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can't forget that Duncan did defeat Kobe (along with Shaq) first during the '99 championship run.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
I'll take a 3-pointer over an alley-oop.
1 year ago on Spurs really don't like ally-oops
@Spursfan66 it says Kabongo will reportedly join the Toros, according to Wojnarowski, on this article. I guess we'll have to wait and see if Nwaelele joins them too, when and if he gets cut (which I'm assuming he probably will).
1 year ago on Spurs waive Maggette, Cousin, Kabongo
ok, well either way, the Nuggets are still not 100% because they still won't have Gallinari. he was one of their key players for this team throughout the season, and it might hurt them at some point. and yes, i know they're still a good team w/out him, that's why i said they would still put up a challenge.
1 year, 5 months ago on Long wait may help or rust Spurs
Nuggets not entirely banged up, Jose? Faried may be a little with his ankle, but also, you seem to have forgotten that they don't have Gallinari. i still think that might hurt them not having him on the floor. but having said that, i'm sure the Nuggets would still put up a challenge, should they survive against the Warriors, which is uncertain.
i don't think he even had a case, and i seriously don't think he would have won anyway. i think he's a complete idiot. plain and simple!
1 year, 7 months ago on Lawsuit against Spurs is dropped
the Spurs local broadcasts has been rated as one of the top local broadcast ratings for the past few years, and in fact, they were at the top in Nielsen ratings back in 2011 (http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/print-edition/2011/04/22/san-antonio-spurs-outpace-the-rest-of.html?page=all). part of the reason for that is because of Bill & Sean. they might be a little homerism, but they know their stuff when it comes to basketball.
1 year, 7 months ago on Elliott called out for being a 'homer' announcer
@DifferentVSTheSame you just said the reason why: he's a free agent. Blair will more than likely leave as a free agent, so it's better to get something for him (whether it's a draft pick or a player) rather than letting him walk in the off-season and get nothing in return.
1 year, 8 months ago on Spurs shopping Blair for best offer?
@CraigThomas yea i did read that. they might get a deal for a package like that (not saying it would be with the Spurs). in the case of the Spurs, since a Casspi/Speights is a combined $6.47 million, it would have to take at least a player with a $3 million contract (like Bonner or Green, for example), plus one or two other players with similar or smaller contracts.
now as for a Blair-for-Casspi straight up, that can't happen as Casspi's contract is about $2.3 million compared to Blair's $1.054 million. another cheap contract (like Neal, De Colo, or Mills, again, for example) would have to be added. of course, that's assuming the Cavs can't package Casspi and Speights in a deal.
the latest rumor i've been hearing is the Spurs interested in Casspi: http://www.hoopsworld.com/is-there-a-market-for-omri-casspi/
tough break for Joseph. wish him a speedy recovery!
1 year, 8 months ago on Joseph injured, replaced for D-League All-Star Game
@CraigThomas i understand that, and i know there have been solid backup big men that have stepped up as starters (Gortat, for example). judging from Splitter's personality, i'd say his intentions would be to wanting to negotiate with Pop and R.C., and stay here first. but like you said, just speculating. i guess we'll just have to wait and see.
1 year, 8 months ago on Spurs interested in Josh Smith?
@ChrisCano if you want real Spurs talk, go to Pounding The Rock. keep in mind, yes, there are fans with knowledge that will want to get a guy like Jefferson or Smith, but there are fans with knowledge that will give you reasons to keep a good player like Splitter. yes, Splitter is not a star, but he is a good player, not below average. again, if you want a good debate, i suggest going to Pounding The Rock.
@CraigThomas higher than $10 mil? nah i don't see it happening, unless some team is that stupid enough just like what Houston did giving Asik that ridiculous contract.
even if teams offered him more money, there's no guarantee that Splitter would say he'd leave for the big bucks, and i doubt we would say "$10 mil, take it or leave it." i would think Pop, R.C., and the front office would be willing to negotiate, and the same can be said for Splitter.
@ChrisCano no one's forgotten that, but is Splitter's contract going to be as big as Smith's or Jefferson's contracts? i don't think so.
@DifferentVSTheSame again, i suggest you go to Pounding The Rock, where i mostly comment at, and you can discuss with other Spurs fans there about this. i'm sure there would love to discuss with you, and i mean that.
1 year, 8 months ago on Rumor: Spurs frontrunners to land Al Jefferson
@DifferentVSTheSame ok, so what about the charges he takes or when he helps out on a double team? that's effort, too. it just doesn't show in stats. yes, maybe Splitter can do better at getting rebounds, but don't tell me he's not showing effort because he is doing other things. and yes, Kawhi got more rebounds because he has the arms and the hands to do it. with his wingspan and large hands, he should be able to do well. and please, don't tell me to stop it. that irritates me. i'm not trying to be rude here, and if we get Jefferson without having to put Splitter in the deal, then great. i think Jefferson is a class-act guy and have nothing against him. but if Splitter has to be in the deal, forget it. even then, like i said, i don't think we'd be able to afford to re-sign him in off-season due to the new CBA.
@DifferentVSTheSame we don't know how well Jefferson would fit in the system. i suggest you take this discussion at Pounding The Rock, and i'm sure they would love to have this discussion with you.
@DifferentVSTheSame and you wanna know how he gets more rebounds? by playing more minutes. that was my point. did you not see that i put the minutes in there with the average of points? you can do the same thing with rebounding. Jefferson averages 9.5 rebounds in 33 minutes while Splitter averages 5.8 rebounds in 23 minutes. Splitter puts in as much effort as Jefferson does, but only with a limited amount of time.
i agree with Emicris. sorry Jeff, but as one of the posters said on another Spurs site, Pounding The Rock, "Right now is no time to be thinking of the future."
and by the way, not to be rude, but you must be the one not watching basketball.
@ChrisCano as you will see in the last post i replied to you, Jefferson might be a better scorer (17.1 pts in 33 minutes compared to Splitter's 10.5 pts in 23 minutes, so if Splitter played another 10 minutes, he'd probably get another 7 points), but he's not any better at defense than Splitter would be (the Jazz allow 10 more points per 100 possessions when Jefferson's on the court) , and Splitter is a better pick and roll player.
the way Duncan is playing now, i think he can do fine defending the paint come playoff time, and the team together can help out. Splitter can help, and our wings like Leonard and Green can too. let's not forget Jackson wih his toughness. it might even be possible that Baynes can help too if given the playing time, considering that he is an athletic big man.
@ChrisCano sorry, but you're wrong. what i said is basketball knowledge. just because you don't like it doesn't mean it isn't knowledge. look, Jefferson is good, i know that, but at the expense of Splitter, Jackson, the chemistry, and the way the team is playing now, i'm not risking it. Splitter has very much improved this season, especially with his FTs. Jefferson might be a better scorer, but he's not any better at defense than Splitter is, and Splitter is a better pick and roll player. now if we can put someone else in the deal (Blair or Bonner perhaps) rather than Splitter, then i would go for it, so we can have at least a Duncan/Jefferson/Splitter/Diaw/Baynes rotation.
however, like i said, we might not be able to afford to re-sign him. he's making $15 million this year, and he could possibly be wanting more on his next contract.
and this ain't going to be Duncan's last championship run. he's got this year, and the next two years on his contract. again i say, this team as it is right now can compete for the title.
@Chuck Finley210 the Spurs wouldn't be able to re-sign Jackson if Utah bought him out. the Spurs would have to wait a year, not 30 days, thanks to the new CBA agreement. by then, Jackson would either have signed with a new team or retired.
Splitter "most likely not retained by the Spurs"? we don't know that. i'd say it's more likely a 70/30 chance he gets retain by the Spurs, and i certainly would not give up Splitter. i wouldn't give up Jackson either unless there is a better deal. and Sheridan mentions Mills or De Colo as the posible PGs to be in the trade scenario (which you failed to mention), so your suggestion of Joseph more than likely wouldn't happen. as much as i think Jefferson is a very good player, i would not do this deal. we just added Baynes that could possibly help out Duncan and Splitter in the near future, and i want to see him get some playing time at least.
as you mentioned, Jose, Jefferson is a unrestricted free agent and the fact is we might not able to afford to re-signing him. i know Splitter would probably get more money, but he and Jackson might even be cheaper to re-sign in the off-season than having to try and re-sign Jefferson.
all in all, this team we have right now can compete for a title, and if we were to make a move, i'd rather it'd be signing a veteran that might be waived when the waive deadline comes. if such a right deal comes along where we don't have to sacrafice the Big 3, Leonard, Splitter, Green or even Baynes (because it's his first year), then i'm all for it.
not to be rude, but Jose, after reading a lot of your articles, you're not as good as the other Project Spurs writers on here.
and here's what just got posted on ESPN, Jose:
Spurs are still listed as one of the teams interested.
1 year, 8 months ago on Report: Oden has two teams in sight, Spurs out
the report states that the Heat and the Cavaliers emerge as the two leaders to land Oden, but the report did not state that those are Oden's top 2 destinations on his list. the Spurs could still be in the mix, as well as the Celtics since they were also reported as one of the teams interested in him, but yea, i don't think we would have had a chance anyway.
@mfxmachine gotcha. :)
1 year, 9 months ago on How Randolph To Houston May Effects Spurs
@mfxmachine you mean Josh as in Josh Smith, correct?
agreed with Emicris, almost exactly what i was going to say. Jose, what is Houston going to give up for Randolph? it's not like the Rockets are going to keep the same team if you're going to trade for a guy like Randolph. a couple of those 3-point shooters (Parsons and Delfino for example) are probably going to be packaged, or they might package Asik with someone, or whatever package that equals Randolph's contract. if a deal happens, yes, Randolph will make them better and guarantee them a playoff spot for sure, but i would still worry more about the Grizzlies than the Rockets. however, the Grizzlies will be weaker if it goes down, which i think this trade will help us, and i would still like our crew over the Rockets even if they have Randolph.
@Gadrtbkr Pop doing the usual, resting him on a back-to-back, just like he's been doing for the past few years. sorry that you didn't get to see him play, but at least Timmy was in the building this time instead of Pop sending him back to S.A.
1 year, 9 months ago on Minus Duncan and Ginobili, Spurs win over Hawks behind Parker, Splitter, and Bonner
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that's ok. 6'10" is good enough. i'll just be happy when he is finally here in S.A., and he officially signs!
1 year, 9 months ago on Former Spur Gaze comments on Aron Baynes
"The team recently fired former Spur Avery Johnson and former Spur assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo."
you meant the Nets made Carlesimo the head coach, correct? just pointing that out. :)
1 year, 9 months ago on 5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Nets
@JohnAbney yep, especially with Parker being in 4th right now.
1 year, 10 months ago on Milestone: Ginobili on verge of passing Silas
hey Jose, Duncan has 2 regular season MVPs. just sayin'.
1 year, 11 months ago on For Rivers, Another Reunion With The One That Never Was
nope. i agree with Kenny, Shaq, and C-Webb from last night saying the Spurs can beat them. why not have their opinions on this article, too, instead of just having Sir Charles' opinion?
1 year, 11 months ago on Barkley says Spurs can't beat Thunder, Lakers
it's only the beginning of the season! besides, that Hornets team could challenge the 8th seed, especially since they have Davis, so last night wasn't going to be easy. a win is a win, and there was more good than bad to that game last night. not everything is going to work perfectly in every game. and no, tonight's game does not reconfirm anything yet. last year is last year. Duncan might not repeat his performance from last night, but that's not going to stop him from being effective. i do believe this is going to be a win tonight, and if not, then it's not the end of the world. it's only the 2nd game. adjustments will be made for the next game and so on and so forth. yes, we might still need a little help in the frontcourt, but there's plenty of time to find one, either by trade or on waivers. anyways, one game does not decide the future.
1 year, 11 months ago on Spurs vs. Thunder Preview
ummmmm no that's not going to happen now.
1 year, 12 months ago on Ginobili out for season opener
@PopKat i agree, Duncan can't do it by himself, that's why Splitter, Diaw, and Blair have to step up (I don't think Bonner will help). i understand Diaw and Blair are undersized, but with Diaw actually having a full training camp instead of being thrown into the fire, he could probably help spread the floor which is usually Bonner's role, whereas to Blair, if he actually gets playing time and shows that he can keep the weight off, he can use that physicality to bounce around with the other big guys. and i, for one, think Splitter can improve a little more because he didn't actually have a full training camp as well (thanks to his injury in his first year and the lockout in his second) until this season.
first, Durant is the only superstar on that team. Westbrook and Harden might be All-Stars (Harden isn't one yet), but not superstars. and it doesn't matter that they're Olympian perimeter players, Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker were/are Olympians too. yes, stats do help, but it's not just about stats, go ask the Spurs fans at Pounding The Rock and they'll tell ya. and i don't see Collison better than Splitter, Diaw, and Blair, and you can even look at their stats, and it shows. and when's the next time Ibaka's going 11-11 on a night like that? that's not going to happen all the time. sometimes, you get a bit of luck and luck was not our side. not to mention, the refs made some questionable calls in Game 6 and some of Ibaka's blocks in that series were actually goaltending, and he was never called for it. and the fact is the Spurs were up 2-0, so they can beat OKC, and could've beaten them in that series. all in all, sorry to say, there are would've, could've, should've's, but as i said before, i give the Thunder credit because they are a great team, and Durant showed why he is right there competing with LeBron for best player in the league. and while i might not look at things objectively often, i did say the Thunder and the Lakers are the two teams i'm concerned with, and they are the best two teams in the West. however, i'm not going to say they're unbeatable because they can be beaten as well.
yea, i agree, Hack-a-Splitter did throw off the rhythm, but Howard's gonna be in the game more often than Splitter because he's a star. Splitter only played about 20 minutes a game, while Howard might be playing almost double that, thus, the more chances to use that strategy. plus, with all the added guys the Lakers have, i don't know how well they'll mesh up, so yea, we'll see how good of a coach Mike Brown actually is because it's on him if his system doesn't go well.
if the Grizzlies stay healthy, they'll be a threat. they're a good team, but they're basically the same team minus Mayo now, and not having his scoring might hurt them. but again, it's not just about stats. and it's not just Randolph and Gasol were good against us in that series, but Conley outplayed Parker, so Parker had to redeem himself and did by becoming an All-Star again and a MVP candidate last season. also, the Spurs entered that Grizzlies series not healthy, as we saw what happened with Ginobili, breaking his elbow in the last game of that season, and even though he was able to come back in the series, we could tell he wasn't comfortable with that brace. same with Duncan when he rolled his ankle a few games before that series, but he was back in time before it even started. and yes, i know Gay wasn't part of it, but we don't know how he would have reacted if he had come back. so again i say, that series was a fluke, and now that we have Leonard, Green, Jackson, and Diaw on the team (guys that were not part of that series), i feel firmly confident that the Spurs are still better than the Grizzlies.
i feel bad for the T-Wolves for losing Love and Rubio for quite some time, and they might still be better than some of the teams with Adelman because he is a great coach, but it's bad luck because they might not make the playoffs for losing games w/out Love and Rubio. like i said, sometimes a bit of luck has to go your way.
look, i can see this argument continuing and we won't agree on everything, but i'm done with this for now. by all means, if you need to reply back at this, go for it. i might not say much after that or i might not comment back because i've moved on to other subjects. on that note, i still will say our Spurs can still compete at a title. it might not be as big of a shot like the Heat, OKC, and Lakers, but it's a decent one.
2 years ago on Two Spurs, One Spot
@PopKat what about the Jazz and Clippers? they have good frontlines too, and we got through them in the playoffs. not all big teams give Spurs problems and they are ways to solve the other teams. Pop is the one that's going to have to figure it out. it's not just about the bigs in this league. and no one has to tell me that regular season does not equal NBA championships, i'm not stupid.
i could care less about how well we did against Memphis last year, even if Randolph and Allen were injured. as a whole, the Spurs did better last season than the season before. and as far as i'm concern, the Thunder and Lakers are the only 2 teams i'm concerned about. The Grizzlies, Clippers, Wolves, and whoever else in the West don't scare me.
and the Spurs can still get calls, but the refs need to a better job. the Spurs still could've won that series, but again i say, i'm giving credit to the Thunder for growing and learning. yes their frontline is great but let's be honest, Ibaka and Perkins are not All-Stars. yes, the Lakers, on the other hand, are one to worry about with Howard and Gasol together, but you can exploit their weaknesses too, for example, using Hack-a-Howard.
as far as trying to find another big, there's time between now and the trade deadline. by the way, the Spurs have already waived Curry and Brown, which leaves Powell and Witherspoon left. anyways as far as i'm concerned, the Spurs are still in the mix, even if they are right behind OKC and LA.
the T-Wolves did not sweep the Spurs last season. both teams won their home games. just sayin'. and despite the fact that we're still a little weak at the frontline, that Memphis series is still a fluke, and it showed when the Spurs played better this past season. we could've won the WCF, but some guys lost their rhythm due to their 1st time in the playoffs (Leonard and Green), and there were some questionable calls in that Game 6. however, i give OKC the credit they deserve because they grew up and played team basketball in the ways of the Spurs. and it's not about the bigs, but also having another athletic guy to help out guard the LeBrons and Durants of the world. that's why the Spurs were/are looking at guys like Brown, Powell, and Witherspoon. we don't necessarily need a 7 footer, just a big man that can help out on defense, and apparently, Curry couldn't do that.
i like having Green. i do think the kid's got potential. and by the way, 6'9" is not too bad for a PF. Zach Randolph is 6'9", and Ben Wallace is 6'9" and he played as a C. plus, it's nice that Green has a 7'2" wingspan. yea, one inch shorter than Leonard's wingspan, but i'll take it still.
2 years ago on Report: Spurs sign Alabama's JaMychal Green
i think this was a good move. however, i will always consider Duncan a PF, even if he's playing center for us nowadays.
2 years ago on Duncan Dilemma done; NBA changes All Star ballot positions
@spurs123 De Colo already signed a guaranteed contract.
2 years ago on Choosing Powell or Curry
i have it between Powell, Curry, and Brown. despite the fact that Brown is 6'8", he is taller than Blair and has the athleticism. i'd be happy with either one, preferably whoever breaks out more for the rest of the pre-season, which seems to be Powell so far. Witherspoon is most likely next to be cut, which will leave those 3 guys remaining.
2 years ago on Spurs waive Tyler Wilkerson
two rebounds and nine rebounds, Jeff? lol. sorry, just wanted to point that out. anyways, nice game-winner from De Colo!
2 years ago on Spurs vs. Hawks Postgame Player Spotlight: Nando De Colo