Spurs GM Buford admits change is here

Manu Ginobili and the Spurs handled the Grizzlies in Game 1.

Tim Duncan is retired and the San Antonio Spurs have a different feel because of it.

But general manager R.C. Buford says he’s happy at least some parts are back — and hey, the Spurs did win a lot last season. So it’s not all bad.

Per the San Antonio News-Express:

“It was a lonely summer,” Buford said. “I thought I must have made somebody mad. But I’m excited about our new group. We’ve got some really terrific people who have joined our organization and there’s a great opportunity to grow together.”

The Spurs finished 67-15 last season, losing to Oklahoma City in the second round of the playoffs. Among those returning: Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and, of course, Tony Parker. The Spurs also re-signed Manu Ginobili and added Pau Gasol.

Buford did admit “we know there is a transition approaching for our organization.” But hey, at least it seems to be a slow one.