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Jun 19, 2019
Open Thread: For the Los Angeles Lakers, the third time is the charm

Open Thread: For the Los Angeles Lakers, the third time is the charm

After losing out on some key free agents, Anthony Davis is heading to Hollywood On July 1, 2018, LeBron James left his hometown team Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time in his career and headed out to Los Angeles to join the Lakers, one of the most celebrated teams in NBA history. As is the custom with a LeBron signing, a bevy of mid-level ring chasers followed in the hopes of being in the bottle that captures the lightning. But what King James needed more than a strong supporting bench was a starting crew that could begin to take over. A second All-Star was needed to make the Lakers...
Jun 18, 2019
Report; Rudy Gay is expected to re-sign with the Spurs

Report; Rudy Gay is expected to re-sign with the Spurs

Retaining him is one of the Spurs’ top offseason priorities. Here’s some good news for Spurs fans! Rudy Gay is expected to re-sign with the Spurs this summer, likely for more than $10 million per season. As was first reported by Jordan Brenner of The Athletic in an article about contingency plans for teams losing top-tier talent in free agency (subscription required): Rudy Gay looks like such an option [for teams who lose or fail to land players like Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard], but multiple sources said they expect him to re-sign with the Spurs (potentially for more than $10...
Jun 18, 2019
Do the Warriors have what it takes to match the Spurs’ longevity?

Do the Warriors have what it takes to match the Spurs’ longevity?

Will the Warriors’ dynasty be short and sweet, or can they find a way to re-vamp, Spurs-style? The Golden State Warriors haven’t looked this vulnerable since the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, when they lost Game 7 to the Clippers and it was quickly becoming clear that Mark Jackson wasn’t going to take them any further. Ever since then, they have been a nearly unstoppable force under Steve Kerr, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. That combo was good enough to win one championship and almost another (the loss of which can only described as self-destruction) while...
Jun 18, 2019
Blogger Mock Draft: The Spurs go big, swing big at 29

Blogger Mock Draft: The Spurs go big, swing big at 29

With the 29th pick in the Ridiculous Upside mock draft, the PTR Spurs took a flyer on a unique prospect in Georgia’s Nicolas Claxton. I’ll be honest — a few minutes after making my first pick in this year’s Ridiculous Upside mock draft, even after giving it a good deal of thought, I found myself second-guessing it. That has nothing to do with Grant Williams, who I think is a fine choice there in a vacuum, but more to do with the various ways the Spurs can play draft night out. With 12 players already under contract for next year (excluding Rudy Gay, who they’re expected to...
Jun 18, 2019
Appreciating what Tony Parker means to the Spurs

Appreciating what Tony Parker means to the Spurs

It feels past due to show TP some real Spurs love. When Spurs legend Tony Parker announced his retirement last week, it came at an awkward time. It was during a heavy news cycle, both for the NBA — Game 5 of the NBA Finals was that night — and oddly the Spurs as it was almost simultaneously reported that head assistant coach Ettore Messina was in negotiations with Milan (whom he would ultimately join), something that had a much larger impact on the Spurs as they stand today. Now that the Finals are over, the news cycle has slowed, and the NBA Draft is still a couple of days away, it...
Jun 18, 2019
Blogger Mock Draft: The Spurs stay on brand with their 19th pick

Blogger Mock Draft: The Spurs stay on brand with their 19th pick

In SBNation’s annual mock draft, the Spurs used their 19th pick to select Tennessee’s Grant Williams, a guy who should be able to do a bit of everything. The 2019 NBA Draft is this Thursday, which gives fans just a few more precious days to speculate, daydream and predict which coveted player their team might take. For the third year in a row, I got in on the fun by taking part in Ridiculous Upside’s annual, SBNation-wide mock draft, putting on my executive hat and selecting for the Spurs. Even for SA this year’s event figures to be more exciting than usual, with the team owning...
Jun 18, 2019
Open Thread: It’s time for the Spurs Hype Crew tryouts

Open Thread: It’s time for the Spurs Hype Crew tryouts

Show the Silver & Black what you’ve got and represent the Spurs throughout the season. As you may recall, a little over a year ago the San Antonio Spurs disbanded the cheerleading team, known as the Silver Dancers, as well as their break dancing squad, Team Energy. Last summer they combined the skill sets of both groups, as well as opening up for other talents, and created the Hype Squad. Yours truly was there for the inaugural auditions, but I did not make the final cut. I did see some of my audition mates throughout the season and got a feel for what I was lacking (mostly youth,...
Jun 17, 2019
Exploring possible trade scenarios for the Spurs to move down in the draft

Exploring possible trade scenarios for the Spurs to move down in the draft

There are a couple teams with a plethora of second round picks who might be looking to package them in an attempt to move up in the draft. The Spurs should be interested. This is the final article of a five part series covering the San Antonio Spurs’ draft options. Part one discussed the Spurs’ assets that could be packaged together in an attempt to move up in the draft and which teams might be willing to move down. Part two highlighted those players who won’t likely be available to the Spurs at 19th whom the Spurs could be targeting in the draft. Part three highlighted those players...
Jun 17, 2019
Open Thread: The difference between the Spurs longevity and the Heat’s four Finals appearances

Open Thread: The difference between the Spurs longevity and the Heat’s four Finals appearances

Are these Warriors the next Miami Heat, or the beginning of the next NBA dynasty? During the telecast of Game 6, Mark Jackson used the word “dynasty” to describe the Golden State Warriors. The dictionary definition of dynasty is a line of hereditary rulers of a country or a succession of people from the same family who play a prominent role in business, politics, or another field. In basketball terms, it implies an ongoing team of players that keep the franchise relevant. The Los Angeles Lakers have won 16 titles over 61 seasons: first title in 1949 and the most recent in 2010. The...
Jun 17, 2019
What Anthony Davis to the Lakers means for the Spurs

What Anthony Davis to the Lakers means for the Spurs

The Davis trade hurts the Spurs chances of becoming a contender in the short term, but if they are patient, they could benefit from the frenzy it might cause. The Anthony Davis saga is finally over. After asking for a trade, The Brow got his wish of landing with the Lakers, who traded Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, three first round picks, and the rights to swap two picks to get the superstar big man. It’s a deal that could transform the league. It will certainly have a big impact on the Western Conference. The Pelicans are clearly embracing the tank while the Lakers now have two...
Jun 16, 2019
What Tony Parker and the early 2010s Spurs meant to me

What Tony Parker and the early 2010s Spurs meant to me

How basketball’s greatest trio got me through the toughest part of my life As you no doubt know by now, Spurs legend Tony Parker retired this week after an illustrious 18-year career in the NBA that included 4 selections to All-NBA teams, 6 All-Star selections, 4 NBA Championships, and a Finals MVP award for his performance in the 2007 Finals. As a member of San Antonio’s fabled Big 3, along with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, Parker was entrusted by head coach Gregg Popovich to be the motor on many of their teams throughout the 2000s and 2010s. As important as he was to the Spurs and...
Jun 16, 2019
A Spursy team wins the NBA title

A Spursy team wins the NBA title

While most of the Finals headlines were dedicated to their opponent, the Raptors seized the opportunity and the championship. Just as Canada is treated as the USA’s forgotten little brother to the north, the Raptors were treated as a sideshow to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. Much of the prayer attention before the Series focused on whether and when Kevin Durant would play. That story line continued during the Series, and of course reached a fever pitch once KD finally played -- and his Achilles exploded: The rare following-season-ending injury. Klay Thompson’s hamstring...
Jun 16, 2019
Potential draft targets that could be available to the Spurs with the 29th pick

Potential draft targets that could be available to the Spurs with the 29th pick

Examining the pros and cons of each non-guard draftee that projects to be available to the Spurs at 29. This is the fourth article of a five part series covering the San Antonio Spurs’ draft options. Part one discussed the Spurs’ assets that could be packaged together in an attempt to move up in the draft and which teams might be willing to move down. Part two highlighted those players who won’t likely be available to the Spurs at 19 whom the Spurs could be targeting in the draft. Part three highlighted those players who should be available to the Spurs at 19 should they stand pat on...
Jun 16, 2019
Open Threat: Take a look at the big men the Spurs have been working out

Open Threat: Take a look at the big men the Spurs have been working out

We’re just days away from the unveiling of the newest members of the San Antonio Spurs We are just days away from the NBA Draft and the Spurs have been working out prospects for their 19th, 29th, and 49th picks. here is a look at the two big men that have been confirmed to work out with the Silver & Black. Bruno Fernando, the 6’10” center from Maryland made the Big-10 All-Defensive team and 1st-Team All Big-10 in his second year with the Terrapins. Marques Bolden, the 6’11” center from the Duke Blue Devils started his college career with an injury. By his sophomore year he...
Jun 16, 2019
The Spurs and the ones that got away

The Spurs and the ones that got away

The mystery is what makes fandom worthwhile. Tony Parker never did have the best timing. A Spurs legend, first-ballot Hall-of-Famer-to-be and the finest European point guard of all time did something curious the other day, announcing his retirement at age 37, wrapping up a superlative 18-year playing career during which he played a starring role in four NBA championships for San Antonio. The problem was that he decided to announce it on the morning of a potential closeout game of the NBA Finals between one team, the Toronto Raptors, looking to capture its first ever title in the Toronto...