The 2013 NBA season is in the books, as the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs by a score of 95-88 in a riveting Game 7. While the Heat may be walking away as NBA champions, the Spurs are left wondering what could have been and what is on the horizon.
Some of San Antonio's most high-profile names weighed in on Game 7 and what comes next.
The Spurs have no shortage of aging stars, which has some believing that this could be their last rodeo. Perhaps the most notable example is 35-year-old shooting guard Manu Ginobili, who scored 18 points in Game 7 after fielding questions about how much he has left in the tank.
Ginobili reminisced on Game 7 and spoke on what's soon to come.
As Ginobili prepares to become an unrestricted free agent, the only thing on his mind is what could have been.
Ginobili was candid on his situation, but there wasn't much more chilling as the way the future Hall of Famer reflected on missed opportunities. While he may have shined in Game 5 and Game 7, respectively, Ginobili played some of the worst basketball of his career during the 2013 NBA Finals.
No game was as concerning as Game 6, when Ginobili finished with eight turnovers.
Manu Ginobili: "Of course, big-time disappointment. In my case, I still have Game 6 in my head."— Gregg Doyel (@GreggDoyelCBS) June 21, 2013
It never gets easy to see players open up like this.
Ginobili may have struggled, but he's one of the greatest international players in the history of the NBA. Not only is he a three-time NBA champion, but he's a multi-time All-Star and a former Sixth Man of the Year award winner.
Unfortunately, Ginobili will be spending the upcoming offseason thinking about what he couldn't do.
Ginobili wasn't the only Spur to weigh in, as superstar point guard Tony Parker offered his take on the series, as well. While retirement is far off, Parker battled injuries during the closing games of the series.
When it was all said and done, Parker had no excuses.
Classy, but gut-wrenching.
After dominating for three rounds of playoff basketball and leading the Spurs to a victory in Game 1, Parker slowed down during the NBA Finals. While he may be hesitant to make excuses, there's no question that the hamstring injury slowed him down.
Even if he is too proud to admit it.
We can't help but wonder what could have been.
As one might expect, the star of the postgame press conferences was none other than head coach Gregg Popovich. Known for being particularly entertaining with interviewers, Popovich provided us with a new trait.
Gregg Popovich with tears in his eyes talking about how proud of his team he is.— Royce Young (@dailythunder) June 21, 2013
Whether or not this is the end of a dynasty, Popovich's Spurs proved to be one of the greatest squads of all time.
One of the more controversial moments of Game 7 saw Popovich bench Tony Parker late in the game. While no one would be foolish enough to question Popovich's coaching chops, there were those who wondered why he would make such a move.
Pop's response was golden.
Reporter "Why was Tony Parker on the bench?" Pop "Because I had him on the bench" reporter "can you elaborate?" Pop "No". Lol— Adena Andrews (@adena_andrews) June 21, 2013
What else is new?
Popovich mixed emotion and comedy throughout the course of his interview, which made for some of the best sound bytes of the season. While he likely would have preferred to emerge victorious, we still saw the rawness that has made Popovich such a legend.
For those looking to watch the interview in it's entirety, we've provided it below.
A devastating end to a magnificent season.
While the emotion was overwhelming from each of San Antonio's stars, it was the face of the franchise that truly tore our hearts apart. Not only did we bare witness to the humanization of a legend, but we realized that even the greatest of all time can be vulnerable.
These words will forever live as the definition of the Spurs' season.
Tim Duncan postgame: "Missing a layup to tie the game. Unable to stop Dwyane and LeBron. For me, Game 7's gonna always haunt me."— PTI (@PTI) June 21, 2013
As sad of an ending as it may have been, the NBA community collectively offers our congratulations for a marvelous effort from Duncan and the Spurs.