It's hard to blame anyone for thinking the San Antonio Spurs are going to struggle this season. They lost their leading scorer and two other important veterans, couldn't secure another big name in free agency, and have one of the toughest schedules in the NBA.
San Antonio has won just 65 of their last 143 games for a 45.4 percent mark over the last two seasons. Now they have the tall task of figuring out rotations, on-court strategies, and go-to options all during a full 82-game season.
As a result of the completely unpredictable season ahead, Vegas has the Spurs' projected win total at just 28.5 and most NBA media has the team finishing in the bottom five in the league. I even read a prediction on Twitter that the Spurs will win fewer than 20 games followed by a Coach Popovich retirement. Alright, let's settle down a bit, guys.
Nonetheless, it will be up to the Spurs to prove the doubters wrong, and it's clear Lonnie Walker has been noticing that chatter. Sunday evening, he posted this to Twitter.
Of course, any summer scrimmage footage will be full of only highlights, but the attitude behind the video is what's more exciting. After last season's inconsistent team fell one quarter short of making the final play-in game, Walker has a chip on his shoulder, and he's not the only one.
Dejounte Murray has frequently taken to social media to mention how the young guys' time is now, and he always seems to play with a chip on his shoulder as well. Murray, Walker, and Derrick White will likely be the three guys who need to take the biggest step forward to give this team a fighting chance this season.
Walker's video compilation shows a jumper looking as smooth as ever, fancy finishing at the basket, and, of course, a lot of athleticism. He'll need all of that to be at an all-time high as one of the main options on a transition Spurs team.
No one really believes in the Spurs this season. It's on Lonnie to silence them all.