File this under "we'll see" but here you go.
With what looks like a long lockout in the making, San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green has been muling his options from overseas.
At the beginning of the month, our own Jeff Garcia talked to Green in New York at a charity basketball game. Green told Garcia any offer he would consider from overseas would have to have an opt out clause because he wants to return to the NBA when the lockout ends. Thus was a main reason why he didn't sign with the Greek club Olympiakos. One interesting thing Green told Garcia in the interview was the only news he receives on the lockout is from the online world.
Earlier today, Green tweeted a link of an article stating that the NBA season could be lost. Four hours later, Green tweeted this:
Say it aint so! Ur boy might b play wit the bro @DeThompson9 out in Slovenia....ha! Sh*t jus got real...
Former North Carolina Tar Heel Deon Thompson is the player Green is referring to. The two played together on North Carolina's 2009 championship team. In late July, Thompson signed a two year deal to play with the Euroleague club Union Olimpija in Slovenia.
Whether Green's tweet was simply tounge-in-cheek remains to be seen but as the lockout keeps marching on with no end in sight, Green, like many other NBA players, could be considering to take the right deal and head overseas.
File this under "we'll see" but here you go.
Next month, the State of Arizona will celebrate 100 years of statehood at their centennial.
So you're wondering what this has to do with the San Antonio Spurs.
While I could come up with about 10 jokes on the spot about the Phoenix Suns and their history of losing to the Spurs, those same Spurs also owe a lot to the state.
The Memorial Day Miracle in 1999 gave the Spurs the momentum they needed to win their first championship. Would the Spurs have that moment without Tucson's Sean Elliott.
In 2003, Steve Kerr, a graduate of the University of Arizona hit four key three-pointers in game six of the Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Mavericks. His contribution helped eliminate the Mavericks and propelled the Spurs to the 2003 Finals.
Then there's Richard Jefferson.
Bruce Pascoe of the Arizona Daily Star today highlighted Elliott in a list of the 100 best athletes, moments and teams in Arizona's history.
Unlike Kerr, Elliott is also a product of Arizona, and was born and raised in Tucson, where he starred at Cholla High School.
While Elliott is already well past his playing career at the University of Arizona, certainly past his 12 year NBA playing career and has been a Spurs broadcaster since the 2001-02 season, that doesn't stop him from being one of Arizona's favorite sons.
I had a chance to visit Tucson for the first time ever a few months ago. While I was going to help a family member at a conference and we were driving about 12 hours both ways, I jumped at the chance just to get to spend a week in the town Elliott grew up in.
I asked quite a few locals and I never once got a confused look when I asked about number 32.
I even had an opportunity to talk to a current Cholla High School student and while I wouldn't have an idea who some of the more notable people were that graduated from my high school, this student had no problem bringing up certain facts about Elliott's playing career.
Luckily for the city of San Antonio, we've had a chance to also enjoy Tucson's favorite son, from seeing the heralded rookie that played his first game with knee pads, to being upset to see him traded to Detroit all the way to seeing him punctuate his great career by slam dunking a basketball in his comeback game after a kidney transplant.
I'm sure San Antonio and Tucson are proud to have Elliott call both cities home,
Coming into the 2010-2011 NBA season, one of the most talked about players making the move from overseas to the NBA was San Antonio Spurs’ Tiago Splitter. Splitter was hailed as the best big man in Europe a year ago after producing an excellent resume overseas in Spain.
The path looked like it was set for Splitter to come to San Antonio and become the perfect compliment to Tim Duncan. Once Duncan’s days are over, folks think Splitter will take over the keys and continue on as the team’s dominant big man.
But then reality happened.
Aside from suffering injuries leading up to his arrival at Spurs training camp, Splitter would suffer another injury which forced him to miss training camp. Throughout the season, he would be hobbled by injuries and was put through the traditional coach Pop rookie routine. You know, play one night, then sit the bench the next two games, then play five games in a row, etc.
Splitter would go on to appear in 60 regular season games, logging just 12 minutes per game while scoring 4.6 points, grabbing 3.4 rebounds, and shooting 53% from the field.
In the playoffs, Splitter didn’t make his first appearance until after game four when it became apparent Matt Bonner and DeJuan Blair weren’t going to slow down Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol of the Grizzlies.
In the three playoff games he appeared in, Splitter logged 16.7 minutes per game, 6.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1 steal, and shot 63% from the field. He also only fouled the Grizzlies 1.3 times per game.
Splitter’s emergence in just three playoff games gave Spurs fans a glimpse of what the Brazilian could become and who he may already be. no comments
San Antonio Spurs 2011 draftee and Canadian born, Cory Joseph, will join the senior men's Canadian national team and participate in the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship in Argentina according to ctvolympics.ca:
"First off, it's an honour to play for your country and I'm excited to get on the floor and represent Canada as best as I can," said Joseph, who first represented Canada in 2007. "I know we have a young, great group, with Joel (Anthony), (Carl) English and (Andy) Rautins coming in. I think it's going to be a fun experience and I am excited to play with guys I already know, like Denham (Brown). Hopefully we come back with the gold, but if not, qualify for the Olympics."
"It's going to be fun," says Joseph, who was raised in the Greater Toronto Area. "Everyone wants to play in front of your friends and family and it's always fun to come back and play at home. I've played in the States for a long time, so it's going to feel really good coming home and playing in front of friends and family."
For Joseph, this will not be his first foray in international competition. He first played for Team Canada's U19 squad at 15-years old. Joseph will join other NBA players such as Joel Anthony and Andy Rautins as Canada hopes to make it to the 2012 London games. However, Spurs' Matt Bonner, who was hoping to gain Canadian citizenship, will not be a part of the team.
Other current and potential future Spurs will be on display for fans to see in action such as Manu Ginobili with Argentina, Tony Parker with France, Adam Hanga with Hungary, Tiago Splitter with Brazil, Erazem Lorbek with Slovenia, and Davis Bertans with Lithuania.
As for Joseph, this will be a great opportunity for Spurs fans to get a glimpse of what he could bring to the team and not to mention some much needed basketball action to watch with the lockout and offseason in full swing.
Thoughts Spurs fans? Excited to see Joseph in action?
Slovenia's Erazem Lorbek's rights were traded to the San Antonio Spurs on draft night, and aside from knowing he has a striking resemblance to Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, not many Spurs fans have seen Lorbek in action.
The following video is from Monday's game against Montenegro in the 2011 Adecco Cup.
Watch as Lorbek leads his team to a 86-79 win, while posting a team-high 14 points. Lorbek and Slovenia went on to beat Bosnia in the third place game. Next up for Lorbek is EuroBasket, where his team will look to qualify for a spot in the London games next summer.
As teams gear up for the 2011 FIBA Eurobasket pre-Olympic qualifier later this month, many of them have already begun exhibition matchups in preparation for the event.
That being said, today's matchups provided a glimpse for Spurs fans of what some future San Antonio Spurs players might give the silver and black and also allowed them watch a current Spur in action.
France, with Spurs' Tony Parker and draftee Nando De Colo, lost 76 to 53 today at the hands of the Gasol brothers and Spain. 2011 Spurs draftee Adam Hanga and Hungary lost 71 to 66 against Portugal.
Who was the only winner? Spurs draftee Ryan Richards and Great Britain won as they defeated Nigeria 95 to 80.
Whether there is going to be a next season or not doesn't really matter to the Memphis Grizzlies as the team has announced their ticket packages for fans and the San Antonio Spurs are featured in the "Grind Pack."
Another 10-game deal is known as the "Grind Pack" and features several contests against the NBA's elite, including the defending champion Dallas Mavericks on Nov. 16 along with the Boston Celtics (Dec. 27), New York Knicks (Jan. 12), San Antonio Spurs (Feb. 14), Lakers (March 13) and Orlando Magic (March 17).
First, you know Grizzlies fans will show up to that game versus the Spurs, especially after their stunning first-round upset over San Antonio. So Spurs fans in attendance at the FedEx Forum, be ready for some trash talk and expect no love on that Valentine's Day matchup.
Second, since when did the Knicks become one of the NBA's elite? I get the Spurs, Lakers, Mavericks, Celtics, and Magic as NBA elite but the Knicks?
He's one of the most vocal NBA players on Twitter, and last week Phoenix Suns forward Jared "JMZ" Dudley took some time to talk about the pick up games he's been playing with San Antonio Spurs guard James Anderson. Dudley tweeted:
"Great 1st day of Workouts.. Work out with Spurs Rookie James Anderson, great young prospect..Played picked up and I'll I do is Win!!! Lol".
A few things pop out about this. First, Dudley clearly chooses his teammates well, because he apparently never loses at pick up games, so nice work JMZ. Second, Anderson has been a work out fiend this off season. He's been working out with both the young Spurs like Danny Green as well as guys like Dudley. This is critical because Anderson wasn't in the best game shape coming back from his foot injury last spring.
With George Hill jettisoned to Indiana and Gary Neal focusing more on being a backup point guard, Anderson looks to be Manu's primary backup at shooting guard this season, so working with other players like Dudley will only increase his confidence for the coming season.
San Antonio Spurs' Danny Green took part in the Malone Mulhall Benefit Game at St. John's University in New York City. It was a fun-filled afternoon and prior to the game itself, Green took part in a dunk contest and as you will see, he didn't do so well.Regardless, kudos to Green for being a good sport and taking time out to participate in this worthy cause. Also, if you missed any of Project Spurs' interview with him where he talks about the Spurs, training with the younger Spurs, the loss to the Grizzlies and much more, click HERE to read part one and HERE for part two.
So Spurs fans, from 1-10, what score did you give Green for his dunks?
The San Antonio Spurs are no stranger to their players stepping in front of the mic. Former Spur Terry Cummings produced and belted out a few songs, and of course there was Tony Parker's venture into a rap career accompanied with those glorious videos.
And then there is DeJuan Blair.
By now everyone has heard his auto-tuned cameo performance in "2 Hard Living" well in case you missed it, take a listen to Blair getting in touch with his sensitive side, singing "Don't Take Ya Love Away."