Spurs news briefs: Jennings is upset, Manu is clutch, and more

• The Milwaukee Bucks had the San Antonio Spurs on the ropes until Manu Ginobili nailed the game-winning shot. Great for the Spurs. Heart-breaking for the Bucks. Here is what Bucks’ Brandon Jennings had to say about the loss via Twitter:

Man I’m piss, we had them dudes tonight. But I can say we are getting better, we know what we can do.

Is it me or is this music to Spurs fans’ ears?

• The Dallas Mavericks and the Spurs are close in the Western Conference standings and both can lay claim to having a 12 game winning streak. Though the Spurs hold the better record, Eddie Sefko of dallasnews.com says the Mavericks should not worry because the Spurs cannot keep up their winning ways:

The point is that the Spurs aren’t going to keep up their jackrabbit pace. It’s not going to require another 12-game winning streak for the Mavericks to pass them. Just keep winning the games you are supposed to and a few here and there that you’re not.

Need I remind Sefko it doesn’t matter how the two teams finish in the standings. The Spurs are a veteran squad and know what they have to do in the playoffs to reach their goal to advance and win an NBA title. Look at last season. The Mavericks had the better record and we all know what happened to the Mavericks when they faced the Spurs in the first-round.  

• ESPN’s Jalen Rose and Skip Bayless discussed the top five clutch players currently in the NBA and Ginobili made it but you may not agree where he ranked. Find out HERE.

• Well since we are on the topic of how clutch Ginobili is, let’s relive his game-winning shot against the Bucks one more time!

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Wait there’s more!

What did Ginobili have to say about his game-winning shot? 

But did Manu travel on his game-winning shot?

• Believe it or not Spurs fans there are actually other NBA teams besides the Spurs. I know, shocking! If you need a quick glimpse of what else happened last night in the NBA, check out Express News’ Tim Griffin’s notes on games that went down besides the Spurs-Bucks matchup.

• And finally, here are some ideas on a Christmas gift for the die-hard Spurs fan.

(videos courtesy of woai.com)

Spurs News Briefs

Demps a frontrunner for Suns GM job

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, while Dennis Lindsey may have pulled himself out of the Suns GM search, the Spurs are still in danger of losing another highly-touted front office executive.

Demps recently was named Vice President of Basketball Operations, but previously served as Director of Pro Player Personnel and General Manager of the Austin Toros.

Former Blazers assistant GM, Tom Penn, is also a finalist for the job.

Losing Demps would be yet another tough loss of a rising star in the Spurs front office. It would also hurt the Toros quite a bit, especially since they recently lost head coach Quin Snyder to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Spurs could be signing Bell, Jefferson soon

According to the Express News, the Spurs could be bringing back Richard Jefferson very soon and Raja Bell remains a possibility.

Jefferson has been rumored to be returning to the team since opting out a few weeks ago, while it’s widely believe that Bell will sign with the Lakers. However, the Spurs have more money than the Lakers and Gregg Popovich has long coveted Bell, which could be enough to bring him to San Antonio.

In Holt We Trust

Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk writes about all of the spin around the firing of former Hornets GM Jeff Bowers. In a time where GMs are seemingly being forced out, I think I can speak for Spurs fans in saying that we’re glad our GM, coach and most of the front office are here to stay.

Helin talks about an article from Ken Berger of CBS Sports who quotes an NBA executive giving credit where it’s due.

“Peter Holt wins for a reason,” a front office executive said of the Spurs’ owner, who has kept GM R.C. Buford and coach Gregg Popovich in lock step through San Antonio’s run of success. “Jerry Buss wins for a reason. They’re letting basketball people make basketball decisions. Oklahoma City is the best team in Western Conference for the next 10 years, in theory, and it’s because the owner is allowing Sam Presti to do his job.”

Splitter starting over

In an interview with abril.com, newest Spur Tiago Splitter talks about starting over in the NBA.

He said that while he was a star with Caja Laboral, he’ll be a team player in San Antonio.

Splitter, who comes to the NBA as a highly decorated player overseas, also said his last season was the best of his career, which helped him make the jump to the NBA.

Gee a “momma’s boy”

GeeYou may know that Alonzo Gee plays for the Spurs summer league team and that he was signed by the Spurs in March after starring for the Toros. You may even know that he played for Alabama and had a sick 360 dunk that went viral on youtube.

But I bet you didn’t know he was a momma’s boy, or so he says.

Gee and his mother Darlene are the subject of the latest Ken Rodriguez column on spurs.com.

On the night of the 2009 NBA draft, the Gees settled in, wondering which team would call Alonzo’s name. No one did, and the rejection pierced. “I felt his pain,” Darlene says. “It was devastating But I kept telling him, ‘You are all right. You are going somewhere. You are NBA material. If God be for us, who can be against us.’ I went on and on.”

If you have a few minutes, be sure to give it a read to get a great inside look at a player who may stick around with the Spurs for a while.

About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.

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