At the end of every basketball season, the San Antonio Spurs are written off as “the dynasty is over” or “the era ends” yet they come back even better than the year before. How is that possible? It seems like Tim Duncan should be using a walking cane by now, yet he’s still out there recording double doubles on a nightly basis. The Spurs are still title contenders with a bunch of players no one in the league has ever heard of outside of San Antonio. The formula is so simple it’s impossible to duplicate.
Ever heard of Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green or Gary Neal? Of course not. No one knows any player on the Spurs’ roster other than Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. After all, they’re the Big Three and the only players remanning from San Antonio’s run of titles in the early-to-mid 2000s. However, it’s the former three players who are carrying things now and they’ll do even more of it in the coming years.
Seriously, Duncan’s career is almost over. The Spurs can prolong it by continuing to play him under 30 minutes per game, but it’s inevitable. When he’s truly gone, though, the Spurs will have been preparing for it for so long that the transition will be seamless. Whenever that time comes, Parker and Ginobili will step into that role and the young trio of rising stars will become household names while San Antonio continues to contend for titles even after being written off year after year.
The Spurs are around to stay, folks, and their formula for success can’t be duplicated by any other team because it’s so old school that no one can understand it. And that doesn’t both this San Antonio fan one bit.