• Manu Ginobili and the curious case of the exploding shoe | YouTube
San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is nicknamed "El Contusion," but who knew he'd be harmful to the health of his Nike sneakers. Back-pedaling while guarding Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey during the first half of the Spurs' win over Detroit yesterday, Ginobili had something happen I can't say I've ever seen watching basketball. His shoe just gave on him. Ginobili's shoe exploded like a tire on a highway. Luckily, the Spurs' equipment manager had another shoe at the ready.
Apparently the blowup didn't seem to be too much of an issue as Ginobili finished the game with 16 points and nine assists off the bench. After seeing him swat a bat, and now the shoe snafu, I'm wondering what will come next.
• Bill Clinton lunches with Popovich, Castro and Cisneros | KHOU
After being on the road for most of the month during the Rodeo Road Trip, Spurs coach Gregg Popovch decided to enjoy the splendors of being back in the Alamo City, including Mi Tierra Restaurant & Bakery downtown.
So who did he enjoy lunch with? Oh, just the former POTUS, and the former and current Mayors of San Antonio – Bill Clinton, Henry Cisneros and Julian Castro.
Our own Paul Garcia tweeted that Pop claimed he was there as the server during his pre-game presser. After winning four NBA championships and standing as the longest tenured current head coach in the NBA, perhaps Pop could be planning his next career with the U.S. Government. He is, after all, known as CIA Pop.
• Former Spurs coach Budenholzer really wanted a timeout | YouTube
Somehow NFL coaches have been able to quietly stand on the sidelines and signal for timeouts right before field goals, but Atlanta Hawks head coach and former Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer can't catch a break. Budenholzer, looking to call a timeout with less than 40 seconds remaining and a point behind the Chicago Bulls apparently attempted to signal for a timeout, but the official had his back turned, and in desperation, Budenholzer ran right onto the court and signaled for the timeout right in the face of said official.
Unfortunately for Budenholzer, he finally got his timeout after one of his players sank a three-pointer that would've given the Hawks a two-point lead with 28b seconds remaining. After the timeout, Jeff Teague turned the ball over and the Hawks ended up losing to the Bulls 107-103.