The defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs have countless accolades counting back to the first championship for the organization in 1999. After 2007, San Antonio fought for a grueling seven years to get a fifth championship. Now that the Spurs have reached the top once again, the team looks to be in good position to repeat, but does San Antonio have enough motivation to do it?
After the 2013 season, the Spurs were heartbroken having an NBA championship slip through their fingers. Under Gregg Popovich, San Antonio used that heartbreak as motivation to return to the NBA Finals and exact revenge on LeBron James and the Miami Heat. This year, there isn’t much heartbreak to bounce back from. The Spurs have never repeated as champions, and with all the competition in the Western Conference, San Antonio will need to play its best basketball if it wishes to return to the NBA Finals a third straight season.
While San Antonio may not have the same source of motivation as it had last year, the organization has a few goals to achieve with another championship. As previously stated, the Spurs have never repeated as champions. San Antonio knows as well as anyone else how hard it is to win back-to-back championships, as it has never had quite enough to pull it off. In the past 15 years, the San Antonio Spurs have done almost everything, but repeating would be a new feat that would solidify the team’s place in history.
Another reality about the 2014-15 season is that the contracts of both Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili expire at the end of the year. If San Antonio wishes to win another championship with its historic big 3, it may not have another chance after this year. No one has been right about the end of the Spurs era yet, but with these contracts expiring, the Spurs know that there isn’t much time left with Duncan and Ginobili.
Regardless of what actually happens, the Spurs have been one of the top organizations in the NBA for at least 15 years. Whether or not there is a tangible motivator for the public to see, it’s safe to bet that the Spurs will be primed and ready to yet again make a deep playoff run and fight for another title.