By Jeff McDonald | Sep. 29, 2018
“It’s a whole new team,” Aldridge said. “It’s about finding how to play with guys, and see how certain guys play with other guys. Establishing our defensive mindset. Last year, even when our offense kind of sputtered, our defense was always there for us. We’re trying to get that back intact, and getting guys locked in on defense and letting the offense come to us.”
“our offense kind of sputtered”のところ、思わず声を出して笑ってしまった。本当にひどかったですよね（笑）。
By Tom Orsborn | September 28, 2018
"I'm going to try to be a leader as I've always been in my career," said six-time All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, 33. "I might not be that overly vocal guy, but I definitely lead by example. I pull guys to the side. I talk to the guys."
Aldridge, a 13th-year pro, believes four-time All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan is the logical choice to aid him as a de facto captain.
"DeMar was a leader in Toronto," Aldridge said. "It's naturally going to fall to him and I."
"I'm going into my 10th year in the league, so with the knowledge and everything I've gained in this league, if I can help the next guy, that's what it is all about," he said.
"I'm a guy that's willing to speak how I feel," Murray, 22, said. "That plays a big role in being a leader...Me and L.A. speak all the time in games. I tell him what I see, if I feel like he rushed a shot or something like that. To see him allow me to do that, shows I can be a leader."
But Spurs coach Gregg Popovich indicated he doesn't expect Murray to run the locker room at this point.
"Luckily, he's got some vets there like LaMarcus and Patty to lean on in that regard," Popovich said. "What he's got to be able to do is run the show (on the court) well. He doesn't have to think about all the philosophical things and the psychology of the team. We'll take care of that, along with some of the older players. He's got a lot on his plate just running the show. The leadership part will grow as years go by."
“I think some things will probably develop in the locker room,” said Popovich Sunday before the team’s first preseason game against the Miami Heat. “Last year LA (LaMarcus Aldridge) was fantastic. He just realized his position on the team, Manu (Ginobili) was a great help to him because he watched Manu in the locker room, in time outs, all that sort of thing – how he conducted himself. So, LA made a huge step last year in that regard.”
via Project Spurs
They don't have Tim Duncan.
But in the Spurs' day-to-day operations, Duncan's emotional intelligence was the connective tissue that held together Popovich's disciplined structure. Duncan would readily pass the mantle to Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, then celebrate their success as if it was his own.
"The thing that amazed me about how Timmy built relationships was how subtle it was -- the touch, the arm around the shoulder, the thing that would look like little or nothing to outsiders," Budenholzer says. "It affected people, maybe because it was subtle and under-the-radar."