RC Buford Rumors

Do you feel confident that the team has been able to maintain flexibility without mortgaging the future? Gregg Popovich: “R.C. and his group have always done a great job of doing things, both frugally and with class. If money needs to be spent, it’s spent. But it’s never done unwisely. We’ve never put the organization in a situation where they’re paying a ridiculous amount of money for no value. My complete faith and trust in R.C. is never going to change, because of the track record he has, thinking not just for the next year and the next two years, but the next three years, the next seven years, that type of thing.”
via San Antonio Express-News
As an illustration of the depth of the Spurs’ process, Buford explained how the team adjusted to the data and improved their defense after slipping to 11th in defensive rating in 2011-12: “I think we were valuing some things that weren’t nearly as important as what the data showed. We learned from the Celtics on defensive rebounding. While they were really high in defensive efficiency, they weren’t very high in defensive rebounding. It made us question, ‘Is that really where we should be paying attention?’ Those were discussions that were then brought to Pop from our coaches and from our analytics team. Some great discussions came from that that then led us to re-evaluate what’s important for us.”
via ESPN.com