Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs are set to embark on a new journey because, for the first time in over two decades, they will begin a new season without anyone from the legendary triumvirate of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili on their team.
Parker is now with the Charlotte Hornets, while Duncan and Ginobili are now old guys enjoying retirement. Popovich can be considered as the only legend left on the Spurs’ bench from the franchise’s golden years. And for Ginobili, that will give the future Hall of Famer head coach a detached feeling at times, though, he certainly believes that Popovich is that great of a tactician who will be able to keep a new-look San Antonio squad as a perennial title contender, per Michael C. Wright of ESPN.
“It's going to be a challenge to learn more about the new guys and see what buttons to push,” Ginobili said. “With us, it was already too easy. He knew us so well. I think it's going to be a great challenge for him, having a different kind of team, maybe less corporate knowledge, but still young with energy and wanting to prove a lot of things. It's going to be a fun challenge. I think he's going to do good.”
The Spurs are under a rebranding, with DeMar DeRozan coming in as the team’s newest focal point on offense and with Dejounte Murray’s continuing evolution as San Antonio’s point guard of the future.
While Gregg Popovich will surely miss Manu Ginobili and his other old stars, perhaps this new challenge will invigorate his love for his job.