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What's Next for San Antonio Spurs and Their Big Three?
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Ouch.

No one will feel too sorry for the San Antonio Spurs—not for a team that's been as successful as any since its first title in 1999. Not for a team that's set the bar across professional sports, modeling a way of competitive life premised on all the right things.

Nor will the Spurs feel too sorry for themselves. The 2013 NBA Finals will sting and they'll sting for a long time to come. If Tim Duncan never claims that fifth ring, they'll sting all the more. And even if he does, it'll be hard not to think how close he was to having another one.

San Antonio had LeBron James and the Miami Heat beat in Game 6...at least, before they didn't. They handed the eventual champions the third-most devastating defeat in finals history in Game 3. They forced Ray Allen to watch as his individual record for three-pointers in the finals was stolen by the formerly anonymous Danny Green. 

Sometimes even historic greatness isn't great enough.

That's what next season is for. The rest of the world now knows better than to write the Spurs off as too soft, too boring, too old. The authors of conventional wisdom will continue writing as much to be sure, but now they'll have to do so with pause. These aren't your grandparents' Spurs—even if they look and feel much the same.

With renewed urgency and a score to settle, what can we expect from them next season?

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