Gregg Popovich and the Spurs are still reloading in their race for seis
The San Antonio Spurs are nearing the finish line in what will probably go down as their worst season in franchise history. While they are lightyears from reclaiming their former perennial contender status, their place in the lottery standings could help them land a generational prospect like Victor Wembanyama and fast-track their rebuild.
Gregg Popovich and company are on pace to miss out on the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season after fighting tooth and nail to qualify for the play-in tournament in 2021 and 2022. The Silver and Black came up short both times as the Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Pelicans sent them packing in the first round of the single-elimination event.
When was the last time San Antonio won the NBA championship?
Where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday that a flock of cheering fans crowded the River Walk to celebrate the Spurs winning their fifth title in franchise history. San Antonio hosted a masterclass in team-first hoops and beautiful ball movement as they defeated the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals to complete their revenge tour.
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Kawhi Leonard, and a motivated group of high-level role players outscored LeBron James and the Heatles by 70 points over that five-game series, a record-setting NBA Finals point differential that still stands to this day. The Spurs also foiled Miami in their pursuit of an ever-elusive three-peat.
San Antonio is nearly a decade removed from their last championship, but they remain one of the most storied organizations in the league. They are one of only five ball clubs, including the Boston Celtics (17), Los Angeles Lakers (17), Golden State Warriors (7), and Chicago Bulls (6), with at least five rings.