Well this should just add more fuel to the San Antonio Spurs-Dallas Mavericks rivalry.
A new bus route was launched in Forth Worth, TX (city next to Dallas, TX) named "SPUR" which mean Signal Priority Urban Route. However, with the route's name acting as a reminder of the NBA team in San Antonio, it's already rubbing Mavericks fans the wrong way.
T planning director Curvie Hawkins said he struggled with the name at first, because it reminded him of the San Antonio Spurs basketball team. “I’m an avid Dallas Mavericks fan, and I wasn’t sure I could go along with a name for the route that reminded me of the San Antonio Spurs,” he quipped.
This is just rich and talk about fodder for Spurs fans to use on Mavs fans. What's next? Is this new route going to eventually grow into four routes to remind Mavs fans of just how many titles San Antonio has over Dallas? Spurs fans can only hope.
But enjoy the ride on the SPUR Mavs fans. Yes it may remind you of the most successful NBA team in Texas but seeing how it's just one route should also remind you of the Mavs.
Well this should just add more fuel to the San Antonio Spurs-Dallas Mavericks rivalry.
FULLERTON, CA -- The evening was wondrous, reflecting back on his athletic career in Southern California, where he blossomed as a star. For although Bruce Bowen developed a reputation as a dirty player, he was a defensive stopper and, more importantly, he's a humbled and civilized man.
When he walked onto the stage before a rambunctious audience, Bowen gazed at the crowd emotionally. And from there, it was a story to be told, a tribute for the former NBA legend, leaving behind an extraordinary tale for an irrelevant university.
"These moments here is special," Bowen said. "It's special because this isn't somewhere I thought I'd be. This was never planned for me. This wasn't a scenario, where I thought I would be in the Fullerton Hall of Fame."
It was so astounding, so charming. There was Bowen, interacting and reflecting back with old friends and the university that groomed him for professional basketball, the institution that he evolved into a well-accomplished athlete during his college career. He looked stylish in his orange and blue bow tie and tailor-made suit, proudly inducted into the Titan Athletics Hall of Fame late Saturday evening.
"It was a great opportunity to just thank those who've been there all the way for me," Bowen said. "Sometimes, I think in these environments the guys forget it's not about you. I think it's a great opportunity to talk about those who helped you to get to this point."
It wasn't until he became a four-year letterman for the Titans with roughly remarkable credentials, given his professional stardom and intelligent persona, that Bowen rose to prominence at California State University, Fullerton.
It would be an overreaction to call Bowen the dirtiest player of all-time, because more than ever he was the most physical, hard-nosed defender and tried to pester and frustrate players with his ability to contest every shot by putting a hand in someone's face.
In four grueling quarters, he forced turnovers and deflected passes that orchestrated plays in transition. The most compelling defensive star of the San Antonio Spurs formally was an annoying pest many couldn't stand, peeved by his so-called dirtiest and harassment as a shutdown defender. But in the end, he reached a pinnacle not only in basketball but in everyday life, a prototype of canny mentor for children, portraying an experienced role model for youngsters chasing a dream.
While both sides urgently try to get a deal done in the NBA lockout, many notable players have already committed to playing overseas during the lockout or are on the brink of setting sail.
One such player is megastar Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant is said to be on his way to the Italian powerhouse Virtus Bologna if no deal is made soon in the NBA.
Former San Antonio Spurs player Robert Horry and Chicago Bulls great Scottie Pippen both said players from their generation would never have pondered the idea of heading to play overseas in a lockout. They both agreed that at the time, no form of basketball was even close to the NBA's.
Today though, with international play now at an elite level, they might consider making the move in a lockout.
Horry went on to say that the players heading overseas don't know what they're in for.
"They want to go at you," Horry said. "And there are no creature comforts . . . a lot of these guys will go over there and feel homesick."
The rare case is Bryant because he did live in Italy for several years and knows how to speak and understand Italian. Horry said, Bryant could work well in Italy,
"He speaks Italian," said Horry, who played with Bryant from 1996-2003. "I won't say he was born there, but he spent a lot of years there. That's almost like a second home. Of all the players you talk about, he'll be the one who's OK."
Two major names for the Spurs are guards Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili with both mulling over offers from respective international clubs but they're waiting to see where the NBA lockout discussions go before making the move across the pond. For Ginobili and Parker who played a lot of international ball, there won't be any sort of culture shock.
I don’t pretend to understand the NBA bargaining arguments. A few tenths of a percent here, a dollar or two there, it might as well be in Japanese. But there are a few things even the casual observer can notice. In my opinion, the owners’ side of the table is fighting a losing battle.
I think they know it, too. Early in the negotiations, the owners proposed a “hard salary cap.” I had to do about 30 minutes worth of research, and I won’t bore you with the specifics, but it would have basically limited the “superstar” teams like the Miami Heat to signing players that make league-minimum salary to fill out their roster. Days later, the owners backed off that proposal, saying they were negotiable on that after all. They’re also slowly giving up more of the revenue to the players.
I think they know what I know. The players have all the power. The players have the support of the fans. Nobody cares what the owners want.
Don’t get me wrong, I think most NBA players are overpaid playboys, but it’s hard not to side with them when they’re out there on the court every season playing their hearts out while some rich fat cat sits up in his luxury box watching. If there’s no NBA season, most people won’t blame the players, there’s too much loyalty there. Most people will point their finger at the owners, asking what gives them the right to be so selfish.
It seems San Antonio Spurs' Richard Jefferson is making the most of this NBA offseason. And by that I mean he recently hit the tables in Las Vegas with a few of his fellow alumni from Arizona and other NBA players in a celebrity poker tournament.
Six NBA players joined forces for a celebrity tournament: Greg Odom (Portland Trailblazers), Richard Jefferson (San Antonio Spurs), Chase Budinger (Houston Rockets), Hasheem Thabeet (Houston Rockets), Jason Terry (Dallas Mavericks) and free agent Damon Jones battled it out at the Cosmopolitan’s tables
I guess the lockout and the possibility of a canceled NBA season isn't phasing RJ. But then again, with Jefferson's contract, we all know he can afford to be a bit frivolous with his money. Also, he is due an estimated 30 million dollars over the next three seasons with the Spurs, of course he can go gambling.
But I would like to take bets on if Terry rubbed it in the face of RJ how the Mavericks won the NBA championship.
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
San Antonio Spurs' Da'Sean Butler returned to his old stomping grounds of West Virginia University for WVU's Homecoming and served as the Homecoming Parade Marshal. Butler will be honored at halftime of the WVU-Bowling Green game today.
Check out Butler at the parade where he had to make some adjustments on his throw.
“The first time, I threw it overhanded. Messed a kid up.”
Maybe Spurs assistant coach Chip Engelland can work on his candy-throwing form.
San Antonio Spurs' DeJuan Blair continues to shine for BC Krasnye Krylya Samara as he scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a win over Polish team Anvil, 99-79.
The Redwings used a strong third quarter to put away Anvil scoring 26 points and were up 81-63 heading into the fourth quarter.
With the win, the Redwings advance to the VTB Regular Season and will now face undefeated Enisey.
Here are Blair's totals for the Redwings:
What do you have to say Spurs fans on Blair's continued solid play?
Jeff and I are back....finally, for another episode of the Spurscast. On this episode, we talk international basketball with a rundown on how several San Antonio Spurs players and draftees did in Eurobasket and the FIBA Americas Tournament.
After a short break, we talked about the latest Spurs news, including Richard Jefferson's ESPN Rank, Manu possibly playing in Bologna and the four Spurs jerseys you must have.
To end the show, we highlighted Spurs draftee Kawhi Leonard and sophomore James Anderson, discussing their outstanding play at the Impact League and Jimmer's All-Stars.
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I would not change San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan's role at all. In fact I might increase his role in the offense just a bit. Who's to say he can't average 15 and 10 next season?
But this past early playoff exit has caused Spurs fans to start thinking about the future, especially a future without Duncan. My initial thought in writing this was to wonder if Duncan could ever come off the Spurs bench and that issue will still be addressed. However, Chris Bernucca with Sheridan Hoops wrote a radical idea that must be discussed. It was related to the rumored amnesty clause that may be attached to the new CBA. We've been hearing about it for a little bit now and the universal reaction was the Spurs would part ways with Richard Jefferson.
But Bernucca wrote this bombshell of an idea today:
"More significantly: Can a team be prevented from re-signing a player it releases? If not, then the San Antonio Spurs could amnesty Tim Duncan (wink, wink), re-sign him to the veteran’s minimum and use the net $20 million cap space to sign a free agent that could help them make one more championship run – someone like Tyson Chandler."
This Chris Bernucca guy is devious and this is an awesome idea. It's the Brent Barry trade, then resigning all over again, but on steroids. Of course it won't happen (Bernucca cleverly admits as much later), but it's a crazy, out of the box scenario that you gotta love. If Duncan didn't opt out of his contract this summer, there's very little chance he'll agree to being the amnesty casualty for the Spurs.
Back to the lecture at hand. The topic? Could the Spurs ever bring Duncan off the bench?
It isn't taking very long for San Antonio Spurs forward DeJuan Blair to get settled in in Russia and with his team BC Krasnye Krylya Samara.
In his first game, Blair contributed with a double-double, 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Yesterday, in his second game against Ukarainian club Dhinpo, Blair finished with a very efficient 21 points, shooting 10 of 15 from the field, and seven rebounds in 28 minutes on the floor.
While he wasn't the scoring leader for the team during the game, coming up one point short of Eugene Kolesnikov's 22 points, he's been a standout compared to the other current and former NBA players, including Jarvis Hayes, Joe Alexander and Aaron Miles.
Blair and the Redwings play against the Anvil from Poland today in the second round of the VTB United League qualifying tournament.