Spurs news and notes: Neal reflects, price of a Spurs game, and more


• Spurs.com features San Antonio Spurs guard Gary Neal and his remarkable rookie season:

It is late morning on Memorial Day. Just back from a short vacation, Neal is reflecting on a season of wonders. That he made it past his first workout with coaches is a wonder itself. When he arrived, Neal recalls, nobody knew who he was. He remembers someone asking, “What’s your name?”

• Bizjournals.com says the Dallas Mavericks need some of the Spurs’ odd-year magic:

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban should offer up some of his remaining dot-com fortune to the Spurs in exchange for temporary use of the Black & Silver’s lucky rabbit’s foot.

• SACurrent.com discusses the price fans might pay to attend a Spurs home game:

Would you spend $315.36 for an evening of basketball with your family?

According to the 2010 NBA Fan Cost Index, released yearly by the Illinois-based Team Marking Report, that’s how much it costs for a family of four in San Antonio to enjoy a game. The amount is arrived at by calculating four tickets, two small draft beers, four small sodas, four hotdogs, one parking spot (most likely in the next county), two programs, and two of the cheapest adult-sized hats one can find in the team store.

Deducting beers, programs, and hats, you can save about $54.

The good news is that the San Antonio Spurs offer some of the cheapest beer, sodas, and parking in the NBA, according to the Fan Cost. The bad news is the Spurs’ total cost is still more than $27 above the league average — or one beer, two sodas, two hotdogs, and a better parking spot.

• Express News’ Tim Griffin recaps Game 1 of the 2011 NBA Finals.

• SACurrent.com reveals their reader’s predictions and one reader says the Spurs will win another title. 

• Spurs.com has video of Neal and George Hill lending a hand in constructing new homes.