Spurs news and notes: Mavs’ Terry on loss to Spurs, Don Nelson could’ve coached Spurs, and more

• After losing to the San Antonio Spurs and other top NBA teams, Dallas Mavericks’ Tyson Chandler is says either the Mavericks shape up or they will endure a long summer:

“I told guys, ‘We can call it a summer real early or we can buckle down and get things together’,” Chandler said.

He was referring to the Mavericks’ defense. Or the lack thereof during the stretch in which they were picked apart by the Lakers, Spurs, Blazers and Grizzlies, among others. (dallasnews.com)

• Mavericks’ Jason Terry says losing to the Memphis Grizzlies is a tougher loss to bear than losing to the Spurs:

• DallasNews.com is putting on “March Menace” where Mavericks can vote on which player has been the biggest menace to the Mavericks. Tim Duncan and Bruce Bowen were nominated and went head-to-head. Seems Duncan is the bigger menace to the Mavericks than Bowen. Duncan “won” with 258 votes to Bowen’s 213.

• Former NBA coach Don Nelson says he was almost the Spurs coach:

In the wake of the Webber debacle in 1994, with Nelson realizing his time in Oakland was short, Spurs general manager Gregg Popovich — a former assistant coach to Nelson — offered his old boss the coaching job.

“I begged him to keep Chris Webber and to let me go,” Nelson said. “I said keep Webber, keep the player, get a new coach and release me. I told him I had the job. And (he) wouldn’t do it. As a result, Popovich is still coaching, with four titles. I could have had Tim Duncan.” (mercurynews.com)

Hit the jump to read about how you can win free tickets to the Spurs-Blazers game in San Antonio, Tim Duncan receiving a nomination to be a spokesperson, Celtics fans watching the Spurs every move, and more.

• HuffingtonPost.com nominates Tim Duncan as spokesman for International Student Day:

I nominate as spokesman for International Student Day Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs (Wake Forest, ’97) who resisted the lure of big NBA money until he graduated; and, as an athletic superstar has earned respect for his philanthropic work, including support for breast cancer awareness and for educational programs in his native US Virgin Islands.

Let Mr. Duncan serve as an example to all students that learning is its own reward. And, for those who yearn to improve themselves by overcoming their own ignorance, that knowledge is power.

• RedsArmy.com is continuously watching the Spurs’ every move.

• NESN.com says the NBA championship hinges on the health of Celtics’ Shaquille O’Neal and Tim Duncan.

• Pounding the Rock shares photos from the Spurs-Golden State Warriors game.

• Express News’ Tim Griffin shares his notes from the Spurs-Warriors game.

• The Spurs got some new, fancy technology on their side:

Chyron today announced that Mobile TV Group, operator of one of the nation’s largest fleets of mobile production units, has purchased Chyron’s HyperX3 on-air graphics system for the company’s newest state-of-the-art mobile production truck, 28HDX. The latest HyperX3 purchase marks the 38th Chyron platform purchased by Mobile TV Group, each integrated into the company’s mobile trucks to support broadcast production for sports and entertainment events across the United States.

The new 28HDX equipped with the HyperX3 is a 53-foot-long truck based in Dallas and used to support coverage of professional sports teams including the NHL(R) Dallas Stars(R), the MLB(TM) Texas Rangers(TM), and the NBA Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, and Oklahoma City Thunder. (broadcastnewsroom.com)

• Here is how you can enter for a chance to score some free tickets to the upcoming Spurs-Portland Trail Blazers game on March 28 at the AT&T Center:

1. Follow @TiqFeed_Texas on Twitter.

2. Once you’ve followed, send out a tweet that says “Follow @TiqFeed_Texas” and include your favorite live Texas sports moment, followed by the hashtag #LoneStarTiqs for chance to win free Spurs tickets.

3. One person who tweets that out will win a free pair of tickets to the March 28 Spurs-Trail Blazers game.

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