Monday provided San Antonio Spurs fans the first glimpse of the 2015-16 season with the annual circus that is media day. Per the norm, Spurs fans were given behind-the-scenes peek at photo-shoots and were supplied with an ample amount of quotes and Pop jokes. Drastically distant from the norm were the presence of huge off-season acquisitions strutting about in their new silver and black attire. While the media activity and fan interest swarmed around LaMarcus Aldridge and David West, plenty of attention was spared to names fighting for a spot. A pair seem destined for the team’s D-League affiliate in Austin but which of the others might seize the 15th and final spot on the Spurs’ roster?
Starting this season, the NBA will begin seeding playoff teams based solely on the club’s regular season records. The era of weak division winners leap-frogging true contenders is now a relic left behind to be forgotten. The “what if” scenarios of seasons past still roll through the minds of fans. Would moving up one spot last season have saved the San Antonio Spurs from an early post-season exit? In hindsight, the future of that alternate history still appears dim but a second round match with Golden State could have provided the spark the 2014-15 Spurs squad desperately needed. Or the eventual 2014-15 NBA Champions would have easily demolished the struggling Silver and Black.
The San Antonio Spurs are old. Not a rather original line for the eyes and ears of fans but one that remains nonetheless a fact. True as it may be, it has hardly mattered to the black and silver juggernaut that keeps finding new ways to stay in power in an ever-changing basketball landscape. Seasons ago, a change in offensive philosophy put the team in Tony Parker’s hands and allowed Tim Duncan to extend his career. The team infused youth into their roster and found a capable suitor in Kawhi Leonard for the post-Duncan era. This past summer, the team accomplished the incredible by bringing in new all-star talent without sacrificing old-star names. However, the Spurs 2015-16 title quest still hinges on the tired old question: Will age sink this team?
Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Kawhi Leonard, and Patty Mills are representing their country on some level this summer. Kawhi just completed a mini-camp with Team USA and Mills was a late addition to Team Australia for their participation in the Oceania Series. Parker and Diaw, to no one’s surprise, are getting set to led Team France in yet another Eurobasket tournament. The San Antonio Spurs are no stranger to being globe-trotters but there is a growing concern among Spurs fans, as well as NBA executives, that national play is more risk than profit. Fans outside of the United States are lashing back at this notion. There is disdain in Serbia because their countryman, Boban Marjanovic, was held back by San Antonio from international play this summer. Argentina fired the same furor towards the Spurs last year when Manu Ginobili was denied from partaking in the FIBA World Cup 2014. With the NBA brand exploding across the globe, is a step-back from the international scene a serious debate?
Feels like ages have already passed since Becky Hammon and the San Antonio Spurs captured the Las Vegas Summer League title. After a whirlwind of rumors, news, and free agency departures and arrivals, the summer of 2015 has seen its fair share of work. Now all that is left to do is to test drive the shiny new toy. But the opening tip to the 2015-16 regular is still months away. Three – to be exact. Can you make it?
The San Antonio Spurs are acquiring the last of the required John Hancock’s to fill out their 2015-2016 roster. Kawhi Leonard signed his max extension on Thursday afternoon but not before the Red Mamba was inked to a killer one-year veteran minimum. The roster is loaded with names but it also now features a few unknowns that have generated some buzz among Spurs fans.
The NBA and the NBPA announced Thursday the full rosters for the first NBA game to be played in Africa. San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will take on the head coaching role for Team Africa, a roster that also features Spurs forward Boris Diaw. Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford will be a part […]
On February 28, 2015, nearly three weeks after his third birthday, Matthew Ray was diagnosed with a retinoblastoma – a rare form of eye cancer that forms in the retina. A large malignant tumor had grown on the back of Matthew’s right eye and, as a result, the eye had to be surgically removed. Uncertainty concerning […]
The San Antonio Spurs have dominated the 2015 summer free agency season. Kawhi Leonard agreed to a max extension as soon as NBA restrictions were lifted. Danny Green took a hometown discount to keep the Spurs starting backcourt together. Tim Duncan quietly announced his return. Over the holiday weekend, the Spurs landed the most sought after free agency prize in LaMarcus Aldridge.
With the 26th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs select…
The 2015 NBA Draft is less than a week away and the San Antonio Spurs have questions that might need to be addressed immediately with the 26th and 55th picks. It appears that Tim Duncan will stick around for one more go at glory but the outlook is still fuzzy on Manu Ginobili and eight of his 2014-15 teammates. Depth-wise, San Antonio needs help in the front court. However, the team could also be faced with the task of replacing almost all of their guards (only Tony Parker and Patty Mills are under guaranteed contract). Talent is rarely strong late the round but no team has made late picks work out more than the San Antonio Spurs.
The San Antonio Spurs’ exhausting first round exit went down a month ago but somehow it feels as if a year has already passed. The summer vacation between conference title rounds and the NBA Finals hasn’t helped to speed up the trudging of time either. And while the title round finally gets underway tonight, there are still four more weeks until NBA free agency begins and the names and destinations finally link up. Will LaMarcus Aldridge join the silver and black next season? Or maybe Marc Gasol will surprise NBA fandom and bolt from Memphis? It’s all just a guessing game at the moment and, painfully, there is a lot of time to pass.
The San Antonio Spurs face a selection of numerous paths this offseason. Only five players have guaranteed contracts and two of the pending free agents are future Hall of Famers in Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. It is still unknown whether or not Tim and Manu will suit up for one more season and only six weeks remain till free agency begins. San Antonio must also address the Danny Green conundrum and the team future of Cory Joseph, Jeff Ayres, Aron Baynes, Marco Belinelli, and Matt Bonner. Very much could change but the Spurs could also roll once more with a familiar cast.
After a gut-wrenching loss in game seven of the first round, the San Antonio Spurs now face a litany of questions concerning the team’s immediate and long-term future. Are Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili ready to hang up their hall-of-fame kicks? What happens with key players who will soon hit the unrestricted free agency market? Is Tiago Splitter fated for a change of scenery in order to make room for a marquee name? The reign of Gregg Popovich is also showing small signs of adjournment. Just how long will it be before Spurs fans are tossed into the cold abyss of the post-Popovich era?
Tim Duncan continued to showcase his immortality on Tuesday night with yet another playoff double-double and a clutch crunch-time block on uber-athlete Blake Griffin. Duncan’s performance this post-season continues to amaze and baffle basketball nerds across the landscape but the Spurs’ bench has been making its mark on this series as well.
In Game Two of this San Antonio – Los Angeles series, Tim Duncan transformed into an omniscient ball of light and carried the Spurs to a 1-1 series tie. The Big Fundamental tallied 28 points (14-23 FG) along with 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. San Antonio had an incredibly disappointing outing in the opening game and was carried to victory in the second match by Mr. Duncan and the duo of Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills. Homecourt advantage has swung but are the Spurs doomed by the bum legs of Tony Parker?
The San Antonio Spurs ended the 2014-15 regular season in a rather anti-climatic fashion, unraveling on the road against the young New Orleans Pelicans. San Antonio had been on an impressive run through most of March and April and were looking at a golden opportunity to enter the post-season as the second seed in the West. All the Spurs needed to do was simply win. Instead they’ll enjoy the luxury of being the sixth seed and skip two time zones to take on the Los Angeles Clippers.
The San Antonio Spurs are crushing teams and the last innocence of the human spirit. With only three games remaining in the regular season, the timing couldn’t be any better. But despite the incredible March/April run made by the defending the champs, home court might not be an option for the repeat title run. Still residing in the sixth spot, the Spurs are just a half game back from the second seed but will need assistance to get past tie-breakers to secure a higher seed.
The San Antonio Spurs have rattled off 15 wins out of their past 18 games and currently sit a half game back of the fifth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers. Even greener pastures lie just ahead as the Spurs are only two games back of both the second-seeded Memphis Grizzles and Houston Rockets. The chaotic winter seems ages ago but consistency doubts still linger in the minds of Spurs fans. Are the Spurs finally playing at a peak level or is there more to achieve?
The 2014-2015 season for the San Antonio Spurs has been one of narratives. At first it was the question of effort and then it was the plague of injuries that essentially left Tim Duncan by his lonesome. The start of the new year was focused on chemistry and then whether or not Tony Parker was ready to be put out to pasture. And though the Spurs have recently churned out some incredible games, the new topic now is centered around the notion of consistency – or rather the lack thereof. With only eleven games remaining in the regular season, are the wild spikes of performances here to stay or is there another narrative around the corner?