3:58 AM EDT, Wed August 23, 2017
8 hours ago
Kawhi Leonard went to China and hasn’t stopped smiling yet

Kawhi Leonard went to China and hasn’t stopped smiling yet

Is this real life? It all started last Friday when the San Antonio Spurs official Twitter account posted this photo: That #FridayFeeling pic.twitter.com/KV8tRtuvwG— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) August 18, 2017 Yes, that is Kawhi Leonard smiling. Some thought Kawhi was programmed not to smile, but he can actually do it. We’ve seen him do it, and while it’s not exactly commonplace, it’s is’t quite rare either. But consistent and persistent grinning from the Spurs star is a bit strange, and Manu Ginobili wondered about it: What's going on? I saw him laughing/smiling more in...
16 hours ago
Kawhi Leonartakes a star turn in China

Kawhi Leonartakes a star turn in China

Kawhi Leonard is growing imcreasingly comfortable as the face of the Spurs franchise. After solidifying himself as one of the top five players in the NBA this past season, Kawhi Leonard is using his budding stardom to become an ambassador of basketball throughout the world. Last week, in front of hundreds of Chinese San Antonio Spurs fans, Kawhi talked about his time in China, including a visit to the Great Wall, discussed who would win in a one-on-one game between offensive and defensive Kawhi, took some selfies (truth be told, we are unsure if Kawhi knows the term "selfie") and cracked...
Aug 21, 2017
Report: Cady Lalanne, Adam Hanga sign new deals overseas

Report: Cady Lalanne, Adam Hanga sign new deals overseas

The Spurs still own the NBA rights to both former second round picks. A couple of Spurs stashes have signed new deals to play overseas. Former second round pick Cady Lalanne has reportedly signed with Italian Serie A club Enel Brindisi. Source: Cady Lalanne, former Spurs draft pick, has signed with Italian SeriaA club Enel Brindisi.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) August 18, 2017 The Spurs drafted 6’-10” Haitian big man out of the University of Massachusetts with the 55th pick in 2015. Lalanne has participated in the last three summer leagues for the Spurs. At the club level, he...
Aug 20, 2017
Everything you need to know about the Spurs Sneaker Jam

Everything you need to know about the Spurs Sneaker Jam

Sneaker heads of San Antonio, September 10th is your day. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Shoes, shoes, and some more shoes. Every kind of shoe. Red, blue, deformed, and misshapen! Here it is! I'm happy to announce I've teamed up with our San Antonio Spurs to bring you a one of a kind Sneaker Event! Come buy sell trade and check out the hottest brands directly on the floor of the AT&T center! More surprise details to come! -$15 Gets you in the event and you'll also receive a Ticket to the Spurs v Magic game on 10/10 complete with Spurs experience pass! TICKETS ON SALE...
Aug 19, 2017
Kawhi Leonard, not Russell Westbrook, should be the 2018 MVP favorite

Kawhi Leonard, not Russell Westbrook, should be the 2018 MVP favorite

Russell Westbrook tops Bovada's preliminary odds for 2018 NBA MVP, but with Paul George now in OKC, Kawhi Leonard should open the season as the favorite to take home the honor. In each of the last two year, Kawhi Leonard has finished among the top three in MVP voting (3rd last season, 2nd in 2016). While Leonard has turned in remarkable seasons each year, both Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook have been deserved winners. Curry produced arguably the greatest offensive season in history en route to his second MVP award in 2016 while the next year saw Westbrook become just the second player...
Aug 19, 2017
Submit your questions for PtR mailbag #3

Submit your questions for PtR mailbag #3

J.R. Wilco will be answering your questions from somewhere in the Portland area. I’m writing this from 40,000 feet, on the Southwest flight I’m taking from Austin to Portland (connection in Phoenix) with my oldest son to see Monday’s total eclipse. It feels pretty pretentious to start a piece like this, but I couldn’t resist seeing as I write a good 99% of my posts with my feet firmly planted on the ground, or just barely off the floor while I sit back in the blue recliner in my living room. Anyway, it’s a perfect time to jet around, now that Kawhi Leonard is on his tour of...
Aug 18, 2017
Manu Ginobili wins NBA Players Voice Award for Best Teammate

Manu Ginobili wins NBA Players Voice Award for Best Teammate

One player was chosen for each team in the league. San Antonio Spurs veteran and future Hall of Famer Manu Ginobili has been voted the 2017 Players Voice Award Best Teammate, an award voted by the players and the NBA Players Association. One player was chosen from each team, and Manu was the recipient for the Spurs. WESTThe teammates with the biggest impact on and off the court. Check out the #PlayersVoice Award winners for Best Teammate. pic.twitter.com/AqcrEI1l6P— NBPA (@TheNBPA) August 18, 2017 The award is given to players who have the biggest impact both on and off the court. ...
Aug 18, 2017
Kawhi’s adventure in China continues

Kawhi’s adventure in China continues

Two interviews, a couple of appearances...all in a day’s work. Kawhi Leonard has already been very busy as he kicks off his seven-day visit to China. We saw him touchdown in Beijing and visit the Jordan store (and large murals of himself) in the Beijing World Trade Plaza. He also did an interview with the Chinese press where he answered questions about himself, the Spurs organization, and gave his impressions on the upcoming NBA season. Now a new batch of pictures have come through, and he’s just as busy as ever. On what appears to be the same day as the previously posted interview,...
Aug 18, 2017
Gregg Popovich wins NBA Players Voice Award for Coach You’d Most Like to Play For

Gregg Popovich wins NBA Players Voice Award for Coach You’d Most Like to Play For

Coach Pop is the players’ favorite coach around the NBA. No surprises here. San Antonio Spurs legendary coach Gregg Popovich has won the 2017 Players Voice Award for Coach You’d Most Like to Play For, an award voted by the players and the NBA Players Association. The players’ coach. Coach You’d Most Like to Play For goes to @spurs Gregg Popovich. #PlayersVoice pic.twitter.com/suxEtD4t8f— NBPA (@TheNBPA) August 18, 2017 Spurs star Pau Gasol is one of the players featured in the video announcement, but many other NBA stars speak about their admiration for Coach Pop and his...
Aug 18, 2017
Kawhi Leonard wins NBA Players Voice Award for Best Defender

Kawhi Leonard wins NBA Players Voice Award for Best Defender

The Spurs superstar has been chosen by his own peers as the best defender in the league San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has won yet another award. Leonard is the recipient of the 2017 Players Voice Award for Best Defender, an award voted by the players and given by the NBA Players Association. Silence the offense . Best Defender goes to @KawhiLeonard. #PlayersVoice pic.twitter.com/RC0wQHxAhX— NBPA (@TheNBPA) August 18, 2017 Kawhi did not win Defensive Player of the Year as voted by journalists earlier this year, with that award going to Golden State Warriors star Draymond...
Aug 18, 2017
Video: Kawhi Leonard’s first interview in China

Video: Kawhi Leonard’s first interview in China

Complete with transcript and translation So here’s the first video we have of Kawhi Leonard on his tour of China. As I’ve said previously, we have some Spurs fans in China who are helping with updates, images and video on what Kawhi is up to in the Far East. Here is the first video update we can share, and interview he took part in, and below is a transcript and translation for our Chinese readers. Question: 问:首先欢迎你来到北京,你的球迷们非常好奇,像你这样的超级巨星,为什么还能保持如此的谦逊? First of all, welcome to Beijing. Your fans...
Aug 18, 2017
Rudy Gay’s chances of replacing Jonathon Simmons’ production

Rudy Gay’s chances of replacing Jonathon Simmons’ production

The Achilles-repaired star may need to reinvent his game to shine in San Antonio. Jonathon Simmons’ NBA career has been defined by defying expectations, best exemplified by a brilliant postseason performance against the following his now-fabled beginnings at a $150 D-League tryout just four years ago. He has since become a key contributor to one of the league’s best franchises, particularly in the Warriors series where he was the team’s main offensive punch. But after signing Rudy Gay in the offseason and forgoing their athletic wing, the Spurs essentially opted to go with Gay in...
Aug 18, 2017
Kawhi Leonard arrives in Beijing

Kawhi Leonard arrives in Beijing

Kawhi touched down in the Chinese capitol city and got acclimated before his first appearance. Kawhi Leonard’s trip to China is underway. His first visit to China is goodwill tour and will include a basketball clinic. When Leonard arrived at the Jordan store in the Beijing World Trade Plaza Wednesday morning, it was covered with pictures with him. Leonard had a few photos taken while he looked at the 9-foot-high version of himself, posed with some buddies, and even defended himself. Here are some more photos of the site taken...
Aug 17, 2017
What would a Spurs-themed NFL helmet look like?

What would a Spurs-themed NFL helmet look like?

The Sacramento Kings have an answer to that all important question. San Antonio has long been a city starving for an NFL team, and while we all love our San Antonio Spurs more than life itself, we’re still Texans and will always have a place in our hearts for football. Despite constantly being teased as a potential relocation or expansion destination, there are few signs of it happening any time soon. So with no San Antonio-themed football gear coming to town, why not do the next best thing and create Spurs-themed gear? Well, that’s exactly what the Sacramento Kings did for several...
Aug 17, 2017
The most athletic Spurs of all time

The most athletic Spurs of all time

Selecting the top physical specimens San Antonio has had the pleasure of watching. The Spurs haven’t been known for their electrifying athleticism very often throughout their storied history, but that doesn’t mean every player has been a complete stiff. In fact, one might argue that a top-10 list of Spurs athletes would actually be decorated with some impressive names. There are a couple of rules to a list like this. The first is that athleticism consists of strength, speed, vertical, lateral quickness, explosiveness, and the flexibility to hang in the air and change plays on the fly....