Remember the Alamo and the Spurs

SAN ANTONIO – It’s been three years since they last collected a set of expensive, flashy rings like the Lakers will pick up on opening night. They didn’t boost their roster over the summer with the addition of LeBron James and Chris Bosh. They didn’t land a future Hall of Famer in Shaquille O’Neal.

But the Spurs, who finished as the No. 7 seed in the West last season, feel that they should be on the short list of championship contenders.

“I think so,” said Tim Duncan to a gathering of reporters at Media Day. “I think it is definitely a year we can do it. Of course, that’s talking without even having a practice under our belt. I think we’re a better team than we were last year. We were in the mix last year, obviously at the lower end. We come out and we get a first round win and a lot of the teams, especially in the West, I don’t know that anybody’s gotten that much better. So I think we’re right in the mix.

“I think it’s the way we ended last season. Not losing in the second round, but playing well in the first round and feeling that we didn’t even play our best basketball. So we come in this year and we have a whole ‘nother season to get everybody in line and get everybody playing the way we want them to. That gives me the hope.”

The Spurs are buoyed by the fact that it’s the first time in several seasons that Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker are both healthy and feeling fit as training camp begins.

“I think we have a shot. I truly believe it,” Ginobili said. “We are probably not the No. 1 favorites. But heading into the playoffs, we can beat anybody. Nobody’s that much better than us. So if you play well, you make the shots you have to make, you always have a chance.

“I trust this organization. I trust our talent and so far all nine times I’ve been in this situation, I’ve really thought we had a chance to win it. So I don’t see that changing.”

4 Comments

  1. Spurs fan says:

    When u come in to our house as a laker fan what do expect us to do buy u a bear and chit chat with u about rings
    this is the year of the spurs and i will see u in staple’s and i dont expect u to be nice to me ther becouse lakers fans are band waggon fans and the clippers should be in the D leage. i cant wait for tiago to stuff pau go spurs

  2. Gene says:

    heyyy cant you have a beer with your 175$ ticket??

  3. Joey says:

    Zzanzabar: I agree with everything you said about the spurs except the very last sentence; Spurs Fans are anything but classy.. My wife and I went to see the Lakers play in S.A. and they treated us like #$@t just because we were Lakers fans… 3/4 of the fans at that arena were intoxicated beyond belief ..

  4. Zzanzabar says:

    If I had to pick the ‘classiest’ team in the NBA it would be the Spurs. Very little hoopla, practically no trash talk, and very little drama follows this team. Just a group of gifted athletes that play basketball very well. They seem to always be in the thick of the playoffs and is usually dubbed ‘the team you don’t want to play’ at this point. Their fans are classy too.