AT&T CENTER--For a team as seasoned as the San Antonio Spurs, a season opener is everything and nothing all at once. A shortened summer is not, perhaps, enough time to heal all wounds; but it's enough to mend beaten bodies and approach yet another year with a renewed and fresh perspective.
The heartache and bruises of an 82-game season and extended playoff run have faded, but the knowledge accumulated over the course of the Spurs' Finals run remain intact, creating something to continue building off of.
"We've benefited from corporate knowledge for a while, and a lot of that has to do with continuity," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Trying to keep player in place and not having to do too many trades, not having to do too many signings. Just important ones that fit in. Timmy, Manu, and Tony have been special in that regard. We've been able to put people around them. Continuity allows us so be pretty consistent."