Spurs news and notes: Gervin on the Spurs, Spurs have a shot at history and more

• The San Antonio Spurs are off to their best start in team history at 36-6. They are also close to making history:

These last 40 games represent an opportunity for the Black & Silver to make some history, to do what some NBA observers thought might never be accomplished again.

If the Spurs can secure as many wins in these next 40 games as they did during the first 42, then they will match what the Chicago Bulls did 15 seasons ago when Michael Jordan and his supporting cast finished with 72 wins.

The Bulls’ 72-10 record still stands as the best in NBA history. (source bizjournals.com)

• The Spurs hot start to the NBA season might have been a surprise for many but not to former Spurs’ legend George Gervin:

The Spurs success was no surprise to Gervin.“I felt good about them when I saw them in preseason,” Gervin said. “They have guys staying healthy, like the big three. Then you have guys like Gary Neal and DeJuan Blair that’s being consistent. So anytime you have that with the Spurs, you have really good production. I’m real proud of my team and I’m looking forward to seeing them take it all the way.” (source mydesert.com)

• Spurs’ former coach Mo McHone will take over as head coach for the D-League’s Sioux Falls Skyforce:

The team is expected to announce today the hiring of former San Antonio Spurs coach Mo McHone. McHone’s hiring, first reported by the Argus Leader’s Terry Vandrovec, has been confirmed by FanHouse.

McHone, the Skyforce’s franchise leader in wins with a career record of 172-102 in the regular season, previously coached the Skyforce from 1995-1999 and then again during the 2006-07 season. In the postseason for Sioux Falls, McHone has amassed a 29-22 record and led the team to the championship in the 1996 CBA Finals. (source nba.fanhouse.com)

NBA.com crunched some surprising numbers for Spurs fans:

For most of the season, the San Antonio Spurs were the best team in the standings, but not by the numbers.

San Antonio is one of only three teams who rank in the top 10 both offensively and defensively. They have the No. 1 offense (109.6 points scored per 100 possessions) and the No. 7 defense (100.2 allowed). The two others are the Lakers (third and eighth) and Heat (fifth and third).

• Spurs’ legend George Gervin spoke about still being called rookie by NBA great Julius “Dr. J” Erving:

“I was Doc’s rookie in the ABA,” said Gervin, the Hall of Famer with the San Antonio Spurs. “He’s 61 and I’m 58 and he’s still calling me rookie. But that’s the closeness of the ABA. We had that kind of relationship. Now we get to tee it up together.” (source mydesert.com)

• Express News’ Tim Griffin on the Spurs’ knack for comebacks.

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