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3 Ripple effects of Josh Primo's stunning exit from Spurs

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Ripple effect #2: The media continues to go after Spurs culture

There seems to have been sort of an all-out assault on the Spurs' culture in recent years, with players such as Stephen Jackson claiming that the team culture is oppressive or overrated. Of course, Primo's alleged actions have nothing to do with team culture, but that isn't likely to stop the team's detractors, who have more ammo in their arsenal of talking points.

They'll point to Kawhi Leonard wanting out, DeMar DeRozan's comments about his time with the team, and the Spurs' being a mediocre franchise since Tim Duncan retired. While it's true that the Spurs aren't exactly killing it since Duncan retired, their franchise suffered a major setback with the Leonard fiasco, which they didn't cause.

Perhaps the Spurs should've looked to rebuild sooner rather than trying to compete with DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge, but those middling years helped DeJounte Murray develop into the all-star caliber player he is now. Of course, Murray seems much happier now that he's in Atlanta.

Still, Spurs' culture shouldn't be the issue here. Instead, it was the actions of one individual. Had the team not done their due diligence on Primo, then it might have been a different story, but the Spurs did. In the absence of further developments, it appears that Spurs' culture isn't at fault, despite what some of their critics might hope.

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