Can the San Antonio Spurs remain in a title hunt that's surrounded by younger legs and big-splash offseason moves?
In this episode of Basketball by Association, NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes break down all the key roster losses and additions, discuss the biggest storylines to watch and set realistic expectations for the Spurs.
The Spurs roared through the regular season last year, only to run into an upstart Oklahoma City Thunder buzz saw. OKC came back from a 2-0 deficit to steal four straight games from them in the Western Conference Finals.
San Antonio's response was to stand pat as the Thunder matured another year and the L.A. Lakers, Clippers and Dallas Mavericks all made major moves. Will their superior chemistry and discipline be enough anymore?
Can Tim Duncan repeat last season's comeback performance or was that his final stand of stardom?
Can young supporting pieces like Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter, Nando Colo, Patty Mills, DeJuan Blair and Daniel Green begin shouldering more of the load? How much more help will newcomers Boris Diaw and Stephen Jackson provide now that they have a full offseason under their belt?
Or, will this team continue to be overreliant on injury-prone Manu Ginobili and legit-star Tony Parker?
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