By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on March 16, 2014
The San Antonio Spurs are chugging along quite nicely this year, and it would not come as a surprise if they were to return to the NBA Finals. The West is a crowded conference though, and it will probably come down to match ups. In my mind, the OKC Thunder have got to be the favorite until somebody can slow down Kevin Durant. Here are five things that the Spurs can address in the offseason if the season does not end the way they like.
There have been whispers around the league that this might be Duncan's last season, but I will not believe it until I hear the Big Fundamental speak up for himself. Something tells me though, that Popovich will go out with Duncan. Hope I'm wrong about that, but it is just a gut feeling.
This has already started to happen, but they need to eventually give the keys of the car to Kawhi Leonard. I would say that at the moment, the keys are split between Tony Parker and Tim Duncan. We will have to see how the Spurs finish out the year, but something tells me that it might end in disappointment. Leonard's future role is still unclear, but a trade down the line could clarify things.
Let's just be real here. Ginobli might have cost them last year's title, and his lack of composure was not a great example to set for the younger players. I love Ginobli's game, but it might just be time to put his career to bed. Hope that he never plays in another uniform, but basketball is a cruel business.
Point guard Tony Parker is the engine that makes the Spurs' offense run, and it will take a balanced effort for the Spurs to be a contender this summer. He is still one of the youngest core pieces of the Spurs; I have to admit though, that if Duncan retires, then the weight of the team will probably be too much for Parker to bear on his own.
The Spurs are probably more than frustrated that they came about 20 seconds from winning a title last June, but the only thing they can do with that rage is to channel it. Duncan is famously unemotional on the court, and we will have to see if he flashes any anger as the playoffs progress.
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