Hmmm, 66...hadn't really thought about the "brain drain" on the Spurs. Talk about your unspoken negative "X" factor for an otherwise solid team. We've never had this problem before with the seemingly abundance of high quality assistant coaches, PJ, Bud, Vaughn, etc.
And thats why,when the Spurs are so close to a championship,spending 7 million a year on an unknown variable earns them a grade of F
Mostly agree with this assessment. I agree that perhaps we are downplaying the defections in our coaching staff; the coaches will need to get in sync with each other and the players.
Not sure what will constitute a "good" year for Manu. Unfortunately, I think the old Manu is gone; we are only going to see him in spurts, just like many other aging stars. The most troubling thing about Manu's play in the NBA finals was not that he lost a step or competitiveness; it was the horrible pattern of REPEATED MENTAL MISTAKES that resulted in wasted possessions. As the team's closer in past years, Manu historically hit around 80% of his free throws, but even his free throw shooting was suspect in this year's NBA finals.
Other than that, I agree that we another wing with decent height, who can defend and provide some offense. Our backcourt is also too crowded with wannabee PGs.
In the end, there's no reason to be pessimistic, because barring major injury to Duncan, Parker or Leonard, the 2013-2014 Spurs should be a great team. I like what Marco brings. I'm excited about the physicality that Pendergraph and Baynes bring to our bigs. I'm STILL mad about the finals, but look forward to a new NBA season.
@ Spursfan66, I get your point, mistakes happen......but my point is FREQUENCY.....He looked like he was passing and playing for the HEAT !
grade A.. if danny, joseph, tiago and most especially kawhi will play in the next level this coming season and with the healthy big 3 nothing can stop the spurs...
@Ed in FL Ya, I dont doubt Boylen will be a good fit, but I do think there will be a growing period for him
@jhhein Seems a long drop just for an obvious distaste for a single player that had a few bad games in what was otherwise another pretty decent year. I also wouldn't necessarily use unknown as a description of Manu. I think most will agree that Manu will likely still contribute in several areas. Time will tell though.
@jaws3 Thanks for the well thought out reply. Re: the coaching staff, I probably should have added that Boylen comes in with good experience. But I agree that there will be a time of adjustment for him and that impacted my grade.
I also agree that Manus' problems at the end of last year did seem mental more than anything. To me, that made it that much stranger to witness what happened. I never expected to see Manu have so many mental lapses as he seemed to. Hopefully we wont see it again.
@jhhein No argument there. I dont recall ever seeing him so completely out of sorts.
@jhhein Thats pretty much what I implied, if not said outright. Don't confuse what I said for just making excuses for Manu. I just think a more healthy TP would have handled the ball more and cut down on Manus' TOs. I just dont subscribe to the idea that it was all on Manu alone. Pop made mistakes imo, as well as DG cooling off, TD missing layup then the tip, KL missing crucial FT. Neal chucking, etc.
@SenrisPingTenebro I like the positivity, and hope you are right
@jhhein Actually, I think in TPs case, the hammy was an issue. Manu tried to take up some of his slack and didnt fare well in my opinion. A healthy TP could have easily swung the balance in our direction enough to get the job done.
@jhhein didn't we think that in 2010, then after a basketball-free summer he returned to all-star form and was the best player on the team in 2011? i'm not saying he'll be nearly that good, but when it comes to manu don't underestimate the power of injury-free rest.