Everyone takes jabs at the San Antonio Spurs for being soft and boring to watch. Others see this team as a cohesive unit and also having one of if not the best morales around the league. Tim Duncan, who is in his final years of playing, talked with NBA.Com’s David Aldridge about his teammates and the success that he and the big three have accomplished in their careers.
For all of the local fans, you’ve seen the HEB commercials that air during Spurs telecasts. The humor and joking manner that the players have with one another shows, and Aldridge quickly points it out after talking with Duncan.
Nov 9, 2015; Sacramento, CA, USA; San Antonio Spurs forwardLaMarcus Aldridge
(12) dunks the ball during the fourth quarter of the game against the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena. The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Sacramento Kings 106-88. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Duncan mentioned the the Spurs will be fine if one Danny Green ‘stops sucking’.
“We’ve got a good core here. We’ve got a good bunch of young guys. And, obviously (we’re) adding L.A. to that. As long as Danny stops sucking.”
Aldridge goes on to state that Green was seated next to Duncan knowing that he would bring something up to take a jab at the shooter.
This is exactly what makes this team whom they are and well-respected around the league. Duncan is the reigning Teammate of the Year. He knows how to keep the locker room at a comfortable state. With his accolades, he is respected. Players go to him for advice.
With LaMarcus Aldridge joining the team during the offseason, think of all the knowledge that is at his disposal now playing alongside the best power forward in the league. Duncan during his first few years in the league had the same situation with David Robinson.
Aldridge knows that he is in a good place. Coming from a team where he was the focus of the offense to one now that everyone plays a key part, he knows it will take time.
“I’ve never been in this situation. I’ve never had to handle this kind of transition. I’ve been in one place and they kind of tailored it for me, and made things work around me. This is new. I don’t know how long it’s going to take, but I know I’m on a great team that will work for me, and every game, it’s going to get better.”
This team can go as far as they let themselves. They trust in one another. That is what makes this team special.