The Spurs today announced they have waived 6-10 forward Marcus Haislip.
Haislip was signed this summer in a move that made absolutely no sense to most Spurs writers and bloggers, including everyone at Project Spurs.
After being selected 13th in the 2002 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, he was considered by many to be a bust and only lasted three seasons in the NBA. Over the past several years, he became a highly sought free agent after starring in Europe.
The Spurs had been wooing Haislip for a while and signed him once Rasheed Wallace was signed by the Celtics. But it appears Haislip's second NBA stint hasn't gone very well either. He averaged just 4.4 minutes in 10 games on a very talent-laden Spurs roster.
Earlier today, HoopsNotes noted that Haislip was eyeing a return to Europe after struggling to get sufficient playing time with the Spurs.
Marcus Haislip had dreams of playing in the best league in the world. But reality has beaten him down, and he played an average of 4.4 minutes in 10 games.
Now it comes to Haislip an opportunity to stop warming the bench for the San Antonio Spurs: Panathinaikos wants him as a reinforcement for the final stretch of the season in which the Greek team has to face the Regal Barcelona, Maroussi and Partizan during the Top 16 of the Euroleague.
Zeljko Obradovic is looking for a power forward to replace the injured Kostas Tsartsaris. And he hopes to use his good relationship with the coach of the San Antonio Spurs, Gregg Popovich, to attract Haislip in Greece.
The Spurs roster now stands at 14. With Dwayne Jones outplaying all of his competition in the D-League and easily averaging 20 and 20 a night recently, will the Spurs look to Jones to fill the empty roster spot?
Leave your thoughts in the comments.
While it's been missing the last few weeks due to the holidays and personal breaks, we are bringing back our Gameday Q&A. For tonight's game, I talked to Tom Martin of one of the best Houston Rockets blogs on the internet, The Dream Shake. Here are his answers to my questions.
1. The tagline on The Dream Shake is "will trade McGrady for food, shelter." I'm guessing no takers so far, but what's the latest on McGrady? Any chance we'll see him anytime this year?
The whole situation is at a standstill right now. Things should heat up once the trade deadline approaches and GM’s start to tell themselves, “This might be our last chance at significant cap relief in this economy for a long time.” Everything depends on what other teams want to do. The Rockets’ position is concrete: Either McGrady is dealt for a young talent and a bad contract, or he stays and expires with the team. I’m praying that Ed Stefanski finally declares the Iguodala era a failure and sends Andre over to Houston for a cap-saver in McGrady. Then the Rockets go get Chris Bosh in the off season through a sign-and-trade, and boom goes the dynamite.
2. How is life without Yao and McGrady? Are you happy with the current make up of this team. The Rockets now seem to be built on purely overachieving, blue-collar, hard-working players as opposed to any true all stars.
Life without McGrady is tolerable, if not beneficial. As any Rockets fan has said for years, a healthy McGrady is a blessing, while an injured McGrady can be a curse. He’s never been anything but a hindrance and a nuisance when he tries to play hurt. Clearly, he’s not physically ready to become a first option. He disagrees, and thus, the Rockets have decided that he isn’t worth the trouble. Why spend time dealing with a whining T-Mac when you can instead split playing time between capable bench players who actually embrace the role?
Life without Yao, on the other hand, stinks. And to the surprise of many, it’s not the offense that has suffered, but rather the defense. Teams are averaging far more shots made at the rim than in years past, which is a true testament to an underrated element of Yao’s game: help defense. Unlike Marcus Camby or Dikembe Mutombo, Yao doesn’t block a ton of shots. He’s not a gambler, and rarely goes for the block, instead preferring to force a bad shot or force no shot at all. Having The Great Wall in the paint changes the Rockets’ entire game plan defensively, and allows the perimeter defenders to focus more on their individual opponent rather than helping the Chuckwagon man the paint. Chuck’s a great individual post defender, but the team benefits far more when Yao is on the floor. Oh, and he’s a decent option on offense as well, I guess.
A common misconception about the Rockets is that they are only good because of how scrappy they are. That’s only half true. For the better part of the first half of the season, the Rockets played intelligent, yet free-flowing basketball. They shot as much as the Golden State Warriors, but they took efficient, comfortable shots. No fadeaways from the baseline, no Russell Westbrooking from just inside the three point line. They got every last bit out of our ball movement and shot selection. Sadly, over the past five or six games, the cohesion and execution has deteriorated, especially among the starters. What a great time to travel to San Antonio!
3. We are still waiting for something in exchange for Luis Scola. How about you give us Chase Budinger so Matt Bonner can have a ginger buddy of his own. Speaking of Budinger, have you been surprised by his play this season?
The only reason I would trade Budinger would be to put an end to hearing Rockets broadcaster Matt Bullard yell out, “Hey Bud, let’s party!” whenever Chase makes a good play. That might just do it for me.
I can’t say I’ve been too surprised by Chase’s play, for two reasons. I actually expected him to shoot a little better than he has so far, and secondly, his role on the offense caters to his strengths, making his transition to the NBA far easier. It’s simple, really: Chase shoot three, Chase run break, Chase don’t take more than three dribbles. I do think, however, that his defense has been better than expected, which is a big reason why he’s gotten plenty of minutes.
4. Without a true center inside to limit Parker's penetration, what does Aaron Brooks have to do in hopes of keeping Parker from taking over the game?
I really wouldn’t expect Parker to “take over” the game. He’ll probably beat Aaron a couple of times and go around Chuck for a few layups, and then do his thing elsewhere. But Brooks and Lowry are capable defenders, and I expect them both to perform well, especially given the defensive slump that the Rockets have been in lately. Parker will probably get around 18-20 points, which is fine as long as the Spurs’ role players are kept in check.
5. What is your key matchup and your prediction for tonight's game?
I’d say Carl Landry vs. Tim Duncan. Landry obviously doesn’t start, but he’s been solid off of the bench for us all season. Lately, though, teams have been catching on to Landry’s strengths, and his last few games have been underwhelming. It will be interesting to see if Landry attacks Duncan successfully in the fourth quarter, or if the Rockets will be forced to find points elsewhere down the stretch.
With three days of practice to prepare for the Spurs, I think the Rockets will keep it close. Homer prediction: Rockets 94 – Spurs 89. Realistic prediction: Spurs 92 – Rockets 88.
For all of the latest on the Rockets, make sure to visit The Dream Shake. Also, be sure to come back tonight as Jeff Garcia and I will be going live pre-game and postgame. We'll also have a live blog going on throughout the game. Tune in about an hour prior to the game and call in to give us your take.
While the 2010 NBA All-Star Game will be played in Dallas, Mavericks fans will have to see their hometown favorite Dirk Nowitzki come off the bench.
That's because Tim Duncan just edged Nowitzki out by over 63,000 votes in the final two weeks to earn his 11th consecutive start.
Duncan, who is averaging 19.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game this year will be joined by Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudamire in the starting lineup for the Western Conference.
The Eastern Conference squad will be made up of Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade, Lebron James, Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard.
In 1348, the Bubonic Plague, or the Black Death as some call it, hit the shores of Italy and quickly spread throughout Europe, killing off anywhere between 25 percent and 50 percent of Europe’s total population.
It seems in 2010, the Black Death has hit the Spurs for the second time. Thankfully, it’s not the Bubonic Plague, but unfortunately it is Planter Fasciitis.
It was announced last week that Tony Parker has been suffering from a case of Planter Fasciitis, and many Spurs fans are asking the same two questions: 1) What is Planter Fasciitis and 2) How is it cured?
Planter Fasciitis, or PF as it’s referred to by doctors, is the most common cause of heel pain. Let me break PF down for you. The Planter Fascia is a long, thick piece of tissue that connects your heel to your toes. The Planter Fascia acts like a rubber band, creating tension in the foot, which helps to maintain the arch of the foot. As you apply pressure to your foot, this creates small tears in the Planter Fascia, leading to inflammation of the heel and chronic pain. It also causes heel spurs.
The mechanics of the foot play a huge part in Planter Fasciitis. If you have too high of an arch or you’re flat footed, your Planter Fascia can begin to tear. The Planter Fascia can also become overworked if your foot hits the ground in an abnormal way. Of course, as a point guard, Parker’s feet hit the ground at all sorts of different angles. So there is no real way to prevent PF. A lot of it has to do with the way your feet were made. The only real way is to buy shoes that fit your feet properly and adds support to the foot’s arch. Also, stretching of the calf and planter fascia can help the fascia from tearing.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for PF. The only remedies are ice, over the counter anti-inflammatory pills such as ibuprofen, and rest. But in the midst of a long, 82 game season, rest is not an option. Coach Pop is going to have to play Parker fewer minutes and rest him on certain nights.
It will be up Spurs head athletic trainer Will Sevening to come up with a program that can help relieve Parker of some of the pain. Sevening has been with the silver and black for 12 seasons as the head athletic trainer. Sevening’s program will consist of anti-inflammatory medication to help with swelling as well as applying ice to the bottom of the foot for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. Sevening will also provide Parker with gel heel cup inserts to place directly under the heel. This will help relieve pain while elevating the heel, releasing some of the tension on the Planter Fascia.
This isn’t the first time PF has hit a Spur All Star. During the 2005-2006 season, Tim Duncan was hit with a severe case of PF. Despite the pain, Duncan missed only two games. However, his scoring dropped from 20.3 points to 18.6 points a game. But Parker’s play will undoubtedly be more affected by PF. His scoring average is down from last season’s career high 22 points to this season’s 17.1 points. As a point guard, Parker will be running the floor and creating fast breaks, along with guarding the quicker guards of the opposing teams. Every time he is on the court, he will continue to put pressure on his Planter Fascia, and the pain will be excruciating.
We Spurs fans need to look at the brighter side of this situation. With Parker playing fewer minutes, Hill will have a greater opportunity to flourish and will continue to become a great all around player. The more playing time Hill gets, the more comfortable he will become with the Pop’s system. And that’s what we want going into the playoffs, a confident George Hill and, hopefully, a healthy Tony Parker, creating match up nightmares for any team we face.no comments
Arianne Villanueva regresa con episodio dos de Spurscast en espanol. En este episodio, Arianne comentarios todo las noticias y juegos de los San Antonio Spurs y anuncia algo especial por los fanaticos este Viernes en San Antonio.
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Arianné Villanueva is back with episode two of Spurscast en Español. On this episode, she recaps the latest Spurs games, goes over their current spot in the division and talks about an upcoming video she'll be doing for Project Spurs.
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Project Spurs would like to welcome Emily Allen. In her first post, she recaps the Spurs vs. Jazz game from January 20, 2010. Look forward to many great articles from her in the future for Spurs fans everywhere.
By Emily Allen
It was a frustrating night at the AT&T Center as the San Antonio Spurs (25-16) faced the Utah Jazz (24-18) in the last of the teams’ four-game season series. For the Jazz, it ended in a hard-fought clean sweep with a 105-98 over the Spurs.
Coming off a 97-90 win in New Orleans on Monday afternoon, the Spurs took to the court with Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Keith Bogans, George Hill and Tim Duncan as the starting lineup. Duncan came into the game a mere 15 points shy of reaching the 20,000-point career milestone.
San Antonio had first possession, but found themselves in trouble immediately with three turnovers in the first two and a half minutes of the game. It would be a full five minutes of play before Richard Jefferson scored a three-pointer to put the Spurs on the board after Utah’s unanswered 12-point scoring spree. This was Jefferson’s first return to the court after sitting out against the Hornets due to back spasms.
The Spurs found their rhythm, resulting in a 25-point run led by Hill from the end of the first well into the second quarter. Hill’s last second three-pointer gave San Antonio their first lead of the game, 22-21. Four of the eleven scoring plays in the total scoring drive were three point shots from Hill, Jefferson and Manu Ginobili.
With 5:12 left in the first half, Blair’s 2-point basket created a 13-point Spurs lead over the Jazz. However, Utah came back with a vengeance, squandering the Spurs’ lead to a mere five points by the end of the half. Spurs were getting it done in the paint as they scored 22 of the their 50 points.
Going into the halftime break and with only three points to his name for the game thus far, Duncan walked back into the team’s locker room with a look of sheer disappointment. But to begin the third quarter, he came back to score nine of San Antonio’s 20 points in the third quarter.
The Spurs were able to respond to several of Utah’s baskets at the beginning of the half, but couldn’t fully recover from their powerful offense of the Jazz. A foul from Duncan sent Carlos Boozer to the free throw line; the Jazz were able to get the best of the Spurs by gaining a 2-point lead, 60-58, with less than seven minutes on the clock.
Errors and fouls continued to plague the Spurs, as Utah was able to score 23-of-26 free throws (or of their 60 total points scored) in the second half. Ginobili made 3-of-4 free throws in the last 1:21 of the third, narrowing Utah’s lead to four points going into the fourth.
The rhythm that finally brought the Spurs into the game midway through the first quarter became very hard to find as Utah made their presence known. Having developed a 12-point lead, the Jazz made it difficult for San Antonio to make a comeback by dominating the fourth quarter. The tide began to turn for the Spurs as Parker and Ginobili led the surge to answer nearly every point lost to Utah, to the point San Antonio was within range of taking over while down by 3 with 48 seconds left.
Just thirty seconds left on the clock, Duncan fouled out of the game at 19,999 career points - one point shy of the mark so many fans had hoped he’d reach in the game against the Jazz. He’ll have to wait until Friday evening when the Spurs take on the Houston Rockets in San Antonio.
Beginning with Duncan’s final foul, Utah’s last six points of the game were all free throws. Only Parker was able to scored one last basket for San Antonio, bringing the final score to 105-98.
Ginobili led the team in scoring with 22 points, followed by Parker with 20, Hill scored 16 and Duncan had 14. Blair and Duncan led in rebounds with 11 and 10 respectively; Ginobili led with 8 assists.
Turnovers seem be one of the biggest problems plaguing this Spurs team. With 16 turnovers in this game alone, certainly better control would have changed the first few minutes of the game. In addition, the three-point shooting needs to improve desperately; San Antonio made 6-of-21 tonight - four of which were made in the first half 25-point scoring burst.
The Spurs remain in second place in the Southwest Division and are currently two and a half games back of the division leading Dallas Mavericks. The Spurs will next face the Houston Rockets in San Antonio this Friday night.no comments
As reported earlier on Project Spurs, in a recent interview with Clarin.com, Manu Ginobili was asked about his future with the San Antonio Spurs and his current contract situation. In that interview, it was reported Ginobili did not expect a contract extension from the Spurs. Seems words got lost in translation.
Before tonight's Spurs vs. Jazz game, Manu clarified his comments and went on to say, "Just because I don't expect the Spurs to extend my contract before it expires does not mean my days as a Spur are over."
So Spurs fans, seems Manu does not want to leave the Spurs but the team has not discussed any contract extension with Ginobili as of yet. Let's see how this plays out during the summer.
Manu Ginobili "Ya ni espero que me extiendan el contrato."
In a recent interview with Clarin.com, Manu Ginobili was asked about his future with the San Antonio Spurs and his current contract situation. Manu was frank and said he does not expect a contract extension from the Spurs.
As many know, should the Spurs not resign him, he will be part of the huge 2010 free agent crop which includes other such as Dwayne Wade, Lebron James and Chris Bosh.
The main sticking point with Manu resigning with the Spurs is his health. In particular, his ankle. Back in 2008, Manu's agent mentioned the Spurs want to take a "wait and see" approach to contract negotiations to see how he recovered from ankle surgery. So far this season, his ankle has held up.
Knowing the Spurs, they will be loyal to him for all he has done for the franchise and resign him. However, they should not give him a long-term contract.
Mike and myself have discussed this topic before on should the Spurs resign Manu Ginobili. Click HERE to read our thoughts.
But what are your thoughts? Should the Spurs resign Manu or let him test the free agent waters?
Last year, we gave you guys an update about Tiago Splitter and Nando De Colo. Since then we kept our eyes on these two international players that might join the Spurs next season. Here is the latest on them.
Team: Caja Laboral
While in the Euro League, Tiago Splitter scored 16 points, grabbed 7 boards, and shot 63.6% from the field in a heartbreaking 84-83 loss against CSKA Moscow. They finished the regular season 2nd in Group C with a 7-3 record behind CSKA Moscow who won the group with an 8-2 record.
With the win, Valencia are undefeated after 4 games as they clinched first place in Group B. The team opted to sit out some of their best players in the last two games including De Colo. Valencia completed the regular season with a 5-1 record.