SAN ANTONIO – We’re switching gears a bit on this week’s KSAT.com Spurs newsletter. I recently interviewed San Antonio native, best-selling author, Ringer staff writer and unabashed Spurs fan Shea Serrano.
Part of our discussion focused on the current state of the team, which is 24-32 with 26 games left. Watch the video above, here or read the interview below to hear Shea dish on the Silver and Black.
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What are your thoughts on the current state of the Spurs?
SHEA: It’s not that much fun to be on the team that nobody is afraid of. For so long, that’s what we were. Other teams were scared when the Spurs would walk into their building or when they had to come down here, and you’ve got all these Mexicans in your ear screaming. That was the thing that they were afraid of and now we’re not that. Now we’re the team that they look past and it kind of sucks. But this is just part of it. I imagine in three or four years, we’ll be a threat again, maybe sooner than that, who knows. But this part of it, you’re like ugh. Let’s just get through it. We have to do this.
What’s your take on Spurs fans voicing their displeasure on social media and questioning Gregg Popovich?
SHEA: I don’t think there’s anything that Pop could do that would make me question his decision making because he is literally the greatest basketball coach of all-time. He’s better than Phil (Jackson), he’s better than Red (Auerbach), better than Pat (Riley). He’s better than every single other person who’s ever coached basketball. That’s Gregg Popovich and he’s not going to suddenly not know how to coach.
I don’t feel like there is a reason to question anything that he’s done or he’s doing. It seems to me that he’s making the best decision at all times. But I do understand other people feeling that way, especially if you were not seriously watching the Spurs before Pop showed up.
You’re like dang, I remember playing in the Hemisfair Arena. If you grew up and all that you’ve known is that the best coach of all time was your coach, and your teams were always good, and your teams for a 15-year stretch were legitimate title contenders, and suddenly it’s not that, that’s got to be a weird whiplash and especially because it happened so fast. It happened over like a two-year stretch and you’re saying ‘whoa, whoa.’”
Kawhi is still a sore subject here. Do you think the fans anger toward him should be over?
SHEA: Yeah, I think so. I think he did what he needed to do, which is he was in Toronto, he had a game in San Antonio. It would’ve been very easy for him to be just like ‘nah, you know what, it’s my legs again. My leg is acting up and I’m not going to play,’ but he didn’t. He came and he played, and we all got to boo him. That whole game, every time he touched the ball and the Spurs won. It was great.
What always stuck to me is after the game Pop was like, ‘Alright, that’s enough.’ Pop is in the center of all of that and if he says it’s enough, then it’s enough. I always thought it was funny people who are still mad about him and being like, ‘Oh, he didn’t handle it the way a Spur should have handled it.'
It’s like if there’s some invisible criteria that fans expect for Spurs players to adhere to or check off. But it’s two years later and you’re still complaining about it like, ’that’s not a Spurs thing. It’s now what we do.’ Stop doing it then.
THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES:
OFF COURT STORY OF WEEK: Spurs team up with DoSeum to unveil new interactive exhibit for kids. FULL STORY HERE!
POWER RANKINGS PULSE:
SPURS SCHEDULE LOOK AHEAD:
Feb. 26: vs Dallas
Feb. 29: vs Orlando
March 2: vs Indiana
KEY GAME/MATCHUP OF WEEK:
If the Spurs are going to make the playoffs, this is the week to finally get it in gear. They have three straight home games. Orlando is no doubt a must-win and they can not slip up against good Indiana and Dallas squads. According to Tankathon, the Spurs have the 24th easiest schedule remaining. It’s now or never.
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? The Spurs legend is back to tweeting! Manu tweeted he’s back “after a short break enjoying the Southern Hemisphere summer vacation.” Former teammate and good friend Tiago Splitter also shared a pic of the two atop the Rockefeller Center in New York eight years ago. The Spurs finished that season 50-16. Those were the days. MANU. FOREVER.
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