• Why the Spurs won the Summer, too | ESPN
ESPN’s J.A. Adande says although Cleveland got LeBron James back, Carmelo Anthony is rejoining the Knicks among other moves, the Spurs were the big winners of the offseason thus far.
No, the Spurs didn’t make the eye-grabbing move of the summer — the return of LeBron James to Cleveland snagged that honor — but they made a series of low-key announcements that four main components of their championship squad are coming back: Diaw, Tim Duncan, Patty Mills and coach Gregg Popovich.
Put it this way: Would you rather have a team with LeBron adapting to a new group of players, or a team that just beat LeBron by a total of 70 points in five NBA Finals games? The Spurs epitomize the underrated story of the 2014 NBA free-agent fest, which is that retaining is the new improving.
Aside from bringing back those players, they were able to draft a player in Kyle Anderson that was expected to go as high as ten picks earlier. All that is left is filling that 15th roster spot. Andrew Ball will tackle that topic tomorrow here on Project Spurs.
• Spurs rookie Anderson not rushing the process | Fox Sports
Our good buddy Art Garcia of Fox Sports recently talked about Spurs rookie Kyle Anderson. He says Anderson is not looking to rush or force anything entering his rookie year, staying true to his nickname, Slo Mo.
Anderson is here to learn, absorb and take his first professional steps. Being a sponge is his mission in the desert.
“I have a great appreciation for the game,” Anderson said. “Everything people tell me or I hear, I’m going to take it. I’m ready to learn everything I can.”
Garcia also said Anderson understands that he may spend some time with the Austin Toros early on in his rookie year, and could spend some time bouncing back and forth like Aron Baynes and Nando De Colo did last season.
• Video: Spurs’ Bonner took the trophy home | NBA
Manu Ginobili had his time with it in Argentina. Aron Baynes and Patty Mills took it video bombing in Australia. Now newly re-signed Spur, Matt Bonner, is taking the Larry O’Brien trophy to Concord, New Hampshire.
• Spurs are ‘Golden Girls’ of NBA | MySA
Jeanne Jakle of the San Antonio Express-News recently wrote about an event she covered in Beverly Hills where the Spurs happened to be mentioned.
Cristela Alonzo, actress and executive producer of a new ABC sitcom called “Cristela,” had been asked about the Dallas Cowboys, since the actress is from Texas. The talk then shifted to the Spurs.
“I call the Spurs ‘The Golden Girls’ of the NBA,” she said, getting a big laugh.
Thankfully, after the giggles died down, she elaborated … and got a whole lot nicer.
“(The Spurs) have been around forever,” she said. “Yet they play like they are like the Harlem Globetrotters. They’re classic, and they just, I mean, they amaze me.”
For a team that has consistently been called old, being called the NBA’s Golden Girls will likely do nothing to detract any of the talk about the team’s age or aging stars.