Thursday , Feb , 07 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

San Antonio Spurs Feeling Pressure to Make a Move

The NBA’s second blockbuster trade in less than a week shook the Western Conference on Wednesday. Don’t expect it to be the catalyst that shakes the Spurs’ locker room. Phoenix acquired Shaquille O’Neal from Miami, returning the future Hall of Famer to the Western Conference and at last giving the Suns a wide body to throw at Tim Duncan in a playoff series. Last week, the Lakers acquired All-Star forward Pau Gasol from Memphis, solidifying their front line for a playoff run.

Though both trades obviously alter the complexion of the West, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says he doesn’t expect them to alter his team’s willingness to make a counter trade one way or another. ‘I never feel pressure to make a deal,’ coach Gregg Popovich said. ‘We talk to everybody just like all other 29 teams. If something comes along and it makes sense for us, we’ll do it. Making  deals because you feel pressure would be a recipe for failure.’ Click here for more from the San Antonio Express News.