• Former San Antonio Spurs center and soon to be Hall of Famer Artis Gilmore hopes to have President Obama in attendance during his Basketball Hall of Fame induction:
"I haven't selected anybody as of yet,"Gilmore told the Tribune Friday from his home in Jacksonville, Fla. "I am just taking a little bit of time and it certainly has to be a Hall of Famer... but I thought I would extend an invitation to President Obama." (chicagotribune.com)
• SI.com says the Spurs are one of the most financially efficient teams in the NBA:
3. San Antonio Spurs, $1.13 million per win. The Spurs are under the luxury tax despite the $18.8m salary of Tim Duncan, along with the $13.5m that goes to Tony Parker and the $11.9m to Manu Ginobili. Almost two-thirds of their payroll goes to those three stars, which is how it should be. Richard Jefferson's revised $8.4m (he opted out of a deal that would have paid him $15.0m, which gave him long-term security and enabled the Spurs to drop under the tax threshold this season) and the $4.9m to Antonio McDyess also makes sense for San Antonio management, as does virtually every salary on this payroll. Note that contributors DeJuan Blair ($918,000), George Hill ($854,389) and Gary Neal ($565,000) are all making less than $1m, which goes with the Spurs' long-successful model: Rotate inexpensive role players around the big three.
• The SaltLakeTribune.com casts its vote for Spurs' Gregg Popovich for the 2011 NBA Coach of the Year:
The Spurs have run away from their Western Conference rivals when many in the preseason projected them to finish third — or worse — in the Southwest Division.
Actually, it’s the perfect recipe for a coach of the year candidate.