By Jose Grijalva, Project Spurs.com
For years the San Antonio Spurs were known as Tim Duncan's team. Everything went through Duncan, the offense and defense along with laying down the foundation of the Spurs' philosophy of treating every player on the roster the same. He was treated and coached the same way the last guy on the bench was. The team was a slow paced team, looking to drain the shot clock as much as possible while getting a high percentage shot with the scale tipped to a defensive mindset.
The Spurs still have the same philosophy of sportsmanship and discipline, but the face of the franchise has now shifted from Duncan to point guard Tony Parker.
The team is now a fast paced oriented squad who's looking to get a high percentage shot as quick as possible while still looking to stop their opponents on the defensive end. The team is now playing a similar style of the old Phoenix Suns running teams except with a more smarter balance to it. This is clearly Parker's imprint on the team, a style he's known to favor his whole career. If you need any more proof about Parker's newfound leadership, he'll tell you himself. In an interview with USA Today, Parker comments that Gregg Popovich, head coach of the team, paid Parker a visit in the offseason and gave him the keys to the Spurs' kingdom.
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