The Spurs have had many great players during the franchise's history. Spurs fans have seen the defensive beast in David Robinson, scoring machine in Manu Ginobili and the toughness of Mario Elie.
All these individual players brought or bring something to the Spurs but with Halloween coming in October let's play Dr. Frankenstein and create a prototype Spur.
Using parts from past and current Spurs players, I present to you the ultimate Spur!
Eyes -- Avery Johnson. When it comes to finding the open man and court vision you have to go with Avery Johnson. Avery finished as the Spurs all-time assist leader with 4,474 and during the Spurs 1999 championship run, he led the team with 7.4 assists. Not bad for someone who got bounced around in the NBA.
Upper Body Strength -- Artis Gilmore. When it comes to power and strength you go with the "A-Train." Artis was an absolute brute in the low post. His strength allowed him to move opposing defenders out of the block and cleared space for him to operate. He led the NBA in field goal percentage in four consecutive seasons, including a career best .670 during the 1980-81 season. This is the third highest percentage in NBA history. He remains the NBA's career leader in field goal percentage with a 59.9 percentage. Again, why isn't he in the NBA Hall of Fame?
Arms -- David Robinson. When it comes to rebounding, intimidation in the paint, altering shots and blocking shots, no one did it better than "The Admiral." He was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year (1992), All-Defensive First Team ('91, '92, '95, '96), and the first player in NBA history to rank among the top five in rebounding, blocks and steals (per game) in a single season. He also led the NBA in rebounding (1990–91 season) with 13 per game and in blocked shots (1991–92 season) with 4.49 per game. He finished with 10,497 rebounds and 2,954 blocked shots while with the Spurs, the most by any player in Spurs history. Plus the man's arms are chiseled!
Hands -- Alvin Robertson. Before Bruce Bowen, there was Alvin Robertson. When it comes to quick hands you have to go with him. While with the Spurs he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award in 1986, and led the league in steals in 1986, 1987 and 1991. He still holds the top career steals-per-game average in the NBA, with 2.71 per contest over 779 career games. Though he played only five seasons with the Spurs, he ranks second in club history in total steals, with 1,129. He led the NBA with the most steals in a season until the record was taken down by New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul.
Legs -- Tony Parker. When it comes to legs you want speed. With that, look no further than Tony Parker. Considered to be one of the fastest point guards in the NBA, Parker can outrun other players and get to the basket with ease. This speed has contributed to the Spurs success in getting three of four NBA titles and has earned Parker All-Star appearances and the 2007 NBA Finals MVP.
Feet -- Tim Duncan. There has never been any Spur in franchise history to have the footwork and low post moves that Tim Duncan possesses. His low post moves befuddle opposing players and he can finish with his back to the basket or facing up. These low post moves have made him consistent throughout his years with the Spurs and made him a 4-time champion.
Passion/Heart -- Manu Ginobili. His passion on the court is contagious. He plays like it's his last time on the court.
Toughness -- Mario Elie. Elie brought toughness to the Spurs in their 1999 championship run. Not afraid to get in an opposing player's face or even his own teammate's.
"Clutchness" -- James Silas. He wasn't called "Captain Late" for nothing. He was known to take over games late in the fourth quarter and it wasn't unusual for him to get 20 points in the fourth quarter as well.
Basketball IQ -- Tim Duncan. Duncan knows when to shoot, pass out of the block, and knows how to make his teammates better.
Shooting Stroke -- George Gervin. "Ice" could shoot from anywhere on the court. He made it look so easy. Plus no one else can finger roll like he could!
Now all together . . . IT'S ALIVE! ALIVE!
Well there you have it Spurs fans, the ultimate Spur. Please leave your comments and tell us who else should be considered to be a part of the ultimate Spur.
All Spurs fans come in different shapes and sizes. For us guys it's mainly the "round" shape due to massive consumption of beers during Spurs games. Damn you sweet tasting beer. You don't judge us male Spurs fans. You are always there for us when we need to escape reality of Tony Parker rapping.
Then there is Zenia. Yeah so what she is in a red bikini, with her long flowing hair, un-tied bikini bottom, laying on a rock in front of a body of water looking smoking hot. That's not impressive. You know what's impressive about her? She's a Spurs fan!
With training camp next week and the season opener coming up fast, what better way to pass the time then to introduce Zenia. Not only is she a Spurs fan, she is also from San Antonio. Which leads me to my next point. Zenia I will be in San Antonio in December. Just saying.
Project Spurs continues celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a look at past and current Hispanic players to wear the Spurs uniform. We also discuss ways the NBA can market to the growing Hispanic population.
As Jeff Garcia wrote about on Monday, the Spurs have adopted and embrace San Antonio's Hispanic culture since they moved to the Alamo City. But in recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month, we felt it was also important to talk about the players who came to the Spurs before Manu Ginobili was a household name.
You can't begin to talk about the Hispanic players on the Spurs without mentioning Carl Herrera, better known as "Amigo" in San Antonio.
While Herrera's career took him to Houston, San Antonio, Vancouver and Denver, the University of Houston grad was well traveled before he even stepped onto the NBA hardwood.
Originally born in Trinidad and Tobago, Herrera was the first Venezuelan to play in the NBA. He began playing basketball at the age of 13 and by 16, he was already playing with the Venezuelan National Team. After going to Jacksonville Community College in Texas and one year with the Cougars, Herrera played a year in Spain before getting a call from the Rockets.
The 6-9 Herrera played for the Spurs from 1995-98. He enjoyed his best NBA year with the Spurs in 96-97, averaging eight points and 4.5 rebounds per game. On June 24, 1998, the Spurs packaged Herrera with another Hispanic NBA player, Felipe Lopez, in a trade to Vancouver for Antonio Daniels.
Named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in the Country in 1993 by Hispanic Business Magazine, Herrera was a fan favorite in San Antonio and will always be remembered by Spurs fans for his batman-like protective mask and for playing salsa music.
A year after Herrera was traded, the Spurs decided to use one of their late second round picks on a little-known Argentine shooting guard by the name of Emmanuel Ginobili, who had been playing with Viola Reggio Calabria in Italy at the time. The Spurs decided to keep Ginobili overseas to keep developing, but even the Spurs front office couldn't have known how much he would improve over the next three years.
In the 2002 FIBA World Championship in Indianapolis, Ginobili took the basketball world by surprise, leading Argentina to a second place finish and making the All-Tournament Team along with Peja Stojakovic. Dirk Nowitzki and Yao Ming. It didn't take long for the Spurs to come calling. After a 58-24 the year before and three straight years of not making the finals, Spurs brass realized they needed some help off the bench and signed Ginobili.
I remember interviewing Ginobili the day he came to San Antonio for his press conference. He remarked about how excited he was to come to San Antonio, especially because of the Hispanic culture. It didn't take long for San Antonio to be excited about having him either. Spurs fans saw his impact off the bench on opening night, and his addition was a big part of the reason the Spurs were able to get over the hump and make another trip to title town.
A year later, the Spurs signed another South American player, Alex Garcia of Brazil. At the time, Garcia was coming off a good year with Ribeirao Presto averaging 17.9 points, four rebounds and four assists per game. Unfortunately for Garcia, he seemed to suffer a series of injuries which kept him off the court.
He ended up playing two games for the Spurs, averaging 1.5 points and one steal in 6.5 minutes per game. After initially protecting him from being taken in the expansion draft, the Spurs waived Garcia. He signed with New Orleans, but the injuries kept on coming. There were rumors that Garcia was being invited to Spurs training camp in 2007, but he never made it back. He currently plays for Universo BRB of Novo Basquete Brasil and is a member of the Brazilian National Basketball team.
Since then, the Spurs have signed Fabricio Oberto and drafted Tiago Splitter. They also drafted and signed several other Hispanic players that never made it to San Antonio or earned a spot on the team, including Felipe Lopez, Luis Scola, Leandro Barbosa, Elias "Larry" Ayuso and Romain Sato.
Marketing/Scouting without Borders
With Hispanics becoming the largest minority in the United States, it may now be time to venture beyond Noche Latina and making Los Spurs jerseys and for the NBA to make a concerted effort at marketing to a growing population and a new audience, not only overseas, but in the Unites States. But there is a right and wrong way to go about marketing.
As a Hispanic male living in the United States, I've been more offended by some companies who make failed attempts at marketing to this population. This is a new world, where multiculturalism is part of America, and while the term "Hispanic" or "Latino" refers to an ethnicity, it is not one market. The Hispanic population in the United States is made up of several cultures and countries. While something like Los Spurs can be something some Hispanic fans can get behind, using Spanglish may seem like a slap in the face to others.
So what can the Spurs do to step up their Hispanic marketing efforts? Use Spanish. There's nothing that ties every Hispanic country and culture together like the language they all speak. Other than that, utilizing the players Hispanic fans recognize, like Manu Ginobili, would certainly make a difference over the same old english television ad with a spanish voiceover.
But maybe the Spurs efforts shouldn't stop at marketing. While this front office has excelled at scouting international players, even recently with having Romel Beck on the summer league squad and brining Anthony Lever-Pedroza into training camp a few years back, maybe it's also time to look in our own backyard.
With the Hispanic population making up over 60 percent of San Antonio's total population, these are fertile grounds for scouting without using up any frequent flyer miles. There's been plenty of NBA talent that has come out of San Antonio and several players that have yet to have that chance.
One such player is Orlando Mendez-Valdez, who grew up on San Antonio's west side. Valdez went to Lanier High School and was named the Greater San Antonio Player of the Year. After that, Mendez-Valdez moved onto Western Kentucky, and made two NCAA tournament appearances. His last tournament appearance was the last game of his collegiate career. He outplayed Gonzaga's Jeremy Pargo and scored 25 points, had seven assists and three rebounds, shooting 9 of 12 from the field and made 7 of 10 three pointers. He ended off his senior year as Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and was named to the 2009 AP All-American basketball team, but no one came calling on draft night, he was not invited to be on anyone's summer league team and at this writing, he has not been invited to training camp.
While that may be one example, as a basketball fan in Texas, I've come across several talented Hispanic players that never got their chance. If Spurs scouts look in the right places, there may just be the next Ricky Rubio, Leandro Barbosa, Manu Ginobili, Jose Juan Barea or Eduardo Najera in the 210 area code.
The Spurs announced the signing of 6-11 big man Dwayne Jones, who played with the Austin Toros last year,.
At the same time they made the Curtis Jerrells and Keith Bogans signings official. We reported the Jerrells signing first on Project Spurs last Tuesday and discussed the Bogans signing yesterday.
In a surprising move, the Spurs waived second round draft selection Jack McClinton. It appears as thought the Spurs saw enough of McClinton in his poor summer league showings.
While I didn't expect McClinton to earn a roster spot, I was surprised they didn't give him another chance in training camp, but the Spurs have released players early in the past so they have a chance to go to camp with another team or explore their options overseas.
Be sure to check back here on Project Spurs as we'll have a full profile on Johnson tomorrow.
Every good story has a protagonist and an antagonist. There is a conflict with the good guys on one side and the bad guys on the other. Eventually a resolution is reached. Usually in our culture it's the good guy who comes out on top but this is not always true.
Sports are no different.
Rivalries make sport compelling, imploring us to tune in and spend three hours of our time watching two teams battle. There is something primal, something innately interesting about watching two teams that strongly dislike each other play to see who is best. These rivalries may come and go, only the all-time great rivalries (Lakers-Celtics, Yankees-Red Sox, Tar Heels-Blue Devils) never fade, but they are an integral part of what it means to be a fan.
I've attempted to identify the Spurs top five rivals. I've thought about playoff battles, on court conflicts, off court conflicts and personalities. Most importantly, I've thought about what team do I most enjoy beating. To me this is the essence of what makes a rivalry. It's all about the satisfaction with beating a team that you despise.
Don't like my rankings? Please share your own.
5. Utah Jazz - During the mid-1990's, the Jazz had the Spurs number, knocking them out of the playoffs in 1994, 1996, and 1998. It always seemed that the Spurs would run into the Jazz and never have enough firepower, never forcing a series to go to the final game. It did not help that the Jazz were led by Karl Malone, whose elbows-of-death injured more than one than player during his career. In April of 1998 that player was David Robinson. Malone caught the ball in the post and turned, his elbows connecting with Robinson's head and knocking the Admiral unconscious. Adding insult to injury, Robinson was called for the foul. Since Malone's retirement the Jazz have struggled with the Spurs, but it does not make beating them any less sweet.
4. Houston Rockets - The Rockets (I-10 rivalry for those in Texas) were another mid-90's nemesis of the Spurs. They only knocked the Spurs out of the playoffs once but it was one of the most painful playoff series in Spurs history. In 1995 the Spurs had the best record in the league and Robinson captured the MVP. They were the favorites facing the underdog Rockets who were seeded 6th, but Hakeem Olajuwon famously outplayed Robinson and ultimately carried the Rockets to their second title. Spurs fans have been bitter towards the Rockets ever since. More recently, the Spurs traded away Luis Scola to the Rockets for nothing in return, which has also left many fans bitter. While the Spurs and Rockets have not had many playoff battles, their one meeting in 1995 ended Robinson's best chance to win a title as the Spurs "go-to" player.
3. Phoenix Suns - The Suns knocked the Spurs out of the playoffs a couple times in the 90's but this rivalry grew heated during the Nash-D'Antoni era in recent years. The Suns captured America's attention with their "seven seconds or less" mentality. On the other end of the spectrum were the Spurs, winning with solid team defense and low scoring affairs. This rivalry had everything - exciting finishes, players calling each other out, suspensions and the Suns owner mocking the Spurs. Remember the chicken dance? Suns players and fans hated the Bruce Bowen for "dirty" play and Ginobili for flopping. They even claimed that the NBA favored the Spurs, something that always blew my mind. Spurs fans hated the Suns for Amare Stoudemire's whining, D'Antoni's sideline antics and the Suns fan's constant complaining. It was a fun rivalry, especially since the Spurs always came out on top. Unfortunately D'Antoni has left and the games just are not quite as fulfilling without him.
2. Dallas Mavericks - This rivalry (I-35 rivalry for those in Texas) is a relatively young one that only truly formed when Mark Cuban took over the Mavericks. The two teams have met in the playoffs numerous times with the Spurs winning in 2001 and 2003 and the Mavs winning in 2006 and 2009. Like with the Suns, this rivalry has had classic finishes, suspensions and Cuban's wild antics. Jason Terry has cemented his place on Spurs fans hate list after punching Michael Finley in the groin. I don't think I need to say too much about Mark Cuban after all he has done, including ugly remarks about the Riverwalk, city of San Antonio and Spurs fans. The Mavericks also knocked the Spurs out of the 2006 playoffs with a memorable, and highly painful, game seven that will be remembered for Ginobili fouling Dirk Nowitzki for a three-point play. What pushes this rivalry past the Suns for me is that Cuban, Nowitzki and Terry, the three players I most associate with the rivalry, are still around.
1. Los Angeles Lakers - Maybe no rivalry has been as exciting over the past decade as this one. It started to get interesting in 1999 when the Spurs swept a Lakers team with Shaq and Kobe to close down the Great Western Forum. Phil Jackson then declared after the season that the Spurs title should come with an asterisk because it was a 50 game season, thus earning the hatred of all Spurs fans for eternity. The Lakers dispatched the Spurs in 2001 and 2002 before the Spurs defeated them in 2003, which many Spurs fans remember for Kobe and Derek Fisher crying afterwards. Of course 2004 brought my most painful Spurs memory - .4. The Lakers and Spurs have been the most dominant teams throughout the decade, and it's only fitting that they have decided each other's playoff fates so many times. The Lakers have been home to three of the most disliked individuals for Spurs fans - Kobe, Shaq and Jackson. Add those three to the painful losses and the Lakers are the biggest rival for me.
Ok Spurs fans, time for you to chime in. Did we leave any other team off the list? Please leave us your comments and go vote on the poll for best Spurs rival.
According to Fanhouse.com, the Spurs will sign shooting guard Keith Bogans to a 1-year deal. According to the report, Bogans, who will sign a guaranteed deal worth the minimum of $1.03 million. Bogans averaged 6.0 points for Milwaukee last season and he has a 7.5 average over six seasons.
With the retirement of Bruce Bowen, the Spurs may look to Bogans as the next perimeter defender. Since his Kentucky days, Bogans has been known for working hard on every play, perstering his opponent, being a team player and just having a great work ethic overall. ESPN's John Hollinger has even gone so far as to say that Bogans is a "poor man's Bruce Bowen."
The 6-5 Bogans seems to have been modeling his game after Bowen his entire career as a spot-up outside shooter and a hard-nosed defender. Bogans seems to be a good fit on the Spurs, especially since they are in dire need of someone who can stay in front of the Kobes and Lebrons.
But if the signing does go through, the Spurs will be stockpiled with swingmen, including Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Roger Mason, Michael Finley, Malik Hairston, Marcus Williams and now Bogans. I'm sure it'll make for a competitive training camp.
Project Spurs will monitor this signing, so stay tuned for more details.
With September/October being Hispanic Heritage Month, we here at Project Spurs would like to take time to reflect on the impact the Hispanic culture, in particular the Mexican culture, has had on the Spurs franchise.
For those of you who have never lived in or visited San Antonio, you cannot help but notice the huge Mexican influence throughout the city. From the city's authentic Mexican food, people speaking Spanish in the streets, specialized stores, La Villita, or the colorful Riverwalk, all magnify the city's proud Mexican roots. Remember Texas was once a part of Mexico and has been under Spanish rule before joining the United States. Though San Antonio is the seventh largest city in the U. S., the city and its citizens have never lost touch with their heritage and this is what gives San Antonio its charm and separates itself from other major cities in the United States.
San Antonio only has one major professional sports team in the Spurs. So it's no surprise to see the Mexican culture's impact on the Spurs (Las Espuelas) and how the franchise has embraced it.
When you go to a home game, you are greeted by Mariachis dressed in the traditional Mariachi traje de charro (suit of the cowboy) with a splash of Spurs flare, playing traditional Mariachi music and belting out gritos (cries). You cannot help but start to dance in the lobby of the AT&T Center once you hear the guitarrón (bass), trumpet, violins, and guitar begin to play. Also the concourse resembles the streets of Mexico with colorful lights across the ceiling, especially when you head to the "Mercado" (Market) in the concourse. Even the interactive area in the concourse is called "Fan Fiesta." And a fiesta it is as you feel like partying and the game hasn't begun.
The word "family" is a powerful word in the Mexican culture. It is the foundation of the culture. Looking around the concourse before game time and you will notice families dressed to the hilt in Spurs gear, parents buying souvenirs for their kids and scrambling around to keep up with their children. A Spurs game is an event that makes the family bond tighter. I speak from experience. I was able to be at the AT&T Center for game 1 of the 2008 Spurs-Suns series when Tim Duncan hit the infamous three. I saw that game with my father and sharing that moment with my father was much sweeter than Duncan's three itself.
But before grabbing your seat, you've got to grab some food. So head to the South Mercado in the AT&T Center. Again the Mexican influence is everywhere. There you will find the best tasting margaritas and other Mexican food served to the fans. It's also no surprise to find out an official partner of the Spurs is Taco Cabana. The largest Tex-Mex chain restaurant in Texas. Even during David Robinson's Hall of Fame speech he mentioned a staple of Mexican food, the tamale.
Now you made your way to your seat but during the game do not be surprised to see fans wearing sombreros (hats) painted silver and black. Even former Spur James White wore a sombero during the 2007 Spurs championship rally in the Alamodome. Also be prepared to hear the loudest gritos from fans in the AT&T Center when the speakers blast the classic Mexican song "Volver." So Spurs fans and San Antonians reading this right now, join me and at the top of your lungs sing "Y volver, volver, volver!"
As you continue your game experience, you might catch a familiar face in the stands cheering loudly for Tony Parker. Yes your eyes are not deceiving you. It's her, Mexican-American film and television actress and native Texan, Eva Longoria-Parker.The Spurs organization has woven the Mexican culture into the fabric of the franchise. It could have shunned it and gone "corporate" but it would have been a slap in the "face" of the city and its citizens who have supported them since day one. It is the perfect marriage of a city's heritage in an NBA franchise.
Gracias a los Spurs. Gracias por todo que usted ha hecho para los fanaticos Hispanos. Y a todos mis compañeros fanaticos de los Spurs, canten conmigo . . . y volver, volver, volver!
Come by tomorrow as my partner, Michael De Leon, will profile Hispanic players to wear the Spurs uniform and how the Spurs can be the leaders in the NBA in marketing to United States largest minority, Hispanics. Also he will discuss how Spurs foreign scouts should not have any borders.
Two podcasts in one week...and in the offseason. But we wouldn't have it any other way as Michael and Jeff recap David Robinson Tribute Week, talk about Richard Jefferson's dislocated thumb and answer the question, "Curtis who?" about Curtis Jerrells, the Spurs newest signing out of Baylor.
To give Spurs fans a better idea of who Jerrells is, we brought in Robert Villarreal, or fireb0x on twitter. Robert followed Jerrells' career at Baylor and tells us if he has a shot at winning a roster spot or is Austin-bound.
To end the show, we go through some quick notes including a French National Team update, list Ball Don't Lie's Best Sixth Men of the Decade and Peter Kim of The No Look Pass takes us back and talks about a former Spur who made a great impact on the franchise. No not David Robinson or Sean Elliott. It was Bill Curley who was traded to Detroit for Elliott who went on to hit the Memorial Day Miracle and helped the Spurs to their first NBA Championship.
Note: As you may have noticed, we decided to take a bit of a break this week coming off of the tribute week, but we'll be back at it again next week.
For Spurs fans there are a handful of NBA players and other NBA personalities who really get under their skin. Sure there are players who have broken the hearts of Spurs fans like Derek Fisher, but there are those others that no matter what, Spurs fans just love to hate them. So in no particular order, we here at Project Spurs present to you our guys we love to hate.
Shaquille O' Neal. He vowed to get revenge on the Spurs and Coach Pop for using the "Hack-A-Shaq," called the Spurs cowards, and was a huge part of the Spurs-Lakers rivalry of years past. But what is worse is he took shots at David Robinson. In his book "Shaq Talks Back" he called Robinson a "punk ass" and a "Mr. Goody Two Shoes." He must be the only person ever to have issues with David Robinson. Though he stated he told David he was always his favorite player before his induction into the NBA Hall of Fame.
Mark Cuban. His sideline antics with Spurs fans, reaction to beating the Spurs in the 2006 playoffs, and all around "douchebaggery" makes this a guy Spurs fans love to hate. What took it over the top were his remarks about the San Antonio Riverwalk being an “ugly-ass, muddy-watered thing”, that Spurs fans are the NBA’s “rudest,” claimed Spurs fans “verbally abused” his wife, and finally calling Duncan a "crybaby."
Jason Terry. His cocky, arrogant, smug antics on the court during Spurs-Mavs games, and his "nut-punch"to Mike Finley in the 2006 NBA Playoffs, make Jason Terry a hated guy in the eyes of Spurs fans. However he continues to make it worse by taking shots at the Spurs whenever he is interviewed. In an interview with Colin Cowherd he called the Spurs "dirty," said it's personal with him and the Spurs, said Spurs complain too much, said Manu flops and just all around dislikes the Spurs. Listen for yourself.
Kobe Bryant. He has a rep for being a "me first" NBA player, arrogant and won't hesitate to call-out his own players publicly. Just ask Shaq. He is everything the Spurs are not. He also has a knack for making killer shots on the Spurs when the game is close. But in a game against the Lakers this past NBA season, Kobe hit a three-pointer in a close game to take the lead for the Lakers and proceeded to do the "balls-dance" while looking at Spurs fans in the AT&T Center. This "dance" requires a man to pretend he has larger than normal testicles. It was a bit premature as Roger Mason then hit a 4-point play to win the game for the Spurs. Take that Kobe!
Phil Jackson. One word: asterisk. After the Spurs won the 1999 title, Phillip decided to say the Spurs title needed an asterisk since it was a shortened NBA season. This did not go over well with Spurs fans and has been haunting them since. In a 2007 Lakers loss versus the Spurs he insinuated the Spurs style of getting to the lane and passing it out for the open man was a "Brokeback Mountain" game, referencing the 2005 movie about a homosexual affair. His apology was half-hearted. He also called Bruce Bowen "Edward Scissorshands."
Joey Crawford. This NBA ref has no love from Spurs fans and be warned, if you are laughing at this very moment, he will eject you out of your home, office, or where ever you are right now. Crawford has had issues with Coach Pop and especially with Tim Duncan. During a game in the 2008 Spurs-Hornets playoff series, Coach Pop and Crawford were having a "friendly" discussion over a delay of game call Crawford made. So what does Crawford do? Poke Pop in his chest. With Tim Duncan it gets worse. In a game against the Dallas Mavericks in 2007, Crawford called Duncan for his second technical (Tim got his first for arguing an offensive foul call earlier in the game) for . . . laughing on the bench, which led to his ejection. And if that wasn't bad enough, Crawford challenged Duncan to fight. Could it get even worse? Yes it can. The NBA then suspended Crawford indefinetly and Crawford responded by saying he would do it again and eject Duncan if circumstances were the same. Let's not also forget he was in the area of the non-call on Derek Fisher when he clearly fouled Brent Barry in the 2008 Spurs-Lakers playoff series.
Well there you have it Spurs fans. These guys are not well liked within Spurs nation. Did we miss anyone? If so leave us your comments and tell us who else should be on this list. Also go vote on who is the most hated among Spurs fans.