Michael De Leon
ProjectSpurs.com founder/writer. . Host of the Spurscast. Co-organizer of Podcamp San Antonio. Contributor @ MySA, La Prensa.
@merkin @FrenchSpursFanSince1998 We do the best we can to bring you guys Spurs info. Unfortunatelywe don't have a budget where we can hire translators. We'll try to do our best to correct some of these translations, but we're doing our best.
9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/diaw-on-his-new-contract-with-spurs-we-found-common-ground.html
@Axegrinder Thanks for pointing that out. All of our editors have full time jobs so time can be an issue at times, but we are taking appropriate measures to correct these issues. I appreciate you reading.
9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/before-joining-spurs-diaw-was-close-to-playing-in-boston.html
@stack36 I agree. Part of what made the Spurs so great this season was their bench and Diaw and Mills are a major part of that. I do like CoJo, but he is obviously a different player with a different skill set. I'm interested in seeing how Kyle Anderson's game adapts to the NBA.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/what-happens-if-mills-and-diaw-leave.html
@jo2sef I think they need someone else to throw at the LeBrons and Durants. The players listed could play in spot minutes, but you really don't want to leave Marco or even Manu on them for too long. Boris is versatile enough, but as Paul pointed out in the Finals, as soon as he was inserted into the starting lineup, the Spurs lost a defender on James. They're deep just about everywhere else. Finding a low post threat likely won't be high on the priority list with Splitter, Ayres, Diaw and Baynes, if he returns, all looking for minutes at the 4 or 5. They probably don't have enough flexibility to sign an effective 4 that would actually make an impact.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
Winners announced. http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/my-custom-specks-winners-game-4-giveaway.html
10 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/win-spurs-sunglasses-from-project-spurs-and-my-custom-specks.html
Announcing three winners today guys.
@jaws3 There are a few things I'm worried about, but we'll see how Pop adjusts going into Game 3.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/missed-free-throws-ball-movement-plague-spurs-late-as-miami-bounces-back-to-even-series-1-1.html
@Adambevo That's a low blow. I didn't need to see that again.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/david-robinson-on-dirk-nowitzki-hes-clearly-the-best-international-player-ever.html
@DapimpOfdayear I'm sure we'll have that tomorrow. Thanks!
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/podcasts/spurscast-322-stretch-run.html
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.
1 year, 1 month 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.
1 year, 1 month ago on Tony Parker says chances of playing with Team France this summer are slim
1 year, 2 months 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 year, 3 months 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.
1 year, 4 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.
1 year, 4 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.
1 year, 5 months 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.
1 year, 5 months 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.
1 year, 5 months 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.
1 year, 6 months 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.
1 year, 6 months 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.
1 year, 6 months 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.
1 year, 7 months 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 :)
1 year, 7 months ago on Months after finals, Heat's Allen still living up 'The Shot'
@ryankxlu Thanks again for the tip.
1 year, 7 months 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.
1 year, 9 months ago on Report: Spurs in 'serious' talks in acquiring Marcin Gortat
@Blueoveralls Agreed, that wasn't my point.
1 year, 10 months 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.
@DwayneSchintzius The Spurs selected him. Indiana just drafted him for the Spurs. That was all worked out in advance.
1 year, 11 months ago on Video: Bertans displays improved inside-outside game in recent game
@Shooter11 Agree. They do well when they go to him and let him work. Gott improve second level of defense. Once perimeter guys funnel their smalls inside, our bigs aren't cutting them off and they are getting to the basket unguarded.
1 year, 11 months ago on Warriors party like it’s 1997, end 16-year curse with Game 2 win in San Antonio
@rtesoro440 I don't believe I mentioned a thing about McGrady being a factor. He's older and slower granted but this story is about something completely different. People have been counting the Spurs out for years. I'm not about to jump on that bandwagon.
2 years ago on Now and Then: Duncan, McGradyâs paths finally align over a decade after Orlando came calling
@merkin Noted. Thanks/
2 years, 2 months ago on Nuggetsâ Karl wants McGee to be more âDuncan-likeâ
@DavidSalazar I know it was 2007. Just a typo on my part. Thanks for pointing it out. I'll fix it in just a bit.
2 years, 5 months ago on Can younger Spurs provide glory for old men
@aespurs Good points. The stretch four has worked for them in the past with Horry and maybe we'll see more of that with Diaw this season.
2 years, 7 months ago on Spurs to workout former Bobcat Derrick Brown
@Spursfan66 @chrismwueste @JimmyPriour @CraigThomas Haha. Not as young as I look. I'm 35 lol but appreciate what you said.
2 years, 7 months ago on Editorial: Spurs fans should judge Pop on hardwood only
@Spursfan66 @mdeleon @dannyholloway Reply was actually meant more for Danny. Sorry about that.
@ryankxlu it's Michael actually, but thanks for the kind words. My attempt at sarcasm didn't read very well it seems lol. I may have to like this comment just for the last paragraph.
@chrismwueste @JimmyPriour @CraigThomas I honestly didn't expect the reaction at all. I don't write in hopes to fraud people into reading my website. I found it interesting how many of the players and coaches were supporting Obama and may of the higher ups were supporting Romney. I write for Spurs fans and I feel it is my job to inform fans about the franchise. I was very surprised to see comments from Spurs fans on a Spurs website so anti-Pop. I mean, there were very few people that stayed balanced and said "hey it's his choice and that's that." And I didn't make something out of nothing, I simply wrote something informing people of the information that was out there. I never made a single judgement in that first post, never said "way to go Pop" or anything. And, Craig, as much as your are trying hard to make me look bad for my editorial piece, don't sit there and question me trying to cash in on anything. If you knew me, the decisions I make and the way I run this site, that thought would never cross your mind. I haven't judged you, so don't judge me and try to take jabs at my character. It just makes you look bad in the end.
@Spursfan66 @dannyholloway What I expected was for people to judge someone based on their job performance, not on their political affiliations. Would you expect to be treated differently based on who you vote for. It's his right to pledge or vote for who he wants. The comments about losing respect for him are just ridiculous. BTW, I was being sarcastic about the blue-red thing, but not many got it.
@Tr3yz13 If I was butt hurt, your comments would no longer be here and I'd just block your comments. If you can debate without cussing or degrading, you sure haven't shown any of us that. Maybe take that angle from now on instead of coming on my site and insulting the writers and loyal readers. I'm all for differing opinions, but the way you go about it makes you look like a 12 year old that's not getting enough attention at home. Your welcome to post here even if you are not a Spurs fan, but I would urge you to take the less predictable route next. We could always use some good, intelligent sports debate in here.
2 years, 8 months ago on 'The Admiral': Lakers still a few moves away from challenging Spurs | August
Thanks to all the Spurs fans in this thread that kept the level of actual sports talk high. While we always welcome any commenters, I'm glad our Lakers counterparts didn't bait you into degrading this. In my opinion, if you can't get your point across without name-calling our using four-letter words, you lose any credibility regardless of what you are saying. Thanks for commenting.
@Tr3yz13 I understand what you are saying about Kobe, but if anyone is going to screw things up with this new-look team, it's Kobe. There's only one ball and letting Nash be the ball-handler and trusting Dwight enough to pass up outside shots for inside shots may be tougher for him than it should be. Nash stopped being the better point guard about 3 years ago. No disrespect, but Nash is going to need help defending quicker point guards, and Parker is one of them. I'm also sure he meant the backcourt as a whole, not just the starters. I may or may not disagree with the original point, but how about we elevate the level of conversation. We are just merely stating our opinions and if you don't agree with them, great, but how about you bring some knowledgable sports talk and debate. Being disrespectful and calling names should have been left out in the 5th grade playground, and all it does is downgrades your argument.
@Emicris Appreciate you having @JeffProjectSpurs back and trying to keep things clean in here.
@kmgospurs Manu has still not completely hit his stride just yet. Before the playoffs started, he talked about wanting to play out the season so he could be in better shape. He'll get there, but he's still making some big plays out there and has the ability to be a game changer. His passes were a little off target, but he'll get there and the Spurs have the luxury of a deep team to give him the team to get back.
2 years, 11 months ago on Spurs crush Jazz, take 2-0 series lead | May
I stand corrected. Thanks for pointing that out.
@Steve Tallent I'm a fan also.
2 years, 11 months ago on Hayward may want to consult with Garnett on 'shocking the world' | April
@DavidSalazar @JMattHicks Pop and the team are hoping people are sleeping on them. They prefer to go under the radar. Agree on the health issue as well. This is the best Spurs team I've seen in years.
2 years, 11 months ago on Video: ESPN crew pick Spurs to win the West | April
Great post, Kyle. Pop has always been especially hard on his younger point guards. Some (Beno) couldn't take it, but I'm glad Parker saw it as an opportunity to help him grow as a player. He's come a long way.
2 years, 12 months ago on Parker reflects on his rookie season | April
@Joey Funny, I'm usually a little nervous before the show, but those jitters go away as soon as I start. I've been on about 9 roundtables and have hosted 2 so I don't really get nervous anymore. It is a transition going from recording audio podcasts to being in a tv studio and having the cameras and lights right on you, but we're having fun with it.
3 years, 2 months ago on Video: Sports Roundtable. Spotlight Danny Green | January
Thanks everyone. We are working on getting a feed created with all the video files that is automatically updated. Hopefully we'll have that by next week.