After losing to Golden State in the first round of the playoffs, the future is very uncertain for the San Antonio Spurs. After being an elite franchise for more than two decades, is that over?
After being eliminated in five games by the defending champion Warriors, reality hit home for the San Antonio franchise. Next season Tony Parker will be 36 years old, Manu Ginobili 41 and Pau Gasol 37. Each one of them is an aging role player, with a proud history and championship rings on their fingers. But those days are gone, at least with the Spurs.
Though LaMarcus Aldridge did everything he could to help his team with several strong performances in the series, the 6’11 power forward will be 33 himself next year, along with Rudy Gay at 32, Danny Green at 31 and even Paddy Mills will be entering his 30’s.
The fact of the matter is San Antonio is an old team and collectively, without Kawhi Leonard for virtually the entire season, this was the least athletic squad the Spurs fielded in who knows how long.
Leonard Holds The Key, But Does Really Matter?
As the Leonard drama played out, the relationship between Kwahi and the Spurs became frosty. There were those in the front office and even some of the San Antonio players who felt Leonard should have played down the stretch and the playoffs, to help the team even if he was not 100 percent.