NBA Season Preview: San Antonio Spurs


Camp Location: San Antonio.

Coach: Gregg Popovich, 20 years, 1,089-485 overall.

Last Season: 67-15, lost to Oklahoma City in Western Conference semifinals.

Key Returnees: LaMarcus Aldridge, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Patty Mills, Kyle Anderson, Jonathon Simmons.

Key Additions: Pau Gasol (Chicago), David Lee (Dallas), Joel Anthony (Detroit), Dewayne Dedmon (Orlando), Livio Jean-Charles (France), Bryn Forbes (rookie, Michigan State), Ryan Arcidiacono (rookie, Villanova), Nicolas Laprovittola (Estudiantes), Dejounte Murray (rookie, Washington).

Key Losses: Tim Duncan (retired), Boris Diaw (Utah), David West (Golden State), Matt Bonner (free agent), Rasual Butler (Minnesota), Kevin Martin (free agent), Andre Miller (free agent), Boban Marjanovic (Detroit), and..

Outlook: Second place is no place to the Spurs, and last season, they didn’t even get that far. … Despite the loss of Tim Duncan, the Spurs remain a contender behind the likes of Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, LaMarcus Aldridge, and especially, Kawhi Leonard. … Leonard is perhaps the best two-player in the NBA, a remarkable athlete and a winner. … Oh yeah, and Gregg Popovich is back for his 21st year. … Also, Pau Gasol is a great fit on a team that thrives on intelligence, experience and size. … Basically, this team won 67 games last season, and has the talent and know-how to do it again.