San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said earlier this week that his aged veterans Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have been taking it easy and should be more than 100% heading into the upcoming season. Duncan struggled with knee problems during their short lived playoff run last year. The All-Star forward has rested well since then and plans to start working out next week. Ginobili, who played just 44 games last season due to ankle problems has been limited to treadmill workouts. “He is healthy,” Popovich said. “He’ll come back out of shape but healthy.”
The Spurs front office has really put in work lately, acquiring Richard Jefferson and Antonio McDyess to give floor general Tony Parker more options down the court. If Ginobili and Duncan can really come back like trainers and coaches are suggesting, the Spurs may be looking at another championship run ahead of them. Overall San Antonio has made the most improvements heading into the 2009-2010 season. They will certainly show as top contenders in the West with the LA Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. The scary part about the this off-season is it seems like all of the best teams just got better.
The Lakers only re-signed Lamar Odom and also added one of the best defensive players in the league (Ron Artest) to their championship roster. The Cleveland Cavaliers kept their core intact and were simply able to make room for future hall of fame center Shaquille O’Neal. The Boston Celtics clearly have their front court in line after acquiring Shelden Williams, Rasheed Wallace, and re-signing Glen Davis. The Orlando Magic seemed very pleased after signing Vince Carter and Jason Williams to go along with a healthy Jameer Nelson and Dwight Howard. It will be interesting to see how the season will pan out, because virtually no predictions can be made at the present moment.
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