Someday, the Spurs will probably be too old.
Someday, they’ll succumb to harm.
Now is not that day, and Manu Ginobili smirks at you for thinking it might be.
Unconcerned with a year-older core and the fact that the Spurs haven’t repeated as champs, oddsmakers have bestowed the West’s finest odds upon Gregg Popovich and friends. And why not?
San Antonio appeared fresh during the postseason, thanks largely to a maintenance program that kept every single Spur under half an hour per game throughout the year. When younger, more athletic teams broke , the well-rested Spurs hit their stride.
Expect them to choose the identical approach this season, or even an even more conservative one. The regular season isn’t any more a challenge with this bunch, and they established last year that they could essentially give away games without hurting their postseason positioning.
Despite holding veterans out of back-to-back matches all season, the Spurs won a league-high 62 contests.
If something goes awry, perhaps they’ll slip up and acquire 57 or 58 this year.
San Antonio is the West’s greatest, until proved otherwise.