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 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?
AT&T CENTER – The San Antonio Spurs had a chance to close out the Los Angeles Clippers tonight in Game 6 but ended up squandering a chance to advance to the second-round, losing 96-102. The Spurs didn’t help themselves, missing 16 free throws (12-28) for the game and turned the ball over 14 times leading to 12 Clippers’ points.
San Antonio was led by Marco Belinelli’s 23 points off 7-11 three-point shooting in 22 minutes. Tim Duncan pumped in 12 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.
Chris Paul scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half, leading the Clippers to force a Game 7 at Staples Center.
To breakdown the Spurs’ loss, join Project Spurs’ Jeff Garcia and Paul Garcia as they recap Game 6. (more…)
AT&T CENTER – It’s halftime in San Antonio and the Spurs and Clippers find themselves deadlocked at 51.
The Spurs were led by Marco Belinelli’s 12 points off the bench off 4-6 from the three-point line. The Spurs shot 45 percent form the field but had 10 turnovers leading to 8 L.A. points.
To breakdown the first half, join Project Spurs’ Jeff Garcia and Paul Garcia a the discuss the Spurs’ first half of play.
AT&T CENTER – The San Antonio Spurs will look to knock out the Los Angeles Clippers tonight in Game 6 of the opening round playoff series. The Spurs are up 3-2 and stole the home court advantage in Game 5 in L.A.
To talk about tonight’s huge game, Project Spurs’ Jeff Garcia and Paul Garcia take a look at the matchup tonight and predict which team will walk away from the AT&T Center with the win.
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.
AT&T CENTER – It’s halftime and the San Antonio Spurs are trailing the Los Angeles Clippers 47-51.
The Spurs are being led by Kawhi Leonard with 11 points while Patty Mills chipped in 10 points off the bench.. The Spurs shot 41 percent while only connecting on 5-10 from the free throw line.
To breakdown the first half, Project Spurs’ Jeff Garcia and Paul Garcia recap what went right and wrong for San Antonio.
AT&T CENTER – The San Antonio Spurs (2-1) will look to take the winds out of the sails of the Los Angeles Clippers (1-2) today in San Antonio for Game 4 of the first-round series.
The Spurs are coming off a huge 100-73 Game 3 win at home where Kawhi Leonard exploded for 32 points.
And with Game 4 being a pivotal game for both teams, especially L.A. trying to save their postseason lives, Project Spurs’ Jeff Garcia and Paul Garcia along with Hector Ledesma of “Halftime Sports” breakdown today’s matchup.
AT&T CENTER – The San Antonio Spurs, behind Kawhi Leonard’s 32 point effort, smashed the Los Angeles Clippers 100-73 to take a 2-1 first-round series lead. Leonard’s offensive explosion was his career-high playoff scoring while the Clippers just couldn’t get their offense going.
L.A. was held to 16 points in the first quarter and 11 points in the third quarter while their floor leader, Chris Paul, was help to 7 points off 3-11 shooting.
The Spurs bench scored 39 points led by Boris Diaw’s 15 points. Tim Duncan was held to 4 points on the night off 2-6 shooting.
As for the Clippers, Blake Griffin struggled scoring 14 points when throughout the series he was averaging 27.5 points.
AT&T CENTER – It’s halftime in San Antonio and the Spurs are up 46-38 against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Spurs are being led by Kawhi Leonard with 16 points while Danny Green and Boris Diaw chipped in with 8 points each. The Spurs shot 43 percent from the field, 40 percent from the three-point line, while only turning the ball over six times.
L.A.’s Blake Griffin has 10 points to pace the Clippers.
To recap the first half, Project Spurs’ Jeff Garcia and Paul Garcia breakdown all the action on the court.