Yesterday, I met with three other PtR contributors for lunch to celebrate a birthday. Of course, a majority of our conversation was about the Spurs. With the loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night, you could have predicted that the conversation would go south. But instead, in the truest spirit of the Spurs, the talk was much like the comment section of PtR.
Sure, there was the sense of being bummed that the Spurs lost to the Chicago Bulls after a strong start. But there was also the hope that comes with having Pop at the helm. Considering the Spurs started the summer sending away a top player, losing a young star to a major injury in preseason, being blown out in those 30 point losses, and surviving two weeks of a losing a record — the Spurs are not just maintaining relevance this season, in many ways they are thriving.
There’s a competitive spirit in the Western Conference that isn’t dealing with one team decimating everybody.
There’s promise in this younger squad, and every black cloud has had a silver lining. The superstar who left made room for an All-Star with a great attitude. (Who could have predicted the fit DeMar DeRozan would have in San Antonio?) And Murray’s injury has paved the way for Bryn Forbes to become a bona fide starter. All in all, I was reassured by how little time we spent dwelling on the negative together.
The conversation reminded me of just how much people believe in this team. But more than anything, it was real face-to-face interaction with people that I spend most of my relationship communicating through email, text, and articles.
So today, I wish Goodnight & Go Spurs Go a happy birthday and thank my fellow writers for a Spurs-themed Algonquin Round Table. The one major takeaway: tonight’s game will be good.
So call over your friends and fellow Spurs fans, gather round the tube, and cheer on the good guys as they host the last of the six game home stand against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Go Spurs Go!
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