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@BarbaraOlsen I couldn't of said it better.
1 hour, 2 minutes ago on Popovich on Kawhi's struggles: 'It's not a big deal'
I love basketball fights. Worst fighters of the 3 major sports, which is odd because they are all so big. To their credit though, soccer player fights make B-Ball player fights look like UFC events. Not soccer hooligan guy though. Soccer hooligan guy crushes NBA player. Slow news month
1 hour, 3 minutes ago on Video: Ex-Spur Pops Mensah-Bonsu suspended after huge brawl in Euroleague game
Didn't Kaman say something similar last year? About the beauty of watching the Spurs play?
Would love to see Gortat in a Spurs uni. Always liked the guy's game
2 weeks, 6 days ago on Marcin Gortat thinks the Spurs are Mozart
@ryankxlu Well said-thanks for the good words
3 weeks, 3 days ago on Popovich: Military Vets Not Properly Honored
CaptainLate I assume you're not the real James Silas but if you are, loved your game but a ridiculous take.
1) Because Manu was able to rest and focus on conditioning and getting physically healthy for the first time since who knows when, because the Spurs signed Marco who will take some pressure off Manu and also allow Pop to rest Manu more, and because Manu is the quintessential competitor and has had all off season to stew over the Finals loss, he's going to have a nice, productive year.
2) I don't see any Spurs fans who have been following the Spurs for any length of time, except a few bitter folks who still blame the entire Heat series loss on Manu (conveniently forgetting the other factors that contributed significantly to that loss), wanting to see anything but the best for and from Manu. The guy continually took lesser pay in his prime for the betterment of the team, and he continually sacrificed minutes for the betterment of the team and continually did whatever Pop asked him for the betterment of the team. We won't see his like again here in SA. He should be getting nothing but love, respect and best wishes from fans.
3) Who knows what he will do, and Duncan for that matter with a couple of cryptic things he's said about playing through his full contract. He's definitely going to the HOF, but I just don't see him retiring. I think he walks away when he knows he's left it all on the floor and his body absolutely refuses to do what his brain tells it to do.
Injuries for ANY of our guys are unpredictable. I don't believe this is past patterns being indicative of future events with Manu. He's rested. He's well. He has more help. Less will be expected of him. Who saw Timmy having a chest contusion? Sports are like that. I think a lot of Manu's injuries in the past were related to him playing year round combined with his style of play. He ran himself into the ground.
We'll just pray for our guys to stay healthy. If they are, I think we're back in the Finals for Redemption time.
1 month ago on Five takeaways from Spurs opener
I think we'll see a lot of different combinations of players on the floor with the second unit the first quarter-half of the season.
I thought Pop would play Baynes earlier because he could bang with Gasol. That was a surprise. Still, I think Pop is going to tinker with things which allows him to both rest guys and possibly showcase guys he may want to move.
Mills, imho, showed exactly why he is needed more than Joseph. Joseph on his very best day couldn't do what Mills did and can do-fill it up at a ridiculous pace. Both require either Marco or Manu to be on the floor with them since they don't move the ball as well as a true point guard would (hence the need for a vet backup pg), but Mills has a skill set that is just priceless on the offensive end.
I'd like to see, in small stretches, against teams like Golden State for example, Parker and Mills in the back court, with either Marco or Manu at the 3 and Kawhi at the 4. I also think that kind of lineup could be effective against Houston, forcing them to go smaller because that is one line up that can push the ball at a ridiculous pace, move the ball well, and fill it up.
Can't do that with Joseph.
Miss George but wouldn't trade (no pun intended) what we have, are seeing and will see with Kawhi Leonard for anything.
Unless for some suicidal reason Indiana would like to send George back to us for Bonner, Nando and Joseph. Oh, and throw in Mahinmi. Sure the $ numbers totally don't work. The key there is suicidal on Indiana's part and, well, I guess Ian and George would have to be really dumb and restructure their contracts to take millions less to play for us.
I'm sure that will work out.
1 month ago on Ginobili 'really angry' when Spurs traded for Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi is a no brainer. I don't think exercising the option on Joseph means the Spurs are committing to him over the long-haul.
Kawhi is definitely integral to the future of the Spurs post TD. But who is the 2nd person of The Big Three version 2.0? I don't see him on this roster unless you're talking about Parker. Joseph and 'Big 3' version 2.0? Ummmmm, no.
I'm completely lost on what to say about the paragraph beginning "With Joseph, the team has...."-are you talking about Nando or Mills in addition to Joseph or still talking about Kawhi?" And I don't think Pop is sending guys to the bench to 'reflect,' -that's where they sit because he doesn't trust them.
1 month, 1 week ago on Spurs Exercise Options on Cory Joseph and Kawhi Leonard
Good job Kevin. I think Pop is going to do all he can to make sure TD, Manu, TP, Kawhi AND Boris are all fresh as possible for the playoffs. I think TD and Manu's minutes get monitored the most, but with Parker and Boris both having a lot of mileage on their legs as well, especially after the summer, I think Pop is going to regulate their minutes a bit more.
I think Kawhi plays 36-38 on a typical night, but there will be some games, due to his tendency to tweak his knees, Pop sits him after 18-20. With Marco on board he can do that.
I think Baynes quietly proved himself in the pre-season. He averaged just about 51% from the field, played physical and rebounded well for minutes he was given. There ARE some teams with muscle that Pop will need him. He's the only guy we have with that kind of size and physicality. I also think if my theory on more rest is true, then Ayres and Baynes should get plenty of good looks.
Bonner is (and always has been) the conundrum to me. He can deliver in the regular season when he's on a hot streak. He is a proven non-factor in the playoffs as a scorer and is a defensive liability. At what point in the TD era-especially as it closes- do you (if you're Pop) keep giving minutes to a guy you KNOW you aren't going to use in the playoffs? It would make more sense to me to give Baynes and Ayres every opportunity to develop. Perhaps one of them if not both can be used in the playoffs. Then again, they are both young, so there is value in adding a veteran big (gee, a guy like Mahinmi or even Epke Udoh-that kind of skill set, would be nice to add to the mix in the worse case scenario-TD goes down for a stretch).
I just think our guys are watching the waiver wires and are on the phones getting a feel for what they can and cannot do. Teams get more desperate closer to the trade deadline. As long as our guys are healthy they can afford to hold out for a better deal.
As for CoJo and Mills-this is my line of thinking now: I agree with you about Mills being more worthy. I still think the Spurs will be scouring the waiver wires and/or considering trades to get a vet pg to back up Tony. That said, between CoJo and Mills, Mills gives the Spurs something Joseph can't-the guy can heat up and score in volumes.
There could be times, when playing small ball, that it would be advantageous in short stretches to run TP and Mills in the back court together with either Manu or Marco at the 3 and Kawhi at the 4. That would be one seriously quick team with guys that can push the ball at the 1-4 position. Would be helpful in stretches against teams like Golden State or to counter 'Big Ball' in small doses against teams like Houston-it's how Miami forced us to play small ball.
Personally, I would like to send CoJo, Nando and Bonner (hey, veteran big guys with expiring contracts are attractive to a lot of teams) elsewhere so we can address one of our needs and maybe get a pick.
MarkCuban has great points. I would like to see Pop roll deep with his rotation through the playoffs. He can only do that though if 1) He does it all season, and 2) The guys earn his trust. I think we've got all kinds of potential matchup problems we can create with this roster. Would be nice to Pop exploit those in the playoffs
1 month, 1 week ago on Predicting the Spurs player rotation
Another reason Pop loves guys who come out of the Euro leagues: In general, much less selfish and, per Pop's own statements, harder workers. I'd like to see Tiago bump those numbers up to 12 and 8 this year. That would be helpful to Timmy and rebounding is one of our weaknesses.
1 month, 1 week ago on Splitter: Popovich didn't want me to be a scorer
So you're saying Tony is just as big a nerd as Duncan is. Better our guys roll with the people at Comic Conventions than live the Thug Life. There is that.
I'd have been more impressed if TP had managed to land a walk on role in Breaking Bad before Walt checked out.
1 month, 1 week ago on Photo: Parker joins 'The Walking Dead' crew
Yup. And Tony hit the nail on the head.
Now our only fear is that by omitting Dallas from his list, DeJuan Blair will absolutely destroy us even worse than Marky Mark Cuban predicted.
1 month, 1 week ago on Tony Parker gives his West teams to watch
Take away: Parker is mentally tough. If only De Colo would respond to Pop's berating with such an attitude.
I think Blair self-medicated his Pop pain at WhataBurger.
Capt. Jack with who knows what.
To Tiago's credit, he's just kept working and kept a positive attitude.
Looks like Kawhi is the kind of guy who says, "Thank you sir, may I have another-as long as it makes me great."
1 month, 1 week ago on Video: Coach Pop made Tony Parker cry
Yep. I think we have the edge at the 1, 3 and 4; in depth and versatility. A lot depends on Dwight's head, how he meshes with Harden and Asik and the team chemistry they had last year. It's teams like Houston who have that size where Baynes' development is huge.
Always liked Casspi.
1 month, 1 week ago on Rockets’ Casspi happy for Spurs’ assistant Udoka, discuses past & present
@DifferentVSTheSame @SCOLFIELD1421 Marco is a 2 who also plays the 3 and 1 at times.
1 month, 1 week ago on 10 years later, Spurs finally get Josh Howard
Nice. Good gesture too.
1 month, 1 week ago on Video: Spurs camo jersey revealed
@MarkCubanisaDouche I agree 100% on the Joseph and backup point situation. I would be fine with either of these guys if Tim, Manu and Parker were all 6-7 years younger. The window for TD is closing and he deserves much better. He deserves a vet in the eventuality of a Parker injury. Doesn't have to be an All-World vet. Someone along the lines of the way Avery was when he was here would be great. Just a guy who can drive the bus, keep the ball moving and offense flowing if TP goes down for a stretch. Joseph and Mills are just not there yet. Nando certainly isn't because he has lost his confidence as you said.
I think Howard is a great low risk guy who, if he gets right, could come in at just the right time to infuse some solid play and relieve Kawhi so he is fresh for the playoffs. I think Howard is one of those guys that is shaped by the culture he plays in and plays up to or down to what is expected. He could be a huge pickup if all the 'if's' play out well. If not...no harm. I do find it interesting the Spurs chose him and waived guys who were healthy, younger, or had just as much experience and were healthy, in training camp. They must see something/know something we don't.
I think the pg situation gets addressed. We are log-jammed with guys who would be perfect for a rebuilding team or a team that is a borderline team to make the playoffs but doesn't have the luxury we have-way too many guys who can play the 1. I think the Spurs will pull the trigger but they are probably watching that waiver wire for another need (vet big man who can play d and grab some boards). If they can get the vet pg off the waiver wire, maybe some salary cap casualty, or the vet big as a cap casualty, they can put together a nice package to meet the other need. We're in a position of strength I think to put something together.
But I am 100% with you on that pg situation. You don't give a Ferrari to a kid who has only been driving a couple of years.
I know I'm a big fan of Baynes and his potential-but throughout the preseason, he's done a couple of things consistently night in and night out with whatever minutes he's been given: Shoot around 50% and grab boards and use his size and strength to make opposing bigs work for their shot.
I like that.
1 month, 1 week ago on Despite strong effort from Baynes, Rockets rout Spurs in final preseason game
If Howard gets healthy and right, and fits in with the Spurs, this could be a HUGE deal for the playoff run. My biggest concern has been our backup point guard situation-both CoJo and Mills need Manu or Marco in the back court with them for the ball to move well in the offensive sets.
One of my concerns was the health of Manu down the stretch. Immediately that thins out what Marco can do and places a greater burden on him (backup 2 and 3 and keep offense rolling).
Howard could be a tremendous asset if he gets right, down the stretch and give Pop a lot of options on the perimeter, and Kawhi the rest he needs down the stretch to be as healthy as possible for playoffs.
If he Howard gets really healthy, the Spurs could play some very interesting stretches of small ball. There could also be an interesting unit Pop could use (again, if Howard gets healthy) in stretches: Manu/or Marco, Mills (just because he poses tremendous threat to light it up at any moment, Howard, Kawhi and TD.
All in all, a good, low risk, potentially high reward pickup.
Now about the backup point guard situation.....
Well said. From what I saw of Kawhi he looks so comfortable out there and I just think the sky is the limit for him. It's going to be really important that the Spurs do something (besides a nice raise)-namely running more of the offense through him and guaranteeing they will do all they can to give him the right pieces around him in the future, to keep that kid here.
Kawhi Leonard needs to stay a Spur. For life.
1 month, 1 week ago on Magic’s Vaughn and Afflalo impressed with Leonard’s growth