|Posted by shawn cassidy on November 21, 2012 at 6:00 AM|
In the past I have posted about the Spurs. I've always felt that the Celtics should, and could follow the Spurs model. In recent years the Spurs have gelled youth, and veteran guys. They've done it throughout their four championships. And they do it as of today. They've haven't won a title since 2007. But in the past two years the Spurs have put up the best record in the West, and they've challenged for the best record.
"[The Spurs have] been together for a while," coach Doc Rivers said after Tuesday's practice. "You think of their team from last year. How many new additions do they have? It's basically the same team, and that makes them pretty good. They'll add one guy here and there, but for the most part, they came back with, I think, 10 guys and the same group of guys. We had that stretch when we did that, and it makes you really good because you can build from last year. You don't have to start over."
Rivers explained that the Spurs' insistence on their own system has helped keep them in contention for far longer than some thought possible. Though the likes of future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili are growing older, San Antonio has always surrounded them with the right pieces. It's not about finding the best player; it's about finding the best player for their team. When you couple that with the consistent play of Duncan, Ginobili and Tony Parker, it isn't difficult to see why San Antonio has remained formidable.
"The biggest thing is they haven't changed much," Rivers said. "They've changed style in some ways, but Ginobili, Parker and Duncan are still there. That's where it's different than everywhere, including us. We have changed. And that's what makes them so consistent. When you start out with those three guys, and then you keep those three guys, and every year when you come into camp, the teaching of how to play together, it's there. It's there in the way they play, so your work's done."
The Spurs seem to trust their younger guys more, and in past seasons the Celtics have finally locked in. They've found two young studs in Bradley, and Sully. I've said it before, but the Celtics need to follow the Spurs model, and they have started a bit, but they are not at that point.