The San Antonio Spurs: Top 3 Keys to Defend Lockout Championship

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The San Antonio Spurs:  Top 3 Keys to Defend Lockout Championship
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Finally. 

The NBA is back in business. 

With a shortened season of 66 total games, the NBA successfully overcame financial obstacles and disputes from the owners and players by negotiating the end of a seemingly never-ending lockout.  The last lockout in the NBA being in 1999.  

1999.  

A year that Spurs fans should know well. The year the city earned its first championship, setting the foundation for success, and eventually earning three additional championships to now have a total of four. And of course, hungry for more.  

Today, the San Antonio Spurs announced their 2011-12 preseason schedule, in which they will open the preseason on Saturday, December 17 in Houston at 7:00 p.m. at the Toyota Center against their I-35 rivals: the Houston Rockets

As with every year, the Spurs management have lots of work to do to prepare, and not much time to do so. What needs to be done to give the Spurs the best chance in winning?  

I'll give you three needs. 

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