The Spurs season is still in its infancy but so far it would seem the Spurs canít find a groove. There are times they look a step slow on defense and times where they canít find their shooting touch.
Some Spurs fans might get easily worried or frustrated about the slow start and rightfully so. After seeing the summer acquisitions, and the hype surrounding the Spurs heading into the new season, itís perfectly normal to get excited and expect immediate results. But the truth is it doesnít work that way. Having great talent is one thing. Building team chemistry is another.
Now you might ask why do teams like the the Lakers, Celtics, Nuggets and even the Suns have all great starts, while the Spurs have struggled?
Those teams didnít change their roster as much as the Spurs did. The Lakers basically swapped Ariza for Artest. The Celtics simply added Rasheed Wallace and Marquis Daniels to the mix. The Nuggets retained their core and drafted Ty Lawson and signed Aaron Afflalo while the Suns returned to their old running game while acquiring Frye.
The Spurs, on the other hand, are almost an entirely new team. Theyíve added new pieces in Richard Jefferson, Antonio McDyess and DeJuan Blair. They also added Theo Ratliff, Keith Bogans and Marcus Haislip, all who need time to develop chemistry among themselves and with the returning players from last year's Spurs team.
The point is that the other teams mentioned are quite familiar with each other. They retained their core and have fewer guys that need to learn the system. For a team game like basketball, familiarity and chemistry are of great importance. Itís one thing to add a piece or two, but having a roster overhaul is a different story.