They aren't trendy. They aren't flashy. And, outside of San Antonio, they really don't seem that popular. Usually, a winner breeds a huge fan base, unless they are pitched as the bad guy. Even then, there is interest.
The San Antonio Spurs are different. They've won five titles since 1999, when Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich joined forces. They're overall … not that exciting.
But they keep winning. And, at 38, Duncan isn't about to retire and is still plenty effective. That's why, heading into 2015, the Spurs remain one of the NBA's teams to beat despite their age.
Why won't Duncan retire?
It's been talked about plenty this summer. Duncan averaged 15.1 points and 9.7 boards per game last season while leading the Spurs to another title, so why give it up?
He'll make $10.3 million this year and he wants to team up with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili to make a run at another title.
“I thought about calling it a year and calling it a career,” Duncan said on Late Night with David Letterman. “But I felt like I could play at least one more year.”
Along with Kawhi Leonard's emergence, the Spurs will add a few new faces. The 23-year-old Leonard scored 22 points in the Spurs' title-clinching game against the Heat and scored 20 and 29 points in the two wins leading up to that.
He very deservingly was Finals MVP.
Now, the Spurs are rumored to be interested in both free agent Ray Allen and Mexico center Gustavo Ayon, according to ESPN.com.
Ayon played in just 26 games after a shoulder injury with the Hawks last season. The Spurs are said to also be determined to keep Australian center Aron Baynes to play as a big man off the bench along with Brazil's Tiago Splitter.
The team re-signed Patty Mills and Boris Diaw and also extended Parker for three seasons while drafting 6-foot-8 Kyle Anderson out of UCLA.
Can they do it again?
The Spurs continue to get older, but there's really no reason they can't. The only significant change to team chemistry is the assistant coaches they hired in European coach Ettore Messina and Becky Hammon, who will become the NBA's first full-time female assistant coach.
The Spurs are happy, there is no drama and the team seems to continue to gather enough inspiration to play the type of basketball that wins.
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