The San Antonio Spurs have released their 2011-2012 preseason schedule on their offical site.
Please keep in mind that this will be the schedule if the NBA lockout ends before training camp dates begin.
The Spurs will have a seven-game preseason schedule in which they will face five Western conference teams and two Eastern conference teams. Spurs fans will have a chance to see the team four times at home during this stretch.
They begin at home on October 9 against Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets. They will then travel to Sacramento to face BYU rookie Jimmer Fredette and the Sacramento Kings on October 11. They return home for another game against the Kings on October 15 and stay home against rookie Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 17. Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic will come to town on October 20 and then the team will travel to Houston to face Louis Scola and the Houston Rockets on October 24. The last preseason game will be against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder on October 27 in Oklahoma City.
The season will tip off at home on November 2 against Stephen Jackson and the Milwaukee Bucks.
Remember, this is a tentative preseason schedule pending the outcome of the NBA lockout situation.
The San Antonio Spurs have released their 2011-2012 preseason schedule on their offical site.
At the beginning of the month, we showed you some videos of San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker playing "God" for two "Axe: Body Spray" commercials in France.
The French site Melty.Fr has released an interview with Parker in which he discusses whether he'll play in France during the lockout, why he chose "Axe" as a marketing partner, why he hasn't recorded any music lately and how it felt to play the man upstairs in the commercial.
Charles Alf conducted the interview in French, so I used a translator tool to transcribe it into English.
Quick note: Parker once again denied his remarks on the "Big Three" being done.
Parker on returning to France if the lockout lasts longer than expected:
"All will depend on how long it will last. Everyone is in limbo, we do not know what will happen, so I make my decision in September. "
Parker on his decision to choose Axe as a marketing partner:
[T]hey were leaving to support me in my operations (helping young people and promote basketball). Their speech appealed to me."
Parker on his musical career being at a halt:
"Right now, I do not have time. I have other priorities with all my basketball camps, the France team, my cartoon."
Parker on playing God in the commercial:
"It seems weird, but it is an honor."
That last question had a pretty good answer, then again who wouldn't want to be the "God" in a Axe angels commercial?
Aside from doing his marketing business over the summer, Parker is getting ready to start trainingfor the 2011 Eurobasket in Lithuania that begins next month. Parker is one Spurs player who is keeping himself very busy during this lockout/offseason.
After finally getting a day off yesterday, San Antonio Spurs draftee Ryan Richards and Great Britain got back to work as they defeated Israel 83 to 82.
With six seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Great Britain found itself down 82 to 81. Alex Marcotullio would take and make the game winning shot to give Great Britain their fourth straight win in the Under-20 European Championships in Sarajevo.
Ryan Richards had another monster game as he finished with 32 points, 14 rebounds, 3 assists, 11/25 from the field, 3/7 for the three-point line, 7/8 from the free throw line, and 5 turnovers in 36 minutes of action.
You can see the type of stat line Richards can produce after a day of rest and playing Call of Duty.
Great Britain will finish off the week with a game versus Iceland tomorrow.
For Spurs fans, here’s Richards’ game line broken down by quarters per Neter’s Twitter handle:
At the end of the first quarter, Richards had 16 points and 7 rebounds. Israel only scored 13 points.
At halftime, Richards had scored 20 points and 8 rebounds. His team led by 14 points.
At the end of the third quarter, Richards had put in eight points as he now had 28 points and 12 rebounds. His team led by nine points.
In the final quarter, Israel made a comeback, but Richards’ 32 points and 14 rebounds, plus the help of Marcotullio helped Great Britain take the win.no comments
Spur for a minute Marcus Haislip is back from China, deciding where to play next. Since leaving the San Antonio Spurs, Haislip has been all over.
According to a story from his hometown paper of the Marshall County Tribune, Haislip went to Greece to play for Greek Basketball League team Panathinaikos and then went to Spain to play for Caja Laboral (Tiago Splitter's old team). Most recently, Haislip went to China, where he played for the Guangdong Southern Tigers.
With the exception of his NBA teams, Haislip says he's played a key role with every team he's been on.
"I've had leading roles for teams, but I definitely don't want to be giving myself a star label," Haislip said. "It's definitely (rewarding in terms of salary and) allowed me to pay the bills. It's been a blessing."
While he figures out where to play next (he's likely headed back to China), Haislip is in his hometown of Lewisburg, TN to watch a local 3-on-3 basketball tournament that he donated $3,500 to.
The article also covered Haislip's time in Europe and how it compares to the states. Definitely worth a read. Nice to see any player, especially a former Spur giving back to his community.
The Showdown is an annual charity soccer match with professional athletes. Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Jennings, Suns' Marcin Gortat, retired US Soccer player Claudio Reyna and San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker participated in this year's game.
This year's Showdown - the fourth - benefited early education work with Educare.
As mentioned, Parker took part in the soccer match and as you can see, he may have to stick to his day job or re-consider any thoughts on playing pro-soccer during the current NBA lockout.
Last season, the San Antonio Spurs brought in former NBA Most Improved Player Bobby Simmons.
Simmons had fell off the NBA map as he had very poor seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks following his big year with the Los Angeles Clippers. He was stashed in Milwaukee until his contract ended.
Simmons came to San Antonio but only lasted two regular season games with the Spurs before being cut and eventually finishing the 2010-11' season in the D-League.
Simmons told Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago that he still plans on trying to make an NBA ball club when the lockout ends, and he gave his thoughts on the lockout.
"Guys want to play," Simmons said. "That's the main thing. When the owners see that, guys just want to play basketball, but we can't just take anything [in the collective bargaining agreement.]
"For our union, everyone's sticking together and staying positive. We're going to make the best decision possible for not only myself as a veteran, but the young guys behind us."
Time to chime in Spurs fans. Where do you stand in all this CBA mess?
With the pre-Olympic qualifier set to begin next month on August 30 in Argentina, time is becoming more important day-by-day as teams are beginning the early stages of training camps and trying to get their entire roster intact.
Matt Bonner of the San Antonio Spurs is a player who wishes to play for the Canadian National team, but constant denial of Bonner's citizenship from the Canadian government has upset (lfpress.com) Canada's head coach Leo Rautins.
The fact Bonner, a former member of the Toronto Raptors and current forward with the San Antonio Spurs, has been unsuccessful in procuring his Canadian citizenship, despite getting the ball rolling back in 2008, upsets Rautins to no end.
“It’s very frustrating,” the head coach said on Tuesday, after a Team Canada practice at Ryerson University. “I see a lot of Canadians who are less Canadian than Matt Bonner. His daughter’s Canadian. His wife’s Canadian. His grandfather’s Canadian. He’s got a home here. When he’s not playing for the San Antonio Spurs, he’s here (in Toronto).”
The main stumbling block seems to be the fact that Bonner, a native of Concord, N.H., spends most of the year in the United States. But he has no choice. He plays for San Antonio.
Rautins and Bonner are optimistic that the government will see past the fact that he plays with the Spurs as his job and take notice that he wants to be a Canadian citizen. They hope he will be granted his citizenship before the the qualifier begins in Argentina.
If Bonner does get his citizenship, he could be the first to play with the Spurs' young draftee Cory Joseph.
We'll have to wait and see how everything plays out.
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker has been vocal in stating that he would not play with the French Naitonal Team if he wasn't insured.
That appears to no longer be an issue as, according to a report on FIBA.com (via SBNation), France has obtained insurance for its NBA players, including Parker.
Lockout or no lockout - the French will have their NBA players at EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania.
The country's basketball federation (FFBB) announced early Tuesday evening that it has obtained insurance for its NBA players.
"Even before the formalization of the NBA lockout on July 1, 2011, the French Basketball Federation began working on insurance contracts of employment of selected players, in particular by proposing a pooling of insurance for all the federations concerned," an FFBB statement said.
"To this day, and thanks to this French initiative, the coverage of the players is finalized."
With that issue out of the way, Les Bleus should be carrying a full roster when they start Eurobasket 2011 in Lithuania on August 31.
Parker and France will be looking for an Olympic bid, and the services of their NBA players wil definitely help them in that regard.
With Parker and Tiago Splitter insured, Manu Ginobili is the only other Spurs player that has yet to be insured for international play.
As we released an early story on former San Antonio Spurs guard George Hill giving back to the community in the Rio Grande Valley, video has surfaced of Hill talking about what he'll miss in San Antonio.
He said he'll miss the Spurs Coyote, Coach Gregg Popovich's jokes, and the joy of watching Manu Ginobili play basketball every night.
Enjoy Spurs fans:
H/T to Jared Wade of EightPointsNineSeconds.com
So the NBA released the full schedule for the 2011-2012 season, so since they're pretending we're going to play the full 82 game schedule, so will I.
The San Antonio Spurs (full schedule here)are slated for 20 nationally televised games (NBATV included). That includes 10 ESPN games, four TNT games and six NBATV games. The team opens up the season Wednesday, November 2nd by welcoming the Milwaukee Bucks to town. What's significant about this game, is it will be the Spurs first of two attempts to flip flop the jerseys Richard Jefferson and Stephen Jackson are wearing to see if anyone will notice. Bogut, Blair, catch the excitement!
That's clearly just a warm up to the Friday, November 4 game. The Spurs welcome the Dallas Mavericks, who had a pretty good June or something. Then they hit the road, where they play the Lakers on ESPN November 9 and Portland November 10 on TNT. Nice early road test. They also are home against The Thunder (Nov. 21, NBA TV) and at Chicago (Nov. 30, NBA TV). That Nov. 21 matchup against OKC is the first of three matchups in a month's time.