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Thank you for this article. With the Spurs you see the development of players and relationships in a way that you don't in other organizations. Tony Parker was visibly yelled at and brought to tears in games at the beginning of his career. He was benched most fourth quarters. He had a hitch in his shot, had poor decision making, and couldn't pass. The offense of the Spurs was ill-fitted for a shoot first point guard w/ limited defense. Parker reworked his shot after the Spurs hired Chip. Now you hear him discuss how that relationship with Pop made him a better player. He had meetings with Pop before every game discussing strategy. Popovich after trading his "favorite player" in George Hill and after all those years of yelling at Parker decided to reinvent the offense so it fit Parker's game like a glove. Parker's game revolves around decisions now. They are now a completely different team. The Spurs aren't about explosive talent but about the sculpting of basketball ideas into human form.
2 weeks ago on The Banality of Duncan and the Necessity of Narrative
The last game of the regular season has become must see TV. I wonder if this was in the works prior to Jackson being waived. I am not used to these lightning moves by Spurs. As @poundingtherock points out, T-mac is younger and he needs to play a minor role here. I don't know how much playing time he would get. It usually takes a long while for players to learn our system. That being said it's been unfortunate to see lineups where only Gary Neal can get his own shot and that's only barely. This adds a new wrinkle to our bench. It's pretty low risk move. If he gives anything in the playoffs it would be worth it. I don't think though he'll play almost at all.
2 months ago on McGrady to Spurs
I feel bad for Blair who has really worked on his game and conditioning, but languishes at the end of the bench. If we could get something for him before he bails in free agency that would be advantageous.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Does Golden State have interest in Blair?
Mr Royce White has a unique opportunity to help people understand mental illness, but I agree that so far he may be adding to the prejudice and stigma. It is sad to see.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on A Letter To Royce White
11 months, 1 week ago on Report: Spurs interested in Brazilian center Hettsheimeir | July
@josespurs Pop will intentionally foul all the time. It will be hilarious.
1 year, 1 month ago on Who needs to step up next series? | May
@AaronWatters This series has been so bizarre. I have no idea what will happen. Clippers in 9 is my best guess.
1 year, 1 month ago on Griffin's physical series with Grizzlies could bode well for Spurs | May
The Mavericks winning the title remain as one of the most fortuitous things I have ever seen in sports. Good luck getting through the first round, Cuban.
1 year, 1 month ago on Mark Cuban says no team was impressive, including Spurs | April
@dannyholloway it was funny that people thought he would learn. People have been telling him this for a decade. A few games on the bench was not going to change that.
1 year, 1 month ago on Lakers' Byrant says he could've scored 50 points on Spurs | April
As Jalen Rose says, in the NBA sometimes you are open for a reason. Spurs can live with Kobe's multiple pump fakes, off balanced shots with Bynum and Gasol boxed out rather than Bynum/Gasol in the paint volleyballing at the rim. Spurs can live with your shots because it would is our game plan.
Some of my favorite Spurs moments were watching the game to game adjustments the Spurs and Duncan made when facing up against Shaq in the early 2000's. Reminiscent of those series, the Spurs completely exposed Bynum's weaknesses with their swarming defense, Duncan's post play, and pick and roll offense. Duncan won the offensive and defensive matchup decisively. Is there another big man better at studying film to exploit matchups and weaknesses? I'm looking forward to another Spurs win on Friday!
1 year, 2 months ago on Video: Lakers' Bynum didn't like losing to Spurs | April
@spursfan80 This suns win is worth 20 wins.
1 year, 2 months ago on Spurs knock out Suns with quick start | April