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True Kawhi's demeanor on and off the court does look disinterested. He does not get very expressive facially, verbally, emotionally, or even physically as with fist pumps or such. The only thing he lacks is experience and belief that "He is one bad man !" I'd say he defers rather than becomes disinterested. He does need to continue to work on finishing in the lane, but that comes with confidence and more experience, and again when he believes that he is the "Man". Literally that is still not the case. TP, and sometimes Manu, and then TD, but Pop needs to facilitate more of the idea that Kawhi is the Man on more occasions, and that is already developing as we all can see. I only see it as a developmental issue, both team and individual player wise. Bowen just may be right about him leading us to another title. GO SPURS !!!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Bruce Bowen credits the return of Kawhi Leonard for Spurs' current winning streak
How about record versus teams above .500 and playoff type contender teams ? I know we got better there by beating the Clips and Portland. The Heat game tomorrow will be a good test. Sometimes against aggressive defensive teams, if they know a player is not a triple threat (dribble, pass, shoot), they will cheat over into the passing lanes and tip passes away or force players to dribble and penetrate. We had such problems with Heat on that last year. Now we have Boris, who is more aggressive to drive in, Marco, Patty, Kawhi, Danny is a little better, and even Cory is penetrating more aggressively. That coupled with a somewhat better Tiago, Ayers, and even Baynes to rebound and defend basket, we could have better chances to beat Heat tomorrow. Hopefully we will continue to build off of that and get more mentally tough for home stretch and playoff run all the way. I saw too many "scared faces" against Heat last year in finals. Fear paralyzes, nullifies skill, and makes one make indecisive negative plays. Patty has no fear, and Kawhi knows he is a tiger now. Big three are healthy, getting some rest and are gearing up. Man I'm excited ! GO SPURS !!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Inside the victory: Spurs 122, Cavaliers 101
Folks are getting a bit too hyped about a guy who won't get that many minutes anyway. Let's be honest. Kawhi will play hard long minutes. We proved that Boris can guard Lebron at times to give Kawhi a breather. Let's not exaggerate the need here. A Meta W. P. could be a toughness factor if rejuvenated for a run at a title. He still has a few tricks up his sleeve if he can get focused. That I do believe. Don't know what kind of shape he is in physically and mentally We can also use the spot to snag and develop another young project type. Devin Ebanks ? Fells from the Toros ?
5 months ago on Granger passing on Spurs is blessing in disguise
Hopefully we sign Granger and Daye all the more is relegated to project status. That is my hope. I believe we have a real chance with Granger. We will know by Saturday either way. Daye has come to the right place. Pop is the "Down and out Whisperer". Daye will be given all the support and guidance to see if he can turn out to be anything of a real contributor. I had hoped for Earl Clark, but he and Shannon Brown signed with Knicks. We shall see. Go Spurs !
5 months ago on Daye to work in limited time
More definitively a foul was Ray Allen whacking Ginobli across the arm as GInobli drove at the end. Free throws for Ginobli. Before that. LeBron drove and Danny came from behind and contested layup attempt. Lebron pushed off with left forearm sending Danny to the floor. FOUL on Lebron. The controversy was about who it went off of out of bounds? Easily LeBron, which they got correct. Hey showed game on NBA-tv last night. I could barely stand to watch it. Time to move on..... NEW season !! GO SPURS !!!
10 months ago on NBA refs refute Rick Barry's claim Ray Allen traveled in NBA Finals
Right up there list... Bill Russell ? Chamberlain ? All these guys are modern players. But it is a super list. As individuals real good argument. As actual team players and complimenting teammates maybe not as much. TD is easily in the mix. No worries.
10 months, 1 week ago on Kevin Durant’s All-Time Team Lacks Tim Duncan
Hollis Thompson can compete well and provide minimal minutes, since Kawhi won't sit for very long periods of time anyway. Can we vote on this ? The power of social media... YES. WE WANT HOLLIS !!! PATFO will just have to fold under our pressure..... errr or not.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on Report: Spurs worked out forward Damien Wilkins
I hope Patty can have more impact this coming season. CoJo already has Pop's favor with his defense, passing, and offense management style that he already has shown a little during last year's season and playoffs. Patty is more of a gunner. Shoot first and ask questions later type at this point. No doubt he did great in international play for his country, but he had the keys and the steering wheel to their bus. He will not have that kind of opportunity with Spurs in my opinion with that style. In any case, I hope they both develop, but it is obvious PATFO are looking for a veteran point guard to backup TP who can drive into the lane and create. I do think Nando may not soon be around and this may give more opportunity for others too including Patty..
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Mendez-Valdez: Spurs’ Joseph could be on way to breakout season in San Antonio
We can only hope. Europe had no offers or interest in him at all? I'm not saying they needed to, but offensively at least he could help some team in a better league at this point it seems. He can still develop. A stretch 5 somebody called him in summer. I put on some weight alright and knew how to use it offensively in one game he was given opportunity to play in. I had hoped him to be a 4 type who can stretch floor and cover some ground too defensively. He needs interior focus.... more rebounding, defense, closing the lane, and shot blocking. He seems to want to roam too much on defense and doesn't seem to desire rebounding too much from my small window perspective thus far. I used the word "seem" a lot. He has a long way to go if he wants to make the Spurs roster. Another 2 years maybe? "Ryan we are pulling for you. Get to work and ask Spurs for all the help and direction they can give you."
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Ryan Richards sign with yet another team
CoJo has made strides certainly. He showed flashes at Texas, but they had another guard who dominated the ball. If he would have stayed another two years at Texas Spurs would have had no shot at drafting him in my opinion. He would've gone much higher. Anyway, he has a never give up style on offense, but mainly on defense. even if he gets broken down or passed by an opposing driving guard, he stays in the play and doesn't get deflated. He hustles and plays with heart. We are so used to seeing TP's speed, but CoJo is showing he too can drive and maneuver into the lane. I like his progress this summer no doubt, though I am not too surprised. He has TP as an excellent mentor and example. Now he can just visit Austin instead of having to go for work.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Spurs' Cory Joseph battled self-doubt
Yea looks real good ! High socks will probably come back if it hasn't already. It gives good calf muscle support too. As a kid I got to see Iceman light up Cavs for 36 at the old hemisphere arena.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Classic black and white photo of 'The Iceman' gets colorized
Yea even less minutes is good idea. I hope he can accept playing off ball and drill 3 pointers like at a 44 % clip. I hope he can continue to admirably put his pride aside and be more of just a mentor for Bellineli and others. He can be a Robert Horry type minimal minutes, but clutch and effective plays. Maybe swimming and boxing for Manu like TD for stamina and flexibility. Manu is a legend and can't accept last years fall out against Miami. I hope he makes a contribution next season to help us get a ring.
11 months, 1 week ago on Ginobili begins training in Argentina
He is interesting as a player alright and still developing his game. If he can guard on the perimeter at least some and stretch his jumper to the deep corners, he will really get more minutes. Bonner's minutes and some of Diaw's too I suppose. "Shimmies and Shakes" ?? Hmmmm well maybe we need some more of that at the controlled level where Patty M. keeps his towel antics !
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Pendergraph: Energy, hustle and a high IQ
Certainly Avery Johnson could be a great asset.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Jim Boylen: Coach Pop's new top man
Its a good situation for Thomas. He has a lot to learn and grow in. Spurs can help him and instruct him on his game and skills in any case from afar as they have and are doing with others at present. I am glad Spurs were not put into that corner with Thomas.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Report: Deshaun Thomas agrees to play in France, not Spain
Is that Boris in the Pic #13 ??? He looks like he has dropped some pounds ! Better and more effective season for Boris for the Spurs next year ?? Don't visit those French pastry shops my friend ! They are as caloric as Mexican food in San Antonio ! Go Spurs !!
12 months ago on Diaw powers Team France to exhibition win over Finland
@Spursfan66 @Boo-J True true ! I was hoping for Euroleague or something. I believe he has Spurs instructions to work on his game and body as all our players away from the states have. If he can stick there and avg 17 boards and 27 pts and 5 blks, I'd say he developed, but even then he has developed since we got him initially. Spurs keep in touch I'm sure to guide and instruct albeit from afar. I wanted the Toros for him to keep him close. Folks get so miffed about the kid. Interesting.
12 months ago on Report: Richards to play basketball in Dubai next season
Spooky and soulless ? Heavy art words that are beyond my reach ! It does make him look mean and like a machine. "The Brazilian Terminator" If he plays like that next season we will hoist a banner !
12 months ago on This is one awesome drawing of Spurs' Tiago Splitter
He's a Curry isn't he ? No relation to Eddie I don't believe. Keep him somehow. He deserves a year or two for investigation. Not exactly sold on Nando's role right now.
12 months ago on Report: Duke's Seth Curry invited to Spurs training camp
Yea this kid sounds like a Spurs kind of guy. He will merit time on floor if he can rebound and play good defense. His mid range jumper should would help too. Spurs FO are so good at getting these types who have kind of fallen through the cracks for whatever reason and able to give them hope for a new beginning to their careers. He sounds like a keeper. He just needed a place and a role. Hopefully he can carve out a role and be effective for Spurs !
12 months ago on Pendergraph been 'dreaming' of playing the Spurs
Objectively the Spurs should be the best fit for him because he won't be rushed to assume a big role too soon and he certainly can learn from the best in TD. He appears to be making a real show out of all of this and that style is completely Miami. Though I hope I am wrong I say he chooses Heat. I wish You Mr. Oden all the best.
12 months ago on Report: Oden to make decision this weekend
He's so very young and Pop and Spurs FO lose nothing in letting him experience another year to learn and grow. No hurry. He can come back next summer and we can see what he has then. Next year some Spur's bigs will be off the books to resign or let go entirely. It could work. Many good NBA players needed some seasoning for a few years along the way before they landed in a good NBA uniform and situation. Let Ryan simmer.
I'd rather Spurs receive Jordan Hamilton for Neal. Nuggets are getting the best of that deal if Mosgov is it. Too many bigs already and with Oden coming on board too! -- (out on a not too far limb prediction). Spurs interestingly still have a few more moves left to decide on after Neal's release.
1 year ago on Spurs interested in Timofey Mozgov?
I have to agree with your assessment of Baynes. He already has play off game experience this past season as Splitter was hobbling and Baynes did really pretty good on Dwight Howard. He had weak side help and team defense helping as LA couldn't shoot from outside, so Spurs were able to sag in and help Baynes on Howard. Nevertheless he showed good footwork, timing, strength and contesting with his long arms against the best big in the game. Not a bad calling card so far for Baynes. He needs to learn nuances, but that comes from being on the court. I think his pic and roll needs work. He can pic well, but doesn't have the feel yet for rolling effectively to the bucket for a possible feed and finish like Tiago, who is superior in that regard. I know he can give a few minutes a game to make us more formidable on the boards and not giving up so many easy inside drives and buckets. How many minutes? Ask Pop during season. Good and fair article.
1 year ago on Video: Breaking down Aron Baynes' performance at Summer League
He does need some physical development and a greater appreciation of defense for sure. He has too much offense, but is more like a 4. He needs to develop some 3 game offensively and defensively, which will be his biggest hurdle at least in making the Spurs final roster. That is highly unlikely this year in my opinion. I do hope we retain his rights somehow. Again he is too much of a good raw prospect to let go totally.
1 year ago on Deshaun Thomas' focus is making the NBA
Manu and Bonner yup ! Sounds good to me too !
1 year ago on How about Asik in black and silver?
Baynes is developing nicely and it is a good contrast to exploit most of the younger bigs that are more like 4's and stretch fours nowadays like Bosh, which is fine, but he can exploit them inside old school style. It takes a man to be disciplined enough to stay down low and bang and produce. Young tall and even heavy guys want to dribble and lead the break and swoop in for dunks on fast breaks. Here again that is fine, but Baynes can be effective to counter that style of player that seems to be increasing Smith, Nerens, and others.
1 year ago on Spurs' Aron Baynes doing work on defense at Summer League
Cory was penetrating and that is what we wanted to see. Stronger and more confident. Nando was pretty good. I liked Baynes he was very rugged and not forcing shots too much. Thomas looked quite comfortable scoring and he needs to work on his defense and his body to chase 3's instead of fours. Richards looked thicker and confident. His shot will fall if he calms down some. Thompson was interesting. I wanna see Pitman.
1 year ago on Summer League: Joseph lead Spurs over Bobcats
We are all just getting excited that's all ! Udoka has his directions to carry out. It's Pop's agenda remember? Main guys will have their time to expand on their games. D. Thomas will have his hands full trying to keep up with athletic 3's. Interested to see Richards? Sure. He has some athleticism and length. Alongside Baynes at the 4, let's see if Ryan can play weakside offense and weakside defense. If he does show some workable stuff, he might earn 15th spot depending how things shake out. I believe Nando has the most to gain here running at the 2, then Baynes, then Richards imo. I think Cory will give way to Denmon after first 2 games maybe to see if he has some game. .
1 year ago on Joseph, De Colo, & Baynes to have increased opportunities at Summer League
@jojo707 @Boo-J Yea I can see that. I think Nano is caught in the shuffle now. Bonner has got good value that's for sure. We may need to go new route on that one and carry young guys at 13th, 14th, and 15th spots. Would still like a quick penetrating guard.... Veteran cheap quick guy ....Aaron Brooks maybe? I dunno
1 year ago on Grading the Pendegraph signing
I don't believe Spurs are through. We have too many guards. Oden is more of a reach at this point than Richards, but with hard work this summer, positive attitude, and good production, RR could earn 15th spot and do what Baynes did this past season going back and forth from D-league. It can be a humbling experience when you are getting your butt kicked, but it makes you decide if you are willing to do what it takes to make it or not. He does have some tools and ability that could translate to NBA. J-Mike Green from Toros is interesting as backup to KL. Anyone agree?
The young man shows some good attitude and has a practical outlook. He knows he has a lot of work and development ahead of him before he can think of even coming over to NBA. He is in a good situation with Asvel it sounds like. Go Livio ! Go Spurs !!
1 year ago on Jean-Charles on being drafted by Spurs and his goals
Interesting article. Thanks. 1. Belinelli appears to be a better bang for the buck in Spurs situation at present moving forward with Ginobli's declining ability to drive and finish consistently. I could not have said that before. I really like Neal. Ginobli served Neal very well before when Manu could create and kick to him. We wish Neal all the best far away from our division and conference. Would hate to see Neal with a close rival. Belinelli wanted to be a Spur, which is great. He will have less burden to create on the floor out of necessity. His efficiency will increase shooting wise and his skills to create will serve us on the second unit immensely. Certainly a triple threat type of player unlike Gary for the most part, but Gary was developing even in that area. We wish you all the best Gary far far away.
2. For Ginobli to continue to be effective for the Spurs, he, in his own mind, must step back and relinquish his role as a main creator and increase his role as mentor and 3 point shooter. For Pop this is already a process that has been started and Manu's minutes must also decrease for the team's success and also for his own personal health and longevity for a long up-coming season. It's good that he will take the summer off If I understood correctly. Maybe he can take Tiago an drink chocolate protein mootopia milk and lift weights with the coyote and become the Spurs version of "Burly men". Just messin there! More on Tiago in a minute. Ginobli is a local favorite no doubt, but certainly Argentinian through and through wanting to play for his country most every summer. This did wear on him over the years. Hope we can get a ring with his more diminished, but more effective role. He was significantly overpaid. I thought 2 year for 8 or 9 or 10 tops would still have kept the deal "dignified" for his legacy and bank account.
3. I have been a fan of Tiago from way back, and my thoughts are biased and less bottom line business. Most of what I have projected of him has come to pass. I felt he would take next step and contribute more as he most certainly did this past season. Without him we definitely do not go to the finals or maybe even western finals. You can read those stats on your own. I believe he has a superior basketball mind, and has decidedly adapted himself on the court as a "complimentary player" alongside TD. He is definitely one of the absolute best at pic and roll offense. His low post defense is also way up there. For the most part he "complimented" very well. Goin again on my bias, hope, and decent track record of his progress and development, I project he will be directed and accept and assume a more assertive role down low on offense and a greater focus on rebounding. I felt if he was more able on the hi-lo against Heaters we would have another banner hoisted. He needs strength, confidence, and skill to have pinned smaller Heat defenders down low receive ball from TD or Parker and with a decided and quick turn into the lane quickly shoot a high release hook from point blank range. Instead Heaters cheated off of him and wouldn't come in to help against him, as they quickly learned that he wouldn't shoot, but only quickly pass the ball out and often get his pass stolen. I project he will work on this all summer and indeed rise to the occasion to be a "go to guy" at times as he proved to a lesser degree and much lesser spotlight in some games during the season. At this stage in his career, I still believe he can still take it to the next level. He, as I mentioned earlier will not play for Brazil team this summer and play hubby and daddy,work on his game in the gym, with Chip, Chad, and also in the weight room with Manu, Coyote, and mootopia protein milk...... chocolate flavor will be optional. GO SPURS !!!
1 year ago on Grading the Spurs' early offseason moves
Kobe come play for Spurs if you want more titles with old guys ! Would you accept 2 years for about 6 million and a ring or two ?? Just pick up the phone and call ..... Pop just might answer. He's in the office right now with FO looking at Korver and others as possibilities. Texas ya know ?? No state income tax and no smog too !! Ohhh btw you are not first fiddle here, but you'll be in the front row for sure ok? Kobe Bryant signs with SPURS, "I just want some more rings !"
1 year ago on Kobe Bryant: Spurs getting close to title No. 5 hurt me
This year is not too likely at all, but next year hopefully. J-Mike Green of Toros is ahead of him developmentally, but who knows. You just never know in this rapid fire basketball business. He does have a feel for the game at his young age!
1 year ago on Jean-Charles could be 1-2 years away from joining Spurs
Its not a big deal. Let Oden come over for peanuts. We wouldn't let it be a distraction. He can't really ask for too much $$ at all in his condition. Let him be evaluated and put on a program towards the end of the bench and rehab and work-out, and practice, and learn from POP and TD. Spurs aren't in the Health Spa business, but it could turn up as a good thing one day. Not now, but some day. We let young guys hang around for a year or two to see if they got game right? Let Oden do the same. No biggie ! Go Spurs !!!
1 year ago on Stein: Spurs, Heat in lead for Greg Oden
Oh I'm sure Spurs FO have and are inquiring at the very least about these players. Going after them at this point is a no I agree. Howard wants direction and discipline. He would love to work for Pop. Pop let him it have in the All Star game with some choice words because he was screwing around. Howard liked it I'm sure. Would he be too much $$ wise ?. Other two, though intriguing, are not to my liking. I'd rather go after Big Al Jefferson. Go Spurs !!
1 year, 1 month ago on San Antonio needs "Big" help
I think Avery would be great to bring in and be groomed as the next head coach. He can still learn a great deal from Pop as his 1st Assistant. Boylen is somebody the like and that is fantastic. Indiana had a super run last year and he has lots of experience too. Swinging for the fences tonight !! Go Spurs !!!
1 year, 1 month ago on Spurs set to hire Jim Boylen as assistant coach
The kid's offensive game is explosive and versatile. Kind of like combining the styles Gary Neal and Tony Parker. He appears lacking some focus on defense and some strength physically. Other than that I'd be very pleased especially if Neal walks. I know we probably dangle our 28 and DeColo or someone to move up for the right player. Jamal Franklin perhaps?? Spurs have some money to go after bigs in FA or trade or our look among our own. I still like J-Mike Green from Toros. He can play 4 and defend 3's even. Good range on shot and rebounder and very long and athletic. Al Jefferson especially if Tiago walks! Go Spurs !!!
1 year, 1 month ago on NBA Draft: Spurs to draft guard Erick Green at No. 28?
The saga continues! I hope this kid develops as a person and as a ball player. It will be interesting to say the least and many eyes will be on Ryan. His length and athleticism reminds me of Ian Mahimni and the hopes we had for him. Pop gave Ian a long rope and opportunity to give us something. Keywords here for Ryan are 1. Discipline... prove you can stick to coach's instructions and role in practice, games, and all around as a professional. 2. Acceptance... show you are willing and even thrilled to just play defense, rebound, and fill in the wing on the break. 3. Work (silently) Come everyday and give max effort and pay attention to detail. If confused or in doubt see Kawhi Leonard. You can do it Ryan! Go Spurs !!!
1 year, 1 month ago on Ryan Richards reportedly headed for Spurs Summer League team
Hanga would be good to be learn behind Manu for a season. Maybe one or two more seasons at most in Europe. Slashing, quick, aggressive driving to bucket. Developing jumper too it seems.
1 year, 1 month ago on Adam Hanga close to deal with Baskonia
Don't go quietly into that good night... Rage....Rage !! They will play with power, heart, and skill. For the SPURS who are about to war... we salute you and will thee to triumph !!
1 year, 1 month ago on NBA Finals: Game 6 a body blow, not a backbreaker for Spurs
I'm thrilled of course for the these 2 guys on a individual basis. The fact that the Spurs have a "SYSTEM" means that roles and expectations are well defined. If on other teams these two guys may have not flourished like they are now with the Spurs. The Big 3 have made it easy for them to come in and develop and grow into contributors with small roles without heavy expectations and pressure. Next up is Tiago, Cory Joseph, and Kawhi is already on that next level for us. We need to keep our heads on straight. This series is far from over!! Did you see Tony's serious and introspective face on the bench?? It wasn't like, "I wish I was leading this barrage," It was more like, "We aren't finished ! How can we attack Heat for next game!"
1 year, 1 month ago on Game 3: San Antonio Spurs 113, Miami Heat 77
Kawhi is focusing on moving his feet. His extremely long arms don't hurt either. I bet he is studying Bruce Bowen tapes. He has exceptional resolve uncommon even for a lot of veterans in the league. What sets him apart is his humility and is always playing in the moment. He doesn't let any one bad play or great play distract him into ever celebrating or getting too down on himself to effect him adversely for the next play or plays. That's what happens on 10-20 point swings in players minds and actions on both sides of a run during a game. 48 minutes the Spurs way. Go Kawhi and GO SPURS !!!
1 year, 1 month ago on Appreciating Leonards' defense of LeBron James in Game 1
Great article really! But monks reference? Let's keep it simple. Ahh yes philosophical ! As I predicted we would take game 1. Game two we can play better and Heat will play better too in some aspects. GO SPURS !!!
1 year, 1 month ago on Parker's perfectly 'Spurs' miracle shot
I think Spurs take one of two in Miami and take two in San Antonio. San Antonio in 5 1/2 !! maybe 6 !!! Main factor is that Miami thinks that they can just turn it on and magically the roll over teams. It barely worked against Indiana and will not work against Spurs. We will expose this laissez-faire approach of theirs and beat them hard and soon, before they have time to fully recover. You just can't turn it on like they did all season and even play-offs against lesser stuff. This is the finals against the Spurs! Spurs 5th ring in 2013 !!
1 year, 1 month ago on Top storylines heading into NBA Finals
I hear ya and I agree totally. Nooo Asik money like in Houston please. We do have some options. I think Bertans and maybe even Richards (I know I'm dreaming there!) could contribute in two years. GO SPURS !!!
1 year, 1 month ago on Splitter: Ginobili, Duncan helped my transition into NBA
Tiago is a system type of player and he needs structure and pick and roll. He will develop more as a real inside post threat without the pick and roll. With that said, I believe he wants to remain a Spur. After winning the title this season the Spurs may offer him decent money. He doesn't strike me as a person that will go somewhere just for the money, but he does deserve a paycheck. I believe the Spurs took advantage of him when he first came over. He didn't even get the mid-level deal we could have offered. Winning a title is great and I hope Tiago stays with Baynes and other young guys to continue forming the future of the team.
Spurs deserve a good rest !! Rest and heal and mentally step back from the grind. It doesn't matter if it is Miami or Indiana in finals it will be tough. Miami does deserve all the respect, but Indiana may still have a few surprises left for Heat.
1 year, 2 months ago on Spurs advance to NBA Finals behind Parker’s 37 points, sweep Grizzlies
Pop and the Spurs organization have been verrrryyyyy lenient with Manu on this subject. I believe teams themselves, if not the whole NBA will make some kind of guidelines. It's been a great run with this amazing player, a real ambassador for international basketball. The ride is not over.... we still have to get that 5th ring !!! Go Spurs !!!!!!!
1 year, 2 months ago on Ginobili won't participate 2014 FIBA World Cup