As the 2018-19 season rolls out before us, a few items come to mind. The 2013-14 Spurs Championship squad has dwindled down to just a memory. This season’s roster has but two players from that title winning team, one of whom is returning after three seasons as a journeyman.
So before tip off on October 17th, we’ll take a look back to determine where each of these players is now.
Today- THE POINT GUARDS
The youngest of the Spurs Big 3 and the only one slated to play this season. After seventeen season as the starting point guard for the San Antonio Spurs, TP honorably relinquished his role to up-and-coming Dejounte Murray. Unfortunately, he wasn’t ready to retire or serve as a third string player. Parker still believes he has something greater to offer and the Charlotte Hornets agreed, signing him on as a backup to Kemba Walker. The side effect of his new contract being that he is the only of the Spurs’ Big 3 to not play his entire career for the Silver & Black.
If not for a shoulder injury that required surgery and nearly half a season of recovery, Patty Mills may not still be decked out in Silver & Black. Patty had desires to start and many interested suiters. Alas, the shoulder halted that and the Spurs signed him allowing for the recovery to take place. As the only player on this year’s team to remain on with the Spurs since hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy, he has the most to offer by way of recounting the Beautiful Game. Someday, the true lore regarding the transition of the last six seasons will be told ‘round campfires by the Aussie. Grab a log to roast some marshmallows and settle in for an entertaining tale.
What can I say, everybody loves Cory Joseph. In 19 starts when Tony Parker was not available, Joseph wowed audiences with his quickness and comfort on the court. Known for asking Pop to send him to the D-League for more playing time, Joseph reaped the benefits of adding to his skill set and gaining PATFO’s respect. It was a tragedy to see him exit after the 2014-15 season, but knowing he was heading back to his hometown of Toronto and making a lot more money made fans feel better about his departure.
After two season in Canada, Joseph was traded to the Indiana Pacers where he is currently playing with the same vigor that Spurs fans so back in his NBA inception.
What are your fondest memories of our point guards during their legendary title run? Join in the comments section.
Next time: THE SHOOTING GUARDS
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