• Dallas Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson says chemistry is key to the San Antonio Spurs as well as the Mavericks:
While trades swirled all around them, the West’s top three teams — Spurs, Lakers and Mavericks — stayed as is.
“I think it’s a sign that chemistry is really important, and I know that San Antonio feels like that as well,” Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. “When you got it, don’t mess with it.” (startribune.com)
• Ipcexpress.com says the Spurs are set to make a run at the NBA title:
San Antonio also presents one of the most well rounded line-ups in the league. As of the All-Star Break the Spurs are currently sixth in the league in points per game, but also fifth in the league in assists and fourth in field goal percentage. Spurs guards Manu Ginobli and Tony Parker are averaging over 17 points while Spurs forwards Tim Duncan and Richard Jefferson are both averaging over 12 points. Their bench is solid as well, with players like Antonio McDyess playing solid defense, helping the Spurs hold their opponents to 96 points per game.
All in all, the Spurs are set to make an epic title run.
• Express News’ Tim Griffin talks about Manu Ginobili’s big scoring game versus the New Jersey Nets.
• Former Spurs Assistant GM and current Oklahoma City Thunder GM Sam Presti talks about Thunder’s newst player and former Spur Nazr Mohammad when they both were in San Antonio:
Presti knows that firsthand because he crossed paths with Mohammed in San Antonio. He remembers being in Detroit for a Christmas game and going to the hotel fitness center.
“And Nazr had already beat me there,” Presti said. “And he was lathered up pretty good.”
The Spurs weren’t practicing that day and were giving the guys a day off.
“But he knew that (working out) was important for him to be ready the next day,” Presti said. (newsok.com)
• By now all Spurs fans have heard the song dedicated to the Spurs titled “Black and Silver” and Spurs’ Gary Neal and George Hill like the song:
“I think it’s a good song,” said Spur Gary Neal.
George Hill said he could have got in the booth with the music makers to lay down a couple of tracks.
“Hopefully, me and DB (DeJuan Blair) are going to do a remix,” Hill said. “So, be on the lookout.” (kens5.com)