Back in the lore of NBA yesteryear (2000s), the Spurs were known for their slow, methodical, grind-em-out style of defensive play.
As the saying goes, "Defense wins championships." And, for them, it did, four to be exact.
Then, a curious thing happened, Poppovich realized that as the seasons change, so must his team.
As the tempo of the entire league seemed to chug an energy drink, so did the Spurs. Pop began running his offense through Tony Parker and, all of the sudden, the Spurs were a fast-break offensive team. What?!?
Last season they nearly won that elusive fifth title. However, Pop realized that maybe "tried and true" is such for a reason.
San Antonio came mighty close last season, but if they are going to defeat the offensive powerhouses the West holds, Pop knew that good old fashioned defense would be required.
The Spurs are still an offensive team, currently second in offensive proficiency. But all good things require balance. San Antonio now ranks 11th in defense, while finishing 16th last year. And if Pop has his way, this will only improve.
With this Pop-feuled push to be relevant at both ends of the floor, this team could be very dangerous come May.