It’s hard to not think positive thoughts when it comes to the Spurs. The only Texas major sports team going into this coming season as a champion and (many consider) dynasty team is a tough one to find fault with. Almost as tough as finding fault with the city real estate market, which, like the Spurs, just seems to be getting better and better with time.
So let’s not find fault. Let’s go out on a pretty strong limb here ‒‒ yes, the Spurs are and will be as hot as the city’s real estate market. Both the housing market and the team have been basking in the glow of positive coverage and good vibes for a few years now, and there’s no sign of either loosening its grip on the public’s heart.
Even with the new pieces of the Spurs puzzle, 2014-15 should be something to watch in San Antonio. Last season Cory Joseph took over admirably for Patty Mills (out for much of the coming year with a shoulder injury), but Mills will likely be back in time for another Spurs playoff run ‒‒ giving the Spurs a rather powerful one-two leadership punch just when they’re going to need it most.
The Spurs will, of course, need to watch their conference competitors, all of which are slowly improving and becoming more of a thorn in San Antonio’s side. The biggest threat will likely be from Oklahoma City, which has been a contender as much as the Spurs, but hasn’t earned a title yet (much the same way that OKC’s real estate market is solid, but not holding a candle to San Antonio).
The biggest hot topic in town, outside the development of downtown, will be the presence of a woman on the Spurs’ bench this year. Former WNBA star Becky Hammon was signed in the off-season as an assistant coach, after a year of working with the team in an off-court capacity. She knows the game, being a six-time WNBA all-star, and the city, having played for the San Antonio Stars for eight years.So yes, there are lots of reasons to think that San Antonio, on the court and on the street, will be the hottest place in Texas this coming year. And that’s saying something.