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danny greens bullet should be changed. over two games shooting 2-5? last time i consulted mathematics thats 40%. its a small sample size so should it even be seen as an issue? most of dannys shots are assisted meaning that if he isnt shooting he isnt being found or used as much. i think what should be focused on more should be that against phoenix he only shot once but had five (5!!!!) assists in very limited minutes. he may have only shot once but he still contributed, especially in an area that he didnt contribute last year
4 months, 3 weeks ago on 5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Nuggets
everyones seeing this as a sign or a hint that we're gona do something else. while i think that is technically a possibility, i dont think thats the case. we have just one more roster spot. a spot the spurs normally like to keep open throughout the year. i see this more as the spurs feeling like theyre pretty complete, especially at neals position, and either them understanding they arent going to sign him or maybe even neal understanding that and asking to be an UFA to pursue something else if the spurs werent completely sure about signing him
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Stein: Spurs withdraw Gary Neal's qualifying offer
Damn my bad then guys :/. I do like him but we all know the spurs like keeping that last roster spot open for 10day contracts and whatnot. Either they sign him and risk flexibility/ make some kinda trade to keep open up a roster spot, or they let him develop in europe for a year
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Buford discusses Thomas and possibility of earning 15th roster spot
Another possibility to risk not losing him is you can invite him to camp where you have to sign him but end up sending him to the d-league if you find a better sf at training camp and dont sign anyone. That way you dont lose his rights and hes also technically not taking up a roster spot. Its not that complicated
Im disappointed with how the selections came out. I thought with the 28th pick we shouldve gotten an automatic, but understandably not great, contributor right away. Used 28 on a back up wing or back up big like withey. And then the 58th pick couldve been a draft and stash or maybe even automatic D league project as a pf. Someone like cj leslie, jackie carmichael or even trevor mbakwe who were all still available at 58. I mean good picks when its all said and done but i wouldve flipped the positions gotten at each pick.
8 months, 1 week ago on NBA Draft: Spurs take Deshaun Thomas, guy who wouldn't give them his number
i actually dont like the idea of kawhi on curry and dont want to see it. his body is made for bigger, stronger wings. kawhi also struggles on the pick and roll. danny is made a lot better for defending points and smaller guards. hes also got some better instincts on defending the pick and roll. but i think through it all tony is the best choice to shadow curry. tony has shown improvement in his defense the past few years and i feel like hes fully understanding the importance of it and how the game is affected by his defense
10 months, 1 week ago on Spurs vs. Warriors: Key Matchups
i was at the game and in all honesty it was crazy. ive been to a lot of games and talked a lot of trash to other teams fans but in all honesty both parties knew it was in good humor and at the end of the game we'd all just slap hands and that was it. talking trash to a lakers fan is like asking for a fight though just cause they dont know what else to do. i swear i walked out of the at&t center looking over my shoulder frantically cause i thought i was gona get pushed from behind at any second by a lakers fan. they were really disrespectful and just asking for it. from the video it looks like the spurs fan pushes first and the lakers fan throws a punch...just gota say for being the first one to get punched that spurs fan recovered quick. lol. lesson of the day? dont waste your breath on some of those lakers fans. if you find the good ones that understand the tradition of their franchise then by all means talk trash and have a good laugh with them cause those fans will know its all just for fun. but if you see some of the edgier ones just stay clear.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Video: Spurs-Lakers fans brawl after Game 2
the thing about this trade is that because we dont really have any young assets or high picks like the magic would be interested in, the only way this is happening is if we take back a horrible contract like turkgolu and send them jacks expiring contract. what it think would be a nice treat to get out of this trade would be redick and mcroberts who is an athletic 4/ big 3 that can stretch the floor. in terms of being like manu like @CraigThomas disagreed with before, yeah hes not near the level of amazing that manu is but hes similar in that hes a combo guard with good size to run the point but also has the shooting ability to play the 2. However, if you say that all he is is a shooter then you havent been watching him this year. i cant remember where i saw it but that subject was actually brought up to him this past summer and he actually seemed to take offense to it. hes been working on expanding his game and has been a really good pick and roll player. his stats show he doesnt really pass, but thats because at this point where his team is hes been asked to just score. earlier in the season i think nelson was out for the magic though and redick took on a huge amount of the passing load quite well
in my opinion though hes a hell of a lot better player than neal and his attitude and work ethic fits the spurs perfectly. hes not a great 1 on 1 defender but hes good within a system and like everyone knows the spurs prefer high IQ players, which redick is. in addition to that, if this trade is pulled i think its more of a try out for redick. hes a FA this summer, we're gona have money, and like everyone knows manu is getting old. however, im not saying redick would replace him but with kawhi improving this move could signal an attempt to find something of two players replacing the production of 1. of course i see the spurs trying to keep manu but if they can sign redick for a good price i can see them doing it and going forward with a new sixth man. it wouldnt be a horrible move but i think trading for redick would show the spurs trying to move towards the future
1 year ago on Spurs interested in Redick?
yeah i would love this trade if there were some way of not giving up tiago or getting back a guy thats at least 6'11 in this deal. as good as smith is on pick and roll defense, hes still a sf/pf and giving up tiago means giving up our only other seven footer backing up timmy. also, even though smith can play sf, he'd be outmatched played durant one on one on defense leaving our only good choice at sf as leonard. i know thisll sound weird and very unspurs like but maybe throw in deshawn stevenson. the guy is shorter for the sf spot but hes a pretty good defender at the 3 and has been know to give other sf fits in the past
1 year ago on Smith To Spurs Rumors won't die
didnt like tonights game even though i decided not to watch all of it after a while :/. smarter teams are starting to clog the lane against us a loooot more now and arent getting calls cause theyre defending the penetration intelligently (arms straight up, dont go for the charge OR block but angle your body in a way that still influences the driver). both games we've lost recently to ny and nola have been through this tactic which has worked for them when the shooters arent clicking from the outside like in both those games. tonight danny was 0-5 but imagine he makes 2 (thats a one point game) or 3 which makes a spurs win. in addition pop plays neal less and has a better defensive player on the floor. anyways i wouldnt go crazy about this loss. shots werent falling and the hornets had a great scouting report.
in regards to donte greene, i love this move. the guy is a forward who is actually in shape (sorry diaw), has young/fresh legs on the perimeter (sorry jack), and who is over 6'9 with an outside jumper (im not sorry blair). he adds height on the perimeter and maybe even lets pop experiment with kawhi at the 2 (if he really is to become an offensive option, i dont see it happening from the 3 spot while parker and ginobili are still in SA). he also adds that sf that can slip to pf without giving up a lot of height or size on defense (jack has been great at that spot but itd be nice having another guy who can do it as well) and he can be a physical presence inside. so im on board with this. ive been harping for a combo forward for a while and i would love to see what donte greene can do in a great system, not the crap he was in in sacramento
1 year, 1 month ago on Report: Donte Greene to workout for Spurs
absolutely love the last sentence. thats how i feel throughout the entire game whenever gary checks in. and i hate it cause whenever i watch the game with other people i give gary a by on his first few shots and dont say anything but the minute i start complaining about him to my friends he goes on those mini neal runs we've seen before. makes me feel like a jackass every time :/
but in all honesty gary is the most expendable player and probably our best trade chip, especially for teams that know he has ice in his veins and are looking for a combo guard to help spread the floor. could probably land us something if we pair him up with one or two guys (ive used bonner in almost every one of my trade scenarios but in all honesty the guy is great in these short minutes hes getting, its small amount of minutes to where he can spend energy on defense, and i feel like hes one of those guys everyone loves to have in the locker room)
1 year, 2 months ago on Is Gary Neal the most expendable Spur?
if you watch this play, think of what anderson wouldve done last year. he wouldve forced a dunk or lay in. i think it was this game or another where he played some minutes and ended up with maybe a point or two but had 3 assists. thats what i mean by his maturity in his game. hopefully a team notices (im looking at the clippers who are inexplicably still starting willie green at the 2)
1 year, 2 months ago on Leonard to play Friday
extremely happy to see kawhi is coming back but sad to see anderson leaving (again). when the spurs let him go last summer it was no big deal. he was getting garbage minutes and playing like a d-leaguer on a ten day contract (very out of control and trying to do anything to open eyes). but this second time around yes he was getting garbage minutes but he was playing very within himself and very within his limits which actually made him very impressive (in my eyes). hopefully he gets a chance on another team cause it looks like he has matured as well as his approach to the game and that can make him a very good role player
@dannyholloway you have to remember gasol can look the same if put in the right situation (did you watch how he completely owned the olympics over the summer? team usa almost wasnt able to stop him). he has to be motivated and in the right type of offense. the triangle was veeeery good for his skill set, which relied on spacing and passing abilities and is why he exceled. the spurs dont run the triangle, but they do run a lot of sets that require spacing and passing and in addition to that idk how many people have noticed but the spurs are starting to go to the post more often (something gasol has openly wanted added to the lakers offense to get him involved) and are also running a lot of high/low post action which is what spain runs with the interchangable skill set of the gasol brothers. IMO the biggest problem is trading jackson because of the lack of a back up sf which is where a third team would be needed. but gasol would look good in the spurs offense
1 year, 3 months ago on Would the Lakers trade Gasol to a Foe?
Did some of y'all even watch the game?! The big man problem isn't a problem. If I recall, dejuan had a block on D and was doing sufficient on that side of the court. Tiago wasn't jumping on every up and under fake like tim and diaw were. You wana talk about a big man problem? Last night it was tim and diaw. They played like crap! Deandre jordan outplayed tim prrtty badly
1 year, 3 months ago on Turnovers plague Spurs in loss to Clippers
...why does everyone keep including the thunder as a "big" team? both kendrick perkins and ibaka are 6'10 and neither plays like a natural big man. hell half the time theyre playing small ball anyway!!! their only big man that really hurts us is ibaka and thats not because of his big man skills, its because of his mid range jumper...you know something a quick footed, probably 6'10 pf would be able to cover, not a heavy footed, slow 7 footer. so everyone pleeeeease for the love of God shut up about the "big man issue". same thing goes for memphis. randolph is 6'9 mayyyybe 6'10. you need a versatile pf to guard him, not a slow 7'0 who'll probably be too slow to keep up and end up fouling randolph. the only team that sends out a lineup of two versatile 7 footers who can both pass, post up, and one can even step out, is the lakers. but why are you going to design your team to play against just one other team? you dont!! you design your team to be the best regardless of the competition. The lakers have two 7 footers and their two back up big men are both 6'9-6'10. dont we have two 7 footers and a 6'9 pf in diaw? so instead of complaining about another 7 footer to start next to timmy eeeeevery single game (the only 7 footers who are versatile enough to defend the post and step out on a guy if needed in my opinion are garnett and noah, and everyone else is a 6'10 pf like taj gibson), adjust your game plan for the lakers to start tim and tiago if needed. BUT DONT ADJUST YOUR ROSTER FOR ONE TEAM!!!!
1 year, 4 months ago on Through the looking glass: Spurs bloggers, media predict the 2012-13 season
i think powell should get the last spot, but with a logjam at point, they could send a pg to the toros and keep him as a viable sf option or small ball 4 (yeah hes pretty skinny for that but he has the height and length could maybe learn from jack on how to play small ball 4 effectively without being bulky) kawhi is still learning the ropes but with the spurs hoping that he becomes a viable ball handler option, they need a catch and shoot guy. kawhi might start developing as more of a 2 and jackson is the only other sf so maybe send down one of our many pgs to the toros and keep this kid. it would also help in keeping manu and green from having to play the 3 (they can do it, but i think its best if they stick to playing 2 and occasionally defending points)
1 year, 4 months ago on Witherspoon hoping to be a Spur this season
in my world i think the spurs need BOTH a true center (not because i believe the spurs are necessarily small but because duncan needs nights off and splitter looks like hes getting injury prone) and a mobile forward/combo forward if that works out. people keep saying the spurs need size to compete with size around the league....what size around the league? besides the lakers, who has two 7 footers able to play together and both able to play back to the basket? ive heard people say well what about utah and memphis and gs that can throw out big line ups and do have two post players. well even if you did have a big line up, that means one of the bigs is kind of out of his element and is forced to play face up, something a combo forward like jackson or maybe a derrick brown could offset. and for the case of a gs that has a competent pf like lee and true center like bogut...isnt lee like 6'9-6'10? like every other pf in the league? so its not that size is an issue, its that we have splitter and duncan taking care of centers while our pfs are bonner and blair who cant guard...anyone. we've been convinced that the only solution is to get someone taller when in reality all we need is a guy who's a pf that can GUARD other pfs. powell isnt "small" for what we're asking from him. we need a competent pf to come in and play D and occasionally help on offense by spreading the floor to about 16-18 feet, something both brown and powell can do. so my solution? get rid of bonner, he has no more upside and we know exactly what he is, and sign curry and either brown or powell. i dont care how you get rid of bonner but i say try to trade him to a team with cap space so we don't have to take anyone back OR do this trade that would make me extremely happy and you dont have to choose between powell or brown (http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=9v2u3mk). but we do need a 3rd pf that can guard the pick and roll effectively more than a center IMO. splitter and duncan have center on lock, but bonner cant play D, blair is still a mystery, and i like what diaw brought last year but im not completely sold that he can keep that up for an entire season
1 year, 4 months ago on Choosing Powell or Curry
@Spursfan66 haha yeah im rooting for CJ too. his defense is great and his passing game is good too. lets hope he plays good enough to move up the pg rotation!!
1 year, 4 months ago on Patty Mills to miss next two preseason games due to sprained ankle
i think the best options are getting tyreke evans or hoping kawhi develops a passing game. from the looks of vegas is does look like kawhi is getting a better handle, but what we're overlooking in all our excitement is that yeah thats great for himself, but that doesnt mean his passing is improved and that is where ginobili will be missed the most IMO. yes the spurs will need a second ball handler once manu is gone, but that means being able to create for others and not just yourself, and in that respect i think kawhi is still very far away. i like the idea of tyreke because, in all honesty, im tired of all the harden comparisons as the next ginobili. theyre both left handed and have tricky foot work...and what else? hardens passing is wayyyy overrated and its easy to see why (if i played next to passers like westbrook and durant im sure my passing would look pretty awesome too), and hes a natural sg not a passing sg. tyreke started out as a pg and can be seen as a pg with sg size (exactly manu's defined position). tyreke can score like manu and has footwork like him too and can pass. the reason why hes not seen as better? he plays on a young team who never seems to grow up like okc did, after his rookie season his team switched focus from him to cousins who is a head case and probably hindered evans playing abilities, and hes been with a mediocre franchise with coaches who arent all that great. on top of that, this past year isiaih thomas took over as pg and because thorton cant play anything but sg tyreke was forced to move to sf (DUMB!!!). but this could easily benefit the spurs because after this year his value could be seen as bad because of the past couple of season when he could easily be a steal for any team on the cheap who will know how to utilize him. i say the spurs could get a guy who once averaged 20-5-6 and is still less than 25 years old! either that or hope kawhi starts to develop cause in all honesty the guy is more of a swingman than a combo forward like everyone thought he'd be and should in that case develop a game similar to manus
1 year, 5 months ago on Manu Ginobili and the search for the next elite shooting guard