The offseason for the San Antonio Spurs has been relatively quite. Aside from adding guard Nando De Colo, the team stood pat re-signing players from last season and appear to be bringing mostly the same crew next season.
And while many feel the Spurs still need to tweak the team to contend with the other power teams in the NBA, the fact the team is remaining the same is fine with Tony Parker (via le10sport.com).
"We kept the same team and there will still be a good chance to go far. We were not very far from the title last season. I hope everyone has worked hard and I know they will all be motivated to do at least as well as last year. As usual in San Antonio, we play to win the title and we will do everything to go as far as possible."
There is a lot to be said about team chemistry and bringing back the same team makes sense. As TP said, the team was close to heading to the NBA Finals but that was last season. Last season, the Lakers didn't have Dwight Howard, and the Thunder are developing more team chemistry. In other words, it's just going to be much tougher for the Spurs to claim title number five.
Granted the Lakers don't have the team chemistry, like the Spurs do, however, San Antonio is still undersized. The Lakers, Grizzlies, and Thunder all present size disadvantages for the Spurs.
Add the fact the Spurs haven't gone after big men in the offseason and losing out on Andray Blatche didn't help either.
What do you have to say Spurs fans? Do you agree with TP about the Spurs' title chances next season or has the championship window been shut for San Antonio?
Contender, always. Please name a more consistent organization that does well during the regular season and post season? Ahhh.....in the East, you have the best that money can buy in Miami and in the West? SA, OKC, LAL.......when you are down to just a few, that is what everyone else calls contenders, jeeves.
Actually, I could tolerate Bonner and Blair if the regular version of them ever showed up in a key playoff series. They have been painfully awful in the post season.
@jaws3 ya, unfortunately we really have no reason to expect either one to turn that around..especially Matt since he is seasoned.
jaws3 I agree with you completely its been the one thing that has been lacking since our last title run. Even then we barely got by with Oberto but we did win with him. Tiago Splitter Im not sure is a go to guy unless he proves he can start finishing around the rim with power or develop a jumpshot even if its just from 10-12 ft. The other problem Tiago presents is his ability to protect the rim without Timmy (when he's the main guy I should say), it was nowhere to be found in the Western Conference Finals. Dejuan Blair and Matt Bonner should be dealt with this year and the spurs need to make sure they address the center position with a defensive presence as opposed to a big man that can shoot.
Well Tony has learned what happens when he says they are basically a washed up bunch of old fogeys. They are in the mix and I think there are a few teams that are at the top who could win, the spurs being one of them. But you never know what's in store for you team, just ask derrck rose and the bulls last year...
No, the window hasn't closed, but I'm tired of the Spurs not addressing their lack of frontcourt size and defensive presence. These repeat offenses are keeping us from an NBA title.
I don't think the window has been shut yet. I know we have to deal with the defending champs, those young guys from OKC and those other guys from La La Land, but other than those 3 teams, I feel like the Spurs are next in line to win the trophy, should these other three teams fail. Like many others have been saying, we still need that athletic big guy that can rebound and help protect the rim, but I trust the FO to find somebody (whether it be from the free agents left or a trade). Are the Spurs' chances to win the championship high? No, but they definitely still have a shot.