The front office finally committed to a full rebuild with their moves on trade deadline day, and their light punt on this season could very well set up for an accelerated timetable of returning to more stability. Still, a former Spur and two-time champion with San Antonio isn't convinced.
"What has happened in San Antonio, by the way?" prompted Rob Jenners, co-host of the podcast Big Shot Bob. "Cause the system that worked so well for so long has just failed them terribly."
At first, Horry's answer sounded like it was in defense of the Spurs:
"Think about it. The Lakers went through that lull where they were so good for so long but dropped off," said Horry. "The Celtics did it. All these teams that are good for so long, they're always going to have picks at the bottom, nobody will ever join them hardly. Once Tim and Kawhi left, the bottom fell out."
"Guys Just Aren't Going to Go to These Places."
Then, Horry took it a step further with his assessment of what the future holds for San Antonio. "Once Kawhi left that team, it seemed like that was the last time San Antonio was really relevant," said Jenners.
"And to me, they're never going to be relevant again," responded Horry. "I hate to say that. There are certain places that aren't destination places. San Antonio being a small market and Utah being a small market. Guys just aren't going to go to these places."
"Dejounte Murray is an All-Star But Not a Five-Star Guy."
The former Spur continued with his thoughts on how San Antonio was good for so long, saying they "lucked up" by drafting Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Kawhi Leonard. Since then, he thinks that luck has run out.
"You haven't really drafted these top-tier guys, even though the guy they have now -- I can't think of his name -- he's an All-Star this year. Dejounte Murray. He's an All-Star but he's not that five-star. He's a 3.5 but he's not a five-star guy."
Time will tell if the seven-time NBA champion's thoughts hold true, but it's safe to say he isn't a believer in the Spurs, which shouldn't come as a surprise by this point.