Your reigning Western Conference Champions; Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw are back as are Tiago Splitter, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Cory Joseph, Matt Bonner, Aron Baynes and Nando de Cola. Add new free agents Jeff Ayers, Marco Belinelli and the Spurs are ready to take on the Western Conference and the NBA.
The season opens with a heavy heart as the franchise knows they were mere seconds from another championship.
“Suffice it to say, I’ve thought about it every day,” admitted head coach Gregg Popovich, speaking more than three months after the shot. “I’m wondering if it’ll go away. I’m anxious for it to happen, but it hasn’t happened yet.”
But if it is one thing you can count on from a Spurs team, is that they will be ready to take the floor from the first to the last tip of the season.
“Everybody’s ready to go,” Popovich said after practice Tuesday. “Preseason is over with and everybody on every team is anxious to play.”