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Spurs were +6 when Splitter was in. Just be patient. He will return.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Spurs’ loss to Pacers a reminder that it’s only December
Looks like Kareem is struggling with the definition of the word "year."
Pretty sure Pop did not win any of his 4 titles in 2013, and though the Spurs greatly exceeded expectations, I think there were many others in the big sports that finished 1st.
Hell, I would vote for Lindsey Vonn for Sportsperson of the year ... when you consider what a good sport she had to be to take all the crap that surely came with dating Tiger.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Abdul-Jabbar cast his vote for Popovich as Sportsman of the Year
This is like being the MVP of the D League. Maybe C League.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Tony Parker nominated for 2013 FIBA Player of the Year
Leonard is not even in the same league with George, unless by league, you mean the NBA.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on San Antonio Spurs 100, Indiana Pacers 111:
I can see where all that smoke would be hardest on the team that passed the ball the most and relied a lot on 3 point shots.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Spurs Road Game Joins Mexican Folklore
@angel jordan I'd go with GLOOM.
12 months ago on San Antonio Spurs 112, New Orleans Pelicans 93 The Foreign Legion of Doom
Once again, if you wish for your team to be a title contender (i.e. one of the top 4 or 5 teams), you have to accept the fact that the regular season is just going to be as boring as all hell.
Because, just like every other recent year, you have about 25 teams that suck so bad that they should open up a level between the NBA and the D League for them.
And the only games are that even interesting during the regular season are among the top 4 or 5 which come around very rarely.
IE I am really looking forward to Wed. Hope Pop doesn't bench his big 3.
He got more than 3 mill per year for several years. He's doing fine. I still root for him every night.
12 months ago on Gary Neal Finding Grass Isn’t Always Greener
I disagree. I think the Knicks will probably play the TWolves.
1 year ago on Knicks' World Peace says they'll be ready for Spurs... in Finals?
@DifferentVSTheSame Just because he has been asked to study Bowen's defense doesn't mean Bowen was better at defense. Kawhi is much more capable than Bowen even on defense because he is longer and more athletic. But studying some of Bowen's move might teach him some tricks to make him even better.
Bowen had the luxury of being able to overplay the likes of Nash, etc. because he had a young, athletic Duncan behind him.
1 year ago on Popovich says Kawhi is better than Bowen
@DifferentVSTheSame @gruelingslate I'm not sure what I have lost but I sincerely appreciate a good spelling lesson from the anal among us.
Point is, Kawhi is a great all around player but I don't see him as ever being a markee player with his face plastered everywhere. He doesn't have the personality for it, and his game doesn't translate into big stats which is all that will make him known outside of big SA.
Now, please proofread this for me and post my grade by the weekend because I am waiting on pins and neeeeeedles.
The thing I watch for is how low the Stubhub game tickets fall the day of against crappy teams like the Suns.
Especially on Hump Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay.
1 year ago on 5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Suns
The future face of the Spurs is averaging 3.5 points more and 2 rebounds less per game while playing 10 minutes per game more than ......
Carlyle remains a genius at coaching thrown together teams. With Cuban, his job should remain secure.
OK you talked me into it. I'll watch.
1 year ago on 5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Nuggets
@DifferentVSTheSame @gruelingslate To answer, no. I never really considered why Tim switched. Beyond that, you are beating this to death.
1 year ago on Report: Kawhi Leonard has deal in works to join Nike and Team Jordan Brand
@DifferentVSTheSame @gruelingslate Tim signed with Adidas so he wouldn't be associated with Nike's BS in my opinion and what is PEAK? Isn't that an antifreeze?
Nike creates a conflict of interest in their players because they just push to hard to separate the players image from the team and the game.
I'm not so worried about Kawhi because he doesn't talk so he would likely never be more than a prop in a commercial.
Bird, Magic and Jordan saved the economics of the NBA because the vast majority of NBA fans do not understand team basketball. This is why ordained individuals rule the game and the Spurs are considered boring despite playing the most beautiful brand of team ball in decades.
As I said, you go for the money. The NBA did. But the game of basketball has been diminished in the process all the way down to Y Ball.
And Nike has played a much bigger role than many want to admit.
@TrooperJoe73 Then I hope you are a Spurs fan, otherwise, awkward.
1 year ago on Video: Shaquille O'Neal would take Parker over any other point guard for his team
@TrooperJoe73 @gruelingslate @Mike ProjectSpurs Whoever posts the last comment wins, and I have all day.
Before you put too much stock in Shaq's opinion, you might want to click on the icon to the right of the SNL skit about Shaq and Barkley. It's pretty funny.
@Mike ProjectSpurs @gruelingslate Well I hope you feel right, although I was speaking so much about Nike's impact on Kawhi.
Seems that the Spurs have come out flatter than the average WNBA team.
What I am hoping to see this year is a little more balance and less reliance on Parker.
1 year ago on Spurs Roundtable: How are the Spurs looking 3 games into the season? (Video)
@Mike ProjectSpurs @gruelingslate Money is money and you take it if someone offers it. I am a big fan of Kawhi's but do not appreciate how Nike played/plays such an integral role in elevating the individual over the team and over the sport itself beginning with their Jordan success.
Competitive balance and integrity are such important things in sports, and I believe that Nike has had their hand in significantly diminishing each.
I promise not to hold this against him.
No one clears space by effectively throwing his elbows more than Timmy. Its part of the game.
In fact, if my old buddy, Tiago Roundball, would lead with his elbows a bit more and issue a chest contusion or two here and there, he would likely find it easier to protect the ball in the paint.
There, I said it ;-)
1 year ago on Tim Duncan day-to-day with chest contusion
Hill is also wasting away in Indiana's lousy slow down offense.
James Anderson is about to put up or shut up with the 76ers. In a round about way, I consider his expenditure as part of making room for Kawhi.
Kawhi is great to have regardless the argument though.
1 year ago on Ginobili 'really angry' when Spurs traded for Kawhi Leonard
And like me, I bet Manu would have been a lot more angry if we would have traded Manu.
All trades require luck to work out. I would say we were very lucky on this one because it was reasonably clear that we were mainly dumping Hill to avoid his big spike in pay.
Kawhi has turned out to be better in areas (shooting and ball handling for sure) than we could have expected because he gave little indication in college in these areas.
But now we're lock in. We cannot do the same and punt Kawhi right before he is about to make the big bucks because he has already made the A Team with the HEB commercials. That makes him a lock for a long stay.
@gymbear Hey gymbear, can you run a yellow highlighter over the important lines I will need to know for the test?
1 year ago on Predicting the Spurs player rotation
If Ayres and Baynes step up big, will Tiago Roundball become expendable to those teams that wanted to pay him big during this past offseason?
Toros roster moves are too much info for me.
1 year ago on Spurs release Howard, plan to put him in Toros uniform
My junior high coaches used to pop us with towels coming out of the shower ... but we dare not cry.
What's the statute of limitations on that?
1 year ago on Video: Coach Pop made Tony Parker cry
Austin is a way better party town anyway.
@spursfan80 @gruelingslate Joke dude. Get used to it.
1 year ago on 10 years later, Spurs finally get Josh Howard
They look like a drunk tattoo "artist" forgot to tell them to take off their clothes before he started.
1 year ago on Video: Spurs camo jersey revealed
It's the least Pop can do since Howard got Avery fired in Dallas.
And in the "all good things must come to an end" category. Now the Spurs can no longer claim that they are the only team to never have had a player that smoked weed.
Harden sure made the brain trust in OKC look stupid last night ... Spurs pedigree notwithstanding.
1 year ago on Despite strong effort from Baynes, Rockets rout Spurs in final preseason game
"blairball always had a ton of potential" is a complete misread. Fron day one, with his lack of height, total lack of a shot, and well below average defensive instincts, it was clear that he didn't have and never would have an NBA skill set beyond a spot player or garbage time king. I am just surprised that it took Pop so long to figure it out.
I expect the Pelicans to be exciting, and modestly successful.
Speaking of Pop and talent recognition, I have notice that James Anderson has scored 40 in his last two games as a starter for the Sixers. I always thought that he just needed an opportunity to run and play with a bit of freedom to bring out the success he had in college. Definitely an NBA skill set there. Just hope he puts it together.
1 year, 1 month ago on Spurs Season Preview: A look at the Southwest Division
The Heisman Humanitarian Award was probably created to make up for having to give the college football one to the likes of Johnny Football.
But I do dig me some Johnny Football as well.
Good for the Admiral as well.
1 year, 1 month ago on David Robinson receives Heisman Humanitarian Award
For the same reason, I choose Bird's or Jordan's game over Dominiuqe's.
Dirk and Dom were too one dimensional ... though it is the fun dimension ... offense.
1 year, 1 month ago on Video: Dominique Wilkins prefers Duncan's game over Nowitzki's
@alamoaggie08 Chis Paul has always been on teams that required him to do almost everything at the end of games ... which tends to stand out and make the highlight reels. But it is also why his teams have always been pretenders instead of contenders.
1 year, 1 month ago on Spurs rank in annual NBA GM survey
Tony is definitely on the short list of all the great French athletes I have ever heard of ... which is ... in and of itself ... a very short list.
1 year, 1 month ago on Batum says his mentor, Tony Parker, is one of the best French athletes
Fair is fair. I am a Packer fan and the Cowboys can kiss off for all I care.
1 year, 1 month ago on Dallas Cowboys' Beasley not a fan of the Spurs
Maybe we should line the court with shrubs so the other team can't see us.
1 year, 1 month ago on Spurs set to wear sleeved camo jerseys
Speaking on behalf of their mothers ... this is a very sad day.
1 year, 1 month ago on Report: Spurs waive Fells, Nwaelele
@Spursfan66 @gruelingslate That's easy for you to say. You have a bag over your head.
1 year, 1 month ago on 5 things to watch: Spurs vs. Hawks
Funny that NFL players have to ram their heads together at full speed steady for 10 to 15 years straight to be as smart as Howard.
1 year, 1 month ago on Dwight Howard wants to see his No. 12 jersey retired in Orlando
From blairball to ayersball ... let the transition begin.
The main thing to look for here is that it is a preseason game and it doesn't matter.
We just played in the NBA finals a few months ago and that mattered. And it was actually pretty awesome.
Preseason games, not so much.
Saw that Memphis owner in a little basketball workout. He is actually pretty good.
In fact, I am surprised the Spurs didn't bring him into camp so they could cut him.
1 year, 1 month ago on Memphis Owner Pera wants Michael Jordan one-on-one
At least he didn't turn on Whataburger the way he has on the Spurs.
This will make the Mavs-Spurs games worth watching, for what it is worth.
1 year, 1 month ago on DeJuan Blair says Spurs had Finals won, not him