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It's good to be back!

Well, my fellow fans, it's good to be back. After six months, I was definitely ready for the season to begin. I think we spurs fans have become used to having an extra long season (post season) that seems to run into the start of the next. But it was worth the wait. Wow! Are the Spurs a deep team this year, or what? Sit down, I'll answer that, YES. Roger Mason Jr, George Hill, Matt Bonner, Michael Finley, Richard Jefferson, Antonio McDyess, “The Beast” De Juan Blair and the list goes on and on. I know; I didn't mention the BIG THREE, but do I really need to? Yeah- I didn't think so. Hey, we all know TP, Timmy and Giiinnooobbbliiiiiii, will show up week after week, but should they have to? Even the Admiral couldn't do it alone. That's right folks, we're back and we're deep. These guys I mentioned are the ones who WILL make a difference. Look at Blair. The guys in the locker room call him “The Beast” and now we see why. Blair said the Spurs took him in the draft when every other team was worried about his knees and passed. He said he will give everything he has every night, and I, for one, believe him. He is the big body the Spurs have lacked since #50 retired. Don't get me wrong, we have had some good bodies under the net since then, but I believe this guy can be the one we've been missing. Along with him, we have a slew of guys both young and old. We have both vets like Richard Jefferson, who can make their (his) own shots not rely on others to set them up, and youngsters who can be the future of our beloved franchise. Combine them with Roger Mason Jr. and George Hill with a year under their belts; we certainly have something to look forward to this year.
Look, it's not going to be all peaches and cream. The Hornets were less than perfect last night but for an opening night with a bunch of newbies on the court, the Spurs played well. I think old Mr. Elliot hit it on the head when he said they may struggle to stay above .500. I believe they WILL stay above .500 but I don't think each night will look like their opener. If they were playing, dare I say it, the Lakers, then it would have looked a little different. They still might have pulled it off, but I'm not sure they would have had that 18 point lead at the half.
Part of me is looking forward to the Lakers vs Spurs showdown. I'm curious to see how our youngsters handle defending guys like, Fisher, Paul Gasol, Lamar Odom, Ron Artest and yes, Kobe. That is baptism by fire. This new, more powerful offense of the good guys is great but they had better be able to defend; at least if they want to play with Pop. Like he always says, defense wins championships.

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