San Antonio Spurs' James Anderson continues to perform well at the Impact League in Las Vegas.
He is showing a deft shooting touch including his best showing during day two where he scored 24 points shooting 11/12 from the field. But for as much as he was lauded for his shooting ability coming out of Oklahoma State, Anderson displayed his athletic ability during his play duringday three.
Check out the video of Anderson skying for a nasty put-back dunk at the 1:26 point of the video below. Also, since when is Roger Mason, Jr. still a Spur? See the 2:13 point of the video.
San Antonio Spurs' James Anderson continues to perform well at the Impact League in Las Vegas.
Greece thought they had wrapped up San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker and a win that would propel them into the Eurobasket semifinals.
Apparently they thought wrong.
While Greece's defenders hounded Parker through one of his worst Eurobasket showings, he broke loose of Greece's grasp midway through the fourth quarter when it mattered most.
Parker lead France on a 16-5 run with four minutes remaining in the game to finally push ahead for the eventual win.
Parker ended the game with 18 points, five rebounds and three assists.
While Parker was key in the win, he got some help along the way, notably from San Antonio Spurs' 2009 draft pick Nando De Colo.
De Colo erupted again following his 21 point effort against Lithuania with 16 points today. He also contributed to France's dominance from outside by making two of three three-pointers.
San Antonio Spurs' James Anderson continues to turn heads at the Impact League out in Vegas as day three is in the books.
Anderson finished with 20 points, shot 8/12 from the field, 1/2 from the three-point line, 1/3 from the free-throw line, five rebounds, one assist, and one steal for Team Royal.
Here have been his stat lines from the past two days:
• Day 1: 19 points, 7/10 from the field
• Day 2: 24 points, 11/12 from the field
It's another great performance but should Spurs fans take his great play as a sign of good things to come from the young man?
First it was San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker doing a TV commerical for a home food delivery company and now it seems Manu Ginobili is getting into the act.
While at the 2011 FIBA Americas tournament, Ginobili did this spot for the new Gillette deodorant. The campaign slogan is "Llevante los brazos" or "Raise your arms" and feel comfortable knowing your armpits smell great.
It's a good thing Manu was smelling fresh considering there was plenty of celebratory arm raising as Argentina took home gold at the tournament and secured their spot for the 2012 Olympics.
The TV show Dancing with the Stars has seen its fair share of pro-athletes cut a rug. Evander Holyfield, Jerry Rice and now Ron Artest joined in the act but did San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker pass up on a chance to show off his dancing skills? He sure did.
In an interview with tvmag.lefigaro.fr, Parker says he was offered a chance to be on the American and French version of Dancing with the Stars but passed on the opportunity.
They've already [approached me] in France and the United States, but for now, I'm not interested.
Now that would have been a site to see. He already tried his hand in the music industry with his rap albums so for him to make a jump to television is not that much of a stretch.
Speaking of TV, Parker spoke on his French cartoon series, and says it's weird to see his likeness animated but feels it's honor to have such a show.
It's weird ... but it is also an honor.
But does Parker think his animated-self looks like him?
Some of Bloguin's top writer's recently got together to argue and discuss whether some of the NBA's former players are Hall of Fame worthy.
The panelist's were Jeff Fox of The Hoops Manifesto, College Wolf from the TWolves Blog, Don & brumbygg from With Malice and Ezra from the Purple and Gold Blog.
They gave their takes on players like Reggie Miller, Mitch Richmond, Mark Jackson, Ralph Sampson, and former San Antonio Spurs player Robert Horry.
Here is how things shook out for the former Spur.
Hall of Fame Consensus: OUT
"OUT. Hell of a lot of rings, but it was almost just a case of being in the right place at the right time (not quite that extreme, but close)." - Jeff Fox
"The SEVEN titles are almost enough for me. But no, he hasn't done enough in his career. OUT." - College Wolf
""The guy had a nose for being in the right place, at the right time. Both in terms of teams (seven rings - three different teams!), and game-play (just ask Steve Nash!). But this doesn't translate to being a Hall of Fame guy. OUT." - Don
"IN. Yeah, he may not have a variety of hardware or mind-boggling career averages, but his record-setting accomplishments in college and in the NBA are some of the things a whole lot of players in history couldn't do in their entire career, including the great Michael Jordan." - Ezra
"Seven rings is nice and all, but being in the right place at the right time does not mean you're good enough for the Hall. OUT!" - brumbygg
As you can see, it's debatable whether or not Horry is Hall of Fame worthy. In one argument,yes he was in the right place at the right time but if he didn't hit that clutch shot for Houston would they have won? If he didn't hit the big shot against the Kings with the Lakers would the Lakers have had their three-peat?
As reported here at Project Spurs, San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili has been courted by his former Italian team, Virtus Bologna, to join the squad during the NBA lockout.
And seeing how the 2011 FIBA Americas tournament is over, Ginobili now says he will make a decision in October on whether to join his former team or not.
"The call [they] (Bologna) made me moved me. I remembered many nice things," said Manu
"I hope [the NBA lockout] issue settlles. I will decide in early October," said Ginobili in a note to LU2 Radio Bahía Blanca.
Should Ginobili decide to make the move to Italy, he would join other Spurs players heading overseas due to the lockout. Steve Novak, Chris Quinn, Danny Green and DeJuan Blair all have made the move but should Manu take his talents to Italy, he would mark the first high-profile Spur to play overseas.
Manu did play heavy minutes for Argentina during their run at the FIBA Americas tournament and probably could use the rest for the upcoming season. If it does kick off. And as much as Manu is a competitor, Spurs fans would probably like to see him rest.
Let's not forget, Tony Parker has also set a self-imposed January deadline on whether he would play in France with his team ASVEL.
What do you have to say Spurs fans? Manu play heavy minutes with Team Argentina and he isn't getting any younger. Would you rather see him rest and wait out the lockout or are you OK with him heading to Italy?
It's been well documented here at Project Spurs that San Antonio Spurs' Da'Sean Butler has been vigorously training in the offseason.
From boxing, to participating in intense training programs, Butler is determined to prove the naysayers wrong that he has what it takes to make it in the NBA and with the Spurs despite suffering a devastating knee injury in college.
But now as the NBA lockout is in full swing, it would seem his hopeful NBA debut will be put on hold indefinitely. But that's OK for Butler as he is simply preparing for next season.
“I’m looking forward to playing. I’m trying to stay in shape and stay in condition and ready to go. I just have to wait it out some more,” said Butler. “When I get the opportunity to play the opportunity will present itself.”
For more, check out the video below to hear what Butler said about his time with the Spurs' D-League affiliate Austin Toros, his hopes about staying with the Spurs and more.
Thank goodness for Twitter, because it's given us fans a peek into how a lot of NBA guys spend their summer. One guy who, until today, we had no clue how he spent his summer was San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan.
Here's what we know about Duncan: He's the most successful player of his generation (I'll take your Kobe comments below), he has a wife, a couple of kids, likes swimming, boxing with Jesse James Leija and playing video games. We all just assume he spends his summer hanging out with his family, swimming and playing video games, perhaps all at the same time, which would be impressive.
But thanks to former Spur and current Thunder center Nazr Mohammed, we now know Duncan isn't a complete hermit in the offseason. Though with the San Antonio heat, no one would blame him for keeping himself in his "Big Fundamental" pool which is hopefully shaped like a backboard.
Nazr tweeted "We getting some good work here in Austin. Had a cameo by the Big Fundamental aka TD, @DaFinster (Mike Finley aka James Anderson 1.0) & @RealTristan13 (Cavs draftee Tristan Thompson)."
The work he's talking about is the Kevin Durant coordinated Thunder work outs in Austin. I think several things about this. First, I think it's great that Durant is coordinating these workouts. It shows great leadership on his part. Second, I think it's great that Nazr got Duncan and Finley to come up and workout with the young Thunder team.
But if Duncan taught Durant one move, just one move that helps OKC beat San Antonio in next spring's playoffs I'm going to be really upset. But there you have it Spurs fans, the greatest power forward ever is keeping busy this offseason, and it's not just with Call of Duty and Gears of War.
As the French national team continues its play at Eurobasket 2011, San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker has been playing at a high level enough to be considered the MVP of the tournament. He has steadied the ship for France as the team looks to punch its ticket to the 2012 London games.
But as much as Parker is important to the squad, should Parker not be able to get on the court for France, head coach Vincent Collet knows he can count on Spurs 2009 draftee Nando De Colo.
So far I have been going to Nando (De Colo) to replace Tony because he has been doing a good job and I think he is playing better now that he has had some minutes at the point guard position because he likes to run the ball so the position suits him.
For the tournament De Colo is avergaing 5.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 0.8 assists including a 21-point scoring outburst against Lithuania. And while he is playing decent for France in the tournament, the question remains - is he ready to come to the NBA and join the Spurs?