By Jeff Garcia, Project Spurs.com
During the San Antonio Spurs championship reign, the franchise captured four NBA titles predicated on stellar defense. The Spurs would defy any team from scoring and their defense was the epitome of the saying, "Offense wins games but defense wins championships."
However, that was then, this is now.
The Spurs haven't won a title since 2007 and it coincides with not only the loss of key defensive players (Bruce Bowen and David Robinson) but a shift to more of an offensive game.
But if the Spurs want to keep their championship form and remain one of the NBA's elite, Manu Ginobili says the team must improve on defense this season.
"If we want to be one of the best five teams in the league, we got to improve our defense compared to last year," he said. "We can't rely on our offense, where we're going to shoot forty-plus percent from three and stuff like that. We got to get better defensively and we have not yet."
And with training camp ending and tipoff of the Spurs' regular season right around the corner, Ginobili has not seen much improvement on defense.
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