The following words should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with professional basketball: The San Antonio Spurs are currently poised for a championship run.
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In the same year that Kobe Bryant continuously brought attention to himself in light of retiring from a bottom-feeding team, perennial legend Tim Duncan quietly and respectfully retired after another year of dominance that extended well into the NBA postseason.
For Spurs fans, it may be strange to imagine a team without Duncan. It would be even stranger to imagine a roster without Manu Ginobili, a Spurs legend who recently and briefly tested the waters in the free-agent market. But the slick Argentinian always full of energy and passion re-signed with San An, and they are poised to make another championship run.
It was just three seasons ago that the Spurs were hoisting up the trophy, celebrating yet another year of success under the tutelage of masterful leader Greg Popovich. The squad still has point guard Tony Parker, who will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer soon after he retires – hopefully no time soon.
One of the biggest free-agent scores in the NBA was center Pao Gasol inking a deal with the Spurs, which will obviously serve as an immediate fix to the fallout created by Duncan’s retirement. Mr. Everything Kawhi Leonard will be returning for his sixth season at the young age of just 25.