First Zach Randolph and now former San Antonio Spurs player Derek Anderson.
You remember Anderson? High-flying guard for the Spurs back in the 2000-2001 season thar averaged 15.5 points in 82 games before getting injured in the playoffs against Dallas. Oh and he then demanded the Spurs he be taken care of contractually before David Robinson in the offseason. Yeah that Anderson. Well he is back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
According to Wave3.com (via cbssports.com), Anderson was named as the money-man in a drug operation:
Butler: "Was Derek Anderson ever present when you all bought narcotics?"
Cunningham: "Nah, he stays away from you know, he's just the money and he's not going to get around any of it but, that's who funnels the money."
The report does state Anderson hasn't been charged with any criminal activity. However, for his sake, let's hope he isn't in trouble. This is a serious accusation with huge ramifications, like prison time.
First Zach Randolph and now former San Antonio Spurs player Derek Anderson.
Add another NBA player heading overseas due to the lockout. This time it is former San Antonio Spurs player Alonzo Gee as he will be playing in Poland and joining Asseco Prokom Gdynia.
Gee spent part of last season with the Spurs and Wizards before landing with the Cleveland Cavaliers where he averaged 6.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and shot 46% from the field in 67 games last season.
Gee also spent time with the Spurs' D-League affiliate Austin Toros where he excelled. While in Austin, he was the Rookie of the Year for 2009–10 after averaging 21 points on 51% shooting and 6.6 rebounds in 38.2 minutes per game in 36 games.
San Antonio Spurs' DeJuan Blair continues to pump out the tunes and this time he covers Drake's "Trust Issues." Now I can go on and on about this but I'd rather hear what you have to say Spurs fans on Blair's rendition of this song.
Cleveland Cavaliers' Omri Casspi is reported to be strongly interested in playing for San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker's French club ASVEL during the NBA lockout according to ESPN.
Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com on Monday that Casspi is giving strong consideration to signing with ASVEL in France's top division.
As for the prospect of Casspi ultimately winding up alongside Parker in the French League, one source close to the situation said it really "might happen."
For those who do not know, Parker serves as VP of basketball operations and is part owner of ASVEL. Furthermore, Parker has stated there is a chance he would play for his own team should the lockout eat into the upcoming season and France being the only destination for Parker should he head overseas.
If so, should Parker and Casspi team up, it could make ASVEL an attractive destination for any other NBA players considering playing overseas during the lockout. Also, with Parker as part owner, he would undoubtedly be likely to give NBA players an out-clause to head back to the NBA once the lockout is over.
However, other teams are courting Casspi such as teams in Russia and Spain according to the report.
Casspi was been on the Spurs' radar for a long time. San Antonio inquired about the availability of Casspi before the lockout began and his name was mentioned in trade rumors involving Parker when Casspi was a member of the Kings.
San Antonio Spurs 2011 first-round draft pick Cory Joseph is currently playing for the senior Canadian national team as Canada hopes to qualify for the 2012 London games in this month's pre-Olympic qualifier in Argentina.
Check out this video (H/T Sean Francois of Bloguin's own Raptor's site Hoop Heads North) of Joseph setting the record straight about his intentions for playing with Team Canada, his debut for the senior team, thoughts from his mother and much more.
The AT&T Center has had plenty of history in it's short time as the of the San Antonio Spurs. From the Spurs winning the NBA crown in 2003, seeing David Robinson sail off into retirement on top of the NBA world, to painful memories such as Derek Fisher's ".4" shot, the AT&T Center has been home to most of the Spurs' dynasty years.
However, all that history didn't impact Hornets.com's ranking of their favorite arenas in the NBA as the AT&T Center received an honorable mention:
“Some of the friendliest fans I’ve ever met. They act like they’ve been there before, which they have a few times. I like walking outside on the patio area to get some pregame fresh air.”
The top 10 were as follows:
10. Suns' US Airways Center
9. Thunder's Chesapeake Energy Arena
8. Magic's Amway Arena
7. Celtics' TD Garden
6. Mavericks' American Airlines Center
5. Blazers' Rose Garden
4. Lakers' Staples Center
3. Bulls' United Center
2. Pacers' Conseco Fieldhouse
1. Knicks' Madison Square Garden
Now I been in two of the top 10 arenas - Madison Square Garden and the TD Garden - and I can attest those arenas deserve to be ranked. MSG is just full of history and the closeness of the seats and fans to the game is quite an experience. As for the TD Garden, that arena is rocking all game. The fans in the stands are so emotionally attached to the Celtics that if the team wins, it's non-stop cheering. If Boston loses, it's like a funeral inside the Garden.
What do you have to say Spurs fans? Feel the AT&T Center should be ranked in the top 10? What have you noticed about the arena and the fans when you make it out to a Spurs home game?
Some of us here at Project Spurs have called for the end of Matt Bonner's run as a member of the San Antonio Spurs, but one thing that's certain is if the Spurs did ship Bonner elsewhere is they'd lose quite the character.
Exhibit A is his "Coach B" series he's done with Spurs.com. Exhibit B can be found thanks to our friends at The Basketball Jones. It turns out, "Coach B" has taken his skills back to Toronto and is putting them to good use. There are three hilarious videos of Coach B schooling the TBJ guys. The best is easily when he swats a shot and yells "PANCAKES."
What you hopefully don't miss in all this silliness is that Bonner and TBJ are teaming up for a very worthy cause, a Rock The Court Basketball Tourney which supports Athletes for Africa and the St. Alban's Boys and Girls Club. Keep up the good work Coach B. The rest of you... GO MAKE ME A SANDWICH!
One of the perks of covering the San Antonio Spurs last season was getting to know more about the people behind the silver and black jerseys. Sometimes when interviewing players, you recognize something they say as special, so you wan't see any canned answers or quotes here. These are a few of my favorite quotes from my interviews last season.
"I don't know what my role will be, but whatever it is I'm going to take it and I'm pretty sure it's going to be totally different than what it was last year. A guy like (Tiago Splitter), he'll definitely have to be on the court so I'll take a backseat to him any day because he's a heck of a player."
"You miss five games and they think you retire. It was the same thing with Manu, everyone wanted to get rid of Manu last year and that's crazy, you cant get rid of Manu, Manu is one of the best players in the NBA."
San Antonio Spurs' Gary Neal may have been on the winning team when the Goodman League narrowly defeated the Drew League, 135-134, this past weekend but Neal was on the wrong end of this highlight.
Check out Washington Wizards' JaVale McGee swatting Neal's shot and another clip of Neal nailing a clutch shot.
On Friday, our own Trevor Zickgraf wrote a column suggesting why the San Antonio Spurs should entertain the idea of bringing free agent Eddy Curry into San Antonio. The idea behind the column was Curry is a risk-reward type of player that the Spurs could possibly sign for the league minimum.
However, word has come out via the Denver Post (H/T Matt Moore of CBSSports.com) that Denver Nuggets free agent Nene isn't necessarily looking for money in his next move, instead he's looking to win now.
"I'm very competitive. I want to accomplish everything. It's a big opportunity, and it's the only one in my life to be a top free agent. So I want to enjoy this moment. If people think it's about money, they're wrong. I've saved my money. I could retire today. I don't need to prove points. I like it a lot here."
Moore mentions the most intriguing places for Nene would be in Denver, Miami, Boston, or New York. Moore also writes it all depends on how much money Nene is willing to leave on the table.
Here's where the Spurs come into play.