The Spurs got a bit older late in the season, but trading for Stephen Jackson at the trade deadline and signing Boris Diaw after he was cut by Charlotte were vintage moves by the Spurs. Jackson had previously played in San Antonio, so he had no trouble fitting in. Diaw had played with Parker on the French national team, so that was another easy transition.
For good measure, the Spurs also signed Australian point guard Patrick Mills, who played in China during the lockout.
All played valuable roles down the stretch.
All could be even more valuable in the playoffs.
“They’ve made some great acquisitions,” Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew said. “Had they not made all these changes, I don’t know where they would be record-wise.”
Chances are, they would’ve found a way to be right where they are now.
A team deserving of another championship.
AP Sports Writer Paul J. Weber in San Antonio contributed to this report.
Paul Newberry is a national writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at pnewberry(at)ap.org or http://www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963
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