As the world waits on the edge of their seats for the next breaking free agency news, Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs have agreed on a contract extension. This could mean trouble for the rest of the NBA.
It was only a matter of time before “Pop” decided to come back to the only place he has ever known, since Tim Duncan, Boris Diaw, and Patty Mills have been secured for next season. The details of the extension have been kept away from the public, but it is estimated that Popovich is looking at another four or five years.
With the land of free agency in a state of disarray right now, there is no telling what kind of parity will become of next season. And this will be exactly what the Spurs need to remain on top. If the big-name players like Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Chris Bosh all end up on different teams, then the recurrent “powerhouses” in the league will not be as they were. New teams and new competition will arise, but team chemistry issues will leave most teams far behind the curve.
The Spurs have managed to bring back the core group of guys responsible for their success this season and the NBA has no “team” to match them next year. Just as we saw in the first year of the Miami Heat’s collaboration, adding superstars doesn’t guarantee championships. And now that Miami’s “Big Three” are possibly done – there is no clear leader to challenge the throne of the Spurs in the coming seasons.
The lack of ego and money-hungry players on San Antonio’s roster has caused them to dodge the number crunching and recruiting process to gain the results every other teams hopes for. The league must take a note from the team that will continue to give them a different type of problem for years to come.