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They need to play.Baynes will be back, especially if Boris is out. Just noticed that R Richards now plays for Ikaros in the Euro league. No back story but believe he was bought. Its a higher level than Dubai. He played 12min in his 1st game, made 1 shot and had 2 rebounds. Next game is Dec 7th. If this guy can just learn to play defense, we can feel much better about post TD era.
1 week, 3 days ago on Spurs' Baynes, De Colo assigned to Toros
@gymbear He has never been a consistent player, here or in Europe. He sees the floor, but his reactions have always been too slow for this level. Just not enough of an athlete for his role.
Perhaps he will learn to develop a consistent shot and become G Dragic type, still. We all shouldn't hold our breath, he is not likely to see the floor very often and best would be for him to bring a late 1st round pick ?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Baynes' late floater gives Spurs narrow win over Budenholzer, Hawks
@gruelingslate HI Greg - fun to see you here. Also try Ptr. Nice people on both, very knowledgeable folks more often on Ptr, but any on both.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on O.J. Mayo asks: How do the Spurs still win?
Fells could become something Kawhi like.He is an athlete who has a 7ft + wing span and ball handling skills at 6'6". He is also quick and seems to have worked on his shot. I think Pop really sees something, so he might stick for 6 months. It cost very little and he can be dropped in Dec. if they wish to pick someone up, assuming we don't send Nando away long before. The future could be brighter than we might have guessed post TD and Manu if one of the high potential players can develop along with Kawhi. St Charles, and Bertrans, plus a Kabongo type might make TS or Baynes adequate at C. I really hope Fells sticks.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Spurs waive Maggette, Cousin, Kabongo
@gymbear @Coxcr20 Last year, he didn't look for his shot. This year he has obviously been told to be aggressive offensively. He and Kawhi have to get comfortable with the new freedom they have been given. That's much of what I saw. They both were thinking too much, even though they were being aggressive. Give them 4 more games of freedom and they will get familiar with their extended roles and more shots will fall. The assist for CJ will come, but often he is on the floor with Manu, or Nando, or now MB, and they like to have the ball in their hands.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Despite 13 points apiece from Leonard & Joseph, Spurs fall to Nuggets in preseason action
Its not about money. Its about a group of people who believe that everyone should fend for themselves and an idea tha America was once a great country before brown minorities started demanding things.
ACA ( Obamacare) was the 1st demand by these folks and in order to save face, the argument has shifted to budget amounts. When their pary was in power, deficits didn't matter, now when the brown guy is in the White House, we must cut food stamps, and safety net programs to balance the budget.
Don't get caught in false equivalents- follow the steps. Its the alwasy the guy who retaliates who get penalized . nit the guy throwing the 1st punch. Its the Tea Party guys who through the 1st punch and fell Obama is not a legitimate president.
Yes, we are all losing and look silly, but anyone want to watch the H or Commons, of the Italian "congress, or many other places where people actually throw punches. How bad do we really look ???
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Video: Popovich weighs in on the U.S. Shutdown
I agree with most, get something for DeColo and keep Fells. Baynes will be ok. He will never be Wilt or TD, but Pecovich, yes. Maggette certainly can still contribute 10min of savy ball and it might be nice to not be bringing in a sf late in the year that just sits. If he doesn't get floor time, not much money is lost dropping him in Dec. An alternative is keeping Kabongo, & Fells and saying goodbye to Nando, how about the sixers or bucks ?
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Notables and Quotables in Spurs preseason loss to Suns
Tony recovers very quickly. He doesn't need camp. That leaves him over a month to rest. We all hope this is enough. I guess we all need to enjoy his French title with him as there may not be more here or there. Gooo !
2 months, 2 weeks ago on As Spurs training camp nears, Tony Parker admits he's 'very tired'
Did I read this right ? Marco can not do all the things Neal can do ? Are you serious ? I really liked Neal, but he had trouble bringing the ball up court under pressure, took crazy shots, played weak defense, was too short to guard his position, what else ?MB is twice the passer, a better ball handler, takes fewer crazy shots, defends his position better and can be on the floor matching up at the 2-3 if short term. He will alos take some pressure off Manu.
There is very little forgiveness in any City where a key player causes the team to lose a title. Bill Buckner anyone ?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Five things to watch this season
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Spurs' Buford at EuroBasket 2013
Put me in the confused column. This 2 years in a row. Last Summer was the same thing. There was no obvious reason to bring Nando over last year, but ... We also drafted Denmon and looked at a number of others. TP is signed for 2 more, so we can surmise that they are looking for an impact guard to replace him and don't yet see that guy among those we have, etc. CJ will be a good player, but probably not at TP level. Nando is slow and passive, PM is great but not a PG, same of Dentman, so the heir, perhaps is still to be found. I think they could consider a different direction, maybe a point forward, but not clear who that might be. I like Marcus Williams, but he seems to have dropped off the earth after gettign suspended from China.
3 months ago on Fan Post: What's with the Spurs' offseason focus on guards?
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Lets hope !
3 months ago on What is the future of Spurs basketball?
I don't see the sense in it. He is limited and not with a high potential. Why not get someone more versatile. I'd rather see Lamychal Greene or bring back Marcus Williams. These guys can score, defend multiple positions, are younger, more athletic, and Williams can handle the ball. We really needed a tall ball handler in the finals and gave up possession after possession on traps that CJ, TP, and even Manu were too short to see over and Pop didn't trust Tracy.
If it is insignificant because it is the 15th spot, make it a development position for the future. Why wait until everyone is retired.
3 months ago on Report: Forward Sam Young has meeting with Spurs
@Spursfan66 @jojo707 The chance of adding a few high potential young pieces meant not paying $9mil to Tiago. I like Tiago, but he is not the heir to TD position and therefore not more then keeping the group together for a last shot at #5. I think a number of experienced guys could have filled that role for the next 1-2 yrs. We have questionable options coming along on the roster. I think Baynes could turn put to be better Tiago, if we keep him, but most of us believe we need a backup for KL, and Aminu or Brewer may have been nice pieces, Brewer was interested on both occasions but we had spent our money both times and couldn't offer him much,same with many others. Yes, I believe the FO tries to add pieces but not at the risk of changing the basic roster. Why do we still have MB at 4mil ? Why do we have excess 1s and 2s. Do we need CJ, PM, NdC, MG, TP, MB,DG, Much of this is not planning for the future. The future may be CJ, Baynes, KL, DG- that it. The Euros have yet to be seen. I like Richards, but who knows when he will have a roster spot to learn to play defense in Austin, Hanga look good, but not an All Star type, Livio could be a very good player, but... I really like Bertrans but will gain weight, learn to move his feet on D. These are all big unknowns. My guess is that MG, if injured again, will retire after this year. TP may move on with TD retirement or TD will be even 30% less productive, so it really doesn't look to me we are doing more than going all in for #5, and hoping for luck in the draft and unproven Euros. I just would prefer fewer chips on #5, and more on 3 years from now.
We could have upgraded for the future if the RO was willing to take a few minor risks. MB could have left room for a Corey Brewer or Earl Clark, letting Tiago go could opened up room to sign a few young guys like Aminu, and filled in with Mohammed or Dalember, but the FO didn't want to plan for the future. I say this because the backups will, for the most part not be legitimate starters on a playoff team. So, we will have to hope next year a few roster slots open to bring in a few of the Euro player to see what we have, but now, when TD and MG pack it in, we have KL, maybe TP, CJ, and then what. Titles are won by either lucky teams, like the 2005 Spurs or the 2010 Mavs or the teams with such heavy talent that they are just better. So why risk being competitive in the future for 1 last shot at a title that would require an extreme amount of luck, as we were a good team, but not a super team.
It could be painful for a number of years without a lot of luck. I am more willing to have a chance to win it all, but not at the expense of being a lottery team for 3-7yrs. Look at Phila, and now Dallas. Toronto was once real threat, but that was 15yrs ago. So I hope the Euros are close to All Star caliber when they develop or we will not be very competitive with a few great players and a bunch of second rounders. I think this was the year to remain competitive while building for the future. Just my opinion.
I'd say Baynes has more upside than Tiago. He has a jump shot that is developing and has better feet than Tiago,'tho he is still learning. Remember the 1st 2 years for Tiago ? Many fouls, out of position often, beaten off the dribble consistently, etc
Baynes came in mid season from a Euro league, give him time.
3 months, 1 week ago on Spurs Rank: #14 Aron Baynes
@gymbear I agree with most of it, but CJ was exposed as are most guards under Heat traps. They are tall and quick and TP had trouble, as did Manu and CJ. If you liked him before the finals, he will only get better. Did you watch the Heat/Pacers finals ? Neither Hill nor Augustine could handle the trapping and looked far worse than CJ. DeColo is the guy with the low ceiling and might DP to open a roster spot.
I hope Baynes develops as the 4th big, as he is the only one beside TD that has offensive potential on the block. Tiago is what he is, Pendy will shoot 15 ftrs, Matt hangs out at the 3 line and Boris hates to shoot. A weird collection of lovable guys, but no one who can provide offense in place of TD.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Video: Patty Mills says he hasn't reached his peak
@gymbear Yeah, the idiot writers at the SA Express seem to have very low opinion of all of our stashed guys. I really don't understand how a SA news group hires guys who like everyone else's team but their own. They all picked both the Warriors, Memphis and the Heat during the payoffs. What's that all about ?
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Davis Bertans happy with progress from injury
If you watch Dirks game at 25yrs old, Bertrans has more going for him than Dirk did at that age. He really needs about 20lbs. He is no way similar to MB. The only similarity is he is white European. No one knows what he can become, any more than at 25, no one could predict how good Dirk would be, certainly not league MVP.
Yes ! We keep his rights, he gets time on the floor, and has time to focus on defense. See you next year Deshaun !
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Report: Deshaun Thomas to play in Spain