Spurs Paris games hold underlying disadvantage on San Antonio season

The San Antonio Spurs will have the honor of playing in Paris next season, but that could come with a negative effect.
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Having the next big NBA star allows you as a team to return to the spotlight, to have games on national television, greater interest from the media, sponsors, and fans, as well as the possibility of being considered to play games overseas. This is the case for the Spurs, who next season will have the honor of playing 2 games against the Indiana Pacers in France, Víctor Wembanyama's native country, on January 23 and 25.

However, every positive event for San Antonio comes with its own responsibilities and sacrifices. The Spurs will play two games in Paris, which means that one of them will count as a home game for the team. Additionally, two games will be played in Austin to attract more fans and bring the team closer to them.

While this initiative is positive, it also means that the Spurs will have to play three home games away from San Antonio. This can potentially impact the team's performance, despite the many benefits of expanding their fan base and being considered for key moments in the league's business.

Gregg Popovich's team will play a game in France for the third time after doing so in 2003 and 2006, when Tony Parker was the link to the country. This is a testament to the significant role that the Spurs will have in the NBA's future. Nevertheless, the team must capitalize on this opportunity to show themselves to the entire world as the great franchise that they are, just like in the good old days, despite the challenges and disadvantages that come with it.