San Antonio Spurs draftee Nando De Colo recently put together a kids basketball camp out in France to show the finer points of basketball. And from the video below, it looked like the campers had a blast.
From conditioning, three point shooting drills, to De Colo crossing up kids on the court and more, it's great to see Nando take time out from training for Eurobasket 2011 and give the kids some lasting memories.
This week, the ESPN Insider page - courtesy of Project Spurs' Trevor Zickgraf - is running a series on prospective 2012-2013 free agents. San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan made the list as Duncan's deal will expire after the 2011-12' season, should there be an season or not.
ESPN writer Kevin Pelton analyzes Duncan and gives his opinion on what has caused Duncan's production to decline, and Duncan's deteriorating use in the Spurs' offense. Pelton discusses Duncan's offense, defense, and at the end, he gives a surprise consideration Spurs fans will hate to read.
As we reported a few weeks ago, San Antonio Spurs' Da'Sean Butler has been training and doing his offseason work at the Ignition Athletic Performance group to get his knee and overall conditioning ready for the NBA season.....if there is an NBA season.
Speaking if his knee, many Spurs fans may want to know how it is doing. Well, let's hear from the man himself.
Thanks to Ignition Basketball, they recorded a video of Butler discussing the condition of his knee, how he physically wants to be prepared for the preseason, and he gives his take on the NBA lockout.
TorosNation.com's Mikkayla Guillett had a quick interview with 2010 San Antonio Spurs draftee Ryan Richards at the end of the Austin Toros season.
There has been plenty of talk about Richards possibly coming stateside this year, and possibly joining the Toros. He had a strong performance at the Great Britain U20 tournament which garnered him an invite to Great Britain's men's senior team.
Miami Herald writer Steve Loung gave some very strong points on why he feels the Toronto Raptors should hire San Antonio Spurs' Dennis Lindsey over another former Spurs' exec and Portland General Manager Kevin Pritchard for Toronto's vacant General Manager position.
Loung argues that Pritchard has the personality of being a strong control freak. The problem that could arise with the Raptors is that former GM and current President Bryan Colangelo is also a control freak, which would in turn lead to conflict issues between both members of management.
He then gives his reasons why Spurs' Lindsey would be the perfect man for the job.
As the current assistant GM of the San Antonio Spurs, Lindsey would bring some championship knowledge to the front office and seeing how the Spurs have made a living off picking exceptional players later in the draft, his talent evaluation skills will work wonders for a team likely headed to the lottery.
After being cleared to play in the pre-Olympic qualifier later this month in his home country of Argentina, former San Antonio Spurs center Fabricio Oberto recently spoke with Miguel Romano of LaNacion.com on his health, playing at home in Argentina, and why he decided to return to basketball.
Oberto on whether or not he is afraid of playing after having heart complications: No, I take this as usual. If I were afraid, (I) would not play.
Oberto said he monitors himself when playing but does check in weekly with his United States doctor. He also said he doesn't let his condition limit his play. I would say that I never settle, but I am also aware that I come from a long idle and need to avoid injury, have no muscle problem. knock on wood.
With the NBA lockout in full effect, many NBA players and soon-to-be rookies have either been playing summer ball in Pro-Am leagues, gearing up for the FIBA summer games, or talking with their agents about the possibility of playing overseas.
However, San Antonio Spurs rookie Kawhi Leonard has been relatively quiet during this lockout.
Leonard was acquired in a deal on draft night that sent fan favorite George Hill to Indiana. And although Hill is thinking about taking his talents overseas during the lockout, Leonard (via The Salt Lake Tribune) has kept himself in the states working out in of all places, Las Vegas.
Since the season ended, Wesley moved to Las Vegas for 10 weeks for a stint with Impact Training that included a number of high profile stars including Jacob Pullen of Kansas State, Kawhi Leonard of San Diego State and Alec Burks of Colorodo.
It's great to know Leonard has been quietly working out stateside and no news has yet to surface of him talking with teams overseas. So far, Leonard and rookie Cory Joespeh have yet to sign rookie contracts, so if they were to go overseas, I'm sure an opt-out clause will be in order.
Former San Antonio Spurs shooting ace and new assistant coach under Mike Brown of the Los Angeles Lakers, Chuck Person, recently spoke in an interview with Mike Trudell of Lakers.com.
In the interview, Person tells Trudell that playing in San Antonio made him more of a team player, and his perimeter shooting and team defense were what made him a quality player in the Spurs' system.
Indiana was where I had my best individual success, but my best team success was with San Antonio. When you talk about players being pros, you have to be able to fit in with the system, and in San Antonio, I knew I wasn’t going to be the focal point offensively, so I had to be a piece of the puzzle. There were post up guys like David Robinson, so I had to become an outside threat only, and I worked hard on the one thing I really had to do, which was shoot threes.
For Spurs fans looking for their basketball fix, they'll be happy to know that Jacob Tucker is representing the 210 area code at Sprite's Slam Dunk Showdown.
For Tucker, this isn't his first rodeo. A video that went viral on youtube earned him an invite to the NCAA dunk contest. Tucker won it, and he's hoping to repeat that feat at the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown.
Tucker is going up against nine of the best dunkers around the United States who won in Houston, Denver, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, New York City and Washington D.C. Two other dunkers were chosen from videos submitted online.
To vote for the 5-10 Tucker, visit NBA.com/dunk and vote for Tucker. Voters have until August 12, when four finalists will be selected to compete for a $10,000 grand prize at the championship event.
Tucker's dunks, which won him the San Antonio contest, are viewable below.
Even though the San Antonio Spurs belong to the city of San Antonio, many south Texans, call the Spurs their team also.
Such will be the case this Friday, August 5th, as the Spurs organization will be bringing the Spurs experience to Corpus Christi, TX.
The Spurs will be coming to a minor league baseball game out in Corpus Christi, TX when the Corpus Christi Hooks face the Midland-Rock Hounds. The Spurs' four championship trophies, silver dancers, the Coyote, some members of the Spurs' staff, and the Spurs RV are scheduled to be in Corpus Christi.