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How fast we forget that Boris defended Lebron adequately during 2 finals, so whatever didn't work last game was not the result of Diaws ability to keep up with Blake. TP can not hang with Paul, these days, so he could go for 40. The rotations just have to get better and let DG take turns on CP3 with TP and CJ. The next big problem is Crawford off the bench- who can handle him. CJ is the best option on the second group or longer minutes for DG.
Creative thinking for sure but we lost with poor shooting, bad rotations, bad transition D and poor foul shooting. A 15% improvement in all of these areas, we win somewhat easily. KL will do better at reading double teams and change his spacing on post ups - round 2
3 days, 22 hours ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/should-the-spurs-defend-griffin-with-leonard.html
Boris could have the same benefit as a starter. Manu and CJ with Marco could still provide enough ball movement and shooting. Throw in a few minutes of Bonner and he and Baynes can handle the paint. The biggest problem I see is that Doc plays his starters longer minutes than Pop's and he has 3-4 starter playing against our 2nd unit guys, so its not even time between both teams reserves. If Tiago gives if 25 min, and we make shots, we should be fine. KL needs to learn how to attack quickly if they continues quick double teams and T can act more as a distributor letting Tony play off the and run Cris through screens and let him get beaten up.
I like the idea of Manu starting but it might be a desperation move only down 1.
4 days, 16 hours ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/should-manu-ginobili-start-vs-clippers.html
She worked for it and definitely deserves it, but we must explode this myth og hard work achieves your goals. Everyone who works hard can't be a success. Even if it is the numbers game of the NBA. Many work their asses off and have very little to show for it. No fault of there own, just a numbers game as with people wanting to be doctors, etc. Work hard, because it is the only way to learn and occasionally succeed.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/hammons-tough-road-led-to-history-with-spurs.html
@Boo-J It is interesting how negative people have been made to feel, knowing nothing about the guy. I doubt Ryan inability to get on the court during SL had anything to do with his ability to be coached.
The guys is big, strong, relatively quick and can handle the ball. Most of what he has needed is between the ears. His abilities with ball handling and outside shooting gave him the idea he was a SG and not a PF.
He seems to be getting more comfortable doing more than scoring. I am with you, it looks like growth to me.
Many of the same comments were made about H Whiteside, and now .....
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/spurs-draftee-ryan-richards-breaks-his-career-high-in-scoring-in-three-games.html
The scoring is nice but the rebounding is new. He has played at similar league levels and not done nearly this well either scoring or rebounding. He has also had a few assists. Bring him over in the Summer and sign him and let him build his confidence and learn how to play D at Austin.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/spurs-draftee-ryan-richards-breaks-his-career-high-in-scoring-in-three-games.html
Just noticed he never finishes left side or left hand. May be reason he gets low minutes, that and a lot of fouls.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/video-latest-davis-bertans-highlight-reel-is-awesome-2.html
@stack36 Watch some video of his time at GS. He was a starter for a lot of games, He shot the 3 around 40 %, attacked the rim, could pass and played (some) D. He by nature is a scorer. He can play and is seasoned. I'd rather have seen some others, and that might still happen of this is just a second 10day deal.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/report-spurs-to-resign-williams.html
We needed rim protection when TD is not in and for the future, but we do also need another wing that can play D, so this guy could help. VC would have been expensive and a 1 yr. no future move.
now we need a shot blocker for the future. Maybe they will end up moving Ayres and picking up T Thomas or ??
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/spurs-sign-reggie-williams-to-10-day-contract.html
I liked him, but it may have been that RC wanted to just do another 10 day and JMych wanted long term.
He may not get what he wants from the others either.
The list has teams that either have no room for him or don't really need him, so it is better than 50/50 he goes back to Austin. He is not lost to us even if he gets a 10 day from others.
I was more fan of Q Miller and Glenn Rice Jr. but Green has potential to be much better than Ayres and provide some rim protection.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/spurs-not-re-signing-jamychal-green.html
@snoozulooz @jojo707 The problem is we have most spots filled with good players. Aside from Ayres, Marco, Matt, so we would have to find better than what we have or build for next season. I think potential is what makes sense not an older TMac type pickup, or a high priced 2 year, limited playing time add.
I really don't see anyone out there that would help us more than the top 10 we have now, but some speed and athleticism is always useful during the regular season.
Maybe we could get a second round pick for Ayres, but that about it. Cory and Marco are worth more than that, but we really might need them and Matt is too old to get anything for.
3 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
None of these make good sense. Chandler maybe but the price is too high for a team planning for the future. Kiril is washed up, Bargs has been a waste his whole carrier, West is old and expensive, and Young is JMych but older, so you couldn't find anything else that makes sense ? There are better options for very little in the D league. Guys like Jon Simmons on Austin, Edwin, even Tyrus Thomas has looked good since getting back on the court, We give up nothing and just need to move 1 or 2 current players for draft picks.
All good thoughts. KA is more versatile than Daye and when Tim goes out, we have no rim protection. Boris, Tiago and Ayres do there best, but rarely worry anyone going to the rim.
He and the others are doing well. Richards put in 40 and 16 the other night and your article on Hanga indicates he is getting close. Jean Charles is starting to get minutes again and seems to get better each game. I sure wish we would let Ayers, Daye and Bonner go an give minutes to J Green, Q Miller, and G Rice Jr. We need to be focused on the future and hope lightning strikes again this year for a title but not sacrifice the future to increase our odds.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/davis-bertans-i-got-lucky-that-my-rights-got-traded-to-san-antonio.html
I don't think this changes anything. Rondo is a better distributor than last years Dallas guard, but he was a better shooter. Dallas ran PnR a lot last year and we had to honor both players, so what's the difference ? What changed is there second unit. No Vince, no Wright, no Crowder, no Blair. These guys had more to do with the success of the Mavs last year than who was running point in their starting unit.
Rondo still is a bad free throw shooter, the Mav's still have guys who want to have the ball, in spite of Rondo, and the verdict is still out on who they can defend. Chandler forced to defend PnR, is not a good match. Chandler Parsons trying to defend Kawhi, Rondo on Parker, Dirk defending Boris. Get serious, this does change things, but not as much as current hype seems to suggest. They score, easily, but stop almost no one,
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/should-the-spurs-worry-about-rondo-now-in-dallas.html
Green was in Austin the year before, not last year. He was in France last year.
We need to trade Daye and Ayres for picks and sign Green and Q Miller.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/streaking-spurs-cotton-green-davis-lead-austin-to-8-straight.html
Paul, why not see where we were last season at this number if games and not the year. We may have had a better record but I doubt the rankings were better. It seems pointless to see how we are compared to the end of last season. I commend your effort with the stats but progress has to measure by the same metric, and that would be, this time last year or this number of gamesm as it is clear we got better as the year progressed.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
This argument has holes. The league has parity because there is a cap. If the franchises with the big money can pay the highest dollars, you get the Yankees and Red Sox and now the 2 LA teams in baseball. The idea that all can make money while a few have all the best players, means the league will slowly dissolve. The concept of a league is to have the same teams compete for the grand prize and if that is a joke, as it was in the 90's with LA and Boston, you get a lot of poor teams and it is just coming back to a more even playing field.
In other capitalist endeavors, the best man wins and other go out of business. This is not the concept of sports league. The NFL works because the teams in small markets can field a team within the same economic structure as all the others. I get why the idea of keeping player from getting what the market will bear, is the American way, but the goal is not to see what the individual can get at the expense of the very league that creates the demand.
Trust me, as a business person, the risk is not in the hands of the players. They neither build stadiums, buy teams, carry the overhead of scouts, trainers, minor leagues, private jets, bad contracts, etc. 50% of the take for playing the game is normally considered fair and having salaries pegged to the revenues, just makes common sense if the competition is about who can best utilize the same pieces on the chess board to prove who has the best organization, etc The dumb players head seems to think leagues made up of players, not that it is a cooperative enterprise. The idea always has to be cooperation as a body and not the totally free market at work, that is, unless the player want to kill the goose. Or perhaps the players and fans can start their own league and make their contracts and take their own risks.
Will Lebron invest his millions with Kobe an start their own league ? Trust me, you have to be either a non profit like Green Bay or have billions like Cuban to justify the risk on investment to filed a team much less a league that took 79 years to develop into what it is. How many Jordans did it take to be here and how many Red Auerbachs to build what is here and the many who lost their millions.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/is-it-time-for-the-salary-cap-to-go.html
@Boo-J But this guy is 7ft 250lbs.....
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/watch-ryan-richards-kills-it-on-the-court.html
Ryan has been averaging 20pt and 7 boards in games he has played more than 15min. What is most promising is his rebounding. He is playing more around the rim and that suggests that he may not still think of himself as sg. The guy is still young, there is hope.
Paul - it would be more interesting to see how close the team is to the numbers from the 1st 10 games of 2013, etc. Ending numbers verses starting numbers only says we got better last year, but when ?
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
Bertans seems ready. He is more agile than Daye and has a more consistent shot. They are both very light an what position he can play is still unclear. Ryan Richards seems to have understood something, and has been scoring and rebounding at a high level. J Charles is not getting many minutes yet, so we will have to wait to see how things develop, but I'd expect both Bertans and Richards to be signed and spend a year in Austin. Hanga seems to be dug in, in Europe, but we will see.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/video-adam-hanga-latest-game-highlights-are-awesome.html
@RockheadTG I am with you. If these same guys were the main Spurs players, the opinions would not be so praise worthy. Dirk would be too old and slow and too often hurt. Monte would be too short and inefficient, Chandler P would over rated and T Chandler would be past his prime.
Throw in too short and poor D for Nelson, etc The truth is in the middle. They aren't there best case or their worst, which means to me- NO, Denver, GS, LC, Thunder, Portland maybe Houston are better. Who would you rather have Aldridge of Dirk, Lillard or Ellis, Mathews or Nelson, or even Batum or Parsons.Heck, I'd take Lopez, this year over Chandler, same with the other teams. The Mavs could be over achievers and make the 6-8 slot, but not because of whats on paper.
5 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/charles-barkley-thinks-mavs-are-best-in-the-west-doesnt-think-spurs-will-repeat.html
I think it changed this year to 4. I doubt Green will so little money unless the Spurs gave him a large guarantee for pre-season signing. He mad close 500k in Europe and D league is about 50k.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-waive-jamychal-green-edwin-roster-set-at-15.html
I wouldn't draw these conclusions. There are many players that bounce around, china, europe, sa, etc. He does need a situation that he feels at home with and needs to learn to play more down low. This was his best year, as he was averaging 20+ pts and 7 rb. His stats looked like he was more focused on playing both ends, but.....Incidentally, not all the teams on the list were because he was immature, some are likely his doing.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-bc-zepter-vienna-parts-ways-with-ryan-richards.html
@snoozulooz I think it depends on what position he has to guard. He will never e able to defend guards on the perimeter, but he is coming along playing SF and PF's He just doesn't have good defensive knowledge on positioning, but he has gotten much better at moving his feet and being ready. He will turn out to be decent. Give him about 6 mos. Pop pulled him over to explain the correct angle to take on baseline defense, and after being beaten 2 times, he adjusted and cut it off. Its just knowledge.
6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/anderson-shines-offensively-in-spurs-overtime-preseason-loss-to-heat.html
I noticed that R Richards is averaging 20 and 7 and a few assists and blocks. Maybe he is figuring it out.
6 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/video-latest-davis-bertans-highlight-reel-is-awesome.html
The big differences are that Kyle is not nearly as athletic as Kawhi, but Kyle has a more natural court sense. He has obviously worked on his D and clearly is more active defensively than SL games showed. Kyle can also do more securely with the ball than Kawhi, but to have them both bodes well for the future post TD and MG. We are few pieces away from another contending line up, for the next 8 yrs.
We need a slasher with a shot and plays D. This is not so hard to find and a shot blocking post defensive presence and we are good for the foreseeable future.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/on-kyle-andersons-future-with-the-spurs.html
I can't image Dion Waiter or Irving having no ego and going without a shoot for a quarter. Remember the Thunder became the Spurs for 3 games in 2012 but quickly reverted to iso ball hogging and still do to this day.
It takes players that can submerge their egos to really make this work and few have the personnel. I would bet on the Mav's to come closer to this style, but they change player every year, so...
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/cavaliers-run-spurs-like-offense-but-mastery-could-be-ultimate-test.html
@snoozulooz Since Patty was more a shooting guard than a point, another scorer/ ball handler is needed to not overuse Manu. Marco is not a real slasher and doesn't easily get his own shot, so Jamal might be helpful, as would Cotton, or maybe some other options still available. This guy plays D and has skills and if his 3pt shot has improved, he could be grommed to replace Manu as he has a similar skill set and mentality.
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-jamaal-franklin-working-out-for-spurs.html
All words do not provide the meaning intended when read on paper. I have no idea what he meant but you are now scolding him for meanings you have interpreted. This is a pattern of assuming attitudinal issue with draft picks. R Richards is a "bad apple" because he changed teams, etc Why do this ? We will learn who he is, if and when he is with the team, if he ever is.
He might have only been referencing the new option of draft picks to play in the D league without being signed by the parent club and still being under the rights of the club that drafted him, or maybe just thinking that playing a full year in the D league might not prepare him anymore than Euro League, etc.
I want us all to form our own opinions of player we don't yet know, not have them colored by excessive unfounded opinion.
Thanks on the news about Livio.
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-livio-jean-charles-really-doesnt-want-to-play-in-d-league.html
@dtootall I think we need a trade to move Ayers and if needed, Daye to Phila or MInn for draft picks and cash. I like Daye but I'd rather have Clark than either Daye or Ayers, so this war we get Baynes, Clark and maybe Cotton.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-spurs-set-to-workout-earl-clark.html
or some trades ?
If there is anything to all of these claims of interest, some player movement may be in the works.Marco and Matt might be going elsewhere or ????
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-spurs-showing-interest-in-free-agent-ray-allen.html
He has had a few dominate performances in the Summer League. He was either tied or second in rebounding in Orlando. Definitely worth a look at 6'8"
8 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
@austinn950 I say Blazers because they might have a better bench if all they injuries don't get them.
A year under their belt being a playoff team should also help. Isn't it odd that all of us haven't consider Houston. I think they would beat the Mavs out of the 7-8th spot. Howard, Harden, Ariza, Jones,Beverley, not too shabby. Maybe they play some D this year.
9 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-playoff-threats-out-west.html
Thunder, Thunder, Thunder- the top 3 threats. Dallas will actually be worse this year. No Marion, Carter, Calderon will take away a lot of consistent perimeter shooting and Parson is not a take charge player in a less run and gun offense.
What killed the Clips was the bench. They had only Crawford who could score in the 1/2 court as they have only Collison who could get in the paint when Paul wasn't on the court. That had them loose any lead they had when the bench guys came in. That isn't any better this time around.
Portland is a better team than both the Clips. Mavs, GS. but I'd put GS above the Mavs. Memphis is likely to be better than the everyone other than the Spurs and Thunder, and no Morrow is not a reasonable replace for Thabo- he D is not underrated, it is poor. The stats you show come from having Davis and Aminu on the floor much like KD's D stats don't look bad thanks to Serge's presence cover errors IMO.
Ts one case where the eye test really means something. Morrow plays very bad D. He is never in the right place on switches, has a worse handle than DG. He is a better 3 pt shooter than Thabo, but this guy is slow. How the number come out with him even being in the same class and Thabo is hard to fathom. Metrics get you Steve Novak being an average defender and rebounder, and we all know that is not true.
9 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/for-thunder-out-with-sefolosha-in-with-morrow.html
Nice Paul. Daye will have to be played as both a perimeter player but a more aggressive shooter than Boris. There will be a new dimension to the offense having a 4 be able to put the ball on the floor or shoot the 3. Boris clearly has these skills but still is a hesitant shooter and so he is always played for the drive and pass and not the 3. Daye will force defenses to play him on the perimeter, opening up the paint for ??? That is why we really do need either Marco or CJ to become more rim attackers this year. CJ and AD may be the keys this year for getting better.
9 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/categorizing-the-spurs-frontcourt.html
@ejwestksu I'm with you. Much made out of taking a Spurs team, that wasn't ready to play with urgency, 7 games. One was a fluke with a last second 3 that otherwise had been a lopsided game and one we threw the ball around and shot poorly (not due to Mav's defense.
They are hodgepodge of older guys, mostly on their last legs that will be asked to do a lot. Chandler didn't look good last year, Jefferson is nor much, Lewis is not much of a defender, and even Parsons, who I like, isn't really, overall a better player than Marion. He thrived on the run and gun of Houston, but the Mav's have to play a more deliberate style with all the older players, so his effectiveness will be take a hit. How are they better than- Portland, GS, Houston, even NO and Memphis ? That leaves SA, Clips, Thunder followed by everyone else and then Maybe the MAv's at 8 fighting NO. I like Davis way more than Chandler, Gordon over, Ellis, Evan's, Holiday, etc over an old Mav's group.
9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
Very good work Paul ! The issue for me is not that he deserves to be cut, but could his spot be used to develop a younger player with more upside. Many of us knowing that Tim and Manu and likely gone after this year would like to see as many steps taken as possible to prepare for the their exits. When we win titles, it is hard for many to not want all of the contributors to return, but even with this, Jeff is one of the few slots that most would feel was non essential. If we had more roster spots, I doubt many would be so critical. There are a number of people thinking the Spurs should let Daye go, I am not one of them, but it is the roster limitations and the fear of 2016 fervor.. Ayres is who he is but in post Duncan era, how valuable will he be, if here at all and how does him staying improve the potentials for 2016 ?
@Rambler I am with you on Daye. He was rusty but showed what he can do skill wise less his outside shooting, which is normally his biggest strength. We will need Green type reclamation to win a back to back, Maybe Cojo , Baynes, or Daye, Marco can make a significant contribution this year. I would like to see Bonner and Ayers traded in for J Green and Cotton or Clark/ Aminu/Casspi- we need youth to prepare for 2016>
9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-eliminated-from-summer-league-tournament-by-wizards-in-triple-overtime.html
Another multi - dimensional intellect. We lead the league in deep thinkers. The godfather theme in the background is funny, and unexpected.
9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/after-watching-this-video-youll-understand-why-the-spurs-added-coach-ettore-messina.html
He was not ready and it makes sense. Rather than have to make a decision on him before he has learned to rebound and defend, makes sense that we keep his rights and he works on what his best options are as an NBA player will be. He has an inconsistent perimeter shot, but has size and skills around the basket, he is like Antony Randolph in thinking he is a perimeter scorer. There is hope, as he is just 23.
9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-ryan-richards-goes-back-to-bc-zepter-vienna.html
If you watched the game, one of Daye's shots was a half court throw as time ran out, one miss came by way of a foul not being called that knocked his wrist, and one with the shot clock running out. So, if you are being fair, we was not on fire, but out of an actual 9 shots and a real 4 from the 3pt line, his stats were great. He was very efficient and should be evaluated based on normal standards.If you don;t like him as a player, share that and not your bias, please.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
@Rambler @jojo707 At this point, I'd rather have Thomas than Bonner, but we need another post presence, if we had Baynes instead of Matty, I'd be ok with Thomas, but we both know none of this will happen, unless the FO has some trades or sign and trades in the works. I really have a hard time believing that RC doesn't the hand writing on the wall and will leave this roster what it is by 2015, and knowing TD and Manu will likely be gone with no potential replacements. At least I hope so.
I was one who didn't really like all the Gasol hope, many had. More old, not ok, on there own, type players and a future that looks like a big slide after this year. Daye is the big new hope for improvement from within, and that is sort of a long shot. He could really let go and we could see the next DG, but there is no way to know when the light goes on, if it ever will. Ayres is less valuable, i IMO than Green, there are strech 4's all over SL this year, so Matt could have been let go, but....
@Rambler His limited upside is what keeps him off the roster. He has few other skills beside shooting. Matt is the same, but he is tall and excels at what he does well. Daye has a number of average skill, Baynes is BIG and can rebound and block out. Thomas isn't likely to every be more than he is, and if we had roster spots for a slow 6'6" pf, he would get his shot. Marco is similar is size but can do a number of things a little above average, so he will stick. I like all these guys and a number of others not on our SL team, Hobson, McKinney Jones, even Richards should get a real look, but.... Now we have Matt back taking up a roster spot that would be will to go to Cotton, Green, Jones... I get frustrated too having these guys we drafted but they never get signed. Why do we have them ?
Nonsense- the boards Bennett pulled down had very little to do with Daye. In fact several of them came on missed 3's by Daye. Shooting is not something he has to prove. His mechanics are off. I am sure the coaches are worried about Daye and missed shots. He did play ok on D, if you really took time to watch and Thomas may have scored the most point but his D was much worse than Daye's. Green still look like a keeper. This SL and our guys looked this way last year until the 3rd game. Too much thinking about what to do and where to be. This is Daye's issue/ He is trying to execute new stuff and ahsn't really been on the floor much before SL with a regular group with the same role he is being asked to play. The Cav's let Daye shoot and packed the paint and everyone was off accept Thomas. At least that is what I saw.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014freeagency/bonner-to-re-sign-with-spurs.html
If Baynes takes QO and Cotton makes squad, we are done. If there are deals in the works for Ayres of CJ or ... maybe we make roster space. I doubt Matt is back unless there are trades. Until we withdraw the QO to Baynes, all he has to do is accept it and he has a spot.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-re-sign-mills-sign-anderson.html
@jdgates21 @jojo707 Hobson is also listed with Toronto. It may be that because he was brought in by the Spurs for a tryout, it was assumed he would be on there SL team. We'll see on Friday.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/