On the road with Toros Michael Joiner

Ever wonder what life is like on the road for the San Antonio Spurs’ D-League affiliate Austin Toros? Where do they eat? How is the team feeling with the D-League playoffs fast approaching?

Well you are in luck.

Toros forward Michael Joiner writes for Project Spurs’ affiliate blog Toros Nation and recently he wrote on the current Toros road trip, his thoughts on Marcus Cousin getting the call-up to the Utah Jazz, and much more. 

If you have any questions for Michael or would like to comment on his posts, feel free to comment below or email ontheroad@projectspurs.com  and we’ll be sure to get your questions/comments to him. Follow Michael on twitter @mjborn2win.

By Michael Joiner, Toros Nation

It’s been a while now. I know there have not been any write ups from me. There have been two reasons: We have been playing at home (but I thought about doing write ups then), and because I have not had the right thing to write about (writers know about this.)

Well, the on the road series has lead us into another season: it’s the playoff chase. This is the part of the season where teams are competing, you see players leaving, you see the rookies take that growth of maturity and become men or you can see the total opposite.

Since my last write up, we have acquired two new players, a teammate of mine has been called up, we have worn pink jerseys, and the bond of this team has grown tremendously.

First, let me say CONGRATULATIONS to the man in the middle for the Toros this season, Marcus Cousin. He earned a NBA Call-up to the Utah Jazz. Next, let me address the pink jerseys. No, there was not a washing machine problem. We wore pink to show support for the FIGHT AGAINST BREAST CANCER! It was a great cause and a even better event for everyone.

We have had some roster changes. We have acquired Kyle Weaver and Trey Kelly. These guys have replaced Moses and Steph. Every last one of these guys have been a positive impact for our team and has helped us to play better. The changes that one sees. It amazes me. While writing this, I am waiting in the lobby with Kyle getting ready to play the Texas Legends.

Well game one of these weekend series was a tough one to deal with because we let it get away. Our team felt like we had it, but we didn’t come out with the outcome that we wanted. We had a good team effort so we will take that over into tonight’s match up.

The hotel we stay in is fairly new called the NYLO hotel. Real European style and 9 year old size beds. But it has a interesting look that makes you like it. It has a 70′s feel in 2011. Check it out if you are ever in Plano (no this is not a commercial).

There are many options on what to eat while on the road. Players choose based on how they feel, what or where others may go, and what’s in their budget. Some have gone to 5 Guys, Chic-Fil-A, some Italian spot, and the hotel restaurant.

March Madness has got us all tuned in. You can still hear guys talking about why their school is the best…lol. On another note, waking up and seeing the disaster in Japan makes one reflect and see how thankful we are. Our team trainer, Dice, is from there and he said his family and friends were doing ok (now that’s great news to hear).

After the loss, we just had a brief film session. See we didn’t play bad, but we didn’t do what was needed to win the game. 5 pm departure for the gym for our battle against the Legends. National TV game so we will see who is ready to play and who isn’t. We need this game. Now we will see who WANTS this game. My fellas are relaxed. Good to see. I write this as I prepare for the game.

Writing helps me focus for those that are wondering why I’m writing before a game. You always need outlets in life you know, and I have found one.

I hope the next thing that I write is letting you know whether we reached our goal or not…

Oh yeah…WE WON! Now we travel back…oh how things just spring-ed forward. Stay tuned….LATER!

P.U.S.H. Mode…Success is what I am after.

On the Road with Toros Michael Joiner

Project Spurs’ affiliate site Toros Nation, which covers the San Antonio Spurs D-League affiliate, Austin Toros, recently added Toros’ player Michael Joiner to the writing staff.

Joiner is a four-year D-League veteran and in his second season with the Toros. He has agreed to write an “On the Road” series for Toros Nation and this is his second post, which he wrote before last night’s win against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. To read his first post click HERE to visit Toros Nation.

If you have any questions for Michael or would like to comment on his posts, feel free to comment below or email ontheroad@projectspurs.com  and we’ll be sure to get your questions/comments to him. Follow Michael on twitter @mjborn2win.


By Michael Joiner

It’s game day against the Rio Grande Vipers. We are on the road playing down in the valley. It was a long and exhausting day of travel for the team yesterday. Bags were lost by the airlines, but we eventually got them later on that night.

How’s the team? Well, I will say that we are good. Today seemed to be different. Why? Just because everyone really had a different pep in their step. The word of the year has been “Swag” and you can see everyone really bonding and really in their own zone. Even though the results we wanted in our last game did not show up as the game came to a close, but we have honestly showed some strides in what we can accomplish this season.

Our team defense has gotten a lot better. Guys seem to start understanding how to play this game now. Honestly, for me it seems like it was a long time ago when I was some of these guys age…lol. But I had some great basketball teachers that helped me to mature and grow quickly in this game.

Click HERE to read the complete article at Toros Nation.