San Antonio Spurs Need More than just Richard Jefferson

mike cContributor IJuly 7, 2009

BOSTON - FEBRUARY 08:  Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs talks with his players during a time out against the Boston Celtics on February 8, 2009 at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Spurs defeated the Celtics 105-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

With Tony Parker worried about his "Desperate Housewife," Tim Duncan still waiting on his voice to crack, and Manu Ginobli worried about going bald, Gregg Popovich has to ask himself:

How much money will it take to buy another championship?

Yeah, I said it.

Even with Richard Jefferson coming in from the Bucks, for some bucks, it doesn't matter.

What does he bring to the table that Michael Finley, Ime Udoka, and Bruce Bowen didn't bring?

Youth, right?

Wrong again my friend. Jefferson may be a slasher, dunk artist, rebounder, and top candidate for "Dancing With The Stars," but he has a very serious problem.


The Spurs have to deal with the likes of the Lakers, who added maybe the toughest S.O.B. in the game to their roster in Ron Artest.

You also have the Nuggets, who were ousted by the Lake Show in a hard-fought battle, and I'm pretty sure Carmelo Anthony became a lot hungrier to reach and surpass bringing them so far.

And there are the Trail Blazers, whose youth and bad coaching cost them a series that they should have walked away with easy, not to mention they are the only team 'I' think will give the Lakers any trouble throughout the playoffs, including the Finals.

Jefferson, Manu, Tony, Timmy:Pop says, "The West is a beast," and they know collectively you can slow this monster down.

But one-on-one, in transition, against isolation, we're in trouble, so use your fouls wisely.

And we have no bench...