After ten games into the 2013 season, the San Antonio Spurs are exactly what we thought they were — just plain good. As a team, the Spurs simply know how to win games, and it all starts with their coach Gregg Popovich. Having the ability to get every player on the team bought into their particular role, Popovich is again proving why he’s one of the best coaches of his generation.
At 9-1, the Spurs look nearly unbeatable. Some of their wins haven’t been pretty by any means, even needing fourth quarter comebacks at times. But, in the end, San Antonio has prevailed to a record that could be on pace to break the all-time record of 72-10 set by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls back in the 1995-1996 season.
Although they’ve had an impressive start, the Spurs aren’t too happy with where they’re at currently.
“You don’t see anybody jumping up and down,” big man Boris Diaw said after a recent practice, according to a team blog. “We’re 9-1, but the season is long. It’s 82 games.”
Point guard Tony Parker knows this feeling all too well. A fantastic regular season record doesn’t mean a thing in April and May.
“We’re happy,” Parker said. “Obviously we want to win games. You don’t want to give up games because at the end of the year those games count. I think it’s really good. We know we have a lot of room for improvement. Also, our schedule is gong to become tougher. We’re going to play better teams.”
It’s pretty astounding to know that San Antonio is in such a tunnel-visioned, championship mindset year-round. This franchise has the expectation every single year that behind Tim Duncan, Parker and company, they can win it all — and justifiably so.
Throughout the rest of the regular season, although they may be chasing history, the Spurs will likely remain more focused on another ring. After all, unless you’re Jeff Van Gundy, the regular season is meaningless when it’s all said and done.