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With Tim Duncan's legendary career entering its final few years, along with the potential hall-of-fame career of Manu Ginobili, it is clear that the Spurs are no longer in their prime.
Their good years are past them, and while they still have enough juice to put together a small handful of good seasons, this year is their last true chance to claim another title before the end of the current era in San Antonio.
Duncan signed on for what will likely be his final three years in the league, and with Ginobili's age and injury problems being a major concern, his clock is ticking too. The two still possess enough talent to be solid contributors, but they are no longer the stars of the squad.
That torch has been passed to Tony Parker, whose exceptional outing last season has marked his official entrance into his prime. However, those three are no longer the most dominant core in the NBA, and they need all of the contributing that they can get.
While they certainly have a solid second unit, last year's playoff loss proved that they need more help. With Oklahoma City and Miami now the league's powerhouses, the Spurs' current roster is no longer good enough to defeat them.
Add on the new, revamped Lakers and winning will be as tough as ever. Their window is closing, as the league continues to grow around them, while they sit back and watch.
This summer was the perfect opportunity to pile on enough talent to win another title, but without much change, a fifth championship seems little more than a dream.