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Pounding The Rock Sep 3, 2015

Kawhi Leonard ranked 10th on SI's top 100 list

After years of being eased into a bigger role, the Spurs' young star is being recognized. Sports Illustrated has wrapped up their list of the Top 100 NBA Players of 2016 and Kawhi Leonard has clocked in at #10, moving up 18 spots from last year's rankings. He's the highest ranked Spur on the list, ahead of Tony Parker (54), Danny Green (50), LaMarcus Aldridge (12), and Tim Duncan (11). Kawhi's inclusion at the top of the list should come as no surprise. Though the first few months of the 2014-2015 season were marred by freakish eye and hand injuries, the Klaw made quite a bit of noise...
Pounding The Rock Sep 2, 2015

LaMarcus Aldridge ranked 12th, Tim Duncan 11th in SI's top 100 list

The Spurs will have three top 15 players next season, according to Sports Illustrated. Sports Illustrated is ranking the league's top 100 players. As we've already discussed, David West and Manu Ginobili were snubbed while Tony Parker was ranked 54th. Three other Spurs have made an appearance on the two following updates, with Danny Green landing at 50, LaMarcus Aldridge ranking 12th and Tim Duncan 11th. When it's all said and done, the Spurs will have five players on the top 100, four in the top 50 and three on the top 15, according to SI. Let's star with Green. Danny has proved to be...

Wesley Matthews steals LaMarcus Aldridge's scooter, hits turnaround shot on it

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Pounding The Rock Aug 26, 2015

Will the Spurs suffer from "too many chiefs" this year?

How to react to LaMarcus Aldridge's admission that he likes to score. We've spent virtually a whole off-season praising the Spurs office for pulling off the coup of the summer in signing LaMarcus Aldridge, a superduperstar who was coveted by virtually every team in the league with cap space. Even though the Spurs have been contenders just about every season for the last quarter century, they've never been able to attract a free agent remotely in Aldridge's stratosphere. Heck, they've had difficulty even getting minimum-salary veterans chasing rings, a la David West. Those guys always,...
Houston Chronicle Aug 26, 2015

Who tops the NBA’s offseason power rankings?

It’s been an interesting offseason in the NBA. From star players changing teams — like LaMarcus Aldridge making the perennial power Spurs even better — to some interesting moves, like the Rockets’ trade for Ty Lawson and the Clippers signing ex-Rocket Josh Smith, there’s been no lack of intrigue. But where do the teams rank once the […]
Pounding The Rock Aug 24, 2015

The Spurs' unsung hero in landing LaMarcus Aldridge was ... Ime Udoka?

An entire crew of Spurs traveled to Los Angeles to pitch San Antonio to Aldridge, but it was a one-on-one talk between old teammates that apparently sealed the deal. It wasn't the first meeting, and it wasn't the second talk with Pop. According to an interview with Sam Amick of USA Today, LaMarcus Aldridge wasn't sold on signing with the Spurs until after he had met with all of the teams and was ready to return to Texas. Ime Udoka, who had grown close to Aldridge when they played together in 2006-07, shared a flight with the free agent and took the time to answer any questions he had. In...

Aldridges sees easy shots with Spurs, but perhaps he really meant better

Rather than carry his new team, LaMarcus Aldridge will have the luxury of simply fitting into a system that already worked fine without him. So instead of all the easy shots he envisions himself getting with his new team, perhaps what he really meant was better.
Pounding The Rock Aug 14, 2015

What are the Spurs up to this summer?

Catching up with San Antonio's players that are suiting up for their home countries during the off-season. With the Rio Olympics looming next summer and Eurobasket 2015 next month, there's a good bit of international activity going on. That means a number of Spurs mixing it up with their national squads. On the home front, Kawhi Leonard and new Spur LaMarcus Aldridge both took part in Team USA's minicamp as Coach K and Brian Colangelo begin looking to trim the current field of 34. The three-day camp finished up this week, and was mostly a chance for the players to show their commitment to...
Blazersedge Aug 12, 2015

2015-16 Portland Trail Blazers Season Schedule Released

The new-look Portland Trail Blazers won't need to wait very long before welcoming back old friends. The NBA released the full 2015-16 Portland Trail Blazers schedule Wednesday afternoon. The Blazers will open the season at home on Wednesday, October 28 against the New Orleans Pelicans. They'll finish the season on April 13, at home versus the Denver Nuggets. As part of the NBA's efforts, there will be only two stretches of four games in five nights this season for Portland. Some games of significance: - LaMarcus Aldridge returns to Portland with the San Antonio Spurs on November 11.- Wesley...
New York Daily News Aug 11, 2015
Knicks' Porzingis PF commitment scared off LaMarcus Aldridge

Knicks' Porzingis PF commitment scared off LaMarcus Aldridge

If the Knicks had any hope of signing LaMarcus Aldridge as a free agent, it was erased by their commitment to Kristaps Porzingis.
Pounding The Rock Aug 6, 2015

Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge will join USA Basketball Minicamp

The Spurs stars will be on the 34-man roster in Las Vegas next month. Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge can't seem to get away from each other this summer. Both were signed to max contracts with the Spurs in July, participated in a Jordan Brand event together two weeks ago, and now they'll be seeing each other once again as they are set to join the USA Basketball Men's National Team Minicamp that will take place from August 11-13 in Las Vegas. With the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics less than a year away, this minicamp will give USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski a chance to evaluate players...

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