The San Antonio Spurs will gear up for the 2017-18 season later this month at training camp. What day will this begin?
The San Antonio Spurs’ 2017-18 season is almost here. It’s the latest year under head coach Gregg Popovich, who will eye a sixth NBA championship. It would add to the titles he won in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014.
This season’s Spurs will have a slightly different look. They added Rudy Gay, Joffrey Lauvergne and Brandon Paul in free agency. All three should provide bench roles, with the potential for Gay to start if things align properly. The team let go of Jonathon Simmons (Orlando Magic), Dewayne Dedmon (Atlanta Hawks), David Lee and Joel Anthony in the offseason.
The 2017 NBA Draft also saw San Antonio add Derrick White. He’s a guard from Colorado who displays the ability to distribute like a point guard and shoot effectively from 3-point range. His 6-foot size fits the profile at both guard positions.
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The Spurs will likely be without Tony Parker to start the season, as he deals with recovery from a torn quad. He suffered this in the playoff semifinals against the Houston Rockets. Danny Green recently updated Parker’s return timetable.
Everything above will impact the Spurs’ chances at the 2018 NBA championship. It will be a task to get there, with teams like the Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors, the 2017 NBA champions, in the way. They’ll likely have to go through at least one of these teams in the playoffs, in order to get to the NBA Finals.
The prep for this will begin with training camp. This starts for the Spurs on Tuesday, Sep. 26, at their practice facility, according to mysanantonio.com. It will end on Oct. 1, as the preseason starts.
The season will start on Wednesday, Oct. 18, as San Antonio plays the Minnesota Timberwolves. The AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX will host this game.