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San Antonio Spurs: Has Youth Movement Made Them Lakers' Greatest Competition?
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Heat or 3-Peat?  That is the trendy theme for the highly anticipated 2010-2011 NBA season.  Obviously, it is referring to the media’s already-decided opinion that the 2011 NBA Finals will host the star-studded Miami Heat and defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, who will be looking for the their second trifecta of championships in the Kobe Bryant era. 

However, the San Antonio Spurs are prepared to surprise the NBA world (yet again) and pass up the Lakers as the best team in the West.  With the new influx of youth they have brought in over the past few years, that possibility looks better than ever (or at least since 2007).

By combining young, athletic players like rookies James Anderson, Gary Neal, and Tiago Splitter, second year player DeJuan Blair, and third year player George Hill with several other savory veterans, the Spurs look to make a final push towards bringing home another championship (or two) before Tim Duncan sails into the sunset.

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