Congratulations to San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili for being named to the All-NBA Third Team.
Joining Ginobili on the team is New Orleans Hornets’ Chris Paul, Portland Trail Blazers’ LaMarcus Aldridge, Memphis Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph, and Atlanta Hawks’ Al Horford.
Ginobili led the Spurs this season averaging 17.4 points, 1.5 steals, 4.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds in 30.3 minutes per game. For the playoffs, he upped his averages to 20.6 points, 2.6 steals, 4.2 assists, 4 rebounds per game versus Memphis.
Congratulations to San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili for being named to the All-NBA Third Team.
In a season where a team carries the best record in basketball for much of the year then finishes up having the number one seed in its conference, then loses to the eighth seed for one of the only few times in NBA history, it's safe to say it was a failed season for the San Antonio Spurs.
There's much to point to in terms of dramatic developments both positive and negative. The Spurs changing their style of play to a guard-dominated perimeter team resulted in the Spurs leading the NBA in threepoint percentage and lots of wins. That was arguably a overdue positive development for which Spurs fan's will remember most about this season besides the disappointing playoff exit.
That early playoff exit can be pinned on two factors that are outside of having obvious roster deficiencies: injuries and the complete unraveling of Richard Jefferson.
Neither of those things are what you want staring you in the face when you are playing a young hungry team that tanked the last few games of the season to put themselves in a position to draw you in the playoffs because they knew they could beat you.
When the Spurs handed the keys to the offense to Tony Parker and Manu Ginobilli, the team took off like a rocket. The Spurs started off the season on a historically great pace. At one point they were on pace for 70 wins and it was a realistic possibility that they could reach that mythical 70 win level.
Parker and Ginobilli were slicing up defenses and getting open looks for everyone. No one was happier about this development then Matt Bonner who led the league in three point percentage because of it. Gary Neal's transition to the NBA from being a basketball nomad in various euro-leagues was made much easier because he was always put in a position to get a great shot because of the defense being constantly off balance from the ability of the Spurs guards to get into the lane and draw guys in.
Everything was working for the Spurs for much of the regular season due to this offensive focus shift. But not everything came up roses for the Spurs. There was certainly a dark side for the Spurs this season, and it emerged just before playoff time.
After a 61 win season, securing the best record in the Western Conference and having the number one seed in the Western Conference playoffs, many did not think the San Antonio Spurs playoff run would be up-ended by the eighth seeded Memphis Grizzlies.
Yet that's exactly what happened and Spurs fans were left scratching their heads.
However, what does Spurs' Manu Ginobili have to say on why the Spurs' season ended so prematurely? In an interview with BHI.com.ar, Ginobili shares his thoughts on the Spurs, retirement from the NBA and much more.
Please excuse the rough translations provided by the translator tool.
Ginobili on whether the Spurs peaked too soon:
My bottom line is that we reach our peak performance in December or January instead of April or May as other years and Memphis was just the opposite. It was a very tough team who played with more intensity and better than us. A shame that having played a regular season as well, we have dismissed from the competition so quickly.
Ginobili on what went wrong for the Spurs:
Not really nothing terribly missed. As I said before, they played better than us and in a competition as groups like ours can happen. We in the last month won 50% of the matches, while in previous months almost 80%. Memphis had 70% of wins in the last 2 months. The reality is that the playoffs better than us. After their game just had more players playing at a good level to our team.
Ginobili on how he feels about an early exit and the Grizzlies:
It's rare to go home in first round. I had not ever happened. It was a disappointment after the great year we had. At times we had made great illusions, but we've seen the show you realize that it was so unexpected. Memphis was a great team and now it is also demonstrating against Oklahoma City.
Ginobili on retiring from the NBA:
I always said that most likely hang up the sneakers in the NBA. I still have 2 years left on this contract and not the more I play after that. When one reaches a certain point in his career, everything ends up being every year, but I see it difficult. Time will tell.
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San Antonio Spurs draftee Ryan Richards is ready to represent Great Britain's Under-20 team at this summer's European Championships in Sarajavo.
This will mark a year since Richards was forced to sit out following shoulder surgery and the Spurs see this as a solid way for Richards to rehab from surgery said coach Ron Wuotila:
“It hasn’t fitted with other things he’s had, including the Draft. But the Spurs see this as a good fit for his rehab. It’s a combination of him wanting to play, Ron talking to him and the guys on the team."
Indeed this will be a great rehab situation for Richards who shows promise. Let's hope he pans out and becomes another Spurs draft day steal.
According to the French sports site 20minutes.fr, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker will be in France next Wednesday for a tournament with a team that he sponsors. He will also be there next Saturday:
Please note that the report is written in French and I used a translator tool to transcribe the text.
Tony Parker, the leader of the San Antonio Spurs will be present next Wednesday in Chalon-sur-Saone to attend the quarter-final first leg play- A Pro offs between Elan Chalon and Asvel club which he is vice-president since 2009. Tony Parker will be present for the return leg scheduled three days later at the Astroballe.
Parker is said to watch these two French league teams play, the report also mentions the teams will switch jersey colors next week for the games.
Pittsburgh natives San Antonio Spurs' DeJuan Blair and rapper Mac Miller spoke on a few things including music, basketball and much more. Check it out.
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San Antonio Spurs' Gary Neal was on hand at his old stomping grounds at Towson University to speak on Towson's new Tiger Arena.
Skip to the 4:50 point to see what Neal had to say on the new arena, his memories playing at Towson and more.
Congratulations to San Antonio Spurs rookie Gary Neal as he was named to the T-Mobile All-Rookie First Team.
Neal is joined by New York Knicks' Landry Fields, Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins, Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, and Washington Wizards' John Wall.
For the season, Neal averaged 9.8 points, 1.2 assists, 2.5 rebounds, 41% from the three point line, 45% from the field, in 21.1 minutes per game.
For the playoffs, Neal averaged 7.7 points, 0.8 assists, 3 rebounds, but saw his shooting averages drop tremendously in the playoffs versus the Memphis Grizzlies as he shot 26% from the three point line, and shot 37% from the field in 18.5 minutes per game.
Among rookies, he ranked first in three-point field goal percentage and three-point field goals made, second in free throw percentage, fifth in points and seventh in field goal percentage. He broke the Spurs rookie record for three-point field goal percentage and three-pointers made in a season and ranks third on the team’s all-time rookie leaders for free throw percentage.
Neal is the second undrafted rookie since Jorge Garbajosa to be named to the team and the first Spurs selection since Tony Parker.
Neal surprised many around the NBA with his great play throughout the regular season and left some lasting memories for Spurs fans including this shot against the Grizzlies in the playoffs:
With the San Antonio Spurs ending their season after just six playoff games, Jeff and I looked back at the 2010-11 season and picked out some of our high and low moments and recapped the year.
It was a year full of surprises, like Gary Neal, and disappointments, like Richard Jefferson. In the end a successful 61 season lead to a heartbreaking series loss at the hands of the younger, more athletic Memphis Grizzlies.
To close out the show, we talked about the first round series, what the Spurs could do to get back to being a power in the West and looked ahead at how we expect the roster to change for next season, of course all depending on a possible lockout.
Just because the season is over, don't expect us to stop producing podcasts or providing original Spurs content. We plan to continue our weekly podcast offering and we'll be sure to fill you in on all the offseason rumblings.
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Intro music: Sad But True by Metallica.
It was a thrilling Game 4 between the Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder as it went into triple overtime where the Thunder emerged on top.
A great win for the Thunder and a crushing loss for the Grizzlies as they blew a double-digit lead. However, for Memphis' Marc Gasol, he says his team has been in that situation before and points to the overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs in the first-round:
“We understand that we take it one game at a time. Against San Antonio, when we lost that heartbreaking game, they beat us and that game is over and we had other goals to reach. … As long as we win the next one, we’re going to be OK.”
If any team can bounce back from a loss like that would be Memphis. The Grizzlies were up 3-1 against the Spurs in the first round when they lost a thrilling game that went into overtime thanks to two huge shots by Manu Ginobili and Gary Neal.
However, Memphis won the next game to move on to the Western Conference Semifinals.