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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
9 months, 1 week 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
12 months 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
1 year 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.
1 year 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
1 year, 2 months 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.
1 year, 2 months 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, 5 months 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, 5 months 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, 6 months 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, 6 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, 7 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, 7 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, 8 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, 8 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, 9 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, 9 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, 9 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, 9 months ago on Manu Ginobili and the search for the next elite shooting guard
@TayLeFrench thank you!!! idk how many times ive commented on articles saying the spurs are probably looking for a versatile combo forward who has the lateral quickness and range to play the 3 but the size and strength to play the 4 also. i thought thats the type of player they were gona draft last year and when they got kawhi it looked like thats what they had gotten but in all honesty kawhi is a swingman with an extremely good rebounding ability. they need a combo forward who can slide down the 3 and 4 position and thats what theyre probably gona try and find. someone who was either a large 3 in college, or a stretch 4 that every other team has tried making a 3. in all honesty everyone says guys like derrick williams and michael beasley are busts but if they were used right they could be pretty damn good
1 year, 10 months ago on Spurs invite forward Wesley Witherspoon to camp, looked at guard Diante Garrett
@Spursfan66 veeeery true. i wouldnt doubt seeing a trade shipping out jackson for a pf to a team looking to just take on an expiring contract for a year so that team can have a lot of cap flexibility come next offseason
1 year, 10 months ago on Report: Spurs took a look at McGrady
either one of two things is happening...the spurs are committing pretty strongly on small ball and have confidence on their 6'8-6'9 guys guarding pfs (which actually worked alright last year except for that one fluke of a lakers game) OR the future of kawhi leonard is as more of a swingman (in the eyes of the front office) rather than a combo forward and they want another guy who can play sf but slide to the 4 if needed.
@Spursfan66 @scottmer.. @SONofSAN not trying to bash you cause i usually agree with you, but just saying my opinion, id take kmart over fesenko. I like his intensity a lot and i think itd be fun seeing him getting used to pop training his attitude (and pop would be the coach to get as much out of him while keeping him in line). not to mention id actually like a thug combo on the spurs that other teams would be kind of intimidated by. him and jackson? how awesome would it be to see jackson and kmart switch on D guarding the 3 and 4 while other teams play small and think they have the "mismatch" and realize that it doesnt matter cause both those guys can D on forwards like nothing
1 year, 10 months ago on Report: Spurs set to work out center Kyrylo Fesenko
@PGeorgeHill_03 i agree if he gets into shape again AND stays in shape. he starts back up every year in really good shape from the offseason and then just kind of tails off. i understand this past season was tough with the lockout, but if he can keep playing big like he did when he was starting AND learn how to play with a little more range (a la charles barkley) he could be extremely efficient. he needs to get a 15-18ft jumper though. hes too small in the post to just rely on others drawing the double for him
@Spursfan66 i havent really watched any of either one of them but from how theyre described carter sounds better just because hes a forward and butch is a center. unless the spurs commit to slowing down the game like the old days, they need to stick to versatile 4s. what i do like to hear is that where carter excels is defense because versatile 4s who also play D are very hard to find
1 year, 10 months ago on Does Wilkerson invite, Brown rumor signal new wrinkle for Spurs?
@rtesoro440 do you know how the spurs offense works? or how perimeter oriented the 4 position is becoming in the nba? if blatche picks up lateral quickness then ok but if he cant hes no more than a back up 5 or a 4 in only certain situations
i think wilkersons the better choice here. yeah browns quicker and has better offense but wilkerson has the strength to take post ups from other bigs while still being slightly quicker on the offensive end. brown has a better offensive advantage but might get pounded inside a little more easily.
@mdeleon @aespurs yeah i think thats where theyre heading but for more of a replacement for blair/bonner, not really a starter or anything. im pretty sure if diaw can keep up his play and hit consistently fromt the perimeter that hes gona be our starting "center" all season
1 year, 10 months ago on Spurs to workout former Bobcat Derrick Brown
the spurs arent really looking for frontcourt players as in pf/c, imo. from all the reports it seems like the spurs are just trying to find guys who are more combo forwards or stretch 4s to space the floor. i think the spurs are satisfied with one main big buy in the middle cause in all honesty thats how the nba is now. if the spurs do take a chance on blatche, hed either be replacing splitter or 3rd center, unless his outside jumper is consistent the entire season and he has the footspeed to keep up with smaler 4s. the nba has changed to a faster, perimeter oriented game and two big guys is good if one of them has the lateral quickness to defend the perimeter (why do you think timmeh was so effective even when other teams went small). but 7 footers or even guys 6'10 like that dont grow on trees. so the spurs are going to the next best thing which is versatile forwards who can rebound but also run the floor and defend the perimeter while also helping as much as possible on the inside. this is why reports keep coming out about guys like brown and wilkerson. my conclusion? dont be surprised if the spurs take a chance on a guy that was a pf in college that all these nba teams tried to change into sf cause of their "size". a lot of nba teams are making this mistake when in actuality these types of players could be matchup nightmares if used correctly (for an example see michael beasely)
@rtesoro440 well yeah thats why i put the /sign&trade cause theres no way the spurs are going over the luxury tax just to sign one of these guys. lol.
1 year, 11 months ago on Report: Spurs to scout guard Faisal Aden
can the spurs just sign/sign&trade for donte greene on anthony tolliver already? i know greenes played more as a sf but hes 6'11 and can cause mismatches. in all honesty these are the only two forwards left worth looking at that have range and could fit into the offense.
im fine with him in the case of him playing 10 minutes a game as instant offense. I love/hate him as well. but the biggest reason i would hate him wasnt necessarily him but the fact we had to rely on him for 20-25 min/game. its too much to ask him to play his offense and try on defense for that long every single game. I remember one regular season game where his face was as red as his hair and he was drenched from sweat cause he was playing his ass off and he did amazing...but then he didnt have another game like that for another month. so im fine with him if we maintain how long hes out there and now with diaw thats exactly what we can do. not to mention pop can learn how to play tiago and tim together now since theres more time to practice it so if you add that all together thats three solid big guys while at the same time we limit bonners minutes
2 years ago on Report: Duncan, Mills to re-sign with Spurs | July
as ive said before, i think neal is gona start riding the end of the bench or he's gona be trade bait. i know people want another big but to be honest with diaw back i think the big man rotation is set. i see diaw and duncan starting with tiago off the bench and bonner playing the last big/10 minute filler. in all honesty im fine with bonner because he fits the spurs offensive scheme and especially with diaw coming back we can keep him as instant offense off the bench IF NEEDED. we no longer need him to play big minutes as our only stretch big, not to mention jax can play the 4 if needed and fill that stretch 4 position in certain situations. de colo and mills make it more obvious that something is gona happen with neal. there's absolutely no reason to sign both, let alone sign mills to a contract probably bigger than neal if we're not gona use him. i think we're gona have the same starters as the end of last year with manu off the bench and mills and de colo fighting for that last pg spot but de colo winning out cause he can play the 2 as well. as for neal, i think he's trade bait along with blair. My prediction? neal and blair or neal/blair/bonner get shopped around for a stretch 4 or a defensive 4 who can hit a consistent 15 ft jumper. our pg rotation will be parker/mills and sg will be green/manu with de colo playing either whenever the team goes small. our sf spot is set. tim and splitter have a training camp for pop to figure out how to use them both making it more likely that we will have our three solid bigs with bonner as the odd 10-15 minute man. so yeah theres my prediction.
@Chris32 and neals defense wasn't a question mark?
2 years ago on De Colo in San Antonio for physical evaluation | July
actually as surprising as this may sound tyler zeller isnt like his siblings. he cant shoot 3's and actually barely shoots jump shots at all. he operates in the post and relies heavily on his hook shot (able to use both hands on the hook shot btw). so if youre thinking he'll space the floor then you're sorely mistaken, and if the spurs do want to go back to the old "twin towers" style of game zeller wouldnt do there either. yeah his offense is polished "enough" but his defense leaves much to be desired. on other teams he'll do as a reliable center but for the spurs system he'd probably be a backup center which wouldnt be an upgrade from tiago cause his defense isnt better. i said it before, the spurs need that spread 4 (or at least one with an 18 ft jumper) who can play DEFENSE as well. the guards are set and so is SF and unless we're shooting high lottery or spending a lot of $ (which we are doing neither) tiago is our best shot at playing backup center like this past year.
2 years ago on What areas of Spurs' roster need improvement? | June
Why not see what green gets first and if its too much bring anderson back. He already knows the system so why not? Id rather tke green but if we can't kee him id rather bring back a guy who has two seaspn under our system
2 years, 1 month ago on Should the Spurs keep James Anderson? | June
everyone on that list is gona come with a high price and none really help the spurs spread the floor system with the exception of illyasova. i juuuuust thought of a free agent though that is short for a 4 but hustles like crazy, compensates for his lack of height and might be exactly what we're looking for in a robert horry type role. antawn jamison from the cavs is a free agent this year. i know hes not amazing but he is exactly the type of guy we're looking for. a big who fights for rebounds, has a consistent 3 ball and...plays better D than bonner. he's diaw without the passing and without the fat. the only other guy on the market that fits that bill this year that comes to mind is lamar odom and thats not gona happen. i say looking into jamison could be a good move
2 years, 1 month ago on What areas of Spurs' roster need improvement? | June
The only big man really with range in the draft is perry jones from baylor. Some others can shoot but are mostly built better for post play. Jones is projected in the lottery so id take a massive trade up to get him. We don't just need a jumpshooting big mman but one who plays d too. We need another horry but I don't see many guys who fit that mold just yet in the nba. Also, I love neal and his general ballsiness but he should probably go. Patty is way more equiped to play back up pg and is quicker defensively (not necesarily better). Green doesn't have the offensive of a neal but I think our biggest chance is to hope he develops it cause I don't think neal can develop greens D and we need that. But yeah get rid of bonner, maybe neal, and see if throwing in blair gets us a lottery pick. Most likely we'll get some raw big but it could help. And then for that last guard id say bring de colo or hanga to take neals place.
i would actually want to face the griz instead. theyre not the same team as last year, gasol is tired, randolph isnt unstoppable, no sam young or arthur to pound with, and no shane battier. not to mention adding gay changed the dynamic of the team so even if gasol and randolph were at their peaks, the team is running through gay which takes away a lot of the advantage they had last year. in addition, cp3 and blake have been doing a marvelous job of bitching and flopping and, annoyingly, whining their way through games. i dont like the match up with the clips because its pretty much who can work the refs better. lets hope pop can still confuse some refs and parker shows some of that flare when they wired him up on tnt and kept coming at the refs.
2 years, 2 months ago on How the Spurs fared vs. Clippers, Grizzlies | May
agree on the jazz getting more offensive boards, but you have to remember that was when the bonner/blair combo was in the game. another thing i noticed, bonner probably cant wait for splitter to get back. we saw how bad the bonner/blair combo was during the game for a while and instead of playing bonner/tim (which is the only other pairing left for bonner since splitters out) pop played blair/diaw because tim needs rest and blair and diaw together were holding it down enough. but once splitter comes back, expect to see blairs time to go back down and bonner to play more minutes with splitter on the floor
2 years, 2 months ago on What went right, what went wrong for Spurs in Game 2 | May
Yeah I disagree as well. What we've seen from the tail end of this season is dejuam is one dimensional as a great rebounder and if he's not rebounding then he has no upside. I see starting diaw or bonner with timmy and off the bench tiago with whoever doesn't start from bonner or diaw. Both have range, actually have size compared to blair, and have shown way more hustle and drive lately. What I'm most interested to see is how pop reacts to that funky lineup corbins been throwing out with jefferson and favors in the middle and millsap playing the 3. I like our versatility but I don't think kawhi or jack could last with millsap for too long. Could we see diaw or bonner play the 3 to try and couunter this? Interesting!!!
2 years, 2 months ago on Spurs' big men more than clowns | April
@JohnCook the irony here is the comment skip is the only with a clue. Lol. But yeah as much as skip is out there when it comes to other sports, he does understand championship basketball, not just star basketball
2 years, 3 months ago on Video: ESPN asks if Spurs will win the west | April
I know I'm gona sound like a dick here...but with how patty is playing I don't think neal should really be in the rotation. In the playoffs a team usually has an 8-9 man rotation. I see tim and blair starting and tiago and bonner off the bench for bigs (bonner is really showing that he's not giving up his spot to diaw. The guys playing out of his mind defensively). As for point and wings I see the current starters with manu as our off the bench combo guard and jax as the off the bench swingman. That's already a 9 player rotation. So when games get weird and you need that one random player to come in and turn things around who is it? I know pop wants neal and history says he's exactly that type of guy, but I really think patty would be better all around in the playoffs as that random every once in a while bench guy. Just my opinion
2 years, 3 months ago on Early thoughts on Patty Mills | April
the guys an idiot and so are a lot of the other espn analysts. listen to them and you'll see what i mean. stephen a smith just goes for flash and all this "knicks" and "clippers" crap and i remember another espn analyst picking miami last year to win it all when they only had three players and he also picked the clippers when they made the paul trade. real analysts know that the spurs are a good team. listen to the guys from tnt. i remember reading an article where barkley himself said that the guys at tnt dont know why the spurs got written off and that a lot of the tnt analysts had them going really far into the playoffs this year. stephen a smith is crap and doesnt know what basketball really is
2 years, 3 months ago on Video: ESPN's Stephen A. Smith has no love for Spurs' Splitter | April
@Ironwill71 I have seen that day...in the association version of 2k12. Lol. I traded for him (this is supposed to be three years in the future already)
2 years, 3 months ago on Popovich opens up about trading Hill last summer | April
yeah i watched the video and got all giddy cause i thought he'd pop up...but of course he didn't. i respect the point guards they put in there but come on. tony is the master of the floater. sad day but then again when it comes to the media they'd never include a spur
2 years, 3 months ago on Parker's teardrop shot gets no love | March
I don't know if the pick up would be all that great. Not because I don't believe in him or anything, but because by moving neal back to sg you forcw pop to solve a back up sg rotation involving neal and green where, knowing pop, he'll pick the "more reliable" neal cause he always goes with the safer and this gives up too much defense. Especially if you pair neal and fisher. I would really hate to see them play defense together
2 years, 4 months ago on Fisher still on Spurs' radar, Mills deal still not done | March
Jefferson wasn't doing too bad and he was a great teammate for our guys. I mean I know he didn't play like the fourth option we wished and paid for but you could see he loved playingwith our big three. I hope this chemistry picks up with sjax too. And I think this further solidifies neal playing primarily as the backup pg because sjax can play sf and sg while rj couldnt
2 years, 4 months ago on Update: Several reports calling Jackson/Jefferson swap done | March
@spurs123 @tdlane i would loooove this. especially because thabeet has good potential but just hasnt done enough for teams and morris has been too inconsistent for them. but i doubt theyd take rj for how much money he is, and everyone knows that bonner needs to play in a system specifically for him or he cant do anything. i dont see this trade going down :/
2 years, 4 months ago on Rumor: Spurs interested in Jonny Flynn | March
and to top it off we couldve used that 29th pick for any other guy doing alright as a backup pg or hell just a productive player. what was isaiah thomas in the draft (ill admit he was a crazy surprise)? i think norris cole was picked at 28? hell i wouldve even been fine taking another sf. who was it the spurs worked out that everyone heralded as the second coming of matt bonner on this blog? wasnt it chandler parsons? and isnt he killing in houston right now?! i mean i know we gave up a pg in the kl trade but come on that was a good trade. but that 29th pick wasnt and couldve been used for another pg that wasnt connected to the gm or just another piece that wouldve given us a lot more
can i just express frustration on one fact...we picked cory joseph with the 29th pick in the draft as a backup pg and hes come up with squat!!!
@Qwer12 I don't think the hornets would go for it. Vazques is actually producing and ja isn't, they're both young so its not like they'd be letting go of an old vet for a prospect, and on top of that vazquez is a 6'5-6'6 pg who could play sg. Ja just plays sg and maybe is big enough for sf. If I were the hornets I wouldn't go for it
2 years, 4 months ago on Ford to sit out rest of season, considering retirement | March
@tdlane @spurs123 @JeffProjectSpurs I don't think the cleveland trade would work. Varajeao was playing like an all star before he got hurt and they don't really need more sf. I like the hornets trade, especially caue vasquez would loooove playing with manu. He's admitted to manu being his favorite player
:(( nooooo!!! i know hes been out most of the year, but even playing minimal, just getting back on the court minutes for the past few games, he was doing pretty damn good. i hope he gets healthy again but if this is really what he wants then his health is more important but damn that sucks. theres two options here. i know neal has been improving as a pg and has been an alright pg so far, but come playoff time we're gona need more than just neal as our 2nd unit pg. theres two options. the obvious is a trade for a backup pg. something involving anderson cause apparently he wants out anyway, maybe joseph cause a team might want a pg in return for one they have even if it is an extra one they have, and maybe even neal or green (-_-). i would take the trade if we could get a servicable pg without adding neal/green in the trade but i doubt we'd get a good enough pg with just that trade. so the second option is just working with the rotation at hand. keep neal as the back up pg, and leave manu in the 2nd unit. parker mans the 1st unit floor general duties and maybe gives green some freedom there too, while neal gets a feel for it and has manu as the fall back if he cant produce in a certain game. honestly thats the only way i see it working.
Neal better be playing great offense cause if he's just in there getting beat on defense and not contributing on offense then I'm gona be pissed with pops stubbornness to not let green play more minute and help defensively
2 years, 4 months ago on Before Tip-Off: Neal to start, Smith wants Knicks to stay focused | March
if he could get in shape before playoffs, i wouldnt mind it. his numbers are pretty solid and show he has an all around type of game. yeah hes kinda short but hes shown he can bang around with bigger guys. the biggest thing for me though is he solves the big conundrum of a big with a reliable shot other than just posting up. last year we had mcdyess as a very reliable 15-18 foot shooting big man. idk why everyone kept complaining about mcdyess when he was our second best (and sometimes the best) post defender and freed up timmy to post inside without clogging the lane but whatever. now without mcdyess, pop has tried to transform timmy into that pick and pop player so that dejuan or tiago wont get trapped by two defenders underneath and honestly its ugly. I cant remember timmy ever shooting this inefficiently on a nightly basis cause he has to take that 15 footer and it pisses me off. so we try to solve it with matt bonner being in there so that timmy can go to work down low. i love bonner, but whenever we play a team with a good inside game or even a good driving game, he shows glimpses of why we'll get bounced easily in the playoffs. diaw would fill the bonner spot and help recreate what mcdyess did. his defense is a lot better than bonners (already liking the idea of diaw), he fights for boards really really well, he has a 15-18 footer and can even stroke the 3 if he gets hot. honestly you could pair him with tim or tiago without forcing either one to play out of their element and you wouldn't lose anything on defense. i think itd be a good quiet pick up but chemistry and minutes would have to be solved quickly if this were to happen
2 years, 4 months ago on Diaw, Bobcats parting ways? | March
@russman138 I don't think he's malil rose 2.0 but I definitely think that's wht he could become
2 years, 4 months ago on Midseason review: DeJuan Blair | March
Now that I think about it, if he played that last game it could've turned out differently. Not saying it would have!!! It could've ust been the same with him, but the nuggest big men are good matchups for blair. They're also on the shorter side and the ones that aren't, aren't as quick as blair. The thing about blair is he's good and can match up with most big men in the league, just not the best. I think he could've matched farrieds energy on Sunday and helped. He'd be a reeeeally good big off the bunch (a la malik rose) if he had a consistent 15-18 footer but he gets discouraged easily if not given a lot of time or put on the bench. He just needs to mature, understand what he needs to do, and he could easily develop into a good, consistent player
2 years, 4 months ago on Ginobili returns, but Spurs unable to stop Nuggets | March
Yeah tha game was just bad. We got outhustled and they just wanted it more. We got a glimpse of what probably will hqppen to bonner in the plyoffs. He'll have good offensive spurts, and then his defense will kill us. I really liked the small ball line upa and the energy we were getting from this game, but pop depended a little too much on neal at the end of the game. His defense was bad, his shot was just kind of there, no better or worse than greens, so idk why he didn't put green in. I mean I know he wanted the small ball lineup but this would've kept the small line up and would've made it better defensively while not risking too much offensively. Honestly earlier in the game when they had tj/parker at point, td/splitter at center, and three swing men it worked amazingly no matter who the swing men were (I'm limiting swingmen to green, manu, leonard, and rj) they had no problem switching on defense making pick and rolls non existent for denver and causung tons of disruption while still rebounding well (green leonard and rj all rebound better than bonner and sometimes tim) and causin huge mismatches. Seriously pop needs to keep trying this small ball lineup but with neal. He defeats the whole purpose of going small cause he gets trapped too easily on defensive mismatches
@rtesoro440 @kmgospurs 6'4" is a little trickier cause now you are giving up more size and now it'd depend on the body type and defensive ability. I've always been hesitant about neal, for example, being the "future" sg not just because he's 6'4, but because his skill set isn't similar to manus, he's not super long so his height disadvantage IS more obvious on defense, and he's stockier which goes with him not being very long. I will give him this though, he's become more than just a shooter and does have a quicker first step and drive, he looks less stocky and leaner compared to last year, and his defense has improved so I'm a little better with him at sg now. Think of it this way, is dwayne wade supposed to be a pg because at 6'4 he's too small to be a sg? Cause he's one of the best sg out there. Deron williams is 6'4 and is a pg, but everyone admits it creates huge matchip problems. So IMO when it comes to two positions that are close in height to eachother (like pg/sg, pf/c) you can usually get away with like an inch or two as long as the abilities to play the position is there
2 years, 4 months ago on Video: Nando De Colo looking good in recent game | March
@rtesoro440 @kmgospurs dude....manu is 6'6....i hiiighly doubt 1 inch is gona be a major difference. especially because he doesnt look stocky or anything, he looks pretty long which should offset any worry of height and anyways manu doesnt play big either so its not like manus a bigger 6'6 who plays swingman, if anything he plays small and is a combo guard which is what nando would be. i understand our height concerns when it comes to our bigs, but in this case that 1 inch is irrelevant
kaman is playing so good for the hornets right now its hard to understand why they want to get rid of him so much. All of this developing young guys is dumb. his contract is done after this year, they can play him less minutes if they want and if he gets disgruntled who cares? the hornets are out of the playoff picture so screw team chemistry for making a run and hes done after this year anyway so its not like theyd have to deal with it for long. in addition to that, why settle for a second round pick. i mean i know youre looking to the future, but if they dont find the ultimate sleeper of the draft then its just not worth it. at least thats how i see it
2 years, 4 months ago on Kaman still available, price has dropped apparently | March
i know we already have a forward in leonard who can defend the 4 also. but can i say my offseason wish list? as for trades in the season i dont see any deals being struck up for getting a big man in return for packaging anderson unless its a big man another team wont mind letting go like a hasheem thabeet (too much money and we'd have to add someone else), l. sanders, or a. randolph. Any other quality big man we'd want, we would have to make a deal sending anderson and one of our own big man. spurs won't deal bonner (they love that big who can shoot the three ever since i can remember horry doing it for the spurs), they wont deal splitter (if they did theyd be idiots), and theyre not dealing dejuan IMO. They like his motor and im pretty sure theyre hoping he keeps improving. so i look for the offseason. I think every spur fan has the same dream...that we land dwight...its not gona happen. but, ive said on here before, the pacers didn't extend hibbert (for idk what reason) soooo while everyones going dwight crazy the spurs could quietly battle the pacers on a little restricted fa auction for hibbert and land a quality big man. in addition, bringing over richards would bring new meaning to Twin Towers. two guys OVER seven feet, and one of them can spread the floor like a bonner. now back to my entry point, i like leonard focusing on being a wing, but i also love the combo forward position. if it can be played with the right size and skills, IMO its the most versatile position in bball.....now i know i may get chewed out for this but theres another 08 draftee who did not get extended, is this position, but is a headcase. michael beasely. i know i know spurs hate headcases BUT hes super versatile, hes an intense player, and i can see him loving being on a winning team like the spurs. In addition, he adds tons of match up problems for other teams if we decide to go small with him at pf or big with him at sf and richards and hibbert at 4 and 5. the only way to do this though presents money problems. If we want this to happen, this means full future commitment, aka we dont resign tim unless its for like 1.5 million and even then itd be tricky, we amnesty jefferson(i think we still can this offseason), and we try to trade bonner somewhere for cash or something like that. itd be lucky if we could do all that....but this is just my dream come true. go spurs go! :P
2 years, 4 months ago on Spurscast # 271: TP for MVP? | Episodes
@Ironwill71@JeffProjectSpurs yeah i was wondering the same thing about mcdyess since he retired so quietly but i guess we'll have to wait and see. probably not though cause itd probably just throw off chemistry. and lorbek just signed a new contract this past summer for a few years i think so the only way for the spurs to get him anytime soon is to buy him out. as for richards im extreeeemely excited to see him play and hope hes developing nicely. do you know who he is currently playing for? i thought it was gran canaria but everywhere i look for him or any stats on him i cant find anything at all. but i have heard that hes still growing and is apparently massive for a pf at 7'1 now who can spread the floor. I was trying to think of ways to pair him with another quality center in the future. i highly doubt dwight would ever come to small market sa, buuuuut i did notice someone else that could be picked up. hibbert! now i know hes not a dominant big man, but hes still learning and growing and could become a very good quality center on both ends of the floor. and did anyone else notice indy didnt give him an extension?! we might have money to pick him up this summer once td contract is up while everyone else is busy with the dwight craziness. it would help us so much in the middle if timmy retires and if tim picks up another two years for cheap then it finally gives him a true center to play next to again and further down the road gives us a huge advantage. imagine having a 7'1 pf in richards and a 7'2 center in hibbert. HOW WOULD THAT BE FOR TWIN TOWERS?! sorry i just got really excited. i wish i could be a gm : /
2 years, 5 months ago on Report: Spurs taking a closer look at Sanikidze | February
@JeffProjectSpurs @NorCalSpursFan not if by picking up smith you use kawhi in more of a combo forward role, which is more natural for him. In addition to that I see pop playing green as more of a combo guars depending on who he's in with. But tge only way I see this pick up happening is doing the trade mentioned above ^^ but sending tj. Instead of joseph cause if we pick up smith then the only way to fit all our 2s is to have a second unit combo of neal and green and have them split both guard duties between them so kawhi plays at 3 in the 2nd unit but if that's done there's very few leftover minutes at the 1 and id rather have a learning rookie have those sporadic minutes to boost himself rather than a vet who could become very disgruntled if given that role
2 years, 5 months ago on Spurs interested in J.R. Smith? | January
@josespurs @JeffProjectSpurs @JoeyTrevino361. I agree!!! Lol. I said pretty much the same thing above...kinda
2 years, 5 months ago on Spurs decline to pick up Anderson's option | January
I don't like this at all. Maybe they're looking to keep him but for a lot cheaper after the season ends? Idk all I know is I don't like neal getting more time than him. I love neal and he can fill it up, but sticking with neal is a suns/offensive mentallity. We need to go back to old spurs style. Neal played 8 unproductive and probably lacking of defense minutes yesterday and ended up with what anderson had in garbage time. Neal can't play point or defense on bigger shooting guards. Hell green plays like a pg more than neal does and is good at it. My opinion? Play green a little less as a swingman and play him as a combo guard a la george hill. You can get away with similar production that hill used to give and you have a guy that can defend almost any sized sg unlike hill used to, and now you have kawhi playing as your primary back up swingman when manu comes back and anderson can blossom somewhere in between the rest of the minutes. It'll still kind of be garbage time but it'll be more than he's getting and you improve defensively over playing neal
I think this would actually be a greeeeat time to play thomas. At the 4 atlanta has looong athletic but not very tall guys...which is exactly what thomas is!! We heard thomas was picked up for his athleticism and defense so in a game where we need that athleticism and much needed defense at the 4 id rather see thomas getting some time rather than bonner trying to defend smith at the 4 and failing miserably while also trying to launch threes to offset his defensive errors. Just my opinion
2 years, 6 months ago on Scouting the Hawks: Tough defense, and who stops Smith? | January
Anyone know why kawhi didn't get too much playing time? Did pop wana give anderson another chance or kawhi a break or what?
2 years, 6 months ago on Duncan sinks game winner over Hornets, Parker has career night | January
Get rid of bonner!!! That's all I have to say. What's the point of having a situational player on the team if he doesn't even fulfill his situation?! I think he made one three pointer last night and that was it. He playef more minutes than splitter (probably cause pop is saving splitter for tonight against scola is what I'm thinking). I just don't see him ever helping the spurs. And everybody needs to stop saying we need more big guys cause we don't, but we need more natural playing big guys. Bonners a big man but doesn't play big. He definitely needs to go cause I'm blaming the OKC loss and last nights loss a lot on him. I kinda blame tony too though. Yes he had a good game and shot well and stuff but in those last few minutes he tried to do eeeeverything himself and got the ball stolen and messed up the last play. He was playing selfish and trying to be the hero
2 years, 6 months ago on Bucks keep Spurs winless on the road | January
@JohnAbney see I know this may sound crazy...but I kind of hope jefferson eventually gets on the bench, but still averages around his minutes or maybe a little less. This is why, in the 1st with the starters he was just kind of there, just like another body. Much like his role last year. But when he came in with the second unit he gave us a good spark and led a run and was more aggressive. Now idk the reason or anything but my theory is because he was the only true stable vet in that group which makes him have to be the leader. With that second group he's the leader, the aggressor and a stable player for the younger guys which is actually better than having a whole second unit of guys that look completely lost
2 years, 6 months ago on Ginobili leads Spurs to victory in season opener over Grizzlies | December
@antarescrane @mrniko @Emicris yeah I agree bonner isn't that great defensively, but when set with the lineups of tiago and kawhi and leonard they helped enough defensively to kind of mask it. Now I'm not saying play him a lot cause blair got barely any time and he'd probably be more suited, but he benefited a lot from playing with those other defensive players who masked his inabilities. With that I would like to say that tiago played amazing, it was quiet physical defensive play out of him. Just what we need. Oo and bonner also looked good defending gasol instead of randolph cause he can keep up a lot better with a pick and pop better than a straight up post up which was the difference between the two memphis big men last night. Good call by pop to notice how each of them was playing and to send defenders on them depending on their play rather than size accomodations
2 years, 6 months ago on Pregame: Spurs, Grizzlies happy with opening day matchup | December
2 years, 7 months ago on Spurs waive Hassell and Zeller, roster at 13 | December
@rtesoro440 oo nah that wasn't my point. Neither hassel nor lawal could shoot. Lol. To me both of them were ultimately the same in terms of skill set except lawal seemed better defensively and quicker on his feet and more active on the boards. I'm not concerned about their offense. Both of them seemed pretty similar in that respect
2 years, 7 months ago on Spurs waive Lawal | December
@JeffProjectSpurs. True true. Idk why hayes though. I know we say the frontcourt is thin but we say that because we have specialty players and not really all around guys. I mean almost every team in the league has a four man frontcourt, maybe five but that's usually a combo forward. Its usually 2 pf and 2 C. Hayes I admit will make a great pick up, but he was a starter for houston and is gona demand minutes. Where does he get them from? We learned last year that without minutes dejuan gets discouraged, yes we should rest timmy but come on he still gets minutes cause he's tim, and tiago wont grow unless he gets play time, so do we give him bonners minutes? What now with bonner? I mean I know he's a step up from bonner but lets focus on the other four then. You'll pretty much give him good minutes which means odd man out who still gets minimal time is tiago. With lawal it sucks cause you don't get automatic experie.ce like with hayes but with lawal you get tim and blair playing consistent minutes, tiago playing more and hopefully growing, and the leftover you use on bonner running a team out of the stadium raining threes or you use lawal, let him grow and let him learn. Its not a win now situation but id take lawal
What? He was the random big man that I liked the most! His help defense was good, he was quick on his feet, and he played with energy. I thought the other big (hassel?) Looked heavier, not as quick on D and didn't space the floor as well. And was it jjust me or did splitter play hoooorribly. Alright one on one D but whenever he had to rotate over to help the other bigs he seemed slow and lost and on offense he seemed like he was rushing his game sometimes and trying to do too much. I understand most of his mistakes came from inadequate spacing from the second unit but that's where he should've posted up and waited for the spacing to get there so he could go to work. I wasn't impressed with splitter is the point.
With what's left, keeping jefferson is the best and safest bet we have. He's an adequete player that never fit into the system offensively but has been trying and is actually alright on defense. He looked so bad last year cause we never really had a good enougg back up, his contract is bad, and he had to carry all the sf weight for a long time. Now, even if we were to amnesty him, we wouldn't have enough salary cap room to sign a meaningful big and we'd be left without a reliable, experienced sf. So leave jefferson for a year, especially since we have two good enough back ups so he wont be left with the burden and expectations of being our only sf and if he doesn't pan out again by next summer or leonard surpasses him or something then amnesty him then when its his money and TDs coming off the books so we'd have the chance to land a meaningful big next year
2 years, 7 months ago on Reggie Williams' list doesn't include Spurs | December
That lost part I meant about anderson being listed as a guard and not a g/f
2 years, 7 months ago on Kawhi Leonard officially a Spur | December
Why does everyone keep listing anderson as a sf?! We have enough sf for now and need to find a solid 2 to follow manu when he's gone. I love gary neal but he's not that guy. He's a great situational player off the bench but not a starter. And I think the spurs are finally realizing this. Look at the training camp roster, he's listed as a guard!!! There's no g/f there like for green. Everyone needs to realize he's not our future sf
@JeffProjectSpurs ya same here and if he does it'll just be for ticket sales...and I'm not a lakers fan and manu is my absolute favorote player ever, but how cool would it be to see them playing together
2 years, 9 months ago on Virtus Bologna owner still in pursuit of Ginobili | October
Signing kobe is more for the publicity and ticket sells. I mean don't get me wrong he's gona play and fill up with points and help out the team, but I think from a team style standpoint they want manu more cause he's played with the team and understands their playbook and what they want exactly from him
I understand that russia isn't as great a league as the nba but I really like this double double because it shows blair isn't just being a presence on the boards, but also an offensive threat. Whenever blair gets double doubles its usually about this many rebounds matched with points in the teens so I think this shows that he might be working on his offense some. Out of curiousity though, is there any way to find a picture of his shot selection? Cause I'm really curious to know if any of these shots were jumpers
2 years, 9 months ago on DeJuan Blair records double-double in BC Krasnye debut | September
leonard is a reeeally good pick and fits into the spurs need for good perimeter defense, rebounding, and not to mention lack of a consistent SF. hill was amazing and i am going to miss him tremendously (one of my favorite players) but they couldnt have him playing defense against SF anymore and seeing as no one was taking tony cuz of jeffersons annoyingly massive contract, they did the next best thing and traded hill :'(. but the result of all this has left me with three different directions the spurs could go
1. - our front office has officially gone crazy and is just jacking up ideas to see if any turn out good
2. - they have faith in having found a gem in cory joseph, have no more worries about the SF, SG or PG position anymore, and will now try to make another trade for a big man or somehow sign a free agent big man for cheap who will be enough to be a presence on the floor
3. - they have the faith and no more worries mentioned above and are sure that they didnt need to trade for or draft a big man because they will have ryan richards coming over
....in my opinion I seriously hope its number 3 because giving up hill will be highly disappointing if the spurs dont end up landing a big man in the end
3 years, 1 month ago on Spurs select Texas' Cory Joseph with 29th pick | June
true true. but i dont think it took too long to find timmy help. i feel like over the past few years theyve just looked in the wrong places. and yeah its true that cuban has the money but i think at this point, im not saying dirk is old, but you probably only have a couple more years to get out of him before he starts declining. so im not saying rebuild at all cuz thats plain stupid at this point after winning a title, but try to find him another young sidekick to start transitioning dirk into a different role the next couple of years. kinda like how it shifted from robinson to timmy. cuz if you dont then youre just gona keep spending money on role players and before you know it youre left without nowitzki and with a bunch of role players you paid more money for. so yes money can do wonders, but for the mavs i say spend some but start trying to find a young future to make the transition easy in like four years when you need it
3 years, 1 month ago on Spurscast #250: Have Mavs surpassed Spurs? | Episodes
will always have a chance to win cuz the owner spends money? with all that spent money, how many championships have you all won? actually i digress cuz i know the argument youre going to come back with is "its all in the past, we have the championship today". but since cubans been the owner, hes spent ALLLL that money, for one championship? since cubans been the owner and spending all that money, how many championships have the spurs won? with a crappy budget?! yeah id rather be money savvy and get a dynasty than spend a ton of money for one championship. thats just my opinion though
nothing really too special. i mean im not saying anything i said above is that special but its where i feel its the only place the spurs can pick something up that will benefit them in this weak of a draft. all the bigs are probably gona get taken early and the spurs dont need a tweener. the rosters already full of combo guards and swingmen so the only option i see is a combo forward or point. all the points will probably get taken early though too so, even though it is slim pickings, i feel like its the only way to go with this pick and hope whoever they pick shows enough to where they can make some kind of immediate impact
two things the spurs NEED in my opinion: a combo/small forward, and a big man. now im not for the whole "blow it up" strategy, but if you're making any moves in these areas, then the only thing you havent "blown up" the past few years is the core of parker, duncan, ginobili, and ill add hill in there cuz he is a future piece that probably wont be moved. right now, the spurs are weak in the SF position, not because jefferson isnt good, but he has not shown his slashing confidence of old and we've depended on him as our only legit SF for way too long for him to put up good numbers on a consistent basis. i dont think we can really depend on green or anderson to fill this void because of their lack of size at this position. yes i know that shouldnt matter but wouldnt you rather see a bigger SF in the lineup who could also play as a small PF? a lot of championship caliber teams have been using this sort of smaller line up and i feel a good combo forward would do the spurs good. I would consider green and anderson swingmen and would treat them as such, while also training butler for SF behind richard jefferson and going for SF/PF combo player in the draft. Best players i have seen for this are parsons, singler, or maybe even harper. everyones been ragging on the first two as second comings of bonner but these two are legitamite SF at the college level....i wouldnt play bonner as SF even at a college level because of his minimal defensive abilities and his inability to finish at the rim, making either one of these two choices a lot better than a matt bonner since both parsons and singler can do both those things mentioned above. I WOULD ALSO STAY AWAY FROM AAAANY SORT OF TWEENER!! theres really no point in getting a PF in this draft because theyre all tiny (most barely even reach 6'10") and even if they are a stretch 4, all that means is theyre the size of a SF who cant defend other SF. get a combo forward like parsons or singler in the draft and now you have a guy the exact same size as every other PF in the draft who has a much larger skill set and could probably pick up playing post in their career a bit (more than what bonners done). as for a big man, unless you get kanter or vucevic, its pointless because anyone else either has size and no skill, or skill and no size. i say just stick to looking for a SF in the draft, and either bring richards over next year or make a trade or sign a free agent solid big man