Someday, the Spurs will be too old.
Someday, they’ll succumb to harm.
Today is not that day, and Manu Ginobili smirks at you for believing it might be.
Unconcerned with a year-older core and the fact that the Spurs have never repeated as champs, oddsmakers have bestowed the West’s best odds upon Gregg Popovich and friends. And why don’t you?
San Antonio looked fresh during the postseason, thanks mostly to a maintenance program that kept every single Spur under half an hour per game throughout the year. Once younger, more athletic teams broke down, the well-rested Spurs hit their stride.
Expect them to take the identical approach this year, if not a much more conservative one. The regular season isn’t any longer a challenge with this bunch, and they established last year that they might 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, maybe they’ll slide up and win 57 or 58 this year.
Until proved otherwise, San Antonio is the West.