San Antonio Spurs' forward/center Antonio McDyess said this might be his last season in the NBA despite having a contract with the Spurs which runs through the 2011-2012 NBA season according to AOL Fanhouse:
Antonio McDyess reiterated the other day he plays to retire after this season.
McDyess will be entering his 16th NBA season and last season Spurs' coach Gregg Popovich had this to say about McDyess:
"He's a pro,'' Popovich said. "He's somebody that does his work and he goes home. He likes to work hard and he does it the right way. He's a classy guy. He's been a good teammate, and on the court he makes shots and he's a tough defender and rebounder. So he's been wonderful for us.''
His contract is 2.64 guaranteed, fully guaranteed if not waved before July 1 2011.
If an NBA lockout does occur then more than likely McDyess will retire.
|SPURS||DeJuan Blair 12.0||DeJuan Blair 8.0||Manu Ginobili 5.0|
|MIAMI||Chris Bosh 21.5||Udonis Haslem 11.0||LeBron James 6.0|
The San Antonio Spurs dropped their preseason opener 90-87 to the Houston Rockets last Thursday and will try to bounce back as they host the visiting Miami Heat who are coming off a 103-96 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Heat remained unbeaten after two preseason games with three of their key players (Lebron James, Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem) logging 23 minutes of more per contest.
All three players played great against the Thunder. James scored 22 points, handed out 8 assist with 7 boards, Bosh had 23 points and 7 rebounds while Haslem added 17 points and 9 boards.
Meanwhile, the Spurs used their first preseason game to gauge their camp hopefuls. They played their starters sparingly with the exception of Richard Jefferson (who logged a game high 30 minutes against Houston) and since the Spurs are planning to cut their roster down to 14, the decision on who to retain will be tougher. This means more minutes could be given to their camp invitees.
One notable player who didn't play in the Spurs' first preseason game is Alonzo Gee. With the team looking for a backup small forward, it will be interesting to see who will get more playing time. James Gist, Bobby Simmons and Gee should get more time at the small forward spot.
Marcus Cousin and DeJuan Blair both played great in the preseason opener which could mean lesser playing time for Tim Duncan and more importantly more rest. However, they will have their hands full against Miami Heat's frontcourt tandem of Bosh and Haslem.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Offense -- During the Rockets game, the Spurs got a boost from Blair and Cousin. Against the Heat expect more production from the Spurs' backcourt especially if both George Hill and James Anderson bounce back from a bad game and Gary Neal and Kirk Penney continue to shoot the ball well.
Defense -- Keep the Heat off the boards, and limiting James and Bosh on offense. Something easier said than done. The Spurs should also be wary of the Heat's dribble penetrations as it leads to many assist leading to easy baskets. In two preseason games, the Heat are averaging 24.5 assist.
Offense -- James and Bosh will provide the points as usual and Haslem has been the teams' third leading scorer after two games. Mike Miller has been hitting his shots too.
Defense -- If they can take away the Spurs' inside game, they can focus on guarding the Spurs' backcourt and outside shooters. Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili played effective in limited minutes while Penney and Neal shot the ball fairly well during the teams first outing.
Tiago Splitter - strained right plantaris muscle.
Dwayne Wade - sprained ankle.
Another preseason game which means you can expect to see the camp hopefuls playing throughout the game.
Add another award to Manu Ginobili's resume.
The San Antonio Spurs' guard was named the Argentinian athlete of the decade by the Konex Foundation:
Emanuel Ginobili was honored with the 2010 Konex of Brilliant, as the most distinguished Argentine sportsman of the last decade.
Specifically, Ginobili received the Bright Award which is the highest award a person can receive.
Congratulations Manu. Well deserved!
If you are a frontcourt player in the N.B.A., to be compared to San Antonio Spurs' forward Tim Duncan has to be one of the highest compliments to receive.
New Jersey Nets' center Brook Lopez is an up and coming player in the N.B.A. and Boston Celtics' center Shaquille O'Neal recently said Lopez reminds him of Duncan:
"Reminds me of ... I'm going to go with Tim Duncan," O'Neal said. "Classy guy. You'll never hear about him getting in trouble. Great moves, great composure, and you're really not going to faze him. A couple guys will probably try to rough him up, but that's not going to faze him. Good player. Good player." (source espn.com)
In two seasons with the Nets, Lopez has averaged 15.9 points, 1.8 blocks and shot 51% from the field. In Duncan's first two seasons, he averaged 21.7 points, 2.5 blocks and shot 51% from the field. Seems Lopez has a bit more work to do.
In a game where Tony Parker, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan and George Hill played more than than expected, it was one player that kept the San Antonio Spurs in their preseason opener against the Rockets.
And no that is not a typo. The player several expected could be cut next, got a lifeline when Tiago Splitter suffered an injury. After his performance last night, he may not be going anywhere anytime soon.
In 24 minutes, the former Houston Cougar had 10 points, eight rebounds, two blocked shots and one steal.
Unfortunately it wasn't enough as the Rockets beat the Spurs 90-87.
The Spurs came out of the gates hot, putting up 32 points in the first quarter. Tony Parker and DeJuan Blair got off to a quick start and ended the quarter with eight points apiece.
In the second quarter, the Rockets stepped up their defensive efforts, Jordan Hill came alive and the Rockets' second unit fought back to tie the game up 50-50 at halftime.
The third quarter was a mirror image of the second, but two of Houston's starters, Aaron Brooks and Kevin Martin, got hot. Martin connected on several of his outside shots while Brooks shredded the interior defense to get to the basket.
Kirk Penney started the second half, and Garrett Temple and James Gist also saw playing time in the third quarter alongside Cousin.
While the second and third quarters belonged to the Rockets, the Spurs showed more life in the fourth quarter. The Spurs went on a 9-2 run before Courtney Lee ended it with a reverse layup with just over two minutes remaining.
Spurs rookie James Anderson entered the game midway through the fourth, but he forced shots, and was called for an offensive foul and traveling. However his layup with less than a minute remaining brought the Spurs within one point. After a foul put Lee on the line, Jerrells missed a half-court desperation three to try to send the game into overtime.
Aside from Cousin, two other spurs scored in double figures. Blair ended the game with 12 points, eight rebounds (5 offensive), and two steals in 19 minutes. Parker finished with 10 points and five assists in just under 17 minutes.
The loss leaves the Spurs at 0-1 for preseason, but they'll look to even it up this Saturday when the Miami Heat come to San Antonio.
|ROCKETS||Kevin Martin 14.0||Luis Scola 6.0||Kyle Lowry 2.0|
The San Antonio Spurs will open their pre-season at home against the Houston Rockets who dropped their pre-season opener, 97-88, in Hidalgo, Texas against the Orlando Magic.
Eight of the Rockets' rotation players from last season played 20 minutes or more against the Magic, including four of their starters. Yao Ming is the only starter who played under 20 minutes. He logged in 12 minutes, scored 3 points and grabbed 3 rebounds with the Rockets closely monitoring his playing time.
The Spurs on the other hand could give more playing time to their young players and camp hopefuls. With Tiago Splitter, Richard Jefferson and Garrett Temple out with injuries, DeJuan Blair, George Hill and James Anderson might see a lot of time on the court.
It will also be interesting to see who will the Spurs use at small forward. Expect Alonzo Gee, Bobby Simmons and James Gist to battle it out for that spot. The Spurs' starters, especially their 'Big Three' will probably be given limited playing time.
KEYS TO THE GAME
Offense: The Spurs have been evaluating players with specific offensive abilities this offseason namely shooting. It will be exciting to see how Gary Neal, Kirk Penney will look on the floor and if they can nail the outside shot consistently.
With their shortened frontcourt rotation, the Spurs should rely more on their backcourt and wing players to get the job done on offense. Hill maybe the team's floor leader in this preseason game, but this is a good opportunity for Anderson, Neal, Penney and Gee to showcase some of their scoring talents.
Defense:The Rockets backcourt of Martin, Aaron Brooks and Courtney Lee matchup well with the Spurs. It will be key for the Spurs to limit Houston's inside threat of Luis Scola and Ming.
Offense: Martin and Brooks can both score on any given night but with the Spurs' frontcourt cut short, expect Scola, Jordan Hill and Ming get the ball often.
Defense: With Splitter out and Duncan probably playing limited minutes, the Rockets can focus on stopping Hill, Anderson, Penney and Gee on the offensive end.
Tiago Splitter - strained right plantaris muscle. Richard Jefferson - sprained ankle. Garrett Temple - sprained ankle.
Since this is a just preseason game both teams will use it to have a closer look at their camp hopefuls.
Hola amigos y fieles fanáticos de los San Antonio Spurs. Hoy repaso con ustedes las noticias de la semana de los Spurs.
Comenzamos con la dolorosa lesión que sufrió Tiago Splitter durante su entrenamiento el jueves pasado 30 de septiembre. De acuerdo a los San Antonio Spurs, Splitter sufrió una lesión al músculo plantar derecho. Después de el programa de rehabilitación de 7-10 días que se vera obligado a tomar Splitter, se determinara la fecha de su regreso al juego.
Lamentablemente Richard Jefferson se unió al grupo de lesionados tambien ya que de acuerdo al Express News de San Antonio el delantero de los Spurs, Jefferson se lesiono su tobillo durante su sesión de entrenamiento el lunes pasado. Popovich le informo a la prensa q aun que la lesion no es de gravedad lo mas probable es que Jefferson no se presente al primer juego de pretemporada que esta programado en Houston el proximo jueves. Esperemos que realmente no se trate de nada grave y que logre el joven jugador a recuperarse para darle la bienvenida al inicio de temporada de los Spurs.
Bueno y tocante a otras noticias Tony Parker nos informo que el solo desea enfocarse en esta temporada que se aproxima. El joven jugador fue entrevistado en San Antonio sobre su estado como agente libre, si se quedara en San Antonio, y sobre las probabilidades que tienen los Spurs de ganar este año. De acuerdo a KTKR lo que el jugador definitivamente aclaro fue que a el le gustaría quedarse con el equipo de los Spurs informandonos que el siempre se lo aceptaba a la prensa y que el comunicado aparentemente no se publicaba correctamente añadiendo que quizás los medios de comunicación lo hacen por que de esa manera se venden mejor sus notas amarillistas.
En otra nota los San Antonio Spurs optaron por no contratar a Thomas Gardner. Como ya lo saben el joven fue invitado al primer campo de entrenamiento compitiendo con Kirk Penney, Gary Neal, y Garret temple por un puesto en el roster. Aun así, si el demuestra suficiente potencial es posible que los Toros de Austin lo contraten para ser asignado a la liga D conocida como D-League.
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San Antonio Spurs' players Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili get the cowboy look going for their new commercials for HEB, a San Antonio grocery store chain. To see the making of the commercial vist spurs.com.
San Antonio Spurs' guard Manu Ginobili is known for his unwavering determination on the court and is a proven winner. Last season he stepped up his game after the All Star break to help lead the Spurs into the 2010 NBA playoffs.
Now entering his ninth season with the Spurs, a new contract in hand and his word to play for the Argentinian national team in this summer's Olympic qualifier, all Ginobili has on his mind is another gold medal and an NBA title:
"I want to win another medal with the national team and another title with San Antonio" (source clarin.com)
Many will point to his age or his past ankle injuries and doubt this will happen for him but if anyone can pull this off would be Ginobili. It wouldn't be the first time he won an NBA title and an Olympic gold medal. In the 2004 summer Olympics he won gold with the Argentinian national team and the following summer won an NBA title in 2005 with the Spurs.