Last week we introduced our new feature, "Writers Sound Off." Our writers are now back at it again.
Each week, our writers will sound off on one topic of the week with short audio takes. If you are a Spurscast subscriber, you'll also be seeing podcasts with all of our takes together along with your weekly Spurscast.
Our topic this week was "where are the bigs" and we all gave our takes on why the San Antonio Spurs signings this year have been guards and forwards, when our biggest weakness is in the post. Listen below and then find out how to join in on the fun.
Michael De Leon, Founder -
Robby Lim, Lead Writer -
Paul Garcia, Staff Writer -
Jake Faunce, Staff Writer -
So those are our takes for the week. Feel free to use our comments section to give your take on if you agree/disagree or want to pick who's take was the best.
Thanks for everyone leaving their comments and thoughts! We here at Project Spurs def enjoy this new feature and your participation is making the experience that much better! I hope to hear from everyone in our 3rd segment!
The Lakers may worry a bit about opponents, however I believe with their depth and playoff experience, especially coaching experience, I look forward. Good Luck to your Spurs, but I think the depth, experience and motivation of the Lakers will prevail. Our team is stocked, not in too bad of shape physically, and the Spurs have the Duncan question mark, whereas the Lakers have not been 100% the last 3 playoffs....Have to take the "Stern Factor" into account, and how the games will be called. We all know that the refs can influence a game. I am confidant for the Lakers playoff chances this year, the Spurs are strong obviously by their showing during the season, but the season is a different environment than the playoffs by quite a bit. The team I fear that comes out of the East is the Bulls, or a healthier Celtic bunch, which I believe would be favored by the refs. Goodbye, and does Splitter show any sign of worth for the run over 4 Seven game playoff series???? Any given day, a team can win, but it takes a true champion to win 4 Seven game playoff series.
@humanomaly Thanks for commenting on our site. You are rare respectable Laker fan with great class! You're always welcome here at Project Spurs. Indeed, I think one of our teams will be there in the Finals come June.
@24writer 24W, Thank you, I had planned dabbling here any further, however, your kindness and welcome gesture, I'll be around. The main Laker blog sight I follow is the Los Angeles Times Lakers Blog, it's filled with cliques, people that are erratic, haters that bash with no logic, Laker fans that have been remarking that Derek Fisher is a detriment. So I decided to see what other sights were like. I imagine the further East you go, the more need for "napkins"....True, out of the West, my picks 1-Lakers, 2-Spurs, 3-Dallas (and I dislike all 3 Texas teams!!!)....I know OKC is an equal 3rd pick, however, I feel they have to serve their time before they can earn a trophy. Dallas and LA play Thursday, which to some is critical, however, I am hoping for a strong playoff run by the Lakers to giftwrap Phil Jackson's 4th Triple, Kobe/Fisher get their 6th (Kobe tying MJ...and over a longer time spread against tougher competition....IMHO). One thought, I marveled that your Spurs were able to win a championship one year, when they were around $47million/team/that year....the Lakers were around the cap, and the Knicks were around $124 million and horrible.
>Daniel07...I disagree, if the Laker bligs are clicking in the system, no other team can match size for size...it's only when they don't take opponents seriously during the season, as we all know, the lesser teams get up for the strong teams such as the Lakers/Spurs/Mavs.....
I think we have enough bigs to beat the Lakers or Dallas. Tiago, TD, Blair and McDyess can get it done. Plus we have two good shooting bigs in Bonner and Novak.
I live in and have been a lifelong Laker fan, respectful of the Spurs. Popovich and your 3 stars (before the days of the Miami "dingos"). For the last dozen years, the Spurs have been right there with the Lakers, I believe a better overall winning percentage for the era. So I come in peace. People here heard the name "Tiago Splitter"....what's the story on him??? If Duncan is not 100%, your Spurs may be vulnerable as even the "setttled down" Lamar Odom, may be able to matchup against him at times, and Tim's mobility is nowhere near Lamar's.
Another big wouldn't hurt. But I agree that there is no quality big man at this point that could be a game changer for the Spurs.
@SpursLover I totally agree with what you said.
I believe in the current players that we have, the Spurs don't need another big to win it all; they just need everybody healthy.
WE NEED BIGs, but if we can just keep what we have, ALL they have to do is GO for the REBOUND after all the shots. DON'T be lazy. PLUS, share and MOVE the BALL with care. @SpursLover
JeffProjectSpurs, Bynum is getting bashed in LA for the move, and honestly, I approved of some contact, however Beaz was in the air, then on the ground, Bynum almost had his back turned to Beaz,...look, what if Bynum had better position and they just both body slammed each other mid air...Bynum's size makes him a "victim" in a way. Look, Kobe and Bowen/Ginobili went at it for years, the fact is neither hit the deck ...if Beaz had landed like a cat, and walked away, what would the penalty have been. I bring up the Raja Bell "assault" on Kobe, in '06....if Kobe were wheeled out on a stretcher, and it could have happened, not Pierce style, but in reality, I say Bell deserved a major suspension of 15-30 games the following season, that was assault. The fact that Kobe got up, and shook his head to blow bell off, negated a harsher penalty on Bell. Bynum keeps his composure, look, he is the biggest big man in the league now that Shaq is "Jabba the Hut"...he can't get a reputation of "free whacks on Bynum"....blame the refs, blame Stern...it was the refs that let Beazley's mouth run rampant all game long....that's why the Lakers should have kept M'Benga around, to "payback", not to "attack", but to "payback"....
Welcome to the club, I get to watch Phil Jackson let players 9-12 rot and not develop, then he puts too many minutes on Kobe, and Pau, (Mr. High Mileage, and Mr. Frail)....only a big VETERAN of playoff runs would help any team, and I don't believe there are any available out there....look we have Joe Smith on the end of our bench, he looks like he would run like "a woman" (no offense intended) if Kobe looks at him wrong (which is actually "right").
@SpursLover so you are not worried at all, not even a little bit, about the size of Dallas and LA or OKC?
In Los Angeles, big, young, talented, powerful....Duncan, could get you one more, I'll give you that....
@humanomaly Los Angeles should hope they don't run into Dallas before they get to the Spurs in the West Finals. Dallas matches up nicely with the Lakers. This is the last year the Lakers will be a serious contender for a championship with a lockout looming and Phil Jackson walking away. It's do or die for LA.