Can the San Antonio Spurs Knock Off Kobe Bryant and the Lakers?

August 7th, 2010 by Curtis Finchum Leave a reply »

Though the perennial favorites are the two-time world champion Los Angeles Lakers, the Western Conference is not all but won. 

During the past decade, the West has been run by two teams, the historic champion Lakers and the resilient San Antonio Spurs. Both happen to be led by two NBA greats, Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. 

The Spurs star is obviously on the decline, but Duncan has continued to prove that the "Big Fundamental" can still reign supreme in the lane as a rebounder, defender, and consistent scorer. 

However, the Spurs have had to count on the likes of lefty Manu Ginobili and speedy floor leader Tony Parker to provide more of an offensive lift while they develop their young talent. 

Though the Spurs' main post options are aging quickly (with Antonio McDyess also quickly moving toward the end his career), the Spurs are quietly getting younger. 

They have continued to steal players in the draft with the second-round choice of De'Juan Blair last year and a first-round steal this year in Big 12 Player of the Year from Oklahoma State, James Anderson. Also, they have finally been abl ...

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