• The San Antonio Spurs have invited Manu Ginobili's former coach Ettore Messian to spend a few games with the team:
In the meantime, Messina plans to accept an invitation from San Antonio to spend eight days with the Spurs -- and his former star at Bologna, Manu Ginobili -- later this month.
"I'm really excited to see a couple of practices, some games, watch some films with the team, and of course to see Manu," Messina said. "I've never had the opportunity to see Manu during the season." (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
• The past Spurs-Dallas Mavericks game was not a TV ratings hit in of all places - Dallas:
Friday night's Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs game on Fox Sports Southwest seemingly should have had enough juice to at least win its time slot.
But another hotly competitive game between the NBA's two Texas titans again came up short in the D-FW Nielsens, as did the Mavs on their home court scoreboard.
The game averaged just 90,034 D-FW viewers, falling well short of NBC's competing two-hour Dateline (180,068 viewers) while also narrowly trailing Fox4's local newscast in the 9 p.m. hour. Fox's Fringe also outdrew the Mavs from 8 to 9 p.m. (pegasusnews.com)
• Express News' Tim Griffin talks about a couple of big games on the schedule for the Spurs.
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