4:55 PM EDT, Tue September 18, 2018
35 mins ago
DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka’s challenge to eat a meal of worms

DeMar DeRozan and Serge Ibaka’s challenge to eat a meal of worms

DmDr recently appeared on Serge Ibaka’s YouTube channel for conversation and ... some worms. Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan recently appeared on former Raptors teammate Serge Ibaka’s YouTube channel on his series “How hungry are you?” where Ibaka prepares a surprise meal for his guests. While DeRozan’s meal is being cooked — little does he know it’s actually worms despite believing it’s chicken — he and Ibaka discuss the trade that sent him to San Antonio. It was my first time going through it . . . You don’t really appreciate it (Toronto) until you’re gone, especially...
4 hours ago
In The Bonus: Preseason rankings, and the end of summer

In The Bonus: Preseason rankings, and the end of summer

This week’s staff roundtable tackles SI’s Top 100 list, Diaw’s departure, and the upcoming training camp. The Spurs have a had a busy offseason indeed. Trades, anticipated draft picks, retirements, and now the yearly Sports Illustrated rankings have the Good Guys pegged 9th in the Western Conference. This week PtR contributors Bruno Passos, Jesus Gomez, Marilyn Dubinski, Mark Barrington, and editor-in-chief decipher the Top 100, the estimation that the Spurs will not make the playoffs for the first time in two decades, and send Bobo off into his post-basketball career. Questions to...
9 hours ago
Open Thread: Brent Barry- NBA Champion, VP of Basketball Operations, and music video star?

Open Thread: Brent Barry- NBA Champion, VP of Basketball Operations, and music video star?

Get a sneak preview of his cameo in the new Demitasse video Most elder San Antonio Spurs fans know Brent Barry as #17 from the 2005 and 2007 NBA Championships. And many younger fans know Barry as TV analyst. But do you know Brent Barry, the music video actor? Last year, San Antonio’s life-affirming art rock band Buttercup released their 7th album Battle of Flowers. Their CD release party packed the Charline McCombs Empire Theatre. Their subsequent video for the single “Acting Thru Music” was also filmed on the theatre stage and the catacombs connecting the Empire and the Majestic....
Sep 17, 2018
Ginobili at 40, Part 2: Magical moments

Ginobili at 40, Part 2: Magical moments

Part 2 of a series looking back at the milestones, magic, and clutch prowess of Manu Ginobili’s final NBA season. In honor of his retirement, we’re taking a look back at some of the highlights of Manu Ginobili’s final regular season. Part 1 is here. Throughout his career, Manu Ginobili played with a charismatic flair and unnatural sense for the wild play. Kobe Bryant once described Ginobili as, “a snake . . . he can bend, move and do the strangest things,” and this is certainly a great way to describe El Contusion. As PtR’s very own Marilyn Dubinski’s awesome MANU Tournament...
Sep 17, 2018
Spurs sign Drew Eubanks to two-way contract

Spurs sign Drew Eubanks to two-way contract

He showed the Spurs enough at SL to earn a contract. The Spurs have signed Oregon State forward Drew Eubanks to a two-way deal, according to The Athletic writer Shams Charania: The San Antonio Spurs and undrafted Oregon State forward Drew Eubanks have agreed on a two-way NBA deal, per league sources.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 17, 2018 A 6’10” big man from Troutdale, Oregon, Eubanks went undrafted in 2018 after averaging 13.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game during his junior year with the Beavers. He also averaged 5.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 13.6...
Sep 17, 2018
Spurs add former player Brent Barry to front office

Spurs add former player Brent Barry to front office

The player-turned-TV analyst spent four seasons in San Antonio and was part of the 2005 and 2007 title teams. Another familiar face is headed back to San Antonio next season. Per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Brent Barry, who played with the Spurs from 2004 to 2008, will be trading in his headset for a role with the team’s front office. According to Woj, Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford have looked to bring Barry back for years. Barry will replace another former Spur in Monty Williams, who moved on from his front-office role to join Brett Brown’s coaching staff in Philadelphia.
Sep 17, 2018
The MANU Tournament: Elite 8

The MANU Tournament: Elite 8

Time to vote for Manu’s best play from each bracket! The Sweet 16 of The MANU Tournament is complete, so today we are moving on to the Elite 8, where we will be picking Manu Ginobili’s best play from each bracket and move them on to the Final Four! We had two sixth seeds and a third seed break through, so potential for a Cinderella story still rides . . . although that doesn’t mean you should vote just to make one happen. Go with your gut! Be sure and vote for a winner of each bracket, and remember everyone can only vote once, so make yours count! Assists/Passes 1. Bullet Pass to...
Sep 17, 2018
Open Thread: 2018 G-League Champion Austin Spurs- Where are they now? Darrun Hilliard

Open Thread: 2018 G-League Champion Austin Spurs- Where are they now? Darrun Hilliard

A preseason series mapping the whereabouts of the reigning champs. There is a drastic difference between winning an NBA Championship and winning an G-League Championship. NBA Championship teams want to keep the core of the success together and go into the next season in search of a repeat. On the other hand, a G-League championship can help propel the career of the players. Perhaps to the NBA. Or maybe just to greener pastures. Darrun Hilliard signed a two-way contract with the San Antonio Spurs a year ago this week. He and Matt Costello were the first to engage in this new facet of the...
Sep 16, 2018
Open Thread: Even chicken tenders couldn’t get Manu to play another year

Open Thread: Even chicken tenders couldn’t get Manu to play another year

Nico Ginobili protests his father’s retirement Yesterday Manu Ginobili held a press conference. The first since his retirement. Our own Bruno Passos was there and posted on the event. One piece of his conference was enlightening. His son did not want the legendary shooting guard to retire. “When we asked the kids what did they think, if they were excited that Dad is not gonna be traveling as much, that we were gonna be able to go to Argentina, they said, ‘yeah’. But . . . he said, ‘I don’t want you to retire, Dad.’ [Manu asked,] ‘Why?’ ‘Well, the chicken tenders in the...
Sep 15, 2018
Manu Ginobili is excited about what’s next, whatever that may be

Manu Ginobili is excited about what’s next, whatever that may be

The newly retired Spur addressed the media on Saturday, reflecting on his career, his coaches and teammates in San Antonio, and what he’ll miss most from playing the game. After a taxing 16th NBA season, followed by a summer of leisure and contemplation in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and three sons, Manu Ginobili insists he was sure of his decision to finally move on from basketball — one that was, in many ways, at least a year in the making. And yet, the weight of finalizing that choice wasn’t lost on his nerves as he announced it via tweet: “My finger shook as I hit...
Sep 15, 2018
What DeMar DeRozan’s ex-coach has to say about the Spurs’ newest star

What DeMar DeRozan’s ex-coach has to say about the Spurs’ newest star

Dwane had nothing but good things to say about DmDr. Former Raptors and current Pistons head coach Dwane Casey appeared on SiriusXM NBA Radio on Thursday afternoon and had nothing but good things to say about his former star DeMar DeRozan to hosts Brian Geltzeiler and David Griffin. #Pistons Head Coach Dwane Casey looks back on his time with @DeMar_DeRozan in Toronto #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/LpNgO3fIq5— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) September 13, 2018 “DeMar DeRozan is like a son. I love the young man...The first person I met when I walked into Toronto, into the press...
Sep 15, 2018
San Antonio born singer Austin Mahone plays one-on-one with Bryn Forbes

San Antonio born singer Austin Mahone plays one-on-one with Bryn Forbes

The Mmm Yeah vocalist stops by the Spurs workout facility Recently, San Antonio native and Spurs fanatic Austin Mahone joined Spurs guard Bryn Forbes in the gym for a workout. You can see footage at the Spurs site. The hit musician also took some time to share his Spurs Story, an ongoing series: "San Antonio Spurs mean everything to me." - @AustinMahone Hear more about the singer-songwriter's #SpursStory. pic.twitter.com/gZvQq3bJWW— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) September 14, 2018 If you are a Twitter member, you can win his autographed Spurs jersey: Happy #FanFriday!Retweet, like...
Sep 14, 2018
The Spurs wanted Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons for Leonard

The Spurs wanted Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons for Leonard

But the 76ers weren’t interested in parting with either player. It’s been nearly two months since the Spurs traded Kawhi Leonard, but that doesn’t mean details about other trade inquiries aren’t still coming out. There had been much talk about a potential trade with the Philadelphia 76ers due to their young, high-upside assets, cap space, and ties to the Spurs via head coach/interim GM Brett Brown. According to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, the Spurs were very interested in striking a deal with their former assistant coach, but it never came to pass for one big reason: On The Lowe Podcast,...
Sep 14, 2018
Ginobili at 40, Part 1: Milestones

Ginobili at 40, Part 1: Milestones

A series looking back at the milestones, magic, and clutch prowess of Manu Ginobili’s final NBA season. Manu Ginobili entered the 2017-2018 season, his 16th and ultimately final in the NBA, at the ripe old age of 40 years old. In what became a summer ritual the last few years, I would tell myself, once he made his annual announcement to return for another season, to keep expectations modest. I can still remember just wanting him to be decent after the Spurs lost to Miami in 2013, and he returned even better at age 35 than he had been at 34. Plenty of people, Manu included, didn’t...
Sep 14, 2018
How to watch Derrick White’s Team USA debut vs. Uruguay

How to watch Derrick White’s Team USA debut vs. Uruguay

White will try to help Team USA get a step closer to securing a spot in the next FIBA World Cup. Derrick White’s great offseason keeps getting better. After shining in Summer League, the Spurs’ prospect will be making his Team USA debut on Friday, September 14, against Uruguay in the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers. White headlines a squad that will feature a combination or NBA players and G-League standouts to start the second round of qualifiers under the leadership of coach Jeff Van Gundy. Team USA led Group C in the first round with a 5-1 record after beating Cuba and Puerto Rico twice...