Michael De Leon
ProjectSpurs.com founder/writer. . Host of the Spurscast. Co-organizer of Podcamp San Antonio. Contributor @ MySA, La Prensa.
I used to watch Manu Ginobili a lot in the years leading up to him joining the Spurs in 2002. I remember thinking "I think this kid can come over and help already." Hanga is almost there. He's finally playing for one of the premiere teams overseas. He needs just a bit more seasoning, but on the court he reminds me so much of Manu. Quick first step, great awareness and he comes out of nowhere to make key blocks and steals. Can't wait to see how his game translates to the NBA. I wouldn't mind the Spurs bringing him over next year and keeping him in Austin to start learning the system and getting comfortable for a year or two. Ken McDonald is a great development coachand I think he'd be good for Hanga.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Video: Adam Hanga says he isn't ready for the NBA... yet
@JamesTraynor4 True, but winning gold was a pretty big deal to him and France so I doubt he wished he had not played. Just hoping this extended time off will have him in good shape come offseason.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on Tony Parker says chances of playing with Team France this summer are slim
1 month ago on Belinelli finding smooth transition to Plan B trumps even best laid plans?
@koshwayne $3 million/yr in the NBA is pretty cheap. Carlos Delfino, Alex Len, Matt Bonner, Joel Freeland etc.. all make the same if not more. Especially on a second contract after his rookie contract and for a player averaging 10 pts per game. I'm not sure how you chalk it up to luck. He has earned his spot in the NBA and is a key role player on that team. I'm not sure how "money is the root of all evil" got into this conversation at all. I was merely making a comment that his salary being what it is and as short as it is, combined with his production on the court, could get him a few looks before the trade deadline.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Former Spurs making headlines around the NBA
@autrader1 We just do our best to bring Spurs fans news, features and other content related to the team. This includes former players, players the Spurs hold rights to etc... If it's relelvant, we try to cover it. Blair being a former Spur and the topic of the Spurs coming up makes this relevant to us.
3 months ago on DeJuan Blair still looking to prove himself to Spurs
Usually takes at least one full season for a new player to get comfortable and accustomed to the Spurs' systems/schemes. Marco seems to have picked up the cliffs notes or something.
3 months ago on For Belinelli and the Spurs, the fit is coming together quite quickly
He's a little basketball baby and wosers in my trousers were my favorites.
4 months, 1 week ago on Video: Revisiting NBA Finals Game 7 With British Basketball Commentary
Before draft night, we did a live draft on Crossover Chronicles, and we took turns drafting for teams. I had Detroit in the late lottery, and I took Kawhi and had done a lot of research on him so while I thought he had a ton of potential, I thought the trade was lopsided. When I was hearing about this with other reporters at the practice facility, I was hoping we were going to get Roy Hibbert. He haden't blossomed like he has in the past two years, so I thought that would work best for us. We may never get Erazem Lorbek, but as Pop said during training camp, this has to be one of the best trades I've seen where both teams benefit. And to think the Spurs never even interviewed Kawhi. Quite the gamble, but it has paid off.
4 months, 1 week ago on Ginobili 'really angry' when Spurs traded for Kawhi Leonard
@Spursfan66 Thanks, bud. Should be interesting to see how 1 and 2 play out. I really think Houston should try to ship Lin off to a system where he would work best and try to get some draft picks or some bench help for him.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Spurs Season Preview: A look at the Southwest Division
@gymbear I was impressed with Baynes last night. Obviously he's not going to be able to do that on a nightly basis with the minutes he'll get, but the fact he was able to do it against a team with some good bigs in Horford and Milsap spoke volumes. He works his butt off and has no quit in him so he'll continue to do well. As for Nando, that's perplexing. He was looking like Manu Jr. last season at times and had flashes of brilliance but he is really reminding me a lot of Beno Udrih. Udrih had the talent but had the wrong attitude and he was out of favor quickly for that just as was Blair. Pop wants soldiers who fall in line and I don't know that Nando is willling to take a lesser role or be humble enough to handle being sent down to the D-League. He just doesn't have a role here with Joseph, Mills, Manu and Marco all coming off the bench.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Baynes' late floater gives Spurs narrow win over Budenholzer, Hawks
@KrisPittman Great take. I agree. For his last contract, the Spurs needed to take care of him.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Ginobili wanted to know the Spurs wanted him
@spursfan80 @JeffProjectSpurs Beno did ok for himself but he never fully lived up to his potential. He's a decent journeyman pg. Nando is a talented player, but he's stuck in a crowded backcourt with a player that can do more on offense (Mills) and a player that Pop trusts more to be reliable (Joseph.) As for Fells, I like what I saw as well. I'm looking forward to seeing him with the Toros this season where he can continue to develop and learn the Spurs' system. After one game, I'm liking Ayres. Definitely an upgrade over Blair.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Notables and Quotables in Spurs preseason loss to Suns
@JohnAbney @JeffProjectSpurs @chrismelendez42 Sorry fellas. I would've included the full story, but I was asked to write it for Sheridan Hoops. I just wanted to make sure to link to it here in case anyone was interested.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Five things to watch this season
@jaws3 Because I can lol jk. It's definitely Spurs-related even though it centers around Allen. Plus, it's the offseason :)
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Months after finals, Heat's Allen still living up 'The Shot'
@ryankxlu Thanks again for the tip.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on NBA Store selling Spurs' 1998 Championship T-Shirt
I'll take it. I like Splitter, but Gortat is a level up from Splitter. Really nice guy too. Perfect fit for the Spurs' system.
8 months, 1 week ago on Report: Spurs in 'serious' talks in acquiring Marcin Gortat
@Blueoveralls Agreed, that wasn't my point.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Editorial: Memphis restaurant denying Parker service still comes up empty in win column
@critter42 @bharris901 Definitely could've been handled better. There is no record on whether or not he actually waltzed into town or if he came via team plane though.
@dallasannette Great response and points. I'd love to reprint this on the site if that would be ok with you.
@wrussell1984 First, it's an editorial so it's my opinion on the situation only and nothing else. As far as researching the information, I used all the information available and linked to it in the editorial. I also reached out to several people that this came from with no response. I also said it was a ful house and that they did take reservations. I'm not at all tearing down an entire city. You are overblowing things now. What I said was actually pretty mild compared to some of the other stuff I've read and the banter on twitter. I gave my opinion, and you may not agree with it, but it is what it is. In the end, my opinion is that it was not handled properly and it's bad PR. It doesnt change my opinion of the city of Memphis or its residents in any way, even if there were several in my feed congratulating the chef on denying service. If you can tweet out confirmed and we don't bluff, you can surely tweet out a reason or something to turn this another way. Honestly, as a business owner, I would never have even tweeted "confirmed." I would have stayed far away from that one and if backlash come about because of the rumor, I would've nipped it in the bud. If you re-read my editorial, I do not once say anything negative about the city, chef or restaurant, only question the decision making.