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I just hated it being a home loss to Howard and the Rockets. We still can't guard James Harden. Chase Budinger also shot lights out. Liked the way we fought back, but got deflated when the Rockets scored the game's last 9 points.
3 days, 2 hours ago on Spurs reminded of valuable lesson in loss to Rockets
Really not a bad defensive effort by the Spurs. I just thought our offense was pathetic. Some of it was good pressure from the Thunder, but we missed open shots and layups. I kept waiting for our sharp passing and ball movement to take over and it never appeared. All the offensive rebounding by the Thunder was also nerve-wrecking.
5 days, 23 hours ago on Analyzing the Loss: Spurs 88, Thunder 94
From the little I've seen, Cunningham would be a decent pick-up. I just thought it was ironic that Luc Mbah a Moute just signed with the T-Wolves. I thought for years that Mbah a Moute would be a great pickup for the Spurs as a spot starter and backup. Now that Kawhi is here, definitely a backup. Until recently, the Spurs went through several seasons where teams with strong perimeter play gave us fits and we didn't have the personnel to guard them.
1 week, 2 days ago on Are the San Antonio Spurs targeting Dante Cunningham?
Whining "superstar"? More like whining mitch! He dragged his former team to the ground, misled his the city's fans, and threw his coach under the bus. That was BEFORE he went to the Lakers and complained in secret about not being happy playing there. Get real; most of us have issues with our employers, but we get paid a heck of lot less than Howard to still do our best job. And don't get me started on the 99 or so kids out of wedlock that Howard has across the country! I just don't respect Howard as a leader, player on the court or as a man!
What an immensely talented and athletic big man who will squander most of his potential. In next 3-5 years, when age robs him of his athletic advantage, he will become another albatross on the court, because he has never bothered to refine his offensive game or do much more than rely on being bigger than everyone else on the court. You can't mention Howard in the same breath as Wilt or even Shaq.
1 week, 5 days ago on Vince Carter: 'Dwight’s the Biggest Crybaby I Know'
No argument from me. I also felt that Hakeem was the most skilled big man, who could dominate at both ends of the floor. Shaq and to a smaller extent, Dwight Howard, don't impress me because their genetics and superior physical size make up for the basketball skills that they lacked. Hakeem didn't rest on his athletic abilities. I remember when he was at the University of Houston and couldn't shoot a lick or really handle the basketball well. To see him, add the full array of offensive moves to complement his prowess on defense and shot blocking was wonderful to behold. Both Hakeem and the Admiral covered so much ground on the floor; it was amazing to watch.
2 weeks, 4 days ago on David Robinson: Hakeem Olajuwan Was the Toughest Center I Faced
Couldn't agree more with this comment. I work with several veterans programs, ranging from homelessness prevention, workforce development, and treatment of PTSD and other related conditions, and the bureaucracy of the VA can be EXTREMELY frustrating. There's needs to be more expediency with veterans receiving their earned benefits when they return home. The warm and fuzzy TV commercials to honor vets are nice, but more substantive things need to be done.
While I'm on my soapbox, let me also add that the PRIVATE SECTOR needs to do substantially more for the veterans who enable them to enjoy their freedom to conduct business; we always slam the government for failing to do its part, but much of our private sector and corporate communities sit on the sidelines (with their money) and think that sponsoring a parade or veterans' dinners constitutes giving back their fair share...It's not!
3 weeks, 2 days ago on Popovich: Military Vets Not Properly Honored
@ajd21 I totally agree with you. The Blazers play like world beaters against the Spurs for some reason. I'd be more worried if the scoring was from easy transition baskets or lots of dunks, but the Blazers shot over 60% from the floor relying on jump shots and 3-pointers. That just doesn't happen too often. On the Spurs' side, Pop is still experimenting with line-up combinations, etc. To me, the end of the quarter baskets by the Blazers made the ultimate difference, but I'm not losing sleep over this loss. Spurs offensive and defensive efficiency is still a work in progress.
1 month ago on The Rundown: Spurs suffer first loss of season due to Blazers scoring attack
It was a cheap shot. The Spurs weren't even contesting him.
1 month ago on Tim Duncan Not Amused with Nic Batum’s Last Second Heave
It's just Charles being Charles, but "middle of the road" team is way off. Barring a couple of major injuries, the Spurs will be among the league's elite again. I'm just not sure why the pundits continue to undervalue how good the Spurs team is.
The teams touted as the next big thing (e.g. Thunder, Clippers, Warriors, Rockets) all have significant flaws. Thunder have no depth and are too dependent on Durant and Westbrook. Clippers have no heart or size. Warriors lack size and can't win a title as a jump shooting team. Rockets will not win a title with Dwight Howard as its lead. Of all of these teams, only Rockets really got better on paper. Doc is an upgrade over Vinny, but the Clippers don't scare in a 7-game series. Everybody else exchanged some pieces but are basically the same core teams with the exact same flaws.
By the way, the Spurs match up better with the Heat than all of the above opponents. Run and gun small ball and hero ball are EXACTLY what the Heat wants, and that's what these teams excel at. Thunder, Clippers, and Warriors are built to lose against the Heat. Rockets should be a good match up, cuz they now feature some size and scoring. I just think the Spurs are a more complete basketball team than the others, minus the hype.
1 month ago on 'Sir Charles' Slams the Spurs... Again
Was pleased with the overall effort, but disappointed in our front court's inability to protect the rim when the Grizzlies made their run in the second half. Wow, Timmy REALLY does make a HUGE difference. I'm less worried about Tony Allen hitting 3's; (how often is that going to happen?)
I saw Jeff Ayres and Aaron Baynes look uncomfortable on offense, rushing shots or overpassing. Wished there had been more matchups with Gasol against Baynes. I expect Tony Parker to have much better games than yesterday. Marco and Red Mamba met my expectations in their limited minutes. Patty Mills was a show stopper. He put up offense, but you could also see his effort on the defensive end as well. Manu looked like himself again! Kawhi Leonard is a complete basketball player.
My sense about the Timmy injury is that they are just being cautious. He would have continued if this was a playoff game. As long as it's not a knee, ankle, or anything with the words "ligament" or "torn", I'm not too worried. All in all, it was okay for the first game of the season.
I like having an early season road trip with two back-to-backs to test our mettle as a team early in the year. Anxious to see our response in the coming days.
1 month ago on Five takeaways from Spurs opener
Was this supposed to be a trick question? Duncan by a wide margin on this one.
1 month, 1 week ago on Video: Dominique Wilkins prefers Duncan's game over Nowitzki's
I really like what Ayers brings to the table. I think he will positively impact our front court, infusing more post defense and toughness. That being said, we don't really need to trash Dejuan Blair. He did some good things for the Spurs; he just didn't grow much as a player, then disappeared in the post season.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Coach Pop praises new Spur Jeff Ayers
Naw, I ain't mad. History writes that Hakeem dominated the Admiral to win that series, but based on what Horry said, had he missed that shot, the Rockets might have continued to believe that they couldn't beat the Spurs. If the Spurs had won that series, then the NBA championship, it would have altered the history of our franchise. I will gladly take that defeat over getting Tim Duncan, gaining four NBA titles, and rising to be the most envied small market franchise in professional sports.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Horry: Shot in '95 WCF vs. Spurs most meaningful
Can the Spurs beat the Heat in a finals rematch? Shoot, they beat them the FIRST time, until Pop and "circumstances" found a way to give away! Please be sure to let the ESPN cronies and Lebron worshipers know that the Spurs do not tremble at the site of the Heat. Again, for most of that infamous series, the Spurs played like the better team, and we didn't even have homecourt advantage.
2 months ago on Can the Spurs defeat the Heat in a Finals rematch?
Yep, Manu was awful for MOST of the series! Yes, you lose as a team, but how could you nitpick Tim Duncan missing a gimme and Kahwi Leonard missing a free throw? They were consistently great throughout the series. Tony was having a strong series until the hamstring injury. TP was a non-factor in game 7. But Manu was mostly a NEGATIVE factor, with the exception of game 5, so many lost possessions and poor decisions. I thought he was going to can both free throws near the end of game 6, because he realized that he had sucked for most of the game. Instead, he missed one and didn't even look that confident shooting. This was surprising since Manu has been our end of the game closer for many years.
2 months ago on Video: Ginobili still hurting over Finals loss
I guess workouts don't mean much; I thought Thompson, Green and Nunnally were all going to be part of Spurs training camp. I guess proven NBA vets have an advantage, but I was excited about the intangibles that Thompson has and Nunnally's upside.
2 months, 1 week ago on Spurs continue to add to training camp roster
No big deal. This is much ado about nothing. Great starting five; Shaq is one I would have left off.
2 months, 1 week ago on Kevin Durant’s All-Time Team Lacks Tim Duncan
Open-minded. Let's just wait and see. Have always liked Young's potential, but never seemed to develop into the player I thought he would be.
2 months, 1 week ago on Report: Spurs sign free agent Sam Young
Love Rubio's game. The kid is a natural floor general and brilliant passer. However, he is not the offensive player that Parker is, nor does he have the same durability. Rubio is injury prone, which may cut his career short. This is also another case of a young player with "upside" being compared to a player like Parker who is a PROVEN champion. Rubio needs to do something first, and maybe actually appear and win a playoff game, before Perkins mentions him in the same breath as TP. Is he serious?
2 months, 1 week ago on Former NBA player Sam Perkins says Rubio will be better than Tony Parker
Congrats to the Spurs' Frenchmen for their Eurobasketball gold! However, I do wish they had more rest prior to the start of training camp.
2 months, 1 week ago on Parker earns Eurobasket MVP honors as France wins Gold over Lithuania