San Antonio Spurs fans can't help but feel a unique sense of nostalgiac excitement when a former player supports the organization or returns to the sidelines to become an assistant coach. However, with the arrival of Victor Wembanyama in the 2-1-0 this summer, we've witnessed living legends like Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, and David Robinson extend a helping hand to mentor the newest face of the franchise.
LaMarcus Aldridge announced his retirement earlier this year, and the Spurs faithful met this news with heartfelt messages of appreciation. Despite leaving everyone wondering what would come next in his career after previously sharing he couldn't see coaching in his future, the seven-time All-Star changed his tune after a recent social media exchange where he expressed interest in joining San Antonio's staff to assist in the development of Wembanyama.
Despite never winning a championship and earning a reputation with the media as someone who couldn't push his team over the hump in the postseason, Aldridge gave his all to Gregg Popovich while helping the team remain relevant during their turbulent transition from the Duncan era. The smooth power forward may have been on his last legs with the Silver and Black, but even an active player like Myles Turner has respect for his stint in San Antonio.
Fans revere this franchise for its exceptional treatment of all its alums. Whether a player leaves the Spurs to call it a career or signs with another ball club, the front office always shows them love and welcomes them back with open arms. These sincere and friendly gestures make San Antonio a well-regarded organization and the gold standard across the professional sports community.
With Wembanyama taking his rightful place as the cornerstone of the rebuild, you can almost feel the anticipation for the dawn of a new era of Spurs basketball. San Antonio has already seen several Hall of Famers and former standouts team to mold the French phenom. Fans are optimistic that LaMarcus will become the latest star to throw his hat in the ring to help the team chase another championship.