We've seen an emergence of a youthful Tim Duncan this year as the San Antonio Spurs are impressing the critics that once called them "too old."
Manu Ginobili has thrown impressive passes and we're seeing the rise of Tiago Splitter that's been expected of him since he first was signed by the Spurs. That's all well and good for some fans, but the majority of the base won't remember them next year.
If you ask a Spurs fan about memorable highlights the past few seasons, they may come up with one or two (especially from Ginobili), but they'll agree on one thing and that's that the year was wasted because the team didn't win an NBA title.
To the Silver and Black faithful, the only way the year is a success is if the Spurs are the last team standing in June and there's a party down the River Walk.
The fans aren't the only ones focusing on the playoffs already, coach Gregg Popovich is too. After the Spurs defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 103-82 last night, Pop revealed if he has his sights set on the regular season.
I'm a Spurs fan and I don't agree that the year was wasted because the Spurs didn't win a championship. I thought last year was a huge improvement over the year before. I admit I was disappointed by the ending, but to say it was a waste is ridiculous. To get better you have to learn from your mistakes.This league is a competition. These players play game after game after game hoping to achieve that one goal of winning an NBA championship. As fans we don't play for them, we simply watch the game and cheer for them hoping they win. You have to take the good with the bad in this league. The Spurs made it to the Western Conference finals last year compared to a first round exit in the playoffs the year before. The Spurs swept 2 teams going into the Western Conference finals. The Spurs were 2 games away from reaching the NBA finals, "2" games. Couple kinks and we in there. The Spurs gave the fans some great moments last year and when it was over they gave them something to look forward to this year. How can you call that a waste? For them to make it as far as they did, how can you not be proud of them? They didn't achieve their goal last year, but they got pretty close. Hopefully this year they'll win it all. Some of ya'll Spurs fans focus too much on championships that you don't even appreciate your team just playing basketball.
"That's too bad. Really last season was very hard and is difficult to prevent this situation to future but is bad hour to be pesimist. Demonstrate that are true professional basketball players is the objetive and that they think in this.
@DifferentVSTheSame Agreed. I don't think last season was a waste at all, considering what happened with the seasons in between 2008-2011.