all we can ask for.