Since leaving Wake Forest, Tim Duncan has built a Hall of Fame career in San Antonio, but now the Spurs are, according to most observers, ancient and creaking.
Still, we wouldn't write them off just yet. They still have Duncan, who retains skills and great intelligence for the game, and Tony Parker who is a solid point guard, and Manu Ginobli has some life left yet.
More importantly, the Spurs are one of the smartest teams in the NBA, or we should say, have some of the smartest people in the front office. If anyone can find guys to fill the holes, they can.