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Veteran Spurs Look For Role Players

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The San Antonio Spurs probably aren't
sweating who will be left over by the time their picks come around
in tomorrow's N-B-A draft.
And why would they? Their current roster just led them to a
fourth N-B-A title in nine seasons -- and it came in a sweep of the
Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Spurs have the 28th pick in the first round of the draft.
They also have the 33rd and 58th picks, which come in the second
round.
But the N-B-A champion Spurs' Big Three of Tim Duncan, finals
M-V-P Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili will be back next season. So, likely, will several other role players.
The only thing San Antonio doesn't have on its side, it seems,
is youth.
Parker's just 25, Ginobili's 29 and Duncan's 31. But star
defender Bruce Bowen turned 36 earlier this month. He's largely
credited with making things tough on LeBron James during the
finals. And Robert "Big Shot Rob" Horry will be 37 in August. He has a well-earned reputation for making spectacular clutch shots. And veteran Michael Finley is 34. He started all 20 playoff games and won his first championship ring.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said a couple days after the team won the title that it's difficult to determine the point when a team
needs to get younger.


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