Check the full trailer of San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker's upcoming basketball cartoon, "High 5." This time in English and the full trailer.What do you think Spurs fans? Which Spurs player would you like to see have their own cartoon?
The 2011 NBA Draft is next month and the San Antonio Spurs continue to look at various players leading up to the draft.
With pick number 29, the Spurs hope to find another late-draft gem as in past drafts.
According to Hoops Report, the Spurs have recently looked at a few more players in the lead up to the draft:
The San Antonio Spurs had a busy week with three draft workouts. First, they hosted Demetri McCamey and Jeremy Tyler on Monday, then they hosted Malcolm Thomas on Wednesday, then they brought in Chandler Parsons and Nikola Vucevic on Friday.
The Spurs will continue with another workout next Friday that will include Andrew Goudelock, Malcolm Lee and Lavoy Allen.
McCamey: point guard, Illinois, 6'3", 205 lbs. Averaged 14.6 points, shot 45.2% from the field, shot 45.1% from three point line, shot 72.4% from free throw line, 3.5 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 33.4 minutes last season.
Outside the 3-point arc, McCamey demonstrated that he's a top notch shooter at the point guard position, connecting on an excellent 45% of his 3-pointers this season. He's comfortable shooting off the dribble or off the catch, and he has range well past the NBA 3-point line. This bodes well for him going forward, and should help to open up the floor for dribble penetration for himself and his teammates, especially if he needs to spend time playing off the ball, which is certainly a possibility at his size.
With the final seconds ticking away in game four of the 2007 NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs won their fourth NBA championship by sweeping LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Four years later, the four-game sweep by the Spurs still motivates James as he will get his second chance to capture an NBA title this time with the Miami Heat.
"I think about it all the time," James said of the 2007 series. "I even go back and watch some of those games and see how I wasn't that good of a player, especially on both ends of the floor. You just try to use those moments. I feel like there's no way I should be out on the floor and the team that I'm on can't win a game in a series. I use that as motivation.... I've got a lot of motivation."
That title was the last NBA championship for San Antonio and now the Spurs are picking up the pieces from another disappointing playoff run, this time it was an upset first round series loss at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies.
James has gone on to be villainized by some NBA fans (especially Cleveland fans) for his departure from Cleveland, win MVP awards, and now on the verge of winning his first title.
Perhaps the Spurs should also look back at the 2007 NBA Finals footage for motivation to get back to a defense first mindset. That team was predicated on defense - unlike this past season's team - and completely dominated a team with fundamentals, team defense, and were able to play a complete four quarters of playoff basketball. Something we did not see in this short playoff run.
For those who do not know, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker is a part of a new French basketball-themed cartoon called "High 5." The show follows a group of young basketball players who travel the United States with Parker taking on rival teams.
While in France, Parker appeared on French TV and premiered the first scenes of this new cartoon.
Check out an animated Parker, a bunch of kids playing ball and one wearing a panda outfit.
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Former San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Mike Brown was recently named the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers following the footsteps of coaching legend Phil Jackson.
Brown will be under the spotlight next season as he tries to salvage a poor ending to the Lakers season while patrolling the sidelines of one of the most high-profile coaching jobs in the NBA.
No pressure right? Well leave it to former Spurs player Steve Kerr, to lighten the mood for Brown as he is about to venture into his new coaching gig:
"It's funny you say that because I texted Mike Brown last night," remarked TNT analyst and former Phoenix Suns general manager Steve Kerr. "I played for Mike in San Antonio.
"And so, I texted him, 'Congratulations. At least you don't have very big shoes to fill.'"
"He got a kick out of that," Kerr said, laughing.
Kerr went on to say there will be much scrutiny placed on Brown but feels he has the guts to handle it:
"He's obviously well aware of what he's getting into. But the way I look at it: You'd rather have pressure and talent than no pressure and no talent.
"It's a glamour job — one of the best jobs in sports. You just go into it knowing that you're going to get hit hard. There's going to be a lot of criticism and scrutiny. If you can't handle that, then you're probably not right for the job anyway.
"Mike's got guts. He's not afraid of anything like that."
"Just taking the job, in and of itself, shows that he's got guts," Kerr said.
Indeed Brown will have a daunting task ahead of him in Los Angeles but he comes with a solid coaching resume which includes a trip to the 2007 NBA Finals and more importantly, his experience with the Spurs under another coaching legend, Gregg Popovich.
• Bizjournals.com says San Antonio Spurs' George Hill was wrong with his season-ending assessment of the Spurs season:
When Spurs guard George Hill suggested recently that San Antonio’s disappointing ouster from the NBA playoffs did not warrant major changes, he was, with all due respect, wrong.
• Spurs Brasil talks about James Anderson and other Spurs players as solid wing players for San Antonio.
• Express News' Tim Griffin talks about Spurs VP of Basketball Operations Danny Ferry and the GM position with the Portland Trail Blazers.
• Pounding the Rock discusses cheering for the Dallas Mavericks in the upcoming NBA Finals.
• Spurs.com has video of Spurs players visiting the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio.
• Speaking of the NBA Finals, WOAI.com discusses a Mavericks-Heat Finals and how it is a nightmare matchup for Spurs fans:
When you think of the Phoenix Suns, you might be quick to say, "All offense. No defense."
Well it seems times are changing out in Phoenix as the team is looking to become better defensively. This past season, the Suns showed a marked improvement but are still looking to make bigger strides.
And what better team for the Suns to look to and possibly take from, other than the San Antonio Spurs.
According to azcentral.com, Suns' head coach Alvin Gentry spoke to San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Don Newman on being added as an defensive assistant coach.
The Suns finished with the NBA's fifth-worst defensive-field-goal percentage (47.2), and adding Newman will help but the Suns have also spoken to other assistant coaches from Houston, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, and Oklahoma City.
Newman joined the Spurs as an assistant coach on June 28, 2004.
As all Spurs fans know, this isn't the first time the Suns have dipped into the Spurs' system.
San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter took time out to play some wheelchair basketball at San Antonio's Brooke Army Medical Center. Glad to see Splitter taking time out this holiday weekend to give back to these soldiers who served this country.
If you watched the way the San Antonio Spurs finished the season and read the extremely blunt interviews with coach Gregg Popovich in the aftermath of their playoff debacle, the off-season strategy to adding talent wasn't going to be a mystery.
The draft prospects they are targeting fit the mold of this off-season plan of getting bigger and more skilled up front and more defensive minded. The players the Spurs have talked to or worked out are some of the most intriguing bottom of the first round/second round prospects in this draft.
From USC big man Nikola Vucevic, to Charleston guard Andrew Goudelock who shot the lights out at the 2011 NBA Combine in Chicago. The Spurs' scouts are once again living up to their reputation as the league's best. Here is a rundown and brief summary of what players the Spurs worked out and what skills he can bring to the Spurs.
The Big Men
Justin Harper - PF, Richmond 6'9'', 230 lbs.
Keeping with the Spurs goal of getting bigger, Harper is the most skilled big man they have talked to. He is a physical specimen. Registering the lowest body fat percentage at the draft combine at 4%. His shooting is off the charts for a man at his position as he performed consistently the best in shooting drills for big men at the combine in Chicago. He was 18-25 in the spot up from the college three point line drill. Both the best at the camp.
When it came time to perform against NBA talent he shined. Clearly out playing both Morris twins from Kansas in the sweet 16. Both of whom are projected to be first round picks. This kid has every basketball skill you want in a player. He can dribble like a small forward and shoot like a guard. The knock on him is the level of competition he played against. Coming from Richmond there is a small sample size to look at when playing against high level players. I'm sure the Spurs are taking a good look at this kid. He has all-star potential and in most drafts is projected as a late first to 2nd round pick. So he will most likely be there.
Nikola Vucevic - PF/C, USC, 7'0", 260 lbs.
Gary Parrish of CBS sports was the first national writer to ''discover'' Nikola back in February and glowingly wrote of his abilities. I bet he's pretty proud of that now as the West Coast's secret is out and he's become one of the rising stars of the draft process. Of course the Spurs are the smartest kid in the class and have been scouting this kid for months.
Nikola went to the draft combine and measured out to be the biggest player there. Both height and weight wise. But with only 6% body fat. So we know he has a pretty good work ethic keeping himself in shape in between the end of the college season and draft time. Nikola can play both inside and outside. He has a solid mid-range game and can play with his back to the basket as well. His three-point shooting ability isn't exceptional, but it's a growing part of his game as he's improved his shooting percentagein every college season. Unlike Justin Harper andthe question marks surrounding him being able to play against high level competition, Nikola is a extremely safe pick as he proved it against some of the best players in the draft. He clearly outplayed the projected second overall pick - Derrick Williams - in their matchup in February, holding Williams to eight points and scoring 25 himself.
Nikola can come in right away and contribute. If the Spurs are lucky enough for a guy with his size and skill level to be available at pick 29 they would be very fortunate.
Jamie Skeen - PF, VCU, 6'8'', 240 lbs.
Chuck Person, who spent some of his NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs is a candidate for the Golden State Warriors vacant coaching position according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.
Meanwhile, Warriors management – bolstered by the addition of Hall of Fame consultant Jerry West – remains focused on a list of five remaining candidates the team has spoken with about its head coaching vacancy: Lakers assistants Brian Shaw and Chuck Person; Hornets assistant Michael Malone; ABC/ESPN broadcaster Mark Jackson; and Frank. The team also had spoken with former Cavs coach Mike Brown, who was hired Wednesday to replace Phil Jackson as coach of the Lakers.
Person spent three years of his career with the Spurs from 1994 to 1998. He was traded in January of 1999 to the Chicago Bulls for Steve Kerr, just four months before the franchise would win its first NBA Championship.