San Antonio Spurs' Nando De Colo might be switching teams according to sportando.net.
Currently, De Colo plays for Power Electronics Valencia in Spain but according to the report, De Colo has reached an agreement with Galatasaray Istanbul:
According to Turkish website Salsabasket, Nando De Colo agreed to terms with Galatasaray Istanbul but the Turkish team did not reach an agreement yet with PE Valencia. The French player has another year of contract with the Spanish team.
De Colo finished averaged 10.1 points in Euroleague and 10.7 points in ACB.
San Antonio Spurs' Nando De Colo might be switching teams according to sportando.net.
As many NBA teams are holding free agent mini camps in what is rumored to be the substitution method for the Las Vegas Summer League, the Los Angeles Lakers will be working out a former San Antonio Spurs player and a few Austin Toros players reports Scott Schroeder of RidiculousUpside.com.
The Lakers will bring in Bobby Brown, Bobby Simmons, Kevin Palmer, Jamelle Horne, Steven Smith, Leo Lyons, Eric Boateng and J.R. Giddens for a look at a good cross-section of NBA veterans with a couple of hard-playing rookies thrown in for good measure.
Bobby Simmons began last season as a bench player with the Spurs, he would be cut just a few weeks into the 10-11' season. Leo Lyons, Eric Boateng, and Kevin Palmer are all former Austin Toros. Though the Toros did not make the D-League playoffs, Lyons and Palmer were instrumental in helping keep the Toros as one of the most consistent teams in the D-League last season.
Lyons played in 34 games for the Toros and averaged 14.9 points, 6 rebounds, and shot 48% from the field. Boateng played in 40 games with the Toros, he averaged 4.9 points and grabbed 4.8 rebounds. Palmer played in 50 games with the Toros and averaged 12.7 points, 5 rebounds, and 1.38 steals per game.
Although these players are trying to wear the purple and gold uniforms of San Antonio's bitter rival, we wish them the best of luck in their pursuit of playing in the NBA.
While the NBA, its players, and owners argue over money and the new CBA, San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt took time to donate the largest private amount of money for the Education Center at The Wall to honor veterans killed in the Vietnam War:
Michael Heisley (Grizzlies) and Peter Holt (Spurs) have made the largest private donations for an $85 million project, Education Center at The Wall, to honor the 58,000 veterans killed during the Vietnam War, at the Washington, D.C., memorial. They need to raise more for a 2012 groundbreaking.
"We want to create an education center that puts faces to the names on that wall, but also help people understand as less and less people serve in the military what the military has done for the United States," says Holt, a Vietnam vet who contributed $1 million and will match donations from Texas residents.
As mentioned in the report, Holt joined the U.S. Army at 19, and did a tour in Vietnam. He earned a Silver Star and three Bronze Stars for valor and a Purple Heart for his wounds. no comments
New Orleans Hornets big man Aaron Gray has informed his team that he will be opting out of his contract and testing the waters of free agency:
The New Orleans Hornets lost another player to unrestricted free agency Monday afternoon when backup center Aaron Gray informed the team he was opting out of the last year of his contract.
Gray stood to earn $1.06 million next season if he had picked up his option, Earlier in the day, the Hornets lost veteran power forward David West, who decided to walk away from the last year of his contract.
"I think he really enjoyed being with New Orleans, the opportunity to come free made it a good time to explore the market for him," said Jason Zanik, one of Gray's representatives, who added that Gray isn't concerned about the uncertainty of the NBA's labor situation.
Last Thursday, as the San Antonio Spurs fan base lost beloved player George Hill via the trade route, the Indiana Pacers fan base welcomed in a hometown hero. With George Hill now in Indiana, he is being considered the new "hero" for the Pacers and is set to follow in the shoes of Pacers legend Reggie Miller writes Cliff Brunt of the Stanford Advocate.
Hill grew up in Indianapolis watching Reggie Miller make clutch shots while helping the Pacers become one of the league's most formidable teams. Now, six years after Miller retired, Hill has his hero's old job.
"It means a lot," he said. "That's some big shoes to fill."
Hill told Pacers fans his dreams had come true when his hometown team picked him up in a draft-night trade with San Antonio. Indiana reintroduced the former IUPUI star to local fans during a gathering at Conseco Fieldhouse. His smile beamed as he held his No. 3 Pacers jersey.
"Something that I've been dreaming of my whole life is to have a Pacers jersey with my name and number on the back," he said.
San Antonio Spurs' Davis Bertans has been a busy man these days.
After being selected with the 42nd pick in the draft, he saw his draft rights shipped to the Spurs in one of the biggest draft day deals which saw George Hill sent to the Pacers.
Currently, he's preparing for the Under 19 World Championships and excited his home country of Latvia will be hosting the event. After Bertans and his Latvian team took home bronze at the Under 18 Euro championships last year, his team is one to watch heading into the Under 19 World Championships this year.
In an interview with FIBA.com, Bertans spoke on his home country hosting the U-19 tournament, and speaks about ending up with the San Antonio Spurs:
What does his home country hosting the U-19 tournament mean to Bertans?
''This is going to be really special, because all of the relatives, friends can come and watch, so we’ll have to show them that we’re fighting all the time, that we just won’t give up.''
He spoke on his selfless desire to win the championship. You can see why the Spurs coveted this guy, which obviously goes beyond his on court skills.
''Individually, I don’t have any expectations, I just want to play and win. If I score five points and the team wins, I’m happy about it . . .''
When asked about ending up with the Spurs, Bertans was right to the point and is happy to one day wear the silver and black because of the Spurs' stellar reputation with international players.
Project Spurs' own Michael Deleon, Paul Garcia, Jason Rogers and myself (via phone) once again appeared on San Antonio's News 4 WOAI Sports Roundtable to talk about the San Antonio Spurs trading fan favorite George Hill to the Indiana Pacers for Kawhi Leonard, and the drafting of Cory Joseph in the 2011 NBA Draft.
We gave our takes on the trade and what Leonard can bring to San Antonio. Also, Jason states what Joseph did at Texas and what we can expect from him, we hand out our draft night grades, compliment Leonard on his fashion sense and much more.
Thanks to Bob Gambert aka "Cyber Bob" at News 4 WOAI for inviting Project Spurs once again.
The former head coach of the San Antonio Spurs' D-League affiliate team, Austin Toros, Quin Snyder interviewed for the head coaching job with the Minnesota Timberwolves:
Philadelphia 76ers assistant Quin Snyder has been interviewed by Kahn, an NBA coach with knowledge of the situation said Monday night.
Snyder, 45, just completed his first season as an assistant to Sixers coach Doug Collins and has been a head coach at Missouri and for the Austin Toros in the NBA Development League from 2007-10.
Snyder accepted the head coaching position of the Austin Toros in 2007 brought much success to Austin.
In his first season, the Toros won the Southwest Division championship and reached the D-League Finals. In his second season, he led the Toros to a 32-win season, was the coach for the 2009 NBA D-League All-Star Game in Phoenix, won the Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year award and reached the D-League Semi-Finals.
It was a tough to see if you are a San Antonio Spurs fan but yesterday former Spurs player George Hill was introduced to Indiana with Larry Bird at his side.
However, Bird spoke very highly of the Spurs during the press conference which will put a smile on all Spurs fans. Bird said everyone in the Pacers organization can learn from Hill and his experience playing in San Antonio.
Also, Hill himself spoke highly of his three seasons with the Spurs including lessons he received from Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.
Coming into the 2010-11’ San Antonio Spurs season, I had no idea who in the world Gary Neal was.
I learned who he was in a pre-season game back in October. Then, with seven seconds remaining against the Los Angeles Clippers in Mexico City, Neal made a name for himself as he knocked down the game winning three pointer.
Over the course of the season I coined the nickname “Sniper” for Neal due to his clutch three point shooting and it was that clutch shooting, smart play, and steady contribution to the Spurs allowed Neal to be named a member of the 2011 NBA All-Rookie First Team.
Neal was the fifth leading scorer for the Spurs during the playoffs too. The Memphis Grizzlies also got to know who Neal was in game five of their first round series against the Spurs.
If Neal had this much success in his rookie season, who is to say he can't improve in his second year with the Spurs?
Let’s first go back and look at Neal’s season stats from this past season to begin.