By now there are probably a million articles, blog posts out there about how great the summer has been for the Spurs, but one more can't hurt can it? I just can't believe the progress the team has made all in one summer. How can you NOT be excited if you're a Spurs fan right now?!?
First off i want to say that any ideas that anyone has that Manu is going to be traded need to be thrown away right now. This will never happen. Ever. I hear people saying that the Spurs signed Jefferson as a replacement for Manu because they feel like his injuries will keep him back.....(-_-)....really? Are we serious people? You can't teach what Manu brings to the table. And there is no way that RJ should be considered a replacement for him. This is Manu freaking Ginobili we're talking about here, the guy who was key in 3 out of the 4 Spurs championships. Why does anyone even think he will be traded? Don't you guys understand that there will be no championship without him? I mean really guys. Do you honestly believe that Manu Ginobili will be traded for Antawn Jamison?!?! O yea that's a trade I see the Spurs accepting (-_-) Come now people, lets get real for a second. I love Ginobili. He is by far my favorite player in the league. (sorry Tony) It just gets me when I hear rumors like this. I can't even imagine what the NBA would be like if he went somewhere other than SA. It wouldn't seem real to me.
But i digress........
Well now that I got that out of the way I can get to the Spurs hopes for next season. To be honest with you before everything sank in I kept saying, "We still need one more piece," but I realized that all along I've been thinking about the new additions individually rather than collectively. That was my problem. But now that i see the additions as a whole and i think about how everything will come together, I'm ecstatic!! If you really thin about it, although the Lakers no doubt have a great team (good enough to repeat) the Spurs also have a great team because they went out and adressed all their needs, rather than just go sign a random star player.
I have seen a lot of good things from the Spurs this summer. It started with the Jefferson trade, which left me completely in shock for about a week. Then came the draft, where DeJuan Blair was basically gift wrapped to us by the entire NBA. This left me in disbelief actually. "Did i see that right? Blair? On the Spurs? I could have sworn i heard his name called at somewhere around 12." It just kept getting better. FA period came along and the rumors started flying about possible pick-ups. I was excited when we landed McDyess, unsure of the Haislip deal (still am 0.o) but most of all i was relieved that they didn't sign Glen Davis. (no knock on his game, i just cant see how he would help our cause right now) One of the most exciting parts of the summer was seeing that George Hill developed into a solid back up point. He deserves those minutes behind tony (more than R.Mason deserves to start after that effort in the playoffs) I was glad to see that he bounced back from his 2-25 shooting last year in the summer league and I'm looking forward to seeing him produce when game time reaches.
So I think that, all things considered, the Spurs are without question one of the best (if not the best) team in the league next season. Watch out for Ginobili to be destroying everyone on the court- Give the man his extension already. At the end of it all the Spurs will reign supreme. Go Spurs Go!!!