Spurs Click & Scroll: Defying odds, haunted hotels and retirement talk

• How Spurs continue to defy odds | Hang Time Blog

NBA.com’s Sekou Smith writes that Tim Duncan remains the biggest secret behind the Spurs’ longrunning success.

Yes, Tim Duncan was, is and remains the secret to the Spurs’ success formula. You have to start with superstars in the NBA. Toss in a Hall of Fame coach (Gregg Popovich), a couple more superstar players (in their own right) and a steady cast of young and veteran role players willing to sacrifice for the greater good and it’s not hard to fathom a well-run franchise putting together years and years of quality, championship-caliber production.

• Ayres, Duncan claim Bay Area hotel was haunted | ProBasketballTalk

According to the San Antonio Express-News, via Pro Basketball Talk, Spurs forward Jeff Ayres heard the sound of a baby inside his room when he was getting ready to check into his room at the Claremont Resort in Berkely. Not only that, but Tim Duncan also confirms Ayres suspicion and report.

• Duncan talks retirement  | Yahoo Sports

In the latest installment of his power rankings, Yahoo’s Mark Spears said Tim Duncan said he was taking it “game by game” when asked about his contract, which extends past this season. It’s probably a smart guess that if one of those games results in an NBA finals victory, Duncan could be ending his career prior to his contract expiring after next season.

• Former Spur Rodman admires Ginobili | La Nacion (via google translate)

Former Spurs forward Dennis Rodman has been quite the world traveler lately, and when he made a stop through Buenos Aires recently, La Nacion got a chance to sit down with Rodman. Obviously, being in Argentina, Manu Ginobili’s name had to come up.

I really enjoy watching him and have no doubt he will be in the Hall of Fame. He is 36 years old and is still competing and winning. And it wouldn’t surprise me for him to win another NBA ring, because he can still win.

• 6-year-old, cancer patient meets Spurs players | Fox 29

Great story from our friends at Fox 29 reporting about a six-year-old with terminal cancer meeting the Spurs at Monday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Apparently the boy, Andy Pardo, always dreamed of meeting the Spurs, and got to do so thanks to a local Wing Stop.

• Pop advising Parker on running Asvel | BFMTV (via google translate)

While Spurs coach Gregg Popovich might be more acclimated to giving his starting point guard tips on defense, Parker said on his TP show on Monday that Popovich is already advising him on his new role with French club Asvel. Parker also said he was going to try to use a lot of what he’s learned from the Spurs.

About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.