San Antonio Spurs: Full-capacity crowds could spell trouble

By Matty Farner
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There has been plenty said already about what the San Antonio Spurs can or should do before next season to make improvements to the team: to allow the team's veteran free agents to walk, to acquire a young, talented player in free agency, find a sign-and-trade partner for DeMar (or keep him, depending on where you stand), and even some debate as to which prospects the Spurs should look at this upcoming draft.

There are plenty of moves the Spurs can make in the next few months to either improve the team or at the very least, finally give the fans and the players a sense of direction. One important factor nobody seems to be talking about that could tremendously hurt the Spurs is the return of fans next season.

With COVID-19-related restrictions lifting just about everywhere, most, if not all stadiums by the start of next season will return to full capacity, including the AT&T Center. With the Spurs coming off a losing home record, the team becoming increasingly younger and less experienced, and opposing fans returning to their teams' respective arenas, the Spurs may be in for a rollercoaster of a 2022 season.

With all of these variables in mind, despite a seasoned coaching staff and a history of winning at home, how will this young Spurs team respond?