With Tony Parker in Decline, Loaded Spurs Must Find Ways to Mask New Weakness

October 14th, 2015 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

The San Antonio Spurs don't rebuild; they reload.

When age and injuries started to exact their tolls on David Robinson's body, the Spurs snagged Tim Duncan with the No. 1 pick in the 1997 NBA draft. Once Avery Johnson and Sean Elliott were gone, San Antonio imported Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili from overseas. Not long after Bruce Bowen retired in 2009, the Spurs restocked with not one but two three-and-D wings in Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard. 

This summer, the cycle came full circle, with LaMarcus Aldridge and David West signing on to preempt whatever backslide into which San Antonio might've slipped once the Big Fundamental called it quits. The returns of Leonard and Green on multiyear deals all but ensure that Ginobili's eventual departure won't leave the Spurs flat-footed.

But what happens when Parker, the third and (arguably) most important leg of the Spurs' original Big Three, sees his game slip slidin' away? San Antonio might soon find out—if it hasn't already.

Three years ago, the shifty Frenchman put together perhaps the finest overall season of his decorated career while leading the S ...

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