This inflammatory report comes on the heels of Samuel Metivier's cracking open Deron Williams' very sincere and humble diary as well as my account of Danny Green's brief and possibly entirely fictitious flirtation with the Dallas Mavericks.
With all that serious basketball talk behind us, let us move onto more frivolous matters.
The Spurs signed LaMarcus Aldridge after he grew tired of meetings and vegetable plates. This article by Buck Harvey (no relation) considers how Tim Duncan's presence might help Aldridge mature, even at the ripe old age of 30. Continuing on the subject of Aldridge, J.R. Wilco of Pounding the Rock and Dave Deckard of Blazers Edge speculate on how Aldridge's skills and talents might fit within the Spurs system.
All in all, I think the Spurs obviously improved their roster, even if, as many have observed elsewhere, they sacrificed some of their depth. Such depth did not carry them beyond the first round last season. Even as Duncan continued to defy the laws of the universe, Parker and Ginobili continued to look older, and Kawhi Leonard seemed hesitant to take over. Changes needed to happen in order to sustain San Antonio's watchful eye over the NBA.
While some have speculated that Aldridge's presence might further delay Kawhi's ascension, I believe his addition sends a message to Kawhi and the former Big Three that the team continues to morph and adapt into something new. Thus, everyone's roles will continue to evolve. Kawhi, as much as anyone, cannot be what he once was. However, unlike the Big Three who can continue to take on less, he must continue to take on more. If not in spirit, then in terms of stats and minutes this team must belong to Aldridge and Leonard.
They must dominate the from start to close. And, in doing so, perhaps Tony Parker will be able to perform fleeting impersonations of his former glory. After all, it was his diminished abilities that most crippled San Antonio's efforts against Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
Bryan Harvey can be followed @LawnChairBoys.