Congratulations to former San Antonio Spurs players Artis Gilmore and Dennis Rodman as they were inducted into Basketball Hall of Fame. It was a well deserved honor as they join some of the best ever such as other Hall of Fame Spurs players like George Gervin and David Robinson.
As for Rodman, he didn't do anything zany and it was a very emotional, soul-bearing speech. He didn't really talk about basketball as more about his life struggles and experiences.
And for those who never got to see Rodman in action wearing the back and silver, here is a look back at what he did as a Spur.
San Antonio Spurs' 2011 NBA draftee Adam Hanga and Hungary are in the danger zone as they fell 75 to 73 to Finland in the additional qualifying round for the FIBA Eurobasket on Friday night in Hungary.
Hanga struggled as he finished with 10 points on 3 of 8 (0/3 3PT) shooting in 38 minutes of action. Hanga did have 2 steals and 7 rebounds however.
With the loss, Hungary is now 0-2 in additional qualifying play. The other two teams involved, Finland and Portugal, each have one win. There are only two games remaining for Hungary to qualify, they'll have to win out and hope Portugal or Finland lose two games in order for Hungary to qualify for the 2011 FIBA Eurobasket later this month.
Also, the other Spurs 2011 draftee Davis Bertans and Latvia fell to Russia 87 to 68 in exhibition on play on Friday night.
Hanga and Hungary will return to action on Thursday against Portugal.
San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili and the Argentinean National team returned to action Friday night in the Super 4 exhibition tournament with a 80 to 67 win over Cuba in Cordoba, Argentina.
Ginobili put on a spectacular performance as he led Argentina with 25 points, eight rebounds, and three steals shooting 50% from the field in 22 minutes of action.
Argentina was leading 23 to 14 over Cuba in the second quarter as Houston’s Luis Scola had 11 points and Ginobili had six points. Ginobili checked into the game with about six minutes remaining in the second quarter and I can confirm after watching that Ginobili is not playing with any arm braces anymore.
With three minutes left in the second quarter, Argentina’s point guard Pepe Sanchez threw an alley-oop from the top of the three-point line as Ginobili caught the ball and finished the alley-oop layup in mid air. The crowd’s roar grew louder. Ginobili then set up a no-look-pass to a wide-open Leonardo Mainoldi for an Argentina three. The Argentinians went into halftime leading 45 to 28.
As we reported two days ago, San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green had tweeted that he was thinking about playing in Slovenia.
Well, it's official. The Spurs have just lost their first player under contract due to the NBA lockout. Green has announced via his Twitter page that he will be playing in Slovenia during the lockout.
ANOUNCEMENT: its official, I will b going overseas to play in Ljubljana, Slovenia
Wana thank all spurs fans for ur support for the few months I've been here,I will b bak wen lockout ends if organization wants me bak
I leave in a wk...if u got the # bbm fb etc...hit me up...till then keep me posted n let me kno wen this bafoonery ends lol
Crazy thing is (heels fans)...I get to play wit my bro @DeThompson9 again over there lol...we on the same team hahaha, gon b lot of fun
As Green told our own Jeff Garcia at the beginning of the month, he would only play overseas if he signed a contract that had an opt out clause to return to the NBA.
It seems Green will be playing with Euroleague club Union Olimpija in Slovenia. They are the team that his former Tar Heel teammate Deon Thompson recently signed with.
Green was set to make $884,293 thousand in the 2011-12' season with the Spurs. The problem was that his deal was a non-guaranteed contract. This meant he had to wait until after December to know whether or not he would stay a Spur.
Now with the lockout in full swing, Green still isn't getting a paycheck in the NBA and he will be making a good amount of cash in Slovenia. Once the lockout ends and Green returns to the NBA, it's unknown whether the Spurs will want to give him another chance.
A few of our esteemed sports writers here at Bloguin recently got together to compile a few all-time lists by position over at Hoops Manifesto and a couple of San Antonio Spurs made the cut.
Spurs legend David Robinson ranked as the eighth best center of all-time.
"Before the Twin Towers there was just The Admiral. A 7'1" almost unstoppable juggernaut, who could hit the mid-range jumper or take you to the hole. Needed Timmy D to make it to the next level with the Spurs, but still an outstanding player in his own right. His career numbers would have been even more impressive if he hadn’t completed his two year Navy commitment."
Tim Duncan ranked as the best power forward of all time:
"He is not flashy. He is underappreciated. And he always seemed willing to defer. But Duncan quietly dominated and did everything for his team he could do. If a post player ever could have been a point guard in a half court offense, Duncan might be it. He had the complete package: Extremely patient in the post, an incredible passer, a superb defender and a consummate teammate. His titles might be forgotten as time goes by as somewhere between the Shaq/Kobe titles and whatever era comes next. But the Spurs were consistent and Duncan was the head of it."
Duncan also ranked ninth in the top-10 NBA players of all time as well:
"Few players in NBA history have combined the ability to pass the ball and the brute force to be one of the best post players in the league. Duncan had that deft touch. His game was complete and if he was not 6-foot-10, I am sure he would have found a way to be a great point guard. Duncan had that kind of drive and ability. Not to mention versatility. His quiet leadership is overlooked even in his own time period, but there is no denying his greatness."
Well there you have it Spurs fans. There's no denying Duncan should be the best power forward of all-time but how do you feel about Robinson being ranked the eighth best?
It's not often you mix politics and sports, at least unless you're looking to pick a fight. However, in some cases, some political theories can lend themselves well to sports hypotheticals.
There are a couple of different theories that you can use in sports. Many realists (Nixon Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former German Empire Architect Otto von Bismarck being the two most famous through out history) believe geo-politics is a zero sum game. There is only one winner and if you haven't won, you've lost. Sports in its rawest form is a zero sum game. If you're the runner up, you're the first place loser. San Antonio Spurs fans, I think can relate to this. If the Spurs don't win the title, the season is considered a failure.
Idealists (leaders like former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson), on the other hand, feel there can be something other than a zero sum game. They think political moves can be made for the benefit of multiple parties. General Managers are idealists. When they make a trade, there has to be something in it for all parties involved. With this system in mind, we're now going to find some ideal fits via the trade route for your San Antonio Spurs.
In addition to finding a trade that's beneficial for both parties, the other rule I'm going to invoke is we can't trade Tony Parker or Richard Jefferson because frankly we've gone down that path before. We're looking for pieces for the future or a piece that will lead to a piece for the future (like an expiring contract). The list has been narrowed down to three players who would be ideal fits for next season's San Antonio Spurs.
As our own Jeff Garcia reported five days ago, San Antonio Spurs' Tiago Splitter sat out an exhibition game due to muscle spasms. Well it seems Splitter's health issues are still keeping him from playing as he was out again Thursday in Brazil's 79 to 57 victory over Mexico.
According to the team doctor, Splitter is experiencing pain in his right thigh muscle.
Here is what Tiago had to say:
"Worrying obviously concerned. If you do not worry, I would be playing. But not enough to be a headache for not playing the Pre-Olympic. Really what I want is to arrive in Mar del Plata without having any pain,"
But rest easy Spurs fans, Splitter's doctor Danilo Incerti said there is no serious injury and the team isn't going to rush him back to the court.
Incerti goes on to say that the closest date of a possible return for Splitter will be in the Tuto Marchand preparatory tournament, which will be held between August 24th-26th, five days before the FIBA America's tournament begins.
Injuries to Spurs' international players lacing them up for their respective country weighs on the minds of Spurs fans and possibly the Spurs front office so this type of news will only draw concern. Splitter is no stranger to the injury bug. In the months leading up to his arrival to San Antonio, in training camp, and in the regular season, Splitter has been mired with nagging injuries. The good thing is Splitter is still young and is going to take time to fully recover.
If you ask any San Antonio Spurs fan what the team needs most, you'll likely hear size and youth above anything else.
The Spurs could have their eyes on a player that could fill both voids in Bowie State center Travis Hyman, according to the Severn Patch.
Hyman, mostly an unknown, has garnered some interest for playing at the Nike Pro City League alongside top college players and even a few NBA players like Brandon Jennings, Greg Monroe, Jeff Green, Greivis Vasquez. Ty Lawson and Kevin Durant.
Hyman is an athletic 7-foot 245 lb. center, but he's versatile enough to bring up the ball and even pull-up from the perimeter on occasion.
“I just want to play against a higher level to make me better,” said Hyman who helped lead Team Takeover to the division title with a 6-2 record during the regular season.
“A lot of people are really surprised that [Hyman] plays at Bowie State but he’s a force,” said Team Takeover Coach Butch Hazel. “He’s going to surprise some people on the national level I think.”
Hyman is catching the attention of NBA scouts from the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder and should garner more attention this season.
At Bowie State last year, Hyman averaged 15.2 points 9.5 rebounds and 4.2 blocks per game.
Hyman is still flying under the radar a bit, which could play into the Spurs' favor, but he may start to get more attention from pro scouts after his summer performances.
It may be the offseason and an NBA lockout in full swing but there is plenty of basketball to take in during the dog days of summer.
As Project Spurs' Paul Garcia reported, France lost to Spain in exhibition play as the two teams prepare for the 2011 Eurobasket tournament. The game featured plenty of NBA players such as San Antonio Spurs Tony Parker, Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol, Minnesota Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio, Memphis Grizzlies' Marc Gasol, and many more. Also, for Spurs fans, it gave them a look at draftee Nando de Colo in action.
Well in case you missed it, sit back, grab a cold one and enjoy the entire game.
San Antonio Spurs draftee Ryan Richards has survived the first cut of Great Britain's senior men's team and is part of the 15 players left remaining:
The 15 players remaining, including Andrew Lawrence, Kyle Johnson, and GB under-20 teammates Ryan Richards and Devon van Oostrum, will all compete at the London International Basketball Invitational next week. (via hoopsfix.com)
This is just another positive step forward for Richards' basketball development and no doubtedly is putting a smile on Spurs fans and Spurs management.
Richards played exceptionally well at Great Britain's U20 squad and while some thought his invitation to the men's senior team would be short-lived, he is proving naysayers wrong. He played quite well in Great Britain's recent win over Nigeria in exhibition play.
The London International Basketball Invitational is for next week as Richards and Great Britain will face France, Croatia, Serbia, China and Australia.