Spurs news and notes: Bonner still injured. Neal out? Phil Jackson believes the Lakers can catch the Spurs?

  • Matt Bonner will miss his seventh straight game on Saturday against the Houston Rockets according to Tim Griffin. Gary Neal is also undetermined to play after being injured in the Utah game on Wednesday night:

The Spurs have announced that forward Matt Bonner will miss Saturday’s game against Houston as he continues to recover from a bone bruise on his right knee.

It is undetermined if rookie guard Gary Neal will play against the Rockets after he sustained an injury to his rear end and his left knee late in the Spurs’ victory at Utah Wednesday night. spurs embem

  • After missing a career high 26 games last season; Spurs point guard Tony Parker is relieved the team hasn’t had to endure any major injuries thus far, writes Tim Griffin:

“This year, I don’t want to talk about it too much,” Parker said. ”I’m just happy everybody’s healthy.”

  • ESPNs J.A. Adande has any interesting article regarding Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson; Jackson discusses his “supposed” retirement at the end of the season. Jackson also gives his thoughts on why the Lakers can still defeat the Spurs and other contenders:

He believes the Lakers can catch the San Antonio Spurs, who currently have a six-game lead over the Lakers in the Western Conference, for the No. 1 playoff seed, but is confident the Lakers are experienced enough to win a series if they have to play the Spurs or Celtics or Heat without homecourt advantage.

  • Today, the Canadian National Basketball team discovered the teams they will be grouped with this summer, in 1 of 2 attempts to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. The Canadians are looking to add the firepower of Spurs forward Matt Bonner to their lineup, writes Eric Koreen:

San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner is included in that group. The New Hampshire native will have been a Canadian resident for two years this June, with three years the necessary time to allow a player to play for his country.

  • Glen Fine (Inspector General Justice) of the Department of Justice is leaving his position after ten years. Fine was once a former draft pick of the Spurs but chose to take his career into politics, writes Jolie Lee:

His career could have taken a much different turn earlier in his life. As an undergraduate at Harvard College, Fine had been drafted by the San Antonio Spurs. However, Fine said he knew he would not make a career out of basketball.

“We are excited to partner with such a first class organization as the San Antonio Spurs” says Express Jets president Jason Leavelle. “We felt like this was a unique opportunity, and being a San Antonio based company allows us to continue our support in the local community and continue our quest to be the leading provider of private aircraft solutions.

  • Buisnessinsider.com’s sports section released an intriguing article comparing NBA teams in to “mumblecore” movies:

(If you’re not familiar with the film genre that emerged in the late aughts known as “mumblecore,” this New York Times article’s a good primer. Essentially, it’s a group of lo-fi, low-budget movies that expanded on the serial vignettes previously seen in films like Richard Linklater’s Slacker.)

San Antonio Spurs: The Pleasure of Being Robbed – Both have clear French influences.