We've heard from several San Antonio Spurs players this offseason, and after being so close to a NBA Finals appearance, the common theme has been that of confidence and optimism.
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili seems to be on board for another late playoff run as well. He's been training in Bahia Blanca as he did during the lockout and is ready for a full training camp, according to an interview on Cancha Llena.
"Five years ago we were taken for dead but we are still there. As always, I am very optimistic. Last year when we made the changes we grew a lot and the team had a perfect season order. Then we could not finish it in the best way because we played against a very talented team that we lost to without any objection. Anyway, I think the team at mid-season, after a solid preseason, we will be even better," he added.
A full preseason should help the Spurs, as Ginobili noted, especially with as many players the Spurs brought aboard after midseason. Stephen Jackson struggled early because of this, but having the entire team together throughout training camp and preseason should have everyone on the same page.
While the Spurs will continue to be overlooked, and their age will once again be noted by pundits, that's nothing new for this team, even though they've made efforts to get younger over the past few years.
While the West is even tougher, it appears that the Spurs are game and ready for a full 82-game season.
@danreamon AV makes less than Jax..hm
@danreamon This would be awesome, and it works http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=9yyj4ob Jax for Andy + Casspi (and maybe throw in a 2nd rd pick to sweeten it)
The Spurs better get bigger if they want to get better. Their lack of big depth cost them against the Thunder last year and the Grizzlies the season before. And probably if we looked back it has cost them every series in which they've been eliminated since 2007. Splitter melted at Oklahoma City and Popovich doesn't seem to think Blair can get the job done. Diaw has good skills but doesn't rebound or defend well enough. It seems the guys who could help them are locked up (under contract) elsewhere. Isn't there anybody out there who can rebound, defend the paint and switch out, but also provide some kind of interior scoring option? When the threes stop dropping (at they have always done to any team that lived and died by the three) the Spurs start dropping. It'd be great to think Duncan et. al. have another championship or two in them but they won't if Duncan doesn't get more interior help than just Diaw and Splitter are likely to provide. With quality help up front the Spurs can compete with any NBA team..
as long as Pop, Timmy, Manu and T.P are together they should always be in talks as contenders! media and all these so called expert should of learned by now! never count them out! you all look stupid when your surprised the Spurs are where their are! Go SPURS Go!!!