The San Antonio Spurs have to be the wisest and savviest franchise in the NBA. They steer away from troublesome players who love attention, which distracts the team. For the most part, every player on their team is humble and laid-back. Their roster has a plethora of “blue-collar” players who exemplify the true meaning of the term, “team.” San Antonio has superstars in Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan, but these players do not have the personalities of typical superstars.
All good things must come to an end. San Antonio needs to start thinking about life after their “Big Three.” The Boston Celtics went through this dilemma with Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish. Boston is currently experiencing this same scenario with Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. In three to five years, the Miami Heat will have to discuss what to do with Dwayne Wade, LeBron James (if he is still with the team) and Chris Bosh. It is inevitable that players will get traded or retire with the team. The Los Angeles Lakers were fortunate to get a mainstay in Kobe Bryant. It is safe to assume that he will retire as a Laker. Keep in mind that Los Angeles sought after Bryant when he was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets. The Bryant-Divac trade is arguably the biggest, lopsided trade in the history of NBA trades to date.
Now, San Antonio is nearing the end of an era. They have three championships with their “Big Three” (2003, 2005, 2007). San Antonio has come very close to winning other championships with this team. It has been 10 awesome years with Parker, Ginobili and Duncan. We can assume that Duncan has two years left in the tank, maybe three. He is 36 years old. The same can be said for Ginobili, since he has endured countless injuries over his illustrious career. Plus, Ginobili is 35 years old. Parker is the youngest of the three at 30. Out of respect to these three players, I think that the front office should ride out the rest of their careers with them. Sometimes money, trophies and wins are not the top priority. With San Antonio, they became one of the best franchises because the foundation of their franchise is respect, team-building and love. The great thing about San Antonio is that they already have a young core in Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Nando de Colo.