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I would have preferred Rashard Lewis to Bonner. Lewis can do the same things, but has some skills that Matt will never have. Does PATFO really think Bonner is irreplaceable??
And they need a center type to spell Duncan and Splitter.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-free-agent-options-for-remaining-roster-spaces.html
Should they have gone after Rashard Lewis instead?
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014freeagency/bonner-to-re-sign-with-spurs.html
This is very disappointing. Daye seems to have regressed. Ayres is no better. Neither of them look capable of holding down the fort if, heaven forbid, we lose one of the bigs to injury. And (sigh) they bring Bonner back.
Thomas is a limited shooter with limited athletic ability. Anderson is going to be an interesting facilitator, but has a long way to go. I want to see Cotton explode, hasn't happened yet.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
Not sure how I feel about this. Could they have done better? Veteran miniumum, yes, but every buck counts and there are few roster spots left.
They still need a backup SF and I think a backup big or stretch 4. Another great veteran shooter is something I had hoped for, but now it looks like a luxury that they will address with existing options.
Until he shows that he can play good D, Deshaun Thomas isn't a good option.
Very disappointing seeing the tantalizing dream of a Duncan-Gasol twin towers go up in smoke. But I am not going to give up on it. They need another big to spell Tim. And I remain skeptical about Splitter.
Bonner. We spent most of the season mulling over getting rid of him in any number of ways. Now he's a "quality piece"? Can't we do better? Austin Daye maybe. Rashard Lewis probably.
Ayres. He has shown virtually nothing besides not being too useful.
Baynes, on the other hand, showed great improvement, and deserves consideration. Unless, again, there is someone better.
They seem to be at that uncomfortable place again. Prices went up too high, had to resign existing guys. Not enough money to sign anyone new who is a difference maker.
Bringing back Baynes makes sense, although an upgrade would be better.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-gasol-close-to-choosing-bulls.html
This is deeply disappointing. I have spent the last 24 hours(pipe) dreaming about how unstoppable a Duncan-Gasol-Splitter-Diaw front line could be. And actually letting myself believe it was possible.
It ain't completely over. So I will say again: Pau, do what is right. You have enough money. Play ball the way you know you like to play, with guys who know how to play it, in SA.
If he fails to do what is right for his basketball best interests, I still think it would be good idea to find a legit backup big to spell Duncan.
In addition to Tony Parker's dinners and wine, San Antonio's weather is vastly superior to Chicago's, unless you like your nuts freezing off in the winter. The fans and people are nicer. And oh by the way, you will enjoy playing with these guys much more than with the Bulls. And by the way, you will be more likely to win a championship.
DO IT PAU!
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-gasol-narrows-choice-down-to-spurs-bulls.html
Maybe Pop and Tony offer a max contract's worth of dinner and wine on top of the MLE.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/parker-has-spoken-to-gasol-about-playing-with-spurs.html
Please, Tony. Offer him many more dinners and much more wine.
I sincerely hope he does not wind up at OKC.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
More interested in scoring titles? Hm. I guess this means Melo won't come calling.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/r-c-buford-lists-his-non-negotiable-deal-breakers-when-looking-at-potential-spurs-players.html
Hit the weight room, son.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/photo-your-first-look-at-kyle-anderson-in-a-spurs-uniform.html
I get the point, and agree to some extent. However, the definitions of Big (name number here) needs to be refined. First of all, it depends on who the individuals are.
Really, the NBA has always been a Big One league, if that One is Jordan, Kobe, LeBron. It still is, as we are hilariously see every offseason, including this one. This ridiculous carnival over Carmelo and LeBron, etc. And then, we move into Big Two, Three, Four, and what team with huge $ can't resist loading up on all-stars---if the chemistry works.
The Spurs have been one of the most successful Big Three teams of all time. The difference is the personalities of each of Tim, Tony, Manu (and Kawhi makes Four), as well as the system that is about team. If by chance they nab Gasol, they are Big Five. But a Spurs type Big Five.
The league will ape this formula if more of the PATFO staffers take over other organizations, but for now, it is hard to replicate bottom up.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/the-league-isnt-adapting-to-the-spurs.html
Pau is a very natural fit for the Spurs, and I sincerely hope he considers all the points here.
The longer term benefit for all parties is that Duncan will not be around forever. Pau can replace him down the road, quite seamlessly.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/why-the-spurs-are-pau-gasols-best-option.html
Iverson type explosiveness and Avery Johnson leadership potential. I like his chances.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-sign-bryce-cotton.html
Excellent update. With Mills and Diaw taken care of, I would like to see quality depth picks and, if possible, the addition of even more playmaking, in case anyone on the roster regresses or gets hurt, and to really scare the opposition.
Gasol, obviously, would seal the deal as an option at both 4 and 5. I remain a bit skeptical about aspects of Splitter, even now, and have no confidence in Ayres.
Another guard or wing who can shoot the lights out would make them completely unstoppable.
Here's to that.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-free-agent-options-for-remaining-roster-spaces.html
Surprised that they didn't consider Sefalosha, who just signed with the Hawks.
Diaw must be pursued for continuity and team chemistry. That said, Williams' position flexibility must be intriguing to PATFO. He can play both stretch 4 and backup Kawhi. Not as good a passer as Diaw (who is?), but a better shooter and makes plays at the rim.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-spurs-talking-with-marvin-williams.html
Mills back at around $4m per year is not cheap, but glad he will be back. I think he proved over the season that his game as evolved to the point that he is a genuine threat. Looks like this settles PG, with CoJo getting plenty of minutes until Mills is back. And maybe Anderson doing some point forward stuff.
SG. I am optimistic about Cotton, like Daniels, possibly the best pure shooter mentioned (imagine the kind of lights out shooting they'd have with Mills-Daniels-Green).
Now the same question on Diaw: are we looking at the Diaw who was instrumental in the playoffs and finals, or the less effective version from before that? The backup options Gasol, Lewis, McBob are each good. Would they master the system?
I think Daye is capable of some good production.
I somehow doubt he will wind up here. We know too well that in bidding wars, these guys go towards the bling to ride with LeBron.
I expect KA, once he proves he's NBA worthy, will be moved around depending entirely on the matchup.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-spurs-interested-in-caron-butler-2.html
CoJo is reliable, can unspectacularly manage the point, but he isn't a scorer. Mills, Bryce, guys they're looking at like Daniels, etc. are offensive threats that CoJo isn't.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/coud-mills-injury-provide-spotlight-for-cory-joseph.html
Looks like the fracture is the fibula near the ankle. Good news is that this forces Manu to rest instead of going nuts all summer.
Was it The Dunk that did it?
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-ginobili-has-stress-fracture-in-right-leg.html
Agree with Grimlock. Cotton has the potential to surpass CoJo. Excellent offensive talent, some Westbrookish athleticism. Undrafted because he is just an inch shorter than most?
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/source-bryce-cotton-signs-two-year-deal-with-spurs.html
If his price is reasonable, Troy Daniels is a ridiculously good shooter. That is the kind of offense they will need to stockpile, with Mills either shelved until March (hopefully), or gone.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/rumor-spurs-show-interest-in-kent-bazemore.html
Come on, Pau. Take a discount.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-spurs-interested-in-gasol-but-likely-cant-afford-him.html
Damn is right. A healthy Mills is one thing, but this throws a major wrench into it. How bad is this injury, and will he recover 100% from it? If the answer is no, PATFO has something to negotiate. And not even available until March? That forces them to acquire another FA shooter regardless.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/patty-mills-out-seven-months-with-shoulder-injury.html
Bazemore is a very interesting player for a Kawhi backup. Major potential on offense, a good 3pt shooter, slasher to the hole. Not bad on D either. I expected him to blossom in GS, he showed flashes for the Lakers.
Neither Telfair nor Livingston, or any other PG on the market will replicate Mills. CoJo is not Mills, either. When he's on, and that is often, Mills is the best pure shooter on the team. He's not just a backup PG!
Mills is the only guy besides Green who can go on those streaks of 3s that bury the opposition. That is worth paying for. Lose that, and you have a hole
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/free-agent-rumors-spurs-interested-in-rashard-lewis-sebastian-telfair.html
If Mills and Diaw leave, this team will have trouble. Both fill important roles and are not easily replaced, although too many seem to think so. Mills' instant offense and energy aren't replaced with plugging in CoJo (in terms of purely ball and not money, CoJo should be on the bubble, not Mills). Diaw's contribution in the playoffs speaks for itself, and of the other options, only Gasol could make up for the passing ability.
As for Kyle Anderson. Please do not annoint him to be the next Diaw. He is nowhere near, has not proven able to play individual defense on an NBA level, and will not physically handle duties at 4. KA is a tweener who is best used selectively at the 1, 2, or 3 to cause matchup problems. I don't see him as a starter for a long time.
Bottom line, I want both Mills and Diaw back. If they go, they had better pay up for upgrades. Someone even more lights out shooting than Mills and Gasol.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/what-happens-if-mills-and-diaw-leave.html
Anderson looks slower than Diaw, Magic Johnson or Paul Pierce. Or Bonner. Much slower than Harden. We'll see how he gets through the Toros.
Having watched them win a championship certainly helps make this all go down easier. But this roster has lacked athleticism for a while. Yes, basketball IQ makes up for some of that, but I would like to see the addition of truly atheltic young playmakers, more than just Kawhi.
2 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-select-kyle-anderson-with-first-round-pick.html
They should have kept Cory Jefferson.
Another typically odd Spurs draft. A tweener who doesn't fit anywhere, and an odd duck added to the Eurostash. Super slow mo Anderson concerns me because he is so slow, I think he will be smacked down in the NBA rudely. Lack of speed and mobility also=he can't defend anything. DeShaun Thomas can't either, so I don't get the end game in either case. I can see how Anderson's passing ability intrigues PATFO, a small version of Diaw, but the rest of his game is not impressive. What position does he play? Too slow for SF, too small for PF.
As for Dangubic, he is ridiculously raw, hasn't played against top competition. A non-factor for many years.
So once again, we are looking at free agency, bringing back Mills and Diaw, and hoping for another year out of the old guys. Go Austin Daye?
I was afraid of this. Uncertainty even before the celebration has started.
By no means should Pop let Patty Mills go anywhere.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
They did it. But more impressive was the way they did it. This was the best.
I was not alone in wondering if this team had it. If it had done enough in the last offseason. If it was smart not to add another veteran playmaker. If the Three had enough left. If the bench would step up. If Splitter would ever play tough. If kawhi would become what he could be. If Green would be consistent, and Mills could prove he was not just a regular season flash. Well they proved that the answer to all of that was yes.
All of the bitterness from last year, erased.
Congratulations to the Spurs.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/audio-live-postgame-recap-spurs-win-2014-nba-championship.html
This was one satisfying domination. Defense and wickedly effective ball movement, Kawhi playing all-world, Patty Mills and Green on fire, and even Splitter making spectacular plays in the paint. The only thing better than this night
is one final win.
The Heat are on the ropes, but anything can happen. It is far from over, and these guys know it. Killer instinct and pressure must be maintained.
Just one more, and this proud team can serve the dish of revenge, ice cold.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
Now that was more like it. A complete domination on every level. That intensity and smarts have to be sustained, because you know the Heat will adjust to the adjustments. They are like cockroaches that won't go away. And as we have seen with these Spurs, they have made it tough on themselves too often, following great games with duds.
Please, Spurs. Just two more.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/the-two-adjustments-that-won-game-3-for-san-antonio.html
We are back here again---where we do not want to be, and where the Spurs shouldn't be: home court advantage lost and the Big Three one year older. A winnable game was lost on a handful of plays and bad officiating, a game that could well have been the nail in the Heat coffin, wasted.
Among the problems: same old depth problem, too many partial options. If any one or two Spurs are out or playing poorly, who picks up the slack? Parker was outmuscled by Chalmers. Belinelli can't play D. Mills' D is not great. CoJo's offense is suspect. Diaw's outside shot is not feared. Splitter is, well, Splitter. Green isn't always on. The Heat have more all-around talents, and in key moments, it's apparent.
The Spurs have to find a gear not yet reached.
A deeply disappointing game that they should have taken. This Spurs team does not make things easy for itself, and bad breaks and small mistakes are haunting.
Yes, the officiating was terrible, yes, Kawhi in foul trouble was a major factor, and playcalling and decision making was not good (Pop). But I still come back to the overriding question about depth, and the abillity of bench depth to deliver in these big moments. When one or more guys are stopped or out of it (Kawhi last night), too often the next men up do not do the job. Belinelli has played two bad games, for instance.
Meanwhile, the depth of the Heat got them the win. It is sickening to watch opportunities squandered, while the Best Team Money Can Buy gets every break.
I have a terrible feeling that game 2 was decisive. The Spurs now face a deep hole (winning at Miami will be extremely difficult, with even more terrible officiating on their home court), and will have to play at a level not seen this season in order to dig out of it.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/missed-free-throws-ball-movement-plague-spurs-late-as-miami-bounces-back-to-even-series-1-1.html
The version the sports mediots will stick to, that LeBron himself insinuates, is that it was all about his absence---and nothing else. "After I went out", he said,"they took off". "No discredit for what they did", but he, Spoelstra (Mr. Tiresome doubletalk) and the rest of the Heat prima donnas are, in fact, discrediting without appearing to.
Who is to say that Spurs run wouldn't have squashed them even with LeBron on the floor healthy?
Spurs should carry a big chip on their shoulders going into the next game. Prove that it wasn't a cramp and air conditioning fluke.
They have plenty of work to do. The D could have been much better, the Heat got too many open looks.
Some big mouths need to be shut, and I am hoping the Spurs shut them definitively. Please, guys, get it done.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
Congratulations to the Spurs for getting here. Now comes the hard part, time to answer the key question that still has not been answered: was the offseason enough?
They face the Heat with only minimal additional firepower, a gimpy Parker, and another year of wear on the other Two. Beli, their biggest new investment, is inconsistent. Splitter is still soft, can't finish at the rim. This series therefore hinges on internal development from the rest. Kawhi has come on strong, but lacks a first step. Green remains icy/hot. Mills has become a contributor. This bench is going to have to grow up in a hurry.
The Heat still look like the deeper team with veteran playmakers, and a guy named LeB. The athleticism but without the faults and inexperience of OKC.
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-x-factor-vs-heat-marco-belinelli.html
I agree with much of this piece, and Dapimp below. Problem is, I really don't think it's energy, passion or wanting it more. This is simply what the team is, and what this roster is capable of. They didn't do enough last offseason to improve for playoff intensity ball. The Big Three is in sunset, and most noticeably Parker has worn down. Kawhi just has not become good enough to take over, and that is what is needed. The bench disappears too often.
The kind of pressure the Mavs have laid on them has worked, and they have been unable to get out from under it. These stifling games are a product of both a good defense by Dallas, the deficiencies of the Spurs (above) as well as guys like Blair playing with far more ferocity than anyone on the Spurs.
I don't take comfort in the parity we are seeing across the NBA. The reason there are so many 7 game series is because it really is that close, and it will unfortunately come down to a few bounces of the ball, a few plays here and there. And the Heat having an easy time, with good matchups, rest, and luck.
SA is the most vulnerable of all the playoff teams. Unfortunately.
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
Carter's shot was Derek Fisher 2.0. Same sickening scenario. Same sickening feeling seeing Manu with arms outstretched in vain.
Fact is, the Mavs have outplayed the Spurs for three games, with the Spurs bottled up. The bench may not have been replenished enough in the offseason, has disappeared. Kawhi has not taken over games. Mills has reverted. Parker has lost a lot.
This inspirational win gives the Mavs supreme confidence.
Sure, OKC and Pacers are also struggling, but the Heat are cruising. The dream of the Spurs avenging is dimming.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/analyzing-the-loss-mavericks-109-spurs-108-dallas-2-1-series-lead.html
Vince Carter's back breaker sickeningly reminded me of the infamous Derek Fisher prayer that still makes me vomit. I have the same feeling about this series as that one.
The Spurs have not figured out how to beat Dallas. It's not jitters, but flaws in the system and the roster.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
The Spurs have now played not one but two bad games that have exposed ongoing questions about the bench and the value of the offseason acquistions (Marco, Ayres), whether Kawhi can be relied upon to be breakout (vs. simply solid plus), and the diminishing skills of the old core (Parker no longer consistent). So the case really is about the Spurs being OVERrated going into these playoffs, and underperforming, as well as the Mavs being underrated.
A bad combination.
It isn't a "one game aberration".
They have struggled so mightily vs. the Mavs D that this series is in doubt. If they survive, how will they do against teams that are much better than the Mavs?
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
Yes. Peaking early is a concern, and Pop needs to carefully manage the rest of the regular season. Parker's injury forces him to the sidelines, conveniently perhaps. We still do not know for sure if this team is better than last year's, or if the offseason will pay off, until they face those top teams in playoff series, where vulnerabilities are more clearly exposed. Is there enough quality depth? The competition has also improved or at least stayed as strong.
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-tony-parker-admits-concerns-of-team-peaking-early.html
Parker has a strained facet. I have had this injury, and it's no joke. You can't do anything for a while, much less ball. He needs to take as long as possible to recover fully. Ice up, TP!
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/inside-the-victory-spurs-112-grizzlies-92.html
Parker is getting an MRI for his back. Whatever the result, this is worrisome news for a team with aging veterans. The Big Three must be limited for the remainder of the season.
If that MRI comes back bad, all bets are off for another run.
Just as I began worrying about the Spurs peaking too soon, this loss brings them resoundingly to earth. They still have plenty to work on. OKC played great D, the Spurs never got into sync, and OKC's athleticism and quickness are hard to top.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/analyzing-the-loss-thunder-106-spurs-94.html