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Bottom about to drop out for Spurs?

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08:07 AM ET 08.30 | A recent magazine story ranking the NBA's elite offered no mention of the Spurs. How big a long shot are the Spurs? They aren't mentioned once in the entire article. (Although they are listed in an accompanying poll, in which they've earned a whopping 2 percent of the vote.) The Spurs have long learned to deal with such dismissiveness. ... The thing is, the bottom IS going to drop out at some point, and the Spurs are no longer going to be able to continue staving off the inevitable advance of age among their standard bearers. Barring the addition of another Hall of Fame 7-footer, it's only a matter of when. Will it be this year? Impossible to tell. But as the poll reflects, major storm clouds are brewing on the horizon.

San Antonio Express-News

Tim Duncan, Getty Images Tim Duncan, Getty Images
August 30, 2012  08:30 AM ET

The Spurs are a great team with four titles but will they be able to continue their success post TDunk? The six time champion Chicago Bulls have never had more than a few playoff appearances after Jordan retired.

The Super Team era is upon us and many teams are going to disappear.

August 30, 2012  08:31 AM ET
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The Spurs are a great team with four titles but will they be able to continue their success post TDunk? The six time champion Chicago Bulls have never had more than a few playoff appearances after Jordan retired. The Super Team era is upon us and many teams are going to disappear.

Morning Eli.....................Congrats on the new job offer..............You deserve it........

August 30, 2012  08:33 AM ET

To every thing there is a season.......................

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August 30, 2012  08:49 AM ET
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Morning Eli.....................Congrats on the new job offer..............You deserve it........

Thank you my man. Be happy today okay?

August 30, 2012  08:50 AM ET
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Thank you my man. Be happy today okay?

You got it brother.........You too.............

August 30, 2012  09:01 AM ET

When you compare everything that other teams in the league are doing to improve their team; the Spurs have not made any major moves other than what was made last season; signing Diaw and making some surprising draft picks that have contributed. However, the aging players such as Duncan, Ginobli, and Parker aren't getting younger and those players are what is holding the Spurs together. Duncan was rejuvenated or using steroid, Ginobli avoided injuries for most of the season, and Parker was steady throughout the season until the playoffs and Oklahoma. At some point the bottom will fall out as it does for all teams that ascend on top of the league, in sports no team remains on top for eternity.

August 30, 2012  09:02 AM ET

If Popovich and the coaching staff stays, I don't see any troubles for the spurs. Of course Duncan has been important (and Ginobili and Parker) but they are a team. Every player the Spurs pick up turns out to be a great player and they showed even cast-offs or horrible players can be turned around.

I see a bright future for the likes of Leonard. Someone like Duncan won't appear for a while but the Spurs will figure it out.

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August 30, 2012  09:16 AM ET
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It's a good time to find out what's next for the "Spurs Model". They are an example for smaller markets so how they handle things now will be studied. I wonder if they would as quickly have given an aging Duncan 10 mil per year if they knew that LA was going to build a "super team"

Duncan is no longer a dominant player..........


Getting old happens to all of us..............



Look at me..............




I am no longer the Alpha Male that I used to be.....

August 30, 2012  09:17 AM ET

What Goes Up Must Come Down, Bros.

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August 30, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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BLASPHEMY!!You are a super STUD!!!

HEHEHE..........................






You know I love you, Right ????

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August 30, 2012  09:26 AM ET

All good things must come to an end. Even the Lakers and the Celtics ebb and flow between dynasties.

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