The San Antonio Spurs will open the 2013-14 season with an NBA record 10 international players. Among them are Tony Parker (France), Manu Ginobii (Argentina) and Tiago Splitter (Brazil) who often play for their national team during the offseason.
This summer, Manu and Tiago did not play for their respective national teams but in the past have help guide their teams in international competition such as FIBA Americas or the Olympics. As for Parker, he only led Team France to EuroBasket gold and cemented himself as a basketball idol in his home country.
Since the beginning of the Tim Duncan era in San Antonio, the San Antonio Spurs have been perennial title contenders, winners of 50-plus regular season games (except the 1999 lockout-shortened season) season-in and season-out, and made the postseason annually which included four NBA titles along the way.
The Spurs have been the model franchise for years and have been the blueprint for other teams to follow. With selfless Hall of Fame bound players such as Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, San Antonio has set the standard team play with egos checked at the door.
And Bucks' O.J. Mayo has taken notice.no comments
Former Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone was never been one to shy away from contact or dish it out during his playing days in the NBA.
For those old enough to remember, this incident comes to mind with San Antonio Spurs own David Robinson (see video).
During his playing days, Malone was a chiseled specimen who was not afraid to throw his weight and his elbows around. He had a reputation for delivering a punishing experience for opponents night in and night out.
So it comes to no surprise his disdain for padding or "armor" (as he puts it) worn by today’s NBA players under their uniforms is something he frowns upon.no comments
All along we’ve been saying that it’s been a three-horse race for who would end up as the San Antonio Spurs’ backup point guard to relieve Tony Parker when he heads to the bench.
It appeared Cory Joseph, Patty Mills and Nando De Colo were all competing for the job, but according to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich after practice last week, it appears to just be between Joseph and Mills.
“At this point, Cory Joseph is the guy that one would think has the first dibs on that position, but Patty Mills played last year along with Cory in the playoffs. Patty Mills came back ready to play and Patty wants minutes too,” Popovich said. “So those guys are going to be competing against each other and luckily they’re great teammates so in the end whatever happens, they’ll both stay ready to play.”no comments
San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker cemented himself as one of the All-Time best basketball players in France after he led the French national team to EuroBasket gold this summer. A first for any French team. Add the fact he has an NBA resume any basketball player would want including three NBA titles, an NBA Finals MVP trophy (2007) and several NBA All-Star appearances, there is no doubt Parker is one of the best European players ever to play on an NBA court.
Paving the way for Euro players in the NBA was Vlade Divac. During his time in the league and proved Euro players can make an impact. So it goes without saying, he might know what it takes for a foreign player to be considered one of the greats in basketball.no comments
AT&T CENTER – Over the summer, former San Antonio Spurs guard Gary Neal departed for Milwaukee, Wisconsin during free agency. With Neal leaving, he took some of his attributes – instant offense off the bench with his jump shooting ability, embracing the opportunity to take big shots – with him.
Left on the Spurs’ bench is another guard in the same mold as Neal - Australian native Patty Mills. Mills too has the ability to bring instant offense off the bench with his quick-fire jump shot and on Wednesday in the Spurs’ preseason win over CSKA Moscow, Mills was responsible for making the game-winning 3-pointer in overtime.
Asked on Sunday, before the Spurs played the Phoenix Suns, if he could step into a "Gary Neal" type role, Mills said he wasn’t looking to follow anyone’s footsteps but instead to stay on track with who he is.no comments
Spurs waive Corey Maggette, which he has said would mark the end of his 15-year NBA career.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 15, 2013
It might be the single moment in San Antonio Spurs franchise history that may hang over like a dark cloud for years to come - seeing a lead in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals slip through their fingers as well as title number five.
San Antonio was up five points with 28 seconds remaining on the game clock in the fourth quarter and the rest, as they say, was history. Miami would tie the series at 3-3 only to go on and win the championship in the decisive Game 7.
Since then, many Spurs player have been haunted by what could have been. It has been weighing on their collective minds and as the team enters a new season, head coach Gregg Popovich isn't letting the players forget what happened.no comments