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@BurkhartBrandon @jaws3 LOL, you are so right! Of the former Spurs you mentioned, only Michael Finley was heavily coveted when he signed. The rest of the list were clearly past their prime, although they all did have plenty of good basketball left. I think that the Spurs relying on high IQ basketball enables savvy players to play longer.
The comments about Stephen Jackson, Josh Howard et al are spot on. When these guys could really play they spurned the Spurs to play for teams that in most cases weren't any good. Artest had a few opportunities to sign with the Spurs when he weighed 40 lbs LESS!
1 week, 3 days ago on Report: Granger to sign with Clippers
@BurkhartBrandon @jaws3 Maybe you're right BB, but history says that many players CANNOT handle the pressure of playing in the big cities like NY and LA, nor safely navigate the night life. If winning a championship is your goal and you're an older NBA veteran, don't know why the Knicks, Nets, Clippers or Lakers would be on your wish list. NONE of those teams are going anywhere! Clippers have an outside shot, I guess, but even with Buter, they don't strike fear in me.
1 week, 4 days ago on Report: Granger to sign with Clippers
Small market? Now, THIS one really irritates me! Butler signs with the Thunder? He has no history with them. OKC is an even smaller market. I am astounded that we got no one out of the deal, but our chief competitors get better. Who knows what we do next but keep our core intact and focus on getting better. Seems like no one is willing to give the Spurs a shot, despite being a championship caliber team.
1 week, 4 days ago on Report: Butler to sign with Thunder
With Granger having family and an off-season home in LA, his signing with the Clippers makes sense, but it makes the whole interview process with other teams look like a charade. He should have just signed with the Clippers at the deadline and not wasted people's time. I think he will help the Clippers, but he would have been put to better use by Pop, even extending his career if he had re-signed.
I'm tired of the big city comparisons. LA, NYC and Miami are great places to visit, but I would NOT want to live there! Only recently has Miami become a hot destination with Lebron. Has-beens like Rashard Lewis now have NBA titles. Granger's decision was not a surprise, but Earl Clark to the Knicks is a headscratcher. Not holding my breath for Caron Butler either, but his game would nicely complement the Spurs.
Butler would be a nice addition if he signed with us, but I'm not overly optimistic. He had an opportunity to sign with the Spurs a couple of years ago and picked the Clippers I think for about the same money. I don't know why San Antonio is not a popular destination for players who want to join a contender, especially if the money is about the same.
1 week, 5 days ago on Report: Spurs eyeing Caron Butler
Knicks sign Earl Clark AND Shannon Brown? That's priceless.
1 week, 6 days ago on Report: Knicks to sign Shannon Brown
Sign with the Knicks? What moron signs with league's most dysfunctional franchise, given the choice of teams like the Spurs, Heat and Thunder having interest?
2 weeks ago on A rundown of the NBA's buyout market
Of course, Granger and Clark would be the best choices, but Ronnie Brewer or Metta World Peace wouldn't be bad options to play 10 per night. We absolutely need another perimeter defender who can rebound as well, when Pop decides to play small ball. The wings we have are just too small against certain line-ups, aside from Leonard. I've always liked Ramon Sessions' game, but we really don't have a need for him now. I have no interest in us bringing back previous Spurs' retreads (e.g. Udrih, Roger Mason, S-Jax).
@joebuet Man, you're a clown for sayin' that! LOL
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Report: Spurs want to explore free agent pool before re-signing Brown
What do I think? I would say that the Spurs looking at Beno Udrih is a smoke screen, unless more than one trade deadline deal is on the table. Hear me loud and clear; THE SPURS DO NOT NEED ANOTHER POINT GUARD! Even with the injuries, another PG is NOT our problem. We do need another perimeter defender and/or wing who can occasionally score. A front court player athletic and big enough to bounce from 3 to 4 would be ideal, more so than a 2/3 guy.
But, PLEASE do not scout, sign or trade for another guard unless its a significant upgrade, where we are able to "steal" an up and coming or under-the-radar star player.
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Report: Spurs could have interest in Udrih
Both in college and in the NBA, Turner was known as a versatile player who can do some of everything. Some question his athleticism; his skills were supposed to translate into a better NBA player, especially as a first rounder. He has good work ethic though and doesn't have to hold the ball.
I think much of his problem with the 76ers is not having a defined role. At this level, he's not talented enough to be an all everything player. I think if you shorten his responsibilities as a player, he would be more effective. His shooting percentage and shot selection needs to improve. He's a good rebounder for his size and a good but not great defender. He also can handle the ball, if you don't ask him to do too much.
In sum, I think Turner would be an ideal Spur. The potential is there. In some games, he plays like an all-star, then disappears during others. The Spurs have the coaching and system to maximize his talents as a player.
1 month ago on Report: Spurs could have interest in Turner through trade or in free agency
Brown may be a great pickup. It's expected that the superstars will get their points against us, but. I'm tired of watching us losing games because no one can guard Mo Williams and Wes Matthews, Reggie Jackson, Patrick Beverly, and other sidekicks on playoff teams. If Shannon Brown can guard these guys and mix in an occasional transition dunk or 3 pointer, he's my hero!
1 month ago on Shannon Brown: Is the Risk Worth the Reward?
I actually kinda like this move. Brown is big and athletic enough to play the 3 as well as SG. I also know that he can defend when he puts his mind to it. To me, he's a "poor man" version of Trevor Ariza.
1 month, 1 week ago on Spurs sign Shannon Brown to 10-day contract, release Jeffers
Sometimes the Spurs are going to lose, but I have a problem with pathetic defense AGAIN against a higher echelon team. It's almost like we flick a switch and play a perfect team game against a weaker team, then collapse against a good team. The Heat had 91 points after three quarters! Bosh shooting 90% for the game? Giving up easy layups? The defensive rotation was sorry throughout the game. Lazy cross-court passes against the Heat is a big no-no; everybody knows that, but that didn't stop us yesterday.
Of course, we're a better defensive team with Kawhi, Danny Green and Splitter are on the court, but bad team defense is about poor effort, communication, and rotation. This is NOT supposed to be characteristic of a Spurs team, but in our losses against good teams this season it is the same formula for disaster.
1 month, 1 week ago on Just 3 quarters needed for Heat to defeat injury-stricken Spurs
Yeah, yeah, he's burning up the D-League. So what, we still need size and a solid perimeter defender. We bring up another guard! I thought Malcolm Thomas would get more of a chance, since Pop is still experimenting with line-ups.
I'll change my mind if Jeffers can guard Reggie Jackson (Thunder) or guys from the Blazers (Lillard, Wes Matthews, Mo Williams) or the Rockets (Harden, Patrick Beverly, Aaron Brooks). I'm not mad about Durant, Lillard or Harden going off on us; I'm just sick of these secondary players looking like all-stars when they play the Spurs.
It would be nice to have another shot creator, besides Tony and Manu, but when I look at our losses, we score 100 points; we just don't stop anybody.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Report: Spurs looking to call-up D-League's Jeffers
Nice team performance, but I wish we would save some of that good shooting and spacing against a top opponent. I think back to the losses to the Thunder, Blazers, Rockets and Pacers, where we missed so many open shots and lay-ups, then executed poorly down the stretch. I don't think we have witnessed that mentally tough Spurs team from last year's playoffs. Our execution was off the chain. THIS season's team is not THAT team yet.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Spurs jump on Bucks early, don’t ease up in blow-out
We broached this subject before about the Spurs needing another lengthy perimeter defender to match up better with teams that excel at mid-range and 3-point shooting, while having guys that can penetrate. Being without Danny Green didn't help, but it was still a winnable game. Did you see how layups we missed? If someone besides Manu had a decent game, we still could have won this one. Duncan and Parker shot miserably in the second half. Marco had his moments but wasn't on fire last night.
The Spurs are best when they play with pace, combined with crisp ball movement. I didn't see a lot of that. Assists were down. We played too fast, especially in the first half, trying to run and gun with the Blazers, which isn't our game. Blazers were putting up shots between 10-13 seconds.
Finally, defense and rebounding, oops!, wins championships. When the Spurs score 100+ points, I expect them to win. This defensive effort was reminiscent of the collapse against the Knicks and a few days back against Utah. We don't have to keep teams to 80 points anymore like the old days, but opponents should not easily (and repeatedly) score over 100 points on our home floor.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Portland Trail Blazers 109, San Antonio Spurs 100: LaMarcus Aldridge loves to play the Spurs
I am so sick of hearing about the Andrew Bynum saga. Cleveland took the risk, after Bynum stole money from Philly, so they get what they pay for, a talented big man blessed with the right genetics, except for fragile knees, but with an even bigger lack of passion to be the best. Bynum is just not the kind of player I would invest a lot of money in.
As for the Cavs, they are a good young team that needs more pieces. Irving is a great young talent, but he is NOT a franchise player. The NBA draft is fool's gold most of the time. Every now and then a LeBron James or Tim Duncan arrives, and that player alone makes you a playoff contender. Most #1 draft picks are NOT THAT GOOD! Cavs need to add another high caliber NBA-ready draft pick or a proven veteran that can get the team over the hump.
This Cavs team also is not quite committed to Mike Brown's defensive principles. They just want to outscore people. Since the East is so bad, the Cavs still have a shot at the playoffs, if they can stay afloat during Irving's injury.
2 months ago on Kyrie Irving Injury Shows Why Spurs Keep the Bench Ready
I took my time responding to this one, but I was shaking my head again as Duncan got pulled out for a key defensive stop at the end of the game. Isn't the definition of insanity doing the same thing after getting the SAME negative results?
Nevertheless, it never should have come to this. Shumpert is not an All-Star. The Knicks are NOT a good basketball team. Spurs played like crap, except for Marco, the entire game. Pathetic defense, not much toughness on either side of the ball, sloppy with the basketball. What was the matter with Tony Parker? Danny Green has been hard to watch this year. Ayres always makes me nervous on offense; why doesn't Baynes not get more time against big front lines? Can we at least see if Malcolm Thomas can guard the perimeter when it matters?
As poorly as we played offensively (excluding Marco), when the Spurs score over 100 points, we should win. Didn't deserve to win this one. I can live with narrow losses to elite teams. Loss to the Knicks was very hard to swallow.
2 months ago on Despite career-high 32 points from Belinelli, Spurs fall to Knicks
This game looked EXACTLY like the losses to the Clippers and Thunder!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Troubles against top-teams continue to haunt Spurs in loss to Rockets