Seems the Spurs took a shot at trading for New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul and the offering player was Tony Parker!
According to Hoopsworld, the Spurs offered the Hornets a deal which included Parker. The Hornets shot down the trade offer immediately.
Parker's contract ends in the summer of 2011 and if he does not resign with the Spurs, he will be a coveted free-agent. Also, Parker's numbers are down from last season. This season he is averaging 16.5 points per game and 5.8 assists as compared to last season when he averaged 22 points per game and 6.9 assists per game. Perhaps the Spurs are not happy with his production or it could be simply they fear Parker may not resign with the team at the end of next season and attempted to get something for him now. It is interesting to note, knowing Parker's contract ends next year, the Spurs front office has not made attempts to extend his contract beyond next season.
Chris Paul on the other hand is a pure point-guard. Paul may not have the stellar resume like Parker does, there is no denying Paul has better averages in steals, assists, and field goal percentage.
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That must've been what Courtney Lee, and the rest of the NBA, was thinking when the young Spurs center from France sent Lee back down to earth with a vicious block, followed by a fast break dunk.
I've been saying that this was Ian's make or break year, and I'm sure I wasn't the only one that was surprised that he came alive last night against the Nets after 34 DNPs this season. Mahinmi ended up with 15 pts (on 100% shooting from the field) nine rebounds and the one block.
If he continues to play well, then he'll certainly earn some minutes in the rotation. But in case he doesn't, you can always come back and watch Ian's first NBA highlight.
Let's take a look at their career accomplishments so far, starting with:
Kobe's case: Won four titles in the last decade (three with Shaq). More importantly, he finally won his first title without Shaq last season and was the league MVP a year before that.
He is the player most often compared to Michael Jordan(arguably the Greatest Of All Time). Also, the Lakers might be favored to repeat this year simply because Kobe is still the Laker's leader and they are the defending champs.
Shaq's case: Won his first three titles with Kobe, then won another in 2006 with D-Wade in Miami. It could be also argued that he is the most dominant big man during his prime. He is already considered one of 50 Greatest.
However, the knock on Shaq is that he demands a trade (or makes a reason for him to be traded) when things don't go his way. First, when the Lakers lost in the 2004 Finals to the Detroit Pistons. Then when Miami has one of the worst season in franchise history and then lastly when the Phoenix Suns didn't make it to the playoffs last season.
Most people might admire him because of his entertaining personality and because of his longevity. I mean the guy has been in the league for 17 years and is still playing decent basketball.
Timmy's case: Won four championships, (three titles in the past decade) all with the Spurs and with different supporting cast around him. Arguably the best power forward to ever play the game.
It's a mystery why this guy has never won a Defensive Player of the Year award despite being named to the All-Defensive honors since he entered the league.
Also, It is important to note that the Spurs have never missed the playoffs since he entered the league and haven't lost an NBA Finals series. That can't be said to either Shaq or Kobe.
So who is the Player of the Decade? It seemed pretty even right? These guys have been so dominant that it's as if they just need to take turns to win the title.
If you guys can't decide clearly, maybe what happens this season will help us determine who is really the best. Whoever gets first to title number five might seal it. I know it's a new decade but it only shows that these players have been so good for a long period of time.
And the great thing about it? These guys have a great chance of being right there in the mix of winning yet another crown.
By Lance Fell
I have a Spurs tattoo on my upper left shoulder. And it is perhaps my favorite tattoo. And whenever someone sees it, they always say one of two things:
1.“Dude, you really love the Spurs.” Or they say…
2.“It’s Just a basketball team.”
To the first, I reply with a simple yes. Yes, I love my Spurs. But the second statement has no simple answer, because if you’re from San Antonio, then you know the Spurs are more than a basketball team. They are more than 82 games a season. They are more than the four championship banners hanging in the rafters of the AT&T Center. The Spurs are a part of our community, and also a part of our culture.
It’s hard to describe exactly how much the Spurs mean to San Antonio. It’s really something that has to be seen with your own eyes. Almost every car or truck has a Spurs sticker or emblem. And no matter what bar or restaurant you walk into here in San Antonio, I guarantee you’ll see multiple people in Spurs gear. We Spurs fans are proud fans and have an undying loyalty to the Silver and Black, a loyalty that will never be broken. Let me give you an example of how loyal Spurs fans are.
My friend Matt and I went downtown a couple nights ago to watch the end of the Spurs-Knicks game. While venturing through the Riverwalk, Matt ran across a longtime friend and another guy he was with. So we all walked into the next bar we saw and sat right in front of the television. There were Duncan and Ginobili jerseys all around us, and I was beginning to feel right at home when all of a sudden the guy that Matt knew said something that shocked and appalled me.
He said, “I hate the Spurs.” I quickly turned my head, said a couple profane words, and proceeded to ask this guy where he was from. And of course he said the one thing that Spurs fans hate more than the 0.4 Dereck Fisher shot. He said, “I’m from Dallas.”
As soon as he said Dallas, I had to stop myself from gagging. I couldn’t believe I was sitting at a bar and drinking beers with a Mavericks fan, in my Wake Forest Tim Duncan jersey nonetheless. I felt dirty. I felt lied to. So I stood up, looked him straight in the eye and said, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry Dwayne Wade has your ring. I’m sorry you have a seven footer who’s scared of posting up, and I’m sorry you’ll never hoist a championship banner in the American Airlines Arena, ever.”
Everybody’s jaw dropped. I looked at my friend Matt and he couldn’t believe it. And before Mavs guy could say anything, I walked out. No good-byes, no see you laters, nothing. And it felt good. Actually, it felt great. I walked around downtown that night with my shoulders back and my head high, because I felt like I had not only defended my beloved Spurs, but my beautiful city.
I hope whenever that Mavs fan thinks of San Antonio, he thinks of me, and how big of a jerk I probably came off as. But also of how loyal and dedicated I am to my team and my city. There are plenty of reasons why we Spurs fans are so loyal, but there’s one thing that separates the Spurs from all other professional franchises. Of the ten most populated cities in the country, San Antonio and San Jose are the only cities with one professional sports team. Besides the Alamo or the Valero Alamo Bowl, the Spurs are the only thing in our beloved city that gives us any kind of national media attention. The Spurs represent the nearly two and a half million people in San Antonio, and the surrounding areas, to the nation. And they do it with an elegance and grace that is unrivaled in modern sports.
Dallas has three professional sports teams; the Mavericks, the Cowboys and the Stars. I would go ahead and put the Rangers in Dallas too. But I want to look at the bigger two franchises, of course I’m talking about the Mavericks and the Cowboys. The Cowboys have been known as America’s team for almost four decades and they have had a great amount of success. But they have been riddled with off-the-field problems. They had problems during their dynasty in the 90s and more recently with Adam Jones. The Mavericks, on the other hand, didn’t start having great success until Internet mogul and billionaire Mark Cuban bought the team in 2000. Yet, Cuban has always been the center of some controversy. Whether he’s getting fined for making remarks towards the referees or Kenyon Martin’s mom, or getting charged with insider trading, the Mavericks owner is always in a media storm.
You never hear of the Spurs caught up in any scandal. Sure, Peter Holt might have had his drinking issues, but he’s battled his demons and came out on top. It’s not that the Spurs shy away from media attention, in fact there have been more nationally televised games this year than any I can remember.
They just focus on winning and if the media notices then so be it, and in San Antonio, we take great pride in that. We take pride in not being the Jailblazers, or having our superstars argue with our coaches. We take pride in the fact that our players aren’t seen on SportsCenter in handcuffs.
The people that make up the Spurs organization are strong people with good morals. People like David Robinson, who teaches at his local church and founded the Carver Academy. Strong military people like Gregg Popovich, who is a graduate of the Air Force Academy. And in San Antonio, a city with strong military roots, people like Popovich and Robinson personify what this great city is all about, and that’s accomplishing your goals while staying true to who you are, and who your family is. Family is always the most important thing in San Antonio.
San Antonio is the anti-Los Angeles, it’s the anti-Chicago, it’s the anti-New York. And it’s even the anti-Dallas. But that’s what’s so great about San Antonio; it’s a small town, yet, it’s a thriving metropolis steeped in rich heritage and an affluent culture that makes anything a part of its traditions, a part of San Antonio. That’s what the Spurs are, a tradition. Like fiesta every April, your niece’s quinceañera or tamales during Christmas, the Spurs are a tradition passed down from family to family, generation to generation. They are as much a part of San Antonio as the Alamo, the Missions and the Riverwalk. And they are also a part of us, our families and our friends.
It’s because we think of the Spurs as our family and friends that we have all of our emotions invested in them. With every win, we feel a kind of euphoria, and jubilation. We feel happiness and excitement. Yet with every defeat, we have a sudden feeling of hopelessness and desperation. Our emotions are so invested in their success, that one loss can turn the most joyous of events, say your grandmother’s birthday or your cousin’s graduation, into a dark and dismal occasion.
On a personal note, my son, Elliott, was born on June 14, 2007, the day the Spurs won their fourth NBA Championship. And while I was celebrating the birth of my son, the city of San Antonio was celebrating another title. Needless to say, it was the greatest day of my life. Every time I see my son’s face, I see my city celebrating, people running up and down Commerce Street waving their brooms. I don’t think there is an emotion that can really sum up how I feel when I think about June 14, 2007.
I love my Spurs. I love them like a Saturday afternoon at St.Marys University during Oyster Bake. I love them like a reggae festival at the Sunken Gardens. I love them like a weekend at the rodeo with George Strait and Alan Jackson. I love all those things because they bring excitement and joy to San Antonio. And that’s what the Spurs do. They bring an excitement and joy to San Antonio that is immeasurable. I love my Spurs, and no matter what happens, if they win 50 games, or lose 50, I will love and cherish them because they have given me some of the best moments of my life, and for that, I am forever grateful.
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So much for the slow start, the Spurs are finally picking up the pace and have played well as of late. Granted, the schedule has been relatively kind for the Spurs but still we have to be a little excited to see that the team is finally coming along.
Tim Duncan is still his usual steady self, Richard Jefferson is looking more comfortable with the Spurs system, Manu is showing flashes of brilliance and Roger Mason Jr. has been a solid contributor off the bench.
And the good news is; this team is not yet close to being at their full strength. There is a lot of room for improvement.
Let’s take a look at some factors that contributed to the Spurs recent winning streak as well as some of the things they need to work on.
Doing it Right!
Field Goal Percentage: The Spurs have held down their opponent’s field goal percentage to 42.7% while they shot 51.9 % from the field in the last five games; an indication that the defense is picking up.
Rebounds: Averaging 42.6 rebounds per game while holding the other teams to 34.4 rebounds per game simply means that the Spurs are controlling the boards with authority.
Assists: Ball movement is an important aspect in a team game like basketball; it makes the offense harder to defend. It may also mean that the players have a lot of trust in each other. The Spurs are sharing the ball well averaging 27.6 against 16.8 by their opponents in the last five games.
Work on it!
Cut on turnovers: The Spurs should give more attention on taking care of the basketball, even when winning they are still careless. The Spurs are averaging 15.4 turnovers per ballgame compared to just 12.8 by their opponents.
Keep the winning mentality: While the Spurs current record is respectable (20-12) right now, they still struggle against teams in the upper echelon of the standings. Before the winning streak, they fell short against a badly depleted Portland lineup. And then after a good 5 game stretch; they lost a close one against the Raptors. That means the Spurs need to be more focused and start thinking that every game counts.
Consistency and staying healthy: Role players like McDyess, Bogans and George Hill have to consistently give that added boost the Spurs needed. Also Matt Bonner and Mike Finley should come back from injuries to provide more outside shooting.
Free throw shooting: The Spurs even in the past have never been known to be a good free throw shooting team; but it will be crucial for them to turn the corner this season. Good free throw shooting will come in handy especially in the playoffs. And just a reminder, the Spurs lost the last game against the Raptors because of poor shooting from the foul line.
Still, it's good to see the Spurs playing better basketball after an early season struggle. They are now near the top of the standings in the West and the upcoming games against the Mavs and the Lakers will tell us more about the teams' character.
What do you guys think? Are the Spurs finally jelling as a team and keep with their winning ways? Or are they just taking advantage of an easy schedule and then continue to struggle against quality opponents? Give us your thoughts in the comments.
Project Spurs will be invading Rumi Lounge in San Antonio this weekend for our next live Spurscast this Saturday, January 9.
What's different about this live show is that you can actually see Michael and Jeff live and have a chance to win some amazing prizes that will be given out just to our live audience at Rumi Lounge.
We'll have a two-hour show starting at 5:30 p.m. and going until 7:30 p.m. We'll discuss the Spurs vs. Mavs game, the latest Spurs news, take calls and live interviews from the audience and have trivia and contests for the giveaways, which include:
• 2 lower level Spurs tickets and a parking pass
• 1 Project Spurs Ultimate Fan Guide
• 1 Spurs poster
Who knows, maybe we'll think about giving out a few other prizes as well, but you'll have to show up to win them.
After the show is wrapped up, we'll have an after party with some of our closest friends and loyal Project Spurs/Spurscast fans. We will have a reserved space and the party will have a New York/Spurs theme since Jeff will be heading back to New York a few days later.
Worried about missing the Cowboys game? Rumi Lounge will have several HDTVs set up throughout the lounge with the game on.
Jeff and I went to the lounge yesterday and we came away loving the great space, comfortable seating, friendly staff and they also have a gourmet grill at non-gourmet prices.
But if you are out of state or even out of country, we'll still have the live streaming player right here on Project Spurs.
Rumi Lounge is located at 12730 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78231.
Earlier today, Jeff Garcia and I joined News 4 WOAI's Humberto Cervera and Kyle Boenitz to talk Spurs, Cowbys and Longhorns for the WOAI Sports Roundtable.
This was Jeff's second time on the Roundtable and was a pro. He gave me tips and told me what to look out for. As for me, it was my first time and though I did have the butterflies, it felt just like a podcast. Except with three cameras in my face and all of San Antonio watching. Yeah! No Pressure.
Also we plugged the epic live show Project Spurs/Spurscast is hosting this Saturday beginning at 6 PM at Rumi Lounge.
I was in the blue shirt and Jeff was in the grey blazer. Oh and don't hate on my awesome tennis shoes and ankle high socks.