Spurs newsletter: The All-Decade Team; Duncan, Hammon closer to HOF; Kawhi says Spurs fans still thank him
SAN ANTONIO – Welcome to this week’s KSAT.com Spurs newsletter. Hard to believe the decade is about to end.
It’s been an interesting one in many ways. The Spurs dynasty was reborn in the first half of the 2010s, culminating with the franchise’s fifth championship. The second half has not gone well.
The "Big Three” era ended. Kawhi Leonard left and after two tries, finally got some revenge. The LaMarcus Aldridge-DeMar DeRozan deals have not gone as well as many had hoped. And this year, the Spurs playoffs streak is in danger of coming to an end.
This week, we’re looking at the players that defined the Spurs decade, for better or worse, with the All-Decade Team.
Here’s what we got: Tim Duncan; Tony Parker; Manu Ginobili; Kawhi Leonard, Patty Mills, LaMarcus Aldridge; Danny Green; Boris Diaw; Matt Bonner; Tiago Splitter; Gary Neal and Marco Belinelli.
This roster is mostly made up of players from the back-to-back NBA Finals teams. Tim, Tony and Manu are no brainers.
Mills and Green were stalwart guards. Boris, Tiago and Matty-B allowed the Spurs to be a versatile, free-flowing offense.
Aldridge, despite his detractors, has made three All-Star games with the Spurs and has shown he can carry a roster when he’s on his game. Neal and Beli both came up big Finals games.
And yes, Kawhi was really, really good during his time in San Antonio. You saw the birth of a superstar. Shame it ended the way it did.
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PLAYER SOUND OF WEEK: Patty Mills says Spurs will not throw in towel despite tough season. WATCH HERE.
POWER RANKINGS PULSE:
SPURS SCHEDULE LOOK AHEAD:
Dec. 26: at Dallas Mavericks
Dec. 28: vs Detroit Pistons
Dec. 31: vs Golden State Warriors
Jan. 2: vs OKC Thunder
KEY GAME/MATCHUP OF WEEK:
The Clippers loss was bad, but the Spurs have at least gotten seven tough games out of the way (3 Clips, 2 Lakers, 2 HOU). This is the time to make a move and they got off to a great start at Memphis. The three home games to end the year will hopefully spring this team forward. Doncic is also a game-time decision for the Mavs game.
The most interesting Spur in the world, or former Spurs player, is Manu Ginobili, with Boris Diaw a close second. What has Manu been up to? Manu is still traveling and living the dream. He posted a photo of he and some of his teammates from the 2004 Argentinian Gold medal winning team. They are known as Argentina’s Golden Generation. Manu is always gold in the hearts of Spurs fans. MANU. FOREVER.
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