These 2 San Antonio Spurs could use an extra dose of 'nasty'

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Once upon a time, the 2012 San Antonio Spurs were down by nine entering the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Thunder. At that moment, Coach Popovich's famous "I want some nasty" quote was born. The rousing speech worked, as the Spurs ended up coming back to claim a 101-98 victory.

The moment lived on in the form of t-shirts and other merchandise and became the rallying cry for Spurs fans that season. Unfortunately, that postseason was cut short by Kevin Durant and Company, but the sentiment still remained in my head: sometimes you need a bit of nasty to get through your opponents.

Heading into the 2022 season, the Spurs have their fair of guys who aren't afraid to be intense and hard-nosed on the court. Keldon Johnson and Dejounte Murray come to mind, and I'm pretty sure Jock Landale will show that side of him to San Antonio quickly as well.

Still, there are others on the team that could use a boost of intensity and nastiness on the court to further their games and help the Spurs succeed. I'll focus on two, in particular, beginning with the team's starting center.