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@Spursfan66 @PopKat I believe Bonner is a free agent next year and I'm hoping the Spurs do not sign him. He is an okay player (at best) at home and in the regular season, but when it comes to playoffs he is non existent, he cannot shoot the 3 under pressure in the playoffs. The power forward spot is very talented in the west and Bonner just does not cut it.
6 months, 1 week ago on Report: Spurs assign Daye to Austin
I hope Daye can make team next year. Spurs need a back up 3 and somebody to replace Bonner next year. How many spots are on the playoff roster,
Now that Green is hurt, De Colo should earn some playing time. After all Green got his chance when Man.u got hurt
If DeColo does not impress us with growth then he should not be on the team next year. What I seen of DeColo in the past, he still must develop to be NBA ready. he needs a better jump shot.
While the Spurs, have three back up point guards, they all do different things and all struggle when pressured while bringing the ball up the court.
8 months, 1 week ago on De Colo's Agent Denies Euroleague Rumors
Spurs do not need Olden. Here's few reasons why: Sam Bowie, Yao Ming, Ralph Sampson TJ Ford. Once a 7 footer has wheel problems its normally a chronic issue. The only one I know who came back and played was Bill Walton
1 year, 1 month ago on Report: Oden to make decision this weekend
@jpap967 Harden was smart and initiated the incident with Artest when he was with the Lakers since he knew how volatile Artest was. That's why Metta World Peace would not be a could fit for the Spurs. Its why Jackson is gone. Wow I wonder what Jackson and Artest have in common???
1 year, 1 month ago on Popovich always wanted Metta World Peace on the Spurs?
World Peace is a good fit for the Knicks, but I have doubts about him as a Spur. I agree he would been a good back up to Leonard. And he also would have been a great replacement for Bonner. But I seriously have my doubts about a guy who changed his name to Metta World Peace.
Thomas looked great on offense. Beautiful shot. Shosts with a lot of confidence. I think its going in everytime. Because of slow foot speed and his body language, he will come off the bench.
His body language says he struggles with man on man defense.
1 year, 2 months ago on Deshaun Thomas' focus is making the NBA
@LincolnKreifels That's what concerns me is that he is not mature enough to do challenge himself. The good thing is, as some mentioned he is only 22, and I agree guys start to grow up around 25 and that's why my car insurance was cut in half when I reached 25.
1 year, 2 months ago on Ryan Richards: The Project
Richards is not ready yet. Look like he has gained in 50 lbs of too much muscle. He lost his speed. He only needed to gain 20-30lbs from last year summer league. Maybe Richards will be ready at the end of the 2013-14 season, when Bonner's contract is up. At this time Richards is not better than Bonner. I'm not impressed with Richards progress or potential.
@RodneyDeLaCruz I concur with almost everything. But I believe Thomas is a basketball player, a scorer, who will play back up 3 & 4 and he will come off the bench because what is called instant offense. He has better handles than Gary Neal. If the NBA Finals are any indication of small ball to come then Thomas will play in the NBA and get his share of playing time. He also has a high basketball IQ.
Your right, if Bonner can get playing time in the NBA so can Thomas. Bonner cannot shoot when the pressure is on. He can shoot 3's in a regular season game at home but when the playoffs come Bonner is on the bench. I do not live in SA, but people must love Bonner off the court, since he does nothing on the court. He does not even make enough money to amnesty.
Gary Neal cannot play defense or dribble, but the gets playing time
Someone made an accurate comment about Melo, and he's right, Melo does not play defense. But Thomas is not Melo, but what I've seen of Thomas I will be surprise if he does not make the Spurs.
I hate to lose Neal, but I'm sure another team will pay him more money and he will not be on the Spurs roster. If Neal does not make squad, I believe Thomas will make the team
1 year, 2 months ago on On Deshaun Thomas And The Spurs Final Roster Spot
1 year, 2 months ago on Could Spurs make a run at Monta Ellis?
@OneTheHardWay Ellis is a weak defender and to have him and Paker on the floor at the same time would be a nightmare on defense in the playoffs. In regular season it would not hurt as bad.The best wing player for Spurs is Tyreke Evans. DWade can not post up Evans like he did Danny Green. Now that small ball is the main stay of the NBA, players that are versitale give you the most chance to win a NBA title.
Its all about the money and in an ideal world, Tyreke Evans is the best player to sign. Ellis is a volume shooter, he likes to have the ball and Spurs want change that. Anything over 5M -7M is what Ellis is worth.
Now look at Tyreke Evans stats, they are very similar to Manu's they do the same thing.
If Spurs FO wants Papanikolaou, then I trust Spurs FO will make the right decesion. But the Spurs replaement should be Al Jefferson at around 10 million. I would not pay Al Jefferson 15 millon, since the Spurs hoistorically success will allow them t o sign for the same thing he made in 2012-13 season. But I will agree, NBA big tall slow players are becoming less of a premium.
1 year, 4 months ago on Report: Spurs interested in Greek forward Papanikolaou
I'm glad Spurs have a true point guard backing up Parker. He has looked good. Looked like he put on some muscle since last year. All of the Spurs perimeter players will have their hands full the next the next round,
1 year, 4 months ago on Joseph's intangibles have earned him backup spot
Wow. If Joseph can play as well as he did againts the Lakers through out the playoffs, they have a chance to make it to the WCF. At this time, Joseph played a particular role against a certain type of a team. I'm sure when the match up is right, Nando will get a chance to play. Mills is all offense no defense, so he really cannot play side by side with Neal, who is not a true point guard and another who cannot play defense, but can play the point guard positon while Manu is playing 2 guard and bringing the ball up the court.
1 year, 5 months ago on Joseph's intangibles have earned him backup spot
Who did his parents play for and where are the brothers playing?
@moglenn11 @Spur In Tulsa
Have you found another player who could do what Manu has done? My selection is Tyreke Evans who is yours.
1 year, 5 months ago on Ginobili updates hamstring injury, talks free agency
Tell me another player who could come in an fill Manu's shoes and the Spurs can afford. Evans qualifing offer is less than $7m. When players are on losing teams and the team is unstable they will have a tendency to decline because the organization is in decline. Evans has been on losing Sacremento for years and I'm sure he would love to play for winning team.
Here are Evans career stats in 35 min play
76% FT Line. 3.9
1 7.5 ppg
Now compare Manu's stats to Evans there almost identical. Give me another player and compare his stats.
@Spur In Tulsa @ChrisCano
I can't argue wth a guy who represent his country.
Unless the Spurs have a scoring Big like Eddie Curry in mind I think the Spurs FO has thrown in the towel. They just can't get it done with the current front line. Duncan needs help. Now if Splitter can average 10 and 10 or better on the road in the playoffs, they have a chance.
Bonner and Blair must also play well on the road in the playoff to have a chance. Historiclly speaking Bonner, Blair and Splitter are solid performers in the reguar season and that's it. Come playoff time Bonner, Blair and Splitter are missing in action.
As someone mentioned, Spurs Guards and Fowards can play with anyone especially when they had Jackson.
.Please take note of Spurs winning formula. If Spurs are hitting 3's, greater than 35%, greater than 75% from the free thow line and greater than 46% from the field, Spurs win. Because Spurs have less rebounds to rebound. Spurs cannot out rebound OKC or Memphis.
1 year, 5 months ago on Spurs' Diaw has back surgery, out 3-4 weeks
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I agree he is on the way out, but I'd like to see him stay another year unless Spurs can get a dribble penetrator and/or proven closer via free agency. Currently, the only dribble penetrators and/or proven closers (age 22-27) the Spurs have are Parker and Manu. Green or Neal aren't even close to being closers they are only catch and shoot it players. Leonard is learning to pentetrate and he is not a natural and Leonard's is in his early 20's with knee problems already. Tyreke Evans is the ideal replacement for Manu if he would willing to come off the bench and play for the Spurs.
Either the Spurs FO has thrown in he ttowel are they have someone in mind. They should go get Curry who they had in training camp at the begining of the year. I know Curry signed to play in China but maybe the Chinese seaon is over. I hate to llose Jackson he was such a clutch player in big game but I always question his charater. I just hope he does not sign with playoff bound team in the west.
1 year, 5 months ago on Spurs waive Stephen Jackson
At the begining of the season, Spurs had a small chance at a title and stars had to line up for them. Now they do not have a chance at all Evidently the Spurs FO feels the same, as they have waived Stephen Jackson. Does anyone kno what happen?
Manu can come back next year for $3-5M. He should have a contract that is incentive based on how healthy he stays. Can't rember how old Manu is, but if he is past 35 or older he is on his way down. This is typical for guards that age as the older they get the slower they get.
I agree I would not give Splitter $10M. Until he really improves in the playoffs and especially on the road, He's only worth 5-7M.
1 year, 5 months ago on Thoughts on DeJuan Blair's likely final weeks in San Antonio
Blair will soon be San Antiono Spur history. His did hiis job for 4 years at a good price.
I like Al Jefferson, especially if he can take a pay cut and play for $10-12M. I would hate to pay more than $15M. He would be a great fit with Duncan. Jackson can play for $2-4M next year and we've had Bonner this long may as well keep him for another year unless we can trade him. Neal has lost his confidence and if he does not regain it in playoffs he may be gone as well. If Manu retires, Spurs must replace him with a penetrating Guard or Foward. At this time Parker and Manu are the Spurs with ball penetration. If Manu stays he needs to take a pay cut around $5-7M.Spurs need to get more athetic.
Mills and Neal can go, they are only jump shooters, when they're off they are off. Jospeh, Mills and Neal had a 3 on 1 last night against Denver and Mills passed the ball out for Neal to take a 3 point shot. One of the worst plays I ever seen the Spurs make. It was a highschool like mistake. I blame it on Mills and Neal not Jospeh.
Im not in TX, so I thought Blair was a high character guy like most of the other Spurs. I'm suprised and shocked, and now I know why he did not get much playing time and it was difficult to trade him. You cant be short on talent, short as a center and short on character and play for the Spurs. I saw him make two unforced turnovers against Denver last night, and I could not believe it. Hopefully next year Spurs will get an atheletic Big. Also against Denver I saw Patty Mills, Joseph, and Neal have a 3 on 1 and Neal shot a 3 pointer. Neal has lost his confidence.
1 year, 5 months ago on Spurs' Blair facing legal issues
It really want make a difference. It will be a matter of time before they exit the playoffs. Spurs had a chance to win the title, but with both dribble drive threats (Parker and Manu) hobled, Spurs want have a chance to win the title and will lucky to make it out of the first round.
1 year, 5 months ago on Parker's latest injury a concern for Popovich
Not sure what Splitter value is worth since he has improved each season and is in the Spurs system. On the open NBA market, his numbers will be depreciated because he is in the Spurs system, thats how good of coach Pop is. The same numbers with another team is worth more on the open NBA market. But what he does in the next three games against Clippers, Miami, Memphis and on the road in the playoffs will go along way in deepening his pockets. Playing in regular season at home (good game vs Denver last night) vs the playoffs are two diffierent things. If he disappears in this years playoffs like he did against OKC, then he would only be worth 5M-6M a year for 3 or 4 years. Now if he exceeds his season avg in the playoffs and Spurs win, I could see giving him 7M-8M a year tops tfor 3 or 4 years, but at this time he is not a 10M a year player.
1 year, 5 months ago on Splitter: I will look at all my options during free agency
The main problem with Splitter he cannot rebound. Look at Splitter's 5 rebounds in 33 min last night against the Bulls, but Noah got 15. If the Spurs get out rebounded by 23 against OKC, Spurs wont win, especially in he playoffs. , Now if Spliter can play well against Ibaka., Perkins and Collison in the playoffs, then Spurs can win a championship. But I don't think Splitter will show up in the playoffs against OKC, because he does not have what it takes.
1 year, 7 months ago on Spurs Roundtable: Would Al Jefferson mean an NBA Championship for the Spurs? (Video)
If the trade is Jakson and Splitter for Al Jefferson, it's a no brainer from SA's perspective. Make the trade. Now Utah is the team that should not trade. From SA's perspective Splitter trade value is as high as it has ever been and he may sign with Utah next year, but don't expect Jackson to sign with Utah next year. Plus Jackson and Tinsley were involved in a off the court issue when they were both in Indiana. SanAntonio has regular season chemistery, but I doubt if the current team can when a NBA championship. Although the roll players look great against the Bulls last night.
Splitter's stats look good and are similar to that of Collison wth the exception of avg 10 pts, so at this point through the regular season Splitter stats are better than Collison. But Splitter must show up in the playoffs with identical numbers or better in order for the Spurs to have a chance. Splitter cannot disapear in the playoffs as he did in last year's WCF againt OKC.
1 year, 8 months ago on Splitter warns rookie countrymen of tough NBA transition
I agree. Passive play has always been the MO on Diaw. If Diaw wasn't afraid of getting his shot blocked under the basket then he could add 4 ppg to his average. In the playoffs, passive play and one too many passes leads to turnovers. If we can see it, then so can the opponents
1 year, 9 months ago on The Spurs Desperately Need Diaw Now
Any win over the Lakers is a great win, and there were many great things that the Spurs accomplished in the win.
Splitter played (he hustled) the best game I ever seen him play and if he can average 9 and 9 in the playoffs, the Spurs have a great chance to win another championship.
Green hit a game winning shot on the Lakers floor. It looks like we have another clutch shooter win it counts. This was huge.
Coach Pop again showed why he is the best coach in the NBA while not calling the play for Parker, TD or Jackson. Not only was that great play for the game, but it was great play for future games.
Defensively, Kobe had 28 points with 6 plus minutes left and did not make another basket after that. Howard only took 9 shots, so the Spurs played outstanding defense and finally reduced their turnovers (8).
1 year, 10 months ago on Green nails game-winner in Spurs' thrilling victory over Lakers
I'm in total agreement with respect to the safety of Duncan and I'm sure FO realizes this as well. So I think they are going to trade either Neal, Jackson or Green with Bonner or Blair. I don't want to see Jackson (proven clutch playoff shooter), and Neal (excellent confident shooter with improved handles) go. Jackson and Neal are proven permiter shooters when we need it the most.
Now financially, it makes sense to trade Bonner (3.6M) with Green (3.5M) for a front court player that can back up Duncan in the regular season and in the playoffs play along side of him in the playoffs if necceassary.
I don't know who the player is, but he must be verstle, play defense and least be able to finsih around the basket (dunk).
Hypothetically and this is not my wish, Spurs could trade Jackson (10M) and Bonner (3.6M) for Josh Smith (13.2M) or Green (3.5M) n Bonner (3.6M) for Anderson Verarjaeo (8.4M)
As I stated earlier, I do not want to see Jackson go, but the Spurs will be looking for a team who will not make the playoffs or looking to unload a contract to trade with.
I used Josh Smith ( who will want to start and POP may not like this player) because he said he wanted to be traded last year and Danny Ferry is the GM.
I used Verarjaeo (not enough offensive skills for the $) because Cleveland may not make the playoffs.But I do feel as though the Spurs will make a trade because they have so many back court players.
1 year, 10 months ago on Duncan's contract less than originally reported
We all know Duncan needs help, but I don't think Kmart (how old) is the right player. There's a reason he is not in the NBA. I believe Spurs have their eyes on someone who is already on a team and are just waiting for the right opportunity. The Lakers lack of chemistry, OKC's short term debacle in trading Hardin, and the off season improvements of Green and Neal (handles have improved as a back up point guard) gives the Spurs time to wait for the right front court player. Who that is, I don't know.
I see we are both true Spur fans with different perceptions. Your pespective is subjective while I'm objective.
Jazz and Clippers have good front lines in which Duncan was good enough to offset by himself, but they are not great, not better than OKC's or the Lakers front line.. Duncan cannot offset OKC's front line or the Lakers by himself he needs help. When Duncan goes out for a rest, the lane is wide open for anybody to attach the rim and we also lose rebounding.
Now when you add 3 superstar Olympian perimeter players with Perkins and Ibaka up you got OKC beating the Spurs in WCF and it aint no could've would've should've. In OKC's system, Ibaka and Perkins do not have to be superstars and even Collison is better than our bigs other than Duncan. How we loss to OKC in WCF shows up in WCF stats among the bigs, in points, blocks and with Ibaka going 11 of 11. When Ibaka went 11 of 11 it was a huge turning point in the series. Just look at the playoff stats and you'll see. Even though you subjectively may not care, I hope you look at the sats objectively.
I agree with you they we will need to use Hack a Howard, but what about Hack a Splitter. When Tiago could not hit his free throws in WCF none of us saw it coming, which was also a turning point in how we played defense because Splitter was useless after that. This may or may not balance it self out if the Spurs play the Lakers in the playoffs. But one thing for sure if we use Hack-a-Howard against the Lakers, Howard will not become totally useless.
Curry and Brown were waived and it must have been while I was responding to the article. Although I grew up in Dallas and watched the Dallas Chapperls play in SMU's Moody Coliseum I know longer live in TX and do not get Spurs information as fast as anyone in San Antolnio.
I hope your right that the Spurs have time to find another big, because the Spurs do not want to face a Howard and Gasol with Duncan as the only front line threat. Howard will be monster on the blocks in the playoffs with Kobe, Nash and Gasol. We will find out how good of a coach, Brown is.
I know your not concerned with the Grizzles, but if they stay healthy they are a major contender. When you look at how the Grizzles embarrssed the Spurs the playoffs two years ago, the stats of the Grizzles bigs stand out vs the Spurs bigs. Again I know you may not care, may not want to look but you should look objectively.
Timberwolves have Love (8 weeks) and Rubio (acl long time) hurt already, so they may not come together just yet, but with Adelman, their head coach is one of the best coaches in the league without and NBA championship.
1 year, 11 months ago on Two Spurs, One Spot
With respect to the playoffs the last two years, Spurs have lost to teams with bigger and better front lines. Once is a fluke (playoffs), but not twice.
Would've, could've, should've just does not cut it and does not win championships. And as I stated earlier, Duncan and the Spurs will no longer get the calls that they used to get, because of the up and coming Thunder. NBA is not only a sport but a business as well.
Your right the Spurs played better against Memphis in the regular season last year but without two staters in Zack Randolph for two of the games and Tony Allen, who was just voted best perimeter defender, missed all 3 games. Regular season and playoffs are two different things. Ya see, regular season does not equal NBA.Championship.
I'm sorry, I miss spoke regarding Timberwolvers and should have stated Timberwolves won season series. My point is that big teams give Spurs problems that's why Spurs were out rebounded by OKC in WCF.
If Coach Pop waives Curry, I have. to sit back and watch.
While I agree with the skill set of Curry and what he did against Omer Asik , I disagree that Curry would not see time against some starting centers.
First, the Spurs should keep Curry. We need a 7 footer who can post up, get fouls on the opposing Bigs, deal with Lakers, Memphis, OKC and even the TimberWolves who swept Spurs last year in the regualr season with Love and the International Center, Nikola Pekovic. All of the aforementioned teams have quality tall bigs. To me, Curry making the team, is a no brainer. Splitter, Blair and Bonner are no match for teams with quality Bigs and that's why they saw limited action in the WCF against OKC.
When Memphis embarressed the Spurs in the playoffs it was not a flook. When OKC who was predicted at the beginning of the season to come out of the west, won 4 in row against the Spurs in WCF, it was not luck. Those two playoff equations are examples of what happens when your weakness is exposed.
I see Curry making the team and his job will be to get 15-25 minutes at playing against bigs like Howard, Gasol, Ibaka and Perkins. Curry will be able to push Howard off the block better than any other Spur. Duncan maybe able to guard Howard, but at this stage in Ducan's career he does not need to guard Howard, the best center in the NBA. This would not be in the best interest of the Spurs over the course of a game or playoff series. (Magic and Bird never guarded each other in the finals) When teams played Shaq they needed at least two centers and 10-11 fouls to guard him. It will be not be any different with Howard.
The days of Duncan (best PF all time NBA, best Spur all time) getting all the fouls to go his way because he is the superstar are over, we saw that in the WCF last year. The Lakers have all ways gotten the calls, but now OKC will get them too and even more since they won the WCF last year and have 4 young superstars (who the Nation wants to see dunk on TV) and Olympians on a team. Please do not IGNORE the mareketabilty side (money) of the NBA. This is a very critical intangible with respect to getting calls from refs. The NBA makes more money when they televise the games that the entire country wants to see. You can see how this is reflected with the nationally televised NBA Schedule.
With respect to Brown, I like what I saw against Orlando. But is Brown better than or have the potential to be better than Bonner? Spurs need more energy for sure, which is important in loose balls. With current roster the Spurs are loosing when it comes to the 50/50 balls. Does Brown have high b-ball IQ? Brown's career numbers are not bad, but not impressive. Is Bonner's lack of production in the past playoffs worth the risk/reward for Brown? Brown appears to weak on rebounding and that's not good, unless he is outstanding on perimeter defense. I like his mobility, so he should be able to play defense. From historical obeservation of basketball, I have noticed that a good left handed athelete can play exceptional good defense on a right-handed shooter. So if Brown makes the team, it would not suprise me to see Coach Pop give him minutes at guarding a Durant, Kobe and other similar players in the regular season. Milsap is a rough, tough PF and is a difficult cover for anybody, so I doubt if Brown could cover Misap or Josh Smith. I mention minutes at guarding Durant and Kobe just in case Lenoard hits sohomore slump. I noticed Lenoard has had problems with his jumper this preseaon and hitting only 24% field. I also do like the fact that he lost weight.
If Brown makes the team, I also see Bonner and/or Blair gone for sure. Otherwise, I think the Spurs will keep Curry.
Just an FYI, when Bonner is not hitting his 3 point shot he is the biggist liability on the team. Some of the best players in the league are playing the 4 spot, which Bonner plays. The Spurs have been among the top team in 3 point shooting the last couple of years and have not won a championship, so they can do without Bonne, since that's all he brings.
Powell did not impress me.
Asik is a pretty good player, so Curry seems to be making an impression. Spurs wiil need another 7 footer to play against Howard, OKC, Memphis and the other teams in the west with 7 footers.
If Blair has improved with a consistent 15ft jumper, then that's huge plus and he can stay on the team.
1 year, 11 months ago on Preseason Rundown: Witherspoon, Spurs take down Rockets
If Curry makes the team, not sure what his salary will be, maybe $854k, then what a steal. I have not been a fan of Curry in the past, but looking at his career numbers (13 & 5 in 25mins) not bad for a 7ft, 10 year NBA veteran who was just a baby at ages 18-25. For good reason, now the NBA makes you wait a year after high school before you can play. Anything Curry has done after the age of 25, I consider a character flaw. Many a young men between the ages 18-25 have made mistakes. Genericaly speaking, the insurance on a car for a young man is cut in half at age 25 because of maturity issues. Looks like in 09 he had a major issue in his life (exwife and daughter murdered) and thats when his numbers dipped and he was out of the NBA, but the fact that he is coming to San Antonio where Pop is known as a no non sense coach through out the NBA is very surprising. I like that Curry is trying out and hopes he makes the team. I never saw this coming.
With respect to Ryan Richards, who needs to gain weight and get stronger, has potential, (another way of saying ain't done nothing yet), is not ready to contribute to the Spurs. Richards just has not proven that he is better than Bonner or Blair. But hypothetically speaking, if Curry can make the team, come in, average 13 and 5 in 25 mins, then Richards has a chance of making the team if Bonner and Blair are gone. With Richards slinder frame playing stretch 4 and his quickness on the perimeter in pick n roll situations, it would be good fit in Spurs system via an offset by Curry's massive body playing the 5 as offensive threat in post. Splitter is not an offensive threat in post. Curry and Richards has potential coming off the bench playing on the floor at the same time.
Blair, as an under size second round draft choice, has done a great job for the Spurs in the regular season, but by the way his interview went on media day, I'm sure Pop has told him that the Spurs are looking to trade him and want to get a first round or early second round for him, which will be very difficult to do considering Blair's talent and knees. So this will be a waiting game to see what team needs a player like Blair.
The Spurs are looking at another Big 12 guard (Sherron Collins), this time with a NCAA championship what is the deal? Is there something brewing?
1 year, 11 months ago on 5 Things To Note From Spurs Media Day
can you retrieve the Spurs training camp roster, if so can you forward website. Thanks
1 year, 12 months ago on Splitter warns rookie countrymen of tough NBA transition
Thanks for the info. I guess we'll have to hope Spurs Bigs improve,
Altough I somewhat concur with respect to $10M salary, I'm not a fan of trading Jax, he is such a clutch shooter, was clutch on the team he received a ring on and played clutch in the WCF especially the last game. Jax also provoides tough attitude and in conjunction with Lenoard played respectable defense against Durant. We are going to need that tandem against Durant.
I will agree Verajao is a player that would work, contract would be an easier fit at 25 mins a game, at 7 and 7, but I did not realize he was 29,. so he may have playoff experience.
In the past, Byron Scott has missed out on talent that San Antonio has captilized on i.e., Jax and Danny Green, so you may have something.
In the Olympics, France had a couple of athletic Bigs that look pretty good. One of the guys was left handed I think he was 6'10 and 250. I really like him. There was another guy but he was already in the NBA, I thought he was with Toronto.
Not really a fan of Josh Smith and contract (13M) but his game would be a good fit, he's an athletic Big. Horford has a nice game and mentailty, but big contract at 13M.
Not impresse with the others.
Yes ideally we need a player who can give us 10, 10 and 1.5 blocks approx 30 mins. Reason: Most pure scorers have a bad games in the clutch and/or playoffs. We do not need a one dimensional player, but we need rebounding, defense and block shots first. There are no bad days for defense.
The 6'10, 6"11 atheletic players hat I wanted to see as a Spur have already signed or been traded to new teams, so at this momemet I don't know who we can get.
Spurs desperately need a Big who can compete and/cover the outstanding young Power Forwards in the west. Nobody has won NBA championship with spreading the floor on onfense and no defense. We don't have any defense. Our defense needs to be ranked in the top 5 to have a chance at a championship.
Thanks. From my perspetive, Pop did the right thing in benching Green and I consder it a typcial NBA playoff adjustment, but Ibaka's 11 of 11 performance was a game-changer. It was completely unforseen and that's when the series changed to OKC's favor. From that point on, the Spurs had to respect his outside shot, which meant defensive adjustment as he was no longer a one dimensional player.
2 years ago on Splitter warns rookie countrymen of tough NBA transition
Yea, I had fogotten that Danny Green had a bad playoff series against OKC. He lost his confidence, 3 point shot and on a critical play he let Cephlosa get an easy offvensive rebound when he should have blocked him out. And as you stated, since he had no playoff experience and little NBA experience these were the reasons and they are acceptable.
But Bonner's performance, who has plenty of NBA and playoff experinece is unacceptable.
Do you know what game Ibaka went 11 of 11? If anyone knows please reply.
I expected Spurs to loose the third game and maybe the fourth game thats just NBA playoffs. From my perspective the series changed when Cepholosa guarded Parker and Ibaka hit 11 in a row and they weren't all dunks. What game did Ibaka go 11 for 11.That was the back-breaker the real difference in the series and once again this the area of the BIGS, where we are weak.
Yea 20 games in row, WOWt, but its not a championship. You see, regular means nothing, it only fills up the seats in regular season, the ring is what we are after. If you really want to understand the playoffs and why a team loses look at the stats in the playoffs. Scott Brooks is a good coach but he is not a better coach than Pop. Pop just had less talent., You fail to relize playoffs are different than playoffs..
Spurs lost 4 in a row because they do not have the Bigs. Look at their stats.
Face it, OKC has better talent than the Spurs and coaching can only take you so far.