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I believe it was warrior-poet Edie Brickell who screeched "I'm not aware of too many things, but I know what I know if you know what I mean," in her chart-topping ditty, "What I am." That song isn't just one of the many embarrassing mai...
I believe it was warrior-poet Edie Brickell who screeched "I'm not aware of too many things, but I know what I know if you know what I mean," in her chart-topping ditty, "What I am." That song isn't just one of the many embarrassing mainstays on my iPod top-100 playlist, it's also kind of my mantra in general. I know shamefully little on so many important things. Politics? Nope. And I graduated San Diego State, the Harvard of Northwest Mexico, as a Poly Sci major. Art? I can probably name like five famous artists, all long dead. Famous works of literature? I've read precious few, outside of Shakespeare. Modern literature? Similarly unversed, yet I've read most of the trashy populist stuff from Bret Easton Ellis, John Grisham, Chuck Palahnuik and Dan Brown. I'm not even sure if I could do my own taxes or figure out my health care stuff if I had to. I'm basically a man-boy. But I do consider myself as somewhat of an expert on the Spurs, if for no reason other than Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 hour rule. Between all the Spurs games I've watched, all the words I've written about them, all the interviews and articles I've read and watched, I've easily hit that number. I dare say I know more about this team than I do about the extended members of my family. (My mother will tell you that's nothing to be proud of.) So with that lengthy prologue out of the way, I am asking you all to trust me -- or to at least give me the benefit of the doubt -- on my one simple request of Gregg Popovich this season, because it's a message I've spent all off-season weighing the pros and cons of and a conclusion that I wasn't necessarily comfortable reaching: Pop, please, for the love of The Flying Spaghetti Monster, bury Matt Bonner on the bench this season. Put him in a suit, encase him in a glass box with a "Break only in case of extreme injury epidemic" sticker on it, or simply ship him out of town for any offer higher than a $20 gift card from H.E.B. It's time, Pop. It's finally time. If you've been paying any attention whatsoever, you've surely come to realize that Bonner, our beloved "Red Rocket," should more aptly be nicknamed "red herring," because he's long been one of the biggest teases in the NBA. He's one of the league's best bargains during the regular season, a statistical tour-de-force because he does a few things well the analytic community really appreciates: A) He pretty much only shoots threes and strokes them at a percentage to be among the league leaders every year B) He hardly ever turns the ball over C) He doesn't foul a whole lot on defense D) He is actually a pretty decent post defender E) He is, year in and year out, a plus-minus Beast Yet all that disappears when it matters, in the playoffs, because inevitably the Spurs end up facing a squad with a bunch of freakish athletes and he can't play against them because (mainly) he doesn't match up against anybody on defense and he can't get his shot off on offense. To Bonner's credit, he used to be completely useless against anybody in the playoffs, but the emergence of Tiago Splitter at least helped him somewhat because there was a legit second big on the roster aside from Tim Duncan. So Bonner wasn't needed to be a rugged defensive presence and he had some help on the boards. Still, it must be mentioned that the Lakers were a shell of themselves in the opening playoff series last year. Pau Gasol was clearly playing hurt and Dwight Howard had mentally checked out by Game 2. Yes, Bonner helped somewhat against the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals, but their bigs aren't exactly the most athletic duo to begin with, the putrid outside shooting of their wings allowed the Spurs to double the post with impunity, and the Duncan we saw last year was markedly different than the Duncan who appeared to be on his last legs in 2011. The main difference between last season's playoff Bonner and the Bonner of playoffs past was that he shot a heck of a lot better, whic
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Jun 13, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; A general view of the game between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of game four of the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT The San Antonio Spurs open up their preseason tonight ag...
Jun 13, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; A general view of the game between the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of game four of the 2013 NBA Finals at the AT The San Antonio Spurs open up their preseason tonight against CSKA Moscow, at the AT&T Center.  This game against CSKA Moscow is part of CSKA’s U.S. Tour 2013.  They are coming off of a 108 to 106 overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. The win over the Timberwolves became just the second game to ever see a foreign team come on U.S. soil to beat an NBA team.  CSKA is a team that many in the league should not take lightly on their tour.  They are one of the premier teams overseas and have had many former NBA players play for them.  The most recent that many NBA fans would know is that of Nenad Krstic. As for San Antonio, this will be the start of their preseason and for many to see what some of the new additions to the team can do, Marco Belinelli and Jeff Ayers.  This is a chance to see how well these players and others will mesh with the style of play that San Antonio runs with.  It is preseason games and not many people pay any mind to them.  This though is a chance to see whom has developed over the off-season and has been working on those areas that troubled them a season ago. Many of the Spurs players are still in game shape with the Eurobasket 2013 taking up some of the Spurs rosters time.  Not much rust could be seen from them as it was just a month ago that it had ended.  What can show though is that fatigue in those players that do continue to play year round. While watching this game there are some areas in which I will be keeping a close eye on.  One is that battle for the small-forward spot.  Many feel that it will be between Corey Maggette and Sam Young.  Both of which can play a good role to back-up Kawhi Leonard.  Seeing how either one of these players not only during this game but throughout the preseason will be good to see. Another area is that of their mind set.  We all know what happened, what the team is coming off of.  Yes it still hurts to this day that we should all be talking about the fifth title but it is history, come and gone.  How will San Antonio respond to it. The game tips off at 7:30 pm central standard time at the AT&T Center. NBA Preseason 2013: Spurs host CSKA Moscow in first preseason game - Air Alamo - Air Alamo - A San Antonio Spurs Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
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via thefanmanifesto.com After the 2012/2013 NBA Finals, Grantland writer, Zach Lowe, tweeted that Orlando Magic fans would take Moe Harkless over Kawhi Leonard. This was extremely puzzling to me as I felt the "Big Island" had posit...
via thefanmanifesto.com After the 2012/2013 NBA Finals, Grantland writer, Zach Lowe, tweeted that Orlando Magic fans would take Moe Harkless over Kawhi Leonard. This was extremely puzzling to me as I felt the "Big Island" had positioned himself on the inside-track for the Most Improved Player Award for the 2013/2014 season. After all, didn't Leonard just average 14.6ppg and 11.1rpg in a grueling 7-game series against Miami while guarding arguably the best player in the world, LeBron James? I don't feel this is much of a contest, but for arguments sake let's break this down. Age: Leonard turned 22 this past June, while Harkless turned 20 in May. It would appear as though Harkless has a slight edge here, because he is younger. However, in order to get an apples-to-apples comparison we need to consider that Kawhi just finished his second-year in the league, while Moe just concluded his rookie campaign. Leonard was 20-years for his entire rookie year, while Harkless was 19-years old. Their first-year numbers are surprisingly similar; virtually the same in minutes-per-game, points-per-game, and steals-per-game. Although, Kawhi separates himself with a positive assist-to-turnover ratio, was a better rebounder, and far more efficient offensively. The real barometer will be to compare Moe's 2013/2014 season against Kawhi's. Edge: Kawhi Leonard Offense: Kawhi has an identity on offense. He is a big-time threat launching corner 3-pointers, and has a solid post-up game, which he displayed in the playoffs. He can make plays in the lane, and is a terrific offensive rebounder for his position. He plays within himself, as you might expect from someone in Pops system, and never appears to be out-of-control. Moe is all about natural talent and is still very raw offensively. To his credit, I've never seen him force the action (don't watch a ton of Magic games), and realizes he can get easy baskets by running in transition. Like Leonard, he lacks a great handle and won't be asked to create for others as he seldom can create for himself. With that said, he does have a nice burst, and can finish around the rim. In the end though, Leonard is simply a far more efficient player and a much better 3-point shooter. Look no further than the FT% comparison - Leonard at 80% and Harkless at 57%. Edge: Kawhi Leonard Defense: This is pretty easy. Leonard gave LBJ fits throughout the entire NBA Finals, and can guard any wing player in the league, perhaps even some point guards in a pinch. He is very disciplined guarding the pick-and-roll, and seldom finds himself out of position. His freakishly-large hands and wingspan make him tough to go around, and he has a niche for getting a hand on loose balls. Moe on the other hand is again about the potential. He is a great athlete who one-day could become a great perimeter defender. He certainly has shown he is willing, and at times looks special, but he lacks consistency. Again, it is semi-unfair to compare two-years versus one, however, both players were heralded as impact defensive players from the get-go; Leonard has just been more consistent from the start. Edge: Kawhi Leonard In the end, I just can't see why anyone would take Harkless over Leonard even in a vacuum. One could argue that they play in very different systems, and given the expectations of both teams, were asked to do very different things. Of course, you could make that same argument about nearly every player comparison so I don't think that is a valid argument. I would say that Harkless perhaps had a higher ceiling than Leonard coming out of college, but that was based mostly on his athletic gifts. However, Leonard has a considerable high-ceiling as well, and has shown the work ethic and basketball IQ to give us hope that he'll realize it sooner-than-later. Poll Who would you rather have as your starting 3-man, Kawhi Leonard or Moe Harkless? Kawh
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Spurs vs. CSKA Moscow: 10/8/13
Spurs vs. CSKA Moscow: 10/8/13
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The San Antonio Spurs (0-0) get their preseason going tonight as they host CSKA Moscow at the AT&T Center as part of CSKA's U.S. Tour 2013. CSKA is coming off a 108-106 overtime win over Minnesota marking it the second time ever ...
The San Antonio Spurs (0-0) get their preseason going tonight as they host CSKA Moscow at the AT&T Center as part of CSKA's U.S. Tour 2013. CSKA is coming off a 108-106 overtime win over Minnesota marking it the second time ever that a foreign team has beaten an NBA team on U.S. soil. Milos Teodosic finished with 26 points and nine assists. CSKA is not to be taken lightly as they are one of the premier teams overseas and boast former NBA player Nenad Krstic. "It's a good check-up for us. It's good to see where we are and to find our game before our real season starts," Krstic explained. "For some of our players, it's their first time playing against an NBA team; it's a new experience." As for the Spurs, they will get their first game to look at the new additions, such as Marco Belinelli and Jeff Ayers, and how they mesh with the team against an opponent. Not to mention get a solid gauge on what the team needs to focus on before the season kicks off. And as San Antonio kicks off their slate of preseason games, here are five things to watch for during tonight's game. • The battle for the back up forward spot. Corey Maggette and Sam Young are both fighting for a spot to back up forward Kawhi Leonard. The two both look good in the team's recent scrimmage. Tonight they'll get to show what they got versus different competition. • Belinelli and Ayers. They say it takes quite some time to adjust to the Spurs' system, so with a full training camp and preseason ahead of the two newest Spurs, their learning curve is something to keep an eye on. • The back up point guard spot. Cory Joseph, Patty Mills an Nando De Colo will be fighting for minutes backing up Tony Parker. Some feel it's Cory's to lose. • Parker's health. TP says he feels fine but with a long summer of basketball with Team France and now Spurs training camp, giving No. 9 rest might be what the doctor prescribes. • The team's mental state. Throughout the summer, almost all Spurs players have been dealing with losing in the NBA Finals after seeing it slip their fingers in Game 6 versus Miami. Can this team put that behind them and forge ahead?
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CSKA Moscow @ San Antonio Spurs AT&T Center, San Antonio, TXJune 18, 2013, 8:00 PM Spurs Time Finally, it's here folks. After a long off-season, after a long time to think about what went wrong in the 2013 Finals, it's time to turn...
CSKA Moscow @ San Antonio Spurs AT&T Center, San Antonio, TXJune 18, 2013, 8:00 PM Spurs Time Finally, it's here folks. After a long off-season, after a long time to think about what went wrong in the 2013 Finals, it's time to turn a new leaf. After their intra-squad scrimmage on Sunday, the Spurs begin their first official game action of the new season versus a team out of the Euroleague: CSKA Moscow. Ticket deal now live! Opening night tickets for Spurs vs. Grizzlies The ticket deal includes early entrance to watch pre-game warmups, and a post game free throw on the court. The Spurs have some unknowns coming out of training camp, and would like to begin to answer some questions as they move through the preseason. Maybe the most important of those storylines is how much Kawhi Leonard has improved over the offseason. Of course, this question will be answered in full over the course of the regular season, but in the preseason we should get a preview of what's to come from Leonard. He impressed many in the Finals with his ability to always make a play when San Antonio needed it. He had a great series, and flashed his potential all over the court while handling the ball and being the Spurs' best option for defending LeBron James. Against CSKA, I'm curious to see him handle the ball and initiate the offense. Kawhi becoming more of a focal point offensively will be a lasting theme for the season, and that should be on display Wednesday night. Another thing to watch will be the play of Cory Joseph. The former first round pick came on at the end of last season as the Spurs' best option to back up Tony Parker, but CJ's production was never a sure thing. The Spurs have a team option on Joseph's contract at the end of the year, and Joseph will have to continue to improve if he wants PATFO to exercise it. His solid play in this year's Las Vegas Summer League was an encouraging sign for Joseph, but the strength of Summer League competition isn't high enough to be a good measure of a play. He'll get a large portion of minutes in the preseason, so we'll see whether he can solidify that backup poing guard position as his own. The last thing to look for is how the Spurs utilize the final roster spot. As of right now, they have 14 players guaranteed to have a roster spot, one off from the maximum 15 available. In seasons past, the Spurs have usually chosen to leave that final roster spot open for flexibility in trades, or to claim someone off waivers. But they have a good reason to use that final spot right now -- there's no depth at the small forward position after Kawhi Leonard. Two players that could add depth at that position are Sam Young and Corey Maggette. Young was with the Indiana Pacers last year. He's a player with decent athletic potential as a defender, and is familiar with former Pacers assistant coach Jim Boylen, who is now Coach Pop's top assistant. Maggette was with the Detroit Pistons last year, and while he didn't play much last year, he has long been coveted by the Spurs organization. He's a player that has a knack for racking up points, and is well-respected in the locker-room. A dark-horse candidate for the final roster spot has emerged in rookie guard Myck Kabongo, who was a top recruit in high school but ran into problems with the NCAA while at Texas. He's a great athlete, and is known for being a tenacious on-ball defender. Because of the Spurs' backcourt depth, it's unlikely that he'll make the team, but he should be fun to watch. CSKA Moscow provides an adequate opponent, as they made it to the Euroleague Final Four in their past two seasons and topped the Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime on Monday, 108-106. They are lead by one of the finest players in Europe, Milos Teodosic. At 26, Teodosic is already an accomplished international player, claiming a Euroleague MVP and first-team nod in 2010. He also had second-team nods in 2012 and 2013. A dynamic scorer, he averaged 12.6 points per game
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First of all, sorry for the unbalanced audio… Andrew’s coming in a little hot (sound-wise, you guys. Sound-wise.) but it should be bearable. In the 66th episode of the 4-Down Podcast, we talk about the state of the Spurs̵...
First of all, sorry for the unbalanced audio… Andrew’s coming in a little hot (sound-wise, you guys. Sound-wise.) but it should be bearable. In the 66th episode of the 4-Down Podcast, we talk about the state of the Spurs’ preseason roster, what the Russell Westbrook injury means to the rest of the West and what we expect from this team at this point. Will Corey Maggette or Sam Young stick in San Antonio, or will Pop and Co. opt to leave that last spot open for whatever may come down the road? Also, Andrew talks about his bug bites from camping and expects people to feel sorry for him or something. It’s all in here. Please subscribe to us on iTunes and let us know what you thing. These will come more frequently in the coming weeks and we want to produce a great product for y’all, so help us out. Thanks a lot, and enjoy. Follow @Matthew_Tynan
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(Please imagine the Sham Wow guy reading this aloud to you) Who doesn't love a good GIF? I make them all the time! Problem is, when you're in a bind it would be nice to have some sort of GIF genie that could just make a GIF appear to a...
(Please imagine the Sham Wow guy reading this aloud to you) Who doesn't love a good GIF? I make them all the time! Problem is, when you're in a bind it would be nice to have some sort of GIF genie that could just make a GIF appear to accentuate your comment within seconds. A good GIF can really make the people understand how strongly you feel about a subject, but you don't always have time to search the entire Internet for just the right one. Well now you can! For example, if you're describing Tony Parker to someone who's never seen him play, you'd love to summon this with the snap of your fingers: Or if you're explaining a vicious block by Red Raider and San Antonio's own Jace Amaro, you could post this and make everybody cry! Unfortunately you just don't have the time. Of course GIFs can change the tone of a conversation and you can really spice up a Game Day thread with a few well placed GIFs. If only there was a way! But wait, now there is! The GIF oracle is live and here's what it does! The GIF Oracle works to bring sports gifs of exceptional quality into SB Nation comment threads. The GIF Oracle can reply to your comment with a GIF from its database. You can request a GIF from a specific category or just request a random GIF. To request a GIF from The GIF Oracle simply post a comment that says "@oracle gif me" or "@oracle gif me (category name)". Find out all of the available gif categories here. The GIF Oracle is a living database. As new GIFs are discovered, either through SB Nation's This Week In GIFs series or elsewhere, the best ones will be added to the Oracle. When appropriate, new categories and pages will be created. If you know of a particular GIF that you believe merits inclusion to the GIF Oracle, please email the GIF Oracle. Please note that doctored GIFs are ineligible for consideration. This is a place for unadulterated athletic spectacle. Now for a few tips from the boring attorneys at the end of the Sham Wow commercial. 1. The GIF oracle will respond to anything, but it only really makes sense when you ask the oracle to create a GIF from one of these categories. This will be an ever expanding database, that means it'll only get better. I strongly encourage you to summon GIFs from the available categories. 2. Like any good vice, the Oracle is best consumed in moderation. A few well placed GIFs will liven up any thread, but a thread full of random GIFs can get as rowdy as The White Rabbit when Poison comes to town. 3. For this post though, LET'S BINGE ON SOME GIFS. 4. If you eat the Sham Wow, you will die. So don't eat it. Happy oracling.
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