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Spurs fans have first-world problems, but they’re still problems

The Spurs will still be one of the NBA’s best teams, but there are some nagging issues that concern some of their fans.

It’s a strange new world for the San Antonio Spurs. For the first time in two decades, they’ll begin a season without Tim Duncan on the roster. Most believe their trademark culture will keep rolling on without Duncan, and there’s good reason for that. When have the Spurs ever disappointed us?

But what if it doesn’t? What if the roster isn’t good enough? What if the recent LaMarcus Aldridge trade rumors show that they miscalculated his ability to fit in with the ethos they’ve built? What if their recent pattern of regular-season success followed by playoff defeats to more athletic teams is permanent?

These are first-world problems, but they concern Michael Erler, a longtime writer for SB Nation’s Pounding the Rock. In this episode, we discuss:

  • Whether Tim Duncan’s departure will have any effect on the Spurs Way.
  • Some important context to understand why Aldridge’s name is in trade rumors despite his strong finish to last season.
  • How Pau Gasol can help the Spurs offense while not giving up too much defensively.
  • The next steps for Kawhi Leonard to ascend further, especially on offense.
  • Why the Spurs offense relies so heavily on mid-range jumpers and if there’s anything that can be done to fix that.
  • Can the Spurs rise back to title favorite status with a Leonard/Aldridge core, or do they need to bottom out again to find the next Tim Duncan?

Next up: the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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