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Does it really matter, as long as they’re back in the Finals next June? Last Friday, I got a series of texts from Andrew about our first poll of the season. Andrew wrote: “When a team adds a blockbuster player, immediate expectations tend to be very high. In truth, there is an initial term where the team needs to learn how to adjust to its new players that can result…

With a surplus of efficient midrange shooters, expect the Spurs’ offense to look a little bit different this season. When everybody else zigs, sometimes the smart move is to zag. The Spurs were at the forefront of understanding and utilizing the efficiency of the 3-point shot, particularly from the corner. The math is simple (3 > 2!), but it took years for teams to fully understand how to use it,…

Too much of the preseason has been focused on the question: when will the Spurs finally look like a complete team? Given the team’s All-Star acquisitions and their 20-man roster, many were wondering what the final squad would actually look like. After the embarrassing contest against Phoenix and before their last preseason game against division rival Houston, there were three major hints that things were getting serious for Coach Popovich’s…

LaMarcus Aldridge sat out the pre-season game with back spasms, but we still had to watch the Spurs and Hawks play. I typically dislike watching the Hawks and Spurs play in the regular season, because the teams run such similar systems and know each other’s sets and tendencies so well. It has the feel of an intrasquad scrimmage. Pit the teams against each other in the preseason? Oof. With Aldridge…

Monday night in Miami was the second game of the pre-season, but the first game with most of the Spurs’ “regulars”… and a first look at the new starting line-up. It did not disappoint. The first thing you notice is that not much looks all that different. The ball is still moving around, rarely sticking. For all the consternation about LaMarcus and his tendency to “ball stop”, he fit in…

Some observations from the Spurs first pre-season game against the Kings. The San Antonio Spurs played their first official 48 minutes of the 2015-16 NBA Season Thursday night. Yes, it was the pre-season, and the only thing less important than the first pre-season game is Summer League. And yes, Tony, Tim, Manu, Boris, and even Pop couldn’t be bothered to make the trip. Still, that first pre-season game means we’re…

I have to admit – I became as giddy as a little boy eating candy when I found out that NBA All-Star and 12-year veteran, David West, shunned $11 million to join the re-loaded San Antonio Spurs this season. I may be the lone wolf when I say it, but I think the best thing that happened to the franchise this offseason was the luring of “D-West” at a bargain…

Is Tony Parker the key to the Spurs’ season? The San Antonio Spurs just had the best offseason in franchise history, and arguably one of the best NBA offseasons ever. They landed a bona fide superstar in his prime; re-signed their own budding superstar to a reasonable deal; convinced their two veteran stalwarts to return for less than market value; convinced their valuable wing player who perfectly complements the team…

This morning we learned that the Spurs invited Rasual Butler to training camp. Adrian Wojnarowski explained why: Hadn't been only Rasual Butler's shooting and play impressing Spurs in pre-camp open gym, but leadership w/ young players. He has a chance. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 28, 2015 Is this a big deal? Maybe. Here’s what we think and what Spurs fans should keep in mind. Stephen Hale: “Butler brings length…

With a team like our San Antonio Spurs, it’s often difficult to say any single player is the best, or the most important, or the most valuable. Then again, we all know that this team, despite it’s egalitarianism, has always rested firmly on the shoulders of one player when it comes to crunch time and playoff success. From 1998 to 2005, that player was Tim Duncan. No one would argue…