A pair of undrafted players will be working out for the San Antonio Spurs soon.
USC's Marcus Simmons will be in San Antonio for a mini-camp and Fresno State's Greg Smith is in Miami today for the start of a four-day mini-camp, which a Spurs representative will be attending.
Simmons is a 6-6 guard known primarily for his defense. He averaged 5.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in his senior season with the Trojans. He was also named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, beating out UCLA's Malcolm Lee and Washington's Justin Holiday. Being the defensive standout on one of the best defensive teams in the country, that included recently-drafted 76ers center Nikola Vucevic, is saying something.
Smith is a 6-9 center, and a name many expected would be called on draft night. While he is undersized among most centers, his 7-2 wingspan allows him to play against taller centers and forwards.
Smith averaged 11.7 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game last season. Aside from his wingspan, Smith is very athletic and mobile for a center. He has big hands, measuring one foot wide that allow him to snatch entry passes with ease. He is still very raw, but taking a chance on him and spending some time developing his post game could benefit a team.
Simmons and Smith are just a few of the many players that the Spurs will be taking a good look at. After finding a gem in Gary Neal, I doubt the Spurs will leave any stone unturned.
A pair of undrafted players will be working out for the San Antonio Spurs soon.
The San Antonio Independent School District is looking to renovate the Alamo Convocation Center. Why?
By putting maximum effort into the renovations, the city will be able to attract many new sporting events. The San Antonio Express News has reported the possibility of the Big 12, W.A.C., and even FIBA games being held in San Antonio if the Center is able to succeed in future improvements.
A “spruced-up” Alamo Convocation Center could host the FIBA Under 19 World Basketball Championship, officials said.
The Spurs are also considering a partnership with the district that would pave the way for a United Soccer Leagues professional team to play at the stadium.
The move would not only help the city in gaining more national attention, but it would also help in providing revenue for the School District. The district is currently in a financial bind after having to cut costs by letting administrators go. A move like this would really help the district in a few years to recover from the financial situation they're in right now.
Also, having FIBA U-19 World Championship would be the cherry on top. It be great to see the next wave of future international NBA talent right in San Antonio. Plus more basketball is always in order in San Antonio.
On Thursday, former San Antonio Spurs player Beno Udrih was traded in a three-team deal to the Milwaukee Bucks. Spurs fans remember Udrih from his three seasons with the Spurs as he was part of the team during their 2005 and 2007 NBA championship runs.
Well, it seems Udrih's previous winning experiences are a plus as his new head coach Scott Skiles is excited to have Udrih and former Spur Stephen Jackson in Milwaukee reports Charles F. Gardner of JSOnline.com.
"We felt like we needed more playmakers," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said of the trade, which brought Jackson, Udrih and 6-7 guard Shaun Livingston to Milwaukee.
"I bet you he is underrated in the deal," Skiles said. "I bet you the casual fan says, 'Oh, he's all right.' But then look at his numbers, look at the way he shoots the ball, watch him run some pick-and-rolls.
"He's been on world championship teams (with San Antonio) twice. He's a very, very good player."
While in San Antonio he had his ups and downs. He showed flashes of how good he can be but he was never consistent. During the 2005 NBA Finals versus the Detroit Pistons, he got time on the floor but it seemed the pressure got to him and was yanked off the court.
After not getting drafted in the 2011 NBA Draft, Syracuse's Rick Jackson was invited by the San Antonio Spurs to attend their upcoming mini-camp.
However, according to his father, Jackson said no to the Spurs' invite and further said San Antonio should have drafted him:
But Jackson will turn that offer down, his father, Rick Jackson Sr., said in a phone interview Friday.
"(Rick) said the Spurs had the 59th pick," Jackson Sr. said. "They should have picked him then."
Jackson was quite vocal on Twitter about not getting selected in the draft. He ranted throughout the draft and when it was apparent he was not going to hear his name called, he said he will make every team who passed on him pay.
Jackson's father also said his son will now play professionally overseas before returning to hopefully latch on to an NBA team:
The newest members of the San Antonio Spurs Kawhi Leonard and Cory Joseph took time to record a message to all Spurs fans.
Leonard and Joseph spoke to fans on what they can expect from them as a Spurs player:
The San Antonio Spurs introduced the newest member of the team, Kawhi Leonard, and if the Spurs are to recommit to defense, Leonard might be what they need to accomplish that goal.
While in college, Leonard focused on defense first. While at San Diego State, he average 10.6 rebounds per game in his final year. And it is that type of tenacity on the boards which he compares himself to another rebounding-machine, former Spurs player Dennis Rodman:
"I try to go after every rebound like Dennis Rodman. Some nights he came out with 20 rebounds; one night I had 20 rebounds," Leonard said. "It just shows how much passion we have on the defensive end and how much energy we bring to the team."
With the addition of Leonard, this is a clear sign the Spurs want to go back to their defense-first mindset which won them multiple championships. However, it did cost them fan favorite George Hill.
The Spurs also introduced their other draft pic, guard Cory Joseph, and for Joseph, he says he is still focusing on improving his game:no comments
Add Pittsburgh's Brad Wanamaker to the list of attendees at the San Antonio Spurs' mini-camp this coming week.
But who is Wanamaker?
Wanamaker is a combo guard and the best defensive player during the 2011 NCAA Tournament for the first seeded Pitt Panthers. After going undrafted in Thursday's NBA Draft, he will be looking for an NBA home like a number of college stars.
Brad, like every player coming out of Pitt excels on the defensive end. He can guard three positions and is a very good rebounder for his size. He isn't afraid of physical contact and often mixes it up in the paint with the big guys despite being 6'4'' and 210 pounds.
For short stints, Pitt coach Jamie Dixon played him at the four when his frontcourt got into foul trouble. His game most closely resembles Memphis Grizzlies' Tony Allen when making an NBA comparison.
After a wild draft night in which the San Antonio Spurs traded guard George Hill to the Indiana Pacers for the rights to Kawhi Leonard, Erazem Lorbek, and Davis Bertans, the team isn't done looking for ways to improve their roster.
The team drafted guard Cory Joseph from the University of Texas and guard Adam Hanga from Hungary, and Joseph is expected to get some minutes next season. If there is a next season.
Hoopsworld.com's Alex Kennedy has said via twitter the Spurs will be holding a free agent mini camp this coming week.
"The Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and San Antonio Spurs will hold free agent mini camps next week."
Kennedy also tweeted that the Spurs will be looking at two wing players in the mini camp.
"Ravern Johnson and DeAngelo Casto will attend the San Antonio Spurs' free agent mini camp next week."
Ravern Johnson is a 6'7, 175 lbs. shooting guard from Mississippi State University. He is scoring guard who averaged 17.6 points per game last season with the Bulldogs. Johnson shot 43% from the field and 40% from three point land this past season. He increased his scoring from 13 points per game his junior season to 17 his senior season. The kid can score.
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Miami Heat's LeBron James had the most to lose this year.
It wasn’t going to be Dwyane Wade, he stayed with his team and had already won a championship. It could have been Chris Bosh, but he just doesn’t seem to enjoy the spotlight as much. Not to mention, people found out pretty quickly that Bosh wasn’t as much of a prime-time player as advertised.
No, it had to be LeBron. He put a target on his back the second he decided to publicly announce his future plans on live TV. He made it worse when his team decided to hold a victory celebration before the season even started. Even if you didn’t think a trio of all-stars was worthy of being the best team in the NBA, you still wanted to beat them more than anyone else.
So when all the other teams had fallen, only one remained, and that team stood between LeBron and silence from all the haters. Four wins and he could finally rest easy, he would have his championship that he burned so many bridges for. It might all seem worth it. But when the dust settled, the Dallas Mavericks were victorious and LeBron had lost more than just the series.
Back in 2009, a wayward bat flew onto the court at the AT&T Center during a San Antonio Spurs game. Spurs' Manu Ginobili took matters into his own hands and swatted the bat for the game can continue.
Though much to the dissatisfaction of PETA.
Well it would seem another bat disrupted a basketball game last night at the AT&T Center during the San Antonio Silver Stars matchup versus the Los Angeles Sparks.
A bat flew onto the court during the Stars game causing players to run off the court and fans in the stands to chant "Manu" in remembrance of his incident with a bat .
However, unlike Ginobili, no player swatted the flying rodent and the refs carried the bat away in towels.
Wonder if any players asked, "Where is Manu when you need him?"