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ASK IRA: Is Whiteside the best use of $22 million for Heat?

  May 23, 2016 Q: Would signing Pau Gasol, and 3-and-D wing be a preference over using max or near-max money on Hassan Whiteside? Maybe, maybe not, but it gives Pat Riley time to evaluate that combination, or one similar. Riley has several months to explore lineup options prior to the start of...
Blog a Bull Apr 26, 2016

Butler Needs to buy-in to Hoiberg's offense

Jimmy and Fred can work, the relationship just needs a little more open-mindedness from Butler. Fred Hoiberg's biggest error in his first year as head coach was his inability to get everyone, specifically Jimmy Butler to buy into what he wanted to do offensively. As it wasn't even a third into the season until Hoiberg had to re-install sets from the Tom Thibodeau era for Butler and Pau Gasol. The result of this was a team whose offense actually regressed from the often-maligned Thibs system, ending the season as the 25th rated offense. With Hoiberg's system failing to come to fruition, the...
Pounding The Rock Apr 25, 2016

Marc Gasol thinks Pau should sign with the Spurs

The Spurs have just begun their postseason, but sending the Grizzlies home for the summer means that off-season talk kicks off. Let San Antonio's free-agency rumor season begin. According to sources from around the league, it is very unlikely that Pau Gasol, who turns 36 in July, will re-sign his $7.7 million player option with the Chicago Bulls after a tumultuous  2015-16 campaign. But there's a huge gap between not signing with his current team, and coming to San Antonio. Unexpectedly bridging that gap is Pau's brother Marc Gasol, who let a few bombs drop in a conversation with Peter...
Pounding The Rock Apr 25, 2016

Spurs News: Tim Duncan turns 40, and Pop's not "looking for jumpshot city"

We read all the Spurs news and articles out there and bring you the best of them in one place every day. By The Numbers: The Timeless Duncan - espn.com Duncan joins Andre Miller as the second player on the Spurs to reach the age of 40. Happy Birthday to the greatest power forward of all time! Gregg Popovich doesn't like when the Spurs go to 'Jump Shot City' - cbssports.com There are many stretches throughout games, where the Spurs rely heavily on their jump shooting. It makes me happy to know we have a coach like Pop, who can man the ship when need be. Spurs off to fastest start in NBA's...
Pounding The Rock Apr 25, 2016

The Spurs' Jekyll-and-Hyde offense makes them difficult to gameplan

Spurs nation has discussed all season the tension between the isolation game from the starters and the beautiful game of the second unit. The ability to feature both styles may be their biggest weapon. The Beautiful Game is not gone. Every Spurs game you can find multiple examples of excellent motion offense that's a step above the rest of the league. I've highlighted more than a few in the Spurs Playbook series. But as pointed out by many and discussed in length in PtR's recent installment of the Superfluous Poppycock podcast, the Spurs starting unit has largely played at a slow pace...
Pounding The Rock Apr 25, 2016

The Game of Thrones continues for the Spurs

The Spurs advance to the second round, and their pursuit of the ultimate reward begins in earnest. In the Game of Thrones, the great game is terrifying. It's chaos in its purist sense -- people die (#NoSpoilerAlert), alliances change, people die, power shifts, more people die, trust is broken, a lot more stuff happens and way more people die. The Throne -- the position as King of Westeros -- is the end game here. The Throne is nice until the game crashes down, ruining everything. Because the Throne is temporary, but the game is forever. In the Game of Basketball, the great game...

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