• San Antonio’s Buford excels without fanfare | Boston Globe
The Boston Globe’s Gary Washburn writes that San Antonio Spurs GM R.C. Buford, is preparing for life after Tim Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich. With Duncan’s decision to exercise his player option, Buford still has time to think.
“The Spurs Way has been different over the course of time,” Buford said. “It’s been built to fit the strengths of our teams. [Popovich and I] grew up under Coach Brown, and Larry thinks there’s a wino on the street with a perfect out-of-bounds play. He’ll listen to anybody. And I think we grew up under that burden.”
When asked about the post-Duncan and Popovich era, Buford said, “It will be numbing and challenging. Those are the people whom we’ve come to work with and battle with.”
• Clear Channel Outdoor sign praises Duncan over James | KENS 5
Clear Channel Outdoor is running a billboard praising Duncan’s loyalty over James’ royalty.
Ryan Fraizer with Clear Channel Outdoors said they decided to run the sign because of LeBron’s decision to opt out and Duncan’s decision to return for the 2014-2014 season.
Fraizer said the sign runs roughly once a minute.
• Patriots need Spurs-like exclamation point to cement legacy | WBUR
The Spurs have always drawn ties to the NFL’s New England Patriots as both franchises have seen long-term success.
But after Tim Duncan won his fifth NBA title at the age of 38, Doug Tribou of WBUR says Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, may have to do something similar to cement the team’s legacy.
The same could be said of Tom Brady, who turns 37 in August. When 12 wins, 4,300-plus yards passing and a playoff run every season start to seem routine, you’re witnessing something — and someone — special. But for the Patriots to equal the extended-dynasty status that San Antonio has achieved, they’ll need to punctuate their string of recent near-misses with an exclamation point.
• 49ers can learn from NBA champion Spurs | Niner Noise
While on the subject of the NFL, Orly Rios from Fansided’s Niner Noise blog says the San Francisco 49ers should look to the Spurs as an example of a team bouncing back to win it all after they came so close the year before. As you may recall, the 49ers lost to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship.
• Jets’ Amaro uses Spurs’ Ginobili as inspiration | NJ.com
Count New York Jets rookie tight end Jace Amaro, a San Antonio native, as another player that draws inspiration from Spurs guard Manu Ginobili.
Amaro, who seems to be quite the Spurs fan, skipped attending the NFL Draft so he could attend a Spurs playoff game. It seems Amaro and a Jets tight end coach came up with a new saying that allows Amaro to loosen up on the field.
The Spurs didn’t just give Amaro something to smile about this month, as they won their first title since 2007. One of their star players, shooting guard Manu Ginobili, also indirectly provided the inspiration for a saying that Amaro and tight ends coach Steve Hagen concocted: “Just Ginobili it.”
It stems from Ginobili’s freelancing and, at times, “abnormal” and “crazy” playing style, Amaro said. Always, though, Ginobili seems to play loose, never putting too much pressure on himself.
• Former Spur Jackson happy for former Spurs teammates | Hoops Addict
Ryan McNeil, a friend of Project Spurs and founder of Hoops Addict spoke to former Spur Stephen Jackson recently about wanting to make a return to the NBA. Jackson also said he was happy for his former teammates for winning the 2014 NBA Championship.
“I was happy for them, I got a lot of love for a lot of guys on the team and I saw how it ended last year, so it felt good to see them win a championship and bounce back this year,” Jackson said.
Jackson said it was also good to see Tim Duncan win his fifth championship.
Make sure to listen to the full audio interview with Jackson over at Hoops Addict.