It was supposed to be Jimmer's All-Stars, but San Antonio Spurs draftee Kawhi Leonard and Team Leonard gave Kings draftee and host Jimmer Fredette a 140-126 beating in Fredette's return to the Marriott Center in front of a crowd of Jimmer Nation loyalists.
Leonard was the captain of his team, and started with Kemba Walker, Tobias Harris, Malcolm Lee and Bismack Biyombo, while Fredette started on his team with Kaneth Faried, Nolan Smith, Jackson Emery and Chirs Singleton.
Leonard scored the first points of the game, using his quickness to get to the basket and lay it up off the glass. While he missed his next few shots, he scored twice more to end the first quarter with six points and a one-point lead in the game.
Leonard was back to business once again at the start of the second quarter, showing off surprisingly good handles as he went coast-to-coast and took on about three players before finishing with some flair.
Apparently now that Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry has won a NBA championship, he no longer has to vent his frustrations in the form of endless smack talk through the media.
Either that, or someone gave him an extra large serving of humble pie.
In a recent interview with Jeff Caplan of ESPN Dallas, Terry was…wait for it...complimentary of his club's rival team down south, the San Antonio Spurs.
Aside from opining on the NBA lockout and the Mavs' draft-day trade for Rudy Fernandez among other topics, when asked who he saw as the favorites in a very competitive Western Conference next season, Terry listed the Spurs, who he said would be "licking their chops" considering their early playoff exit after one of the better regular seasons in team history.
The Lakers have the same team unless they make any kind of trade. New coach, same team. They got to be one of the ones. And then don’t forget about San Antonio, who had the best record in the NBA. Those guys are going to be licking their chops. Don’t think [Gregg] Popovich is just going to lay down. I don’t even think they’re going to put us in the top three or even four because you’ve got Oklahoma City, who’s a young team. Memphis showed you they’re on the rise. There’s four teams in the West alone that I can really see analysts putting them before us. So that’s motivation in itself.
I must say, after a season in which Terry's name appeared in our headlines more than we'd like for his venom-tongued diatribes, this is a nice change of pace.
But knowing Terry, I wouldn't expect him to make it a habit. As the saying goes, if you don't have anything good to say, Jason Terry will say it for you...or something like that.
The saying, "To the victor goes the spoils" couldn't have a better meaning than for San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker after leading the French national team to silver at the Eurobasket 2011 tournament and securing a spot at the 2012 Olympic games for France.
According to the French site leParisien.fr, Parker kicked off the Paris Saint-Germain vs. Nice soccer match on Wednesday.
Tony Parker, the star of the basketball team of France, will kick off the PSG-Nice on Wednesday in 19 hours . The playmaker of the San Antonio Spurs is an avid supporter of PSG , its "core team."
It's good to see Parker taking a break from basketball and participating in other events. Though the NBA lockout still doesn't have an end date, Parker will need to rest up and make sure he's healthy should the season miraculously start in October.
Check out Parker getting things started at the game.
High level NBA lockout negotiations resumed today in hopes of avoiding any sort shortened season. It wasn't made immediately clear what specifics they'd be addressing, but Chris Sheridan, quoting John Canzano from the Oregonian, says that one item that has been discussed is a cap friendly amnesty provision.
"Two NBA sources told me Tuesday that they believe there’s consensus among owners on a few important lockout issues. One of those issues being an amnesty clause that would give NBA teams the ability to release one player, pay his salary, take no luxury tax liability, and also, not have that player count against the season salary cap. This is different than the last round of amnesty, which didn’t give the cap relief."
This would also mean the San Antonio Spurs could cut ties with Richard Jefferson.
San Antonio Spurs' Matt Bonner was among other NBA players and musicians for the Rock The Court charity basketball tournament but it seems Bonner had his hands full with Arcade Fire's Win Butler.
First off, Bonner was selected as the number one overall pick for the tournament but proceeded to lose to Butler in, of all things, a three-point shoot out. Yes you read that right, Bonner a career 41% three-point shooter lost to a musician with no pro-basketball experience. Jokingly, Bonner said he contemplated leaving the game after the loss.
That win by Butler only set off a duel on the court between Bonner and Butler.
Check out the hilarious video (via TBJ) of Bonner and Butler going toe-to-toe, Bonner happy he dunked on a girl, and much more from the "Red Rocket."
As the 2011 Pan American games are set to begin in late October in Guadalajara, Mexico, one coach tied with the San Antonio Spurs' D-League affiliate Austin Toros has been added to the staff for the American roster.
Toros head coach Brad Jones has been added to the list of coaches who will help the American team in the tournament.
USA Basketball also announced that NBA Development League Austin Toros head coach Brad Jones and Idaho Stampede head coach Randy Livingston will serve as court coaches during the USA's Oct. 14-22 training camp.
The coaching staff is mainly comprised of coaches from the NBA D-League and though a final roster isn't set yet, the players participating will all be D-League affiliated players.
"I'm excited for the opportunity to work with such great coaches and players as they prepare to represent USA in the Pan American Games," said Jones.
Since the NBA D-League isn't set to begin until mid November the opportunity for Jones and the other D-League coaches to take a trip to Mexico and compete in competitive basketball is one that can be a good kick-off to their 2011-12 season in the D-League since that may be the only competitive basketball to watch with the NBA Lockout still in session.
The Portland Trail Blazers are looking for their next GM and San Antonio Spurs' Dennis Lindsey is on their radar. However, the process is taking a bit too long and according to oregonlive.com, San Antonio is losing patience.
The whisper now is that San Antonio, which granted Portland permission to interview Lindsey, is growing impatient with the process and will soon close that window.
Aside from Lindsey, former Golden State general manager Chris Mullin, and Oklahoma City's Troy Weaver have drawn interest from Portland.
However, will Lindsey take the job? He has a great position with the Spurs, a well-respected franchise in the NBA, and works with one of the best around, R.C. Buford.
When the San Antonio Spurs traded fan favorite George Hill to the Pacers for Kawhi Leonard on draft night, many fans were left scratching their heads. Why trade a proven player for an unknown ran through their minds.
But if they need anymore convincing that the trade was worth it, then read what Leonard's former coach at San Diego State, Steve Fisher, had to say about Leonard's work ethic during this NBA lockout.
Nobody is in the gym more than Kawhi. People said, 'Well, can he shoot the ball?' He can shoot the ball at the NBA level. No one's worked harder on his shot than Kawhi. He's living in San Diego still. I had our AD call me up a couple weeks ago when I was gone. He said, 'Coach, we've got an issue with Kawhi in the arena. Event management called and the lights are not on, and Kawhi's in the arena for two straight days at 6:30 in the morning. And he brought two lamps from home, and he put them up in the arena and shot.' And that is a true story.
Now that should bring a smile not only to Spurs fans but also to the Spurs coaching staff. Here is a young man working on his shot which will only help the Spurs this coming season. And this injection of energy, hard work, and youth from Leonard should bolster the Spurs hopes at a fifth NBA title.
And it seems this hard work has helped Leonard. During day one of the Las Vegas Impact League, he scored 16 points after shooting 6/8 from the field, 1/4 from the three-point line, and 1/2 from the free-throw
So perhaps the Spurs' practice facility and AT&T Center management should take heed. Once the NBA lockout is over, make sure you hand Leonard a spare set of keys because Leonard might be putting in some overtime in the gym.
After spending weeks in Mar del Plata, Argentina for the FIBA Americas Championship, San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter could soon be on his way to Mexico next month.
Brazil coach Ruben Magnano spoke to Splitter while they were still in Argentina about taking a spot on Brazil's 12-man roster for the Pan American Games, which will take place from October 14 through 30 in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The Pan American Games are an international multi-sport event, consisting of competitions in 36 different sports with 41 different countries being represented.
The basketball competition will have eight countries competing, including the United States, Canada, Mexico. Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil, who are the defending champions.
Splitter was on Twitcam last night talking about the games, and has said that he would like to play, but it all depends on a few factors. The lockout would be the first, but there doesn't seem to be much progress in that area. The second issue would be making sure whichever team Splitter signs to play with throughout the lockout will give him clearance to play.
"Ruben spoke to everyone and asked about the possibilities. I said that would depend on whether I would play for a team or not. Because I'm the indefinite future, I was summoned. But let's see," said Splitter.
The Pan American Games could stir up quite the controversy, since it appears construction on the athletes village, which was already behind, has been stopped. There is also a major drug war between two cartels in Guadalajara currently. Due to the security issue, the United States Olympic Committee will have a security plan in place and organizers have vowed to spend $10 million on additional security measures.
For Spanish and Portuguese speakers, view Splitter's video below, where he not only talks about the Pan American Games, but also Metta World Peace's Dancing With The Stars debut.
You're damn right I blatantly stole a line from Top Gun! That need for speed comes from one of the most unlikely sources -- former San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson.
Robinson tweeted Ray Wert, Editor in Chief of the Gawker Media owned automotive website Jalopnik, asking what kind of sports car is best for a 7-footer like himself.
Once, a long time ago, I saw The Admiral at an event in Port Aransas and he rolled up in what I'm pretty sure was a Porsche 911. I was amazed he was able to unfold himself and get out of that car, but it happened. So I can't blame big Dave for wanting some space.
"With its track-tuned AWD system and 530-horsepower V6 there's no doubting its sporting intentions. It's also gigantic (there's a reason why we call it Godzilla). With 44.6 inches of legroom and 35.8 inches of headroom it has more space up front than some sedans. If it works for Andrew Bynum it might just fit The Admiral."
I was in Monterey, CA recently and saw a couple of these cars up close (one in the parking lot of a Holiday Inn Express oddly enough). It's a great looking car. The guys driving them however, how do I put this nicely? Let's just say they could be best described by a word that starts with a "D" and ends with a "Bag". I can't, off the top of my head, think of a better sports car for Robinson to get, I would just caution that he not join any Nissan GT-R car clubs. From what I can tell he wouldn't fit in with the other owners.
What about you Spurs fans? What kind of car do you think will fit Robinson or any other Spurs player?