Yesterday, we reported that Austin Toros forward Leo Lyons would be working out for the Spurs today, but it appears they are also working out his Toros teammate, Lance Thomas.
Thomas was drafted out of Duke by the Toros with the third pick in the second round of the 2010 D-League Draft.
This season he averaged 12.6 points and 5.5 rebounds in 29 minutes per game for the Toros, but his numbers don't really tell the whole story when it comes to Thomas.
The 6-8 forward is athletic, but he's also a bit of a tweener and can play both forward positions. His best when slashing to the basket or shooting from mid-range. He has the length and wingspan to potentially be a good perimeter defender, but he's also comfortable using the wingspan to pull rebounds away from taller forwards and centers.
According to Lyons' and Thomas' twitter streams, they are likely working out together. They'll should be working out in the next few hours, and I'll hear from them shortly after that. We'll have that interview on Project Spurs later tonight or tomorrow.
For more on Thomas, you can read all the posts on him at our affiliate site, TorosNation.
Yesterday, we reported that Austin Toros forward Leo Lyons would be working out for the Spurs today, but it appears they are also working out his Toros teammate, Lance Thomas.
According to Brazilian writer Paulo Roberto of basketbrasil.com.br, Tiago Splitter will make his decision to play with the Brazilian team in early July. Splitter wants to see what is going to happen with the NBA's potential lockout situation before agreeing to play with the Brazilian national team.
I used a translator tool to interpret the article, so please be wary.
On [his] page on Twitter , the pivot of the Brazilian San Antonio Spurs Tiago Splitter reiterated his desire to play for the national team in green and yellow Pre-Olympic Tournament of the Americas in Argentina, but made clear that the decision will only be taken from July, depending what happens in the NBA with the threat of a strike.
Here is Splitter's actual message on his Twitter page:
Pra quem ta perguntando sobre a selecao, nao vou saber nada certo ate julho..Mas deixo claro que minha intencao eh jogar com a amarelinha...
In other words, should the NBA lockout go into effect, then Splitter might be playing this summer in Argentina with the Brazilian team.
Hopefully, there won't be a lockout and instead he'll spend the summer preparing for his second season with the Spurs, in which he is to be a more vital player in the rotation.
Aside from Splitter potentially playing in the summer, Spurs' Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker will be playing for their respective home country teams this summer in Olympic qualifiers.
The San Antonio Spurs continue to workout college players as the 2011 NBA Draft nears.
Recently they worked out University of Richmond's big man Justin Harper who had this to say about his workout with the Spurs:
"I shot the ball pretty well," he said. "It was my first (workout for a team), so I was kind of nervous at first. But as it went along, I got more comfortable."
Harper is a 6' 10", 225 lbs. power forward who averaged 17.9 points, shot 53% from the field, 79% from the free throw line, 6.9 rebounds, 1.2 blocks in 31.8 minutes for Richmond.
Harper's dramatic improvement goes far beyond standard production. The senior has developed into one of the most efficient scorers in the country, ranking in the 98thpercentile in the NCAA in scoring efficiency according to Synergy Sports Technology. With over 46% of his field goal attempts being categorized as jumpers, the Richmond star has posted marks of 59% shooting from 2-point range and 47% from beyond the arc, percentages that rank him among the likes of Jon Diebler and Derrick Williams as one of the most efficient players in college basketball.
While the practice of evaluating international prospects with size and skill is an annual practice among NBA scouts, rare is the American college player that presents this kind of package at the high level that the Richmond senior does. While he certainly isn't on the same level as Kevin Durant, it's easy to make the argument that no college player has so closely resembled the current NBA star since he left the University of Texas four years ago. Harper has shown off an advanced skill set throughout the season, but may have only scratched the surface of what he is capable of from a skills perspective, meaning he could further impress when it comes time for individual workouts. (draftexpress.com)
Harper has a great three-point shooting touch and while with Richmond, he shot 44 percent. He has nice passing ability and seldom commits turnovers. However, he does not have much of low-post moves.
I'm sure Spurs fans are glad to see San Antonio is looking at a big man but what do you have to say Spurs fans? Like what you see with Harper?
After a fantastic NBA regular season, the San Antonio Spurs were upset in the first round of the NBA playoffs by the hands of the eighth seeded Memphis Grizzlies.
Now with an early start to his summer vacation, Spurs' Tony Parker, who is currently in France, spoke at a press conference, via sports.fr.
During the press conference, Parker says he is excited to be playing for the French National team this summer but spoke candidly on the Spurs season, the looming NBA lockout, the Spurs chances at another title and more.
Please excuse the rough translation provided by a translator tool.
Parker on the Spurs early playoff elimination:
I had time to think. It's a big disappointment. I spoke again last week with Pop (Gregg Popovich, Ed),we're all sad and frustrated. Because we made a big season, it dominates, but you lose the first round. There is nothing to say Memphis has played very well. I said early in the season it was perhaps our last chance, that the window was closing, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili were becoming a bit old. There will always be a strong team, but we can not say we play the track. We must be realistic.
On being mentioned in trade rumors:
Yes, the past two years. If they have a player trading, that's me. After, Pop told me that I'm not going anywhere. But I know that the NBA is a business, you have to be ready for anything. You never know.
On if he was serious about playing in France should there be an NBA lockout:
Let there be no lockout or lockout, I will play for France. I already told Spurs to Pop. I want people to qualify for the Olympics. Based on recent discussions with my agent, there will be locked out in early July, for sure. He is positive, he hopes that does not miss regular-season game. But when you talk with our representative at the Spurs, Matt Bonner, he thinks it'll be long. The last time there was a lockout in 1999, they were resumed in January. I prepare everything.
I have already spoken with my agent in France, I asked him to start looking for me an apartment. I'm serious, it's true. I will not play in Bordeaux with Boris Diaw or Spain or Russia. If I play, it will be in France, Asvel. As well enjoy it, my friends can see me play, it might be nice.
On the insurance issue should he play for France:
It's a big problem. It is also a problem with the France team, because we have many players who play in the NBA. Moreover, we will soon meet with the people of the Federation and the president (Jean-Pierre Siutat, Ed), because the NBA has announced that it will not pay its share. It should perhaps do with Boris and Joakim, we can get together to try to reach an agreement. We'll see. It's a big sum, I will not pay. No, it depends on how ...
SECAUCUS, NEW JERSEY - Hours before the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery, Charlotte Bobcats head coach Paul Silas grabs a beverage, takes a seat in the media hospitality room while his lucky charm, a Bobcats headband given to him from a nine-year old child when he took over as head coach for Charlotte, sits in his coat pocket.
The Bobcats had a 1.7% chance of landing the number one draft spot. Unfortunately, Charlotte did not win the lottery and will select number nine in the NBA Draft. A draft some say is not strong with talent.
But do not tell that to Silas who feels any draft comes with unknowns.
"Who would have thought that Portland would have passed on Kevin Durant and look what he's doing. It's an inexact science but I think there are some very, very good talented players. There always is. And it's just a point of trying to pick the right one. If you can do that, it works. If not, then it's not going to work."
Whoever the Bobcats select with the ninth pick, Silas, who was given a one-year extension as head coach after Larry Brown was dismissed in February, will be chomping at the bit to get a full season as the head coach and heading into the draft, he knows what Charlotte will be aiming towards.
"We just take best player available and if you need to make some moves and that kind of thing, you do. I don't go in for, we need a point guard, so that's what we are going to pick and there's a heck of a better power forward. Whoever is the best player, that's who we're going to pick."
Adding the best available player to go along with an already young, talented team has Silas wishing next season was here but even with the opportunity get a full season as the Bobcats head coach, he knows it will take time to get things going in the right direction.
"It's going to take some time I think. If we just brought the same team back that we had last year I think we'd be better. Mainly because I'm going to have a chance to start with them from the start. Institute what I want to, make changes and that kind of thing. We made a few changes but couldn't make enough this year. I think our talent will be upgraded. Gerald Henderson, he's going to be phenomenal. He's hurt now but he's going to get better. D.J. Augustin, Kwame Brown, all these guys are going to be a lot better."
And in Silas' plan, he looking to a former NBA champion with the San Antonio Spurs to lead the team on the court and becoming an NBA All-Star.
"I'm looking at Stephen Jackson. I think he can be the catalyst for our whole team. He can be an All-Star and that's what I'm going to push him to be."
However, according to Silas, Bobcats free agent Joel Przybilla does not figure into the team's plans next season.
"Joel is there but he's a free agent this year and I don't think we're going to bring him back."
As I continued my conversation with Silas, he gave his thoughts on his former player, now head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies, Lionel Hollins, and the job Hollins has done in Memphis especially in the playoffs against the West's number one seeded Spurs.
"I was just happy to see what Memphis did. I love Lionel Hollins. I coached him way, way back and we've been close since then. It's just a matter of players stepping up. I didn't think that San Antonio had the wherewithal to make it happen. Memphis did. I was very happy for them. Everybody on Memphis' ball club really stepped up. Very seldom does that happen - an eighth seed beats the one. It did and I was happy it did."
Even though Charlotte did not win the draft lottery, things are looking up for the Bobcats. They got the ninth pick in the draft, a young squad, and a new head coach.
Should things go well for the Bobcats next season, it will be because of Silas and the winning attitude he brings to his team. And a little luck from a special headband won't hurt either.
Austin Toros forward Leo Lyons will be working out for the San Antonio Spurs tomorrow, according to Lyons' twitter stream.
Lyons, who joined the Spurs D-League affiliate in January, averaged 14.9 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes per game last season. The second half of the D-League season proved to be Lyons' best, as he regularly finished in double figures regardless of the constant Toros roster changes.
It didn't take long for Lyons work to get noticed, as he was named the D-League Performer of the Week in February, averaging 31.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and two assists in a three-game stretch.
In the final game of the Toros season against the Texas Legends, the 6-9 forward finished with 24 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block.
After covering the Toros all season, it's easy to see that Lyons is destined for the NBA and he has the character that would make him a perfect fit for the Spurs.
Lyons can play both forward positions and is a versatile offensive player, with the ability to shoot outside or drive inside. He certainly isn't your prototypical 6-9 power forward. He is quick enough on his feet to defend on the perimeter and will not back down in the post. He also has the handles of a point guard and can break down his defender for a mid-range jumper or drive and finish or get fouled.
We'll be talking to Lyons after his workout tomorrow, so be sure to look for his interview tomorrow. For more information on Lyons, you can read a one-on-one interview Jeff Garcia did for our affiliate site, Toros Nation, with Lyons earlier in the D-League season.
The artist Lil Wayne wrote the lyrics, “OK, you want me up in the cage, then I’ll come out in beast mode.”
For much of the 10-11’ San Antonio Spurs season, these lyrics would fuel me to tweet, “DeJuan Blair will come out in BEAST MODE.” after Blair would finish a rim shaking dunk or spectacular put back.
Here’s the thing, I haven’t tweeted that since March.
Blair began the season as the starting center and was benched (for Antonio McDyess) after the All-Star break as the team went with a defensive mind set. From that point on, it seemed that Blair’s production began to decline. The real impact showed when he was never brought back into the Memphis series after game four.
What happened to Blair? Why is his coach talking about his maturity more than his play? How can Blair get back into “Beast Mode?”
The Beast from the East
The season began with Blair playing well. Ten games into the season I wrote, “Blair is still killing the boards and really enjoying the transition buckets.”
The beast inside Blair had him playing like a monster on the glass. Whether it was corralling defensive rebounds or grabbing offensive rebounds and putting them back while being fouled for the and-one opportunity. In the fast break, Blair was the perfect trailer for the Spurs’ run-and-gun offense: small, quick and athletic.
One of his best games of the season was on December 28 in a win against the Los Angeles Lakers. Blair finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds.no comments
Hopefully by now San Antonio Spurs fans have gotten over the Spurs early exit from the playoffs, are looking forward to next season and anxious to see what the Spurs do in the offseason.
But leave it to the WWE, which made a stop in San Antonio yesterday for Monday Night Raw, to open old wounds of Spurs fans in attendance at the AT&T Center.
During the match between The Miz and John Cena, seems some cheap shots were aimed at the Spurs stunning loss to the Memphis Grizzlies:
Riley says he knows what Cena is going to say and introduces a video of Miz beating on Cena. Here’s Miz who looks weird without the title. Riley talks about how everyone has underestimated Miz. They’re in the ring now and Cena isn’t pleased. We get some classic cheap heat on the San Antonio Spurs for choking.
OK so I know this is meant to rile up the crowd but how many Spurs fans will tell these behemoths to zip their lip on the Spurs? Anyone? Yeah I thought so.no comments
A un poco mas de dos semanas después de la dolorosa derrota y eliminación de los San Antonio Spurs por parte de los Grizzlies de Memphis durante los Play Offs (eliminatorias), aun continúan las auto-preguntas que nos siguen tormentando. ¿Que hicimos mal? ¿En que fallamos? ¿Que pudimos haber hecho para lograr el tan deseado quinto campeonato?
En el recuento de los daños, sin duda alguna sobresale lo siguiente:
● ¿Realmente valió la pena el intercambio que hicimos por Richard Jefferson?
En las estadísticas de Richard Jefferson, el ya claramente mostraba una
declinación en su funcionamiento como jugador antes de haber sido intercambiado.
De acuerdo a sus estadísticas como jugador para esta temporada, su promedio
PER (clasificación de rendimiento del jugador) fue de 12.42 cuando el
promedio de la liga fue de 15.00. Esto sin contar que solo el primer juego en
nuestro enfrentamiento contra los Grizzlies de los Playoffs fue productivo por
parte de el, ya que en dos juegos el joven delantero anoto 0 puntos y el resto de
los juegos anoto no mas de 6 puntos.
● ¿Llegaron a recuperarse por completo de sus lesiones Duncan y Ginobili?
Nuestra temporada comenzó de lo mejor, con el mejor récord no solo de la
conferencia oeste, pero de la liga entera. Pero si mal no recuerdan, fue el 21
de marzo en nuestra confrontación contra Golden State que Tim Duncan sufre
la dolorosa torcedura a su tobillo izquierdo, esto impidiendole jugar en los
siguientes 4 juegos. Y por si fuera poco, 3 semanas después Manu Ginobili
también se lesiona sufriendo una torcedura a su codo derecho obligandolo a
jugar en los Playoffs contra los Grizzlies usando un bromozo yeso que aun que
le doy todo el crédito por haber puesto todo de su parte siento que de cierta
forma lo limito a no destacarse en la cancha como lo hubiera hecho bueno y
sano en los Playoffs.
La perdida de los Spurs fue una gran decepción y sorpresa ya que iniciamos la temporada con el pie derecho y mantuvimos el mejor récord de la liga por casi toda la temporada pero lastimosamente perdimos el ritmo y sufrimos las consecuencias. Ahora solo queda la esperanza para la próxima temporada. Esperemos que los Spurs sepan reconstruirse y entrenarse de mejor manera esta vez durante el verano, preparandose así para la proxima temporada de juego.
Since Jeff and I have been recording and producing shows pretty much non-stop since last summer, we thought we'd let two of our staff run the asylum this week.
Our lead writer, Paul "Pau" Garcia was joined by staff writer Jake Faunce to talk about the latest in Spurs news.
They first talked about Manu Ginobili and his statement that the San Antonio Spurs peaked too soon, the Spurs' size issue and the possibility of trading Richard Jefferson.
In the second half of the show, Paul and Jake asked if the Spurs could be a defensive ballclub while style having the same run-and-gun offense. Jake also lists some potential Spurs draft picks in both rounds of the upcoming NBA Draft, and close it up with talk on Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's recent comments on Rajon Rondo and DeJuan Blair.
The Spurscast. The original Spurs podcast.
Intro Music: "Make Some Noise" by Beastie Boys.