• The San Antonio Spurs will have a chance to clinch a playoff spot this weekend:
Right now the associatedcontent.com)are at 50-11 for the 2010-11 season, and are 18 games ahead of the two teams tied for the ninth seed (Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz). The magic number for the Spurs is now just three, meaning three Spurs wins, or a combination of Spurs wins and the other two teams posting losses, would clinch a playoff spot for San Antonio. There is still a ways to go to figure out their seeding, though, as the are on a very nice winning streak in the Southwest Division. (
• Spurs coach and 2011 Western Conference All-Star coach Gregg Popovich had a "stirring" speech to the West All-Star rookies. Here is what Minnesota Timberwolves and first time All-Star Kevin Love had to say about Popovich's speech:
Spurs coach Greg Popovich led the meeting, and he was pretty funny. He said, "Guys, we're gonna go out and have fun. We're not really gonna run any sets. We're gonna get up and down. And all of you are gonna play a lot and get good minutes-except for probably Russell, Blake and Kevin. You guys are all f--ked." (sbnation.com)
• With a possible NBA lockout next season and the CBA still not agreed upon by the owners and player's union, it seems former Spur Robert Horry says NBA players should take less money:
“The players will hate me for saying this, but yeah – I think they probably should get less,” Horry told MVP at an NBA Fan Zone event in west London.
“When you have the fans, the people buying the tickets, going through hard times – and they can't do anything to earn more money – then to see these players getting paid so much must be hard.”
“When we had the lockout before, the League was at a peak – there were guys like Jordan, Olajawon, Malone. And it hurt the NBA. So I'm very worried about what might happen if it happens again.
“And you'd think that with something this important they'd be talking all the time trying to work it out. But they [league officials and player representatives] are only meeting once a week!” (mvp247.com)
• Spurs legend David Robinson had this to say about the Spurs record this season:
“Absolutely, I’m surprised,’’ Robinson said of the gaudy 50-11 record of the San Antonio Spurs. “I expected them to be good but the record they have put up is ridiculous. It’s ridiculous. (It’s) unbelievable.’’ (hoopsworld.com)
• The Spurs' D-League affiliate Austin Toros dropped another heart breaker in double overtime last night to the Texas Legends. Check out Toros Nation for the full recap.
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