Spurs news and notes: Bynum idolized Duncan, Spurs 2011 team vs. Spurs title teams, and more


• According to probasketballtalk.com, the San Antonio Spurs are not playing fast, but teams are trying to play like that against them:

I have a theory as to why teams shoot so fast against the Lakers and Spurs — those are two good defensive teams once they get set. Both teams are disciplined about positioning and forcing penetration to help. So it benefits teams to push the pace on them and try to get early offense before they get set. You don’t want Manu Ginobili up in you guiding you to a waiting Tim Duncan, or Ron Artest in your face pushing you to the long arms of Andrew Bynum. But that is what those teams do well if you let them get set.

• Los Angeles Lakers’ Andrew Bynum talks about how he grew up idolizing Spurs’ great Tim Duncan:

• Former San Antonio Spurs’ player Garrett Temple will soon make the Milwaukee Bucks his new team according to Fanhouse:

FanHouse has confirmed that the Bucks are expected to call up Erie BayHawks guard Garrett Temple from the NBA Development League. Temple, a versatile 6-foot-6 guard, earned three call-ups last year from the D-League as he played in 27 NBA games split between the Houston Rockets,Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs.

• Yahoo! Sports listed the all-time NBA players with the most scoring titles and Spurs’ legend George Gervin came in third:

3. George Gervin – 4 times

George Gervin led the NBA in scoring three years in a row from 1977-78 to 1979-1980. He also led the league in 1981-82 all while playing for the San Antonio Spurs. Gervin is currently the 8th best scorer in NBA history with a 26.18 average.

• What if sports compared the 2011 Spurs team to the title teams of 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007 and for Spurs fans, the conclusion will be music to their ears:

The ’11 Spurs still have an arduous road ahead to claim the championship crown. But as our simulation illustrated, they have more than enough ammunition in their arsenal to compete with their historical contemporaries.

• Express News’ Tim Griffin talks about the Spurs holding onto their number one ranking on most polls despite the loss to the New Orleans Hornets.

• Who were the worst pro teams to make the playoffs? Well according to jsonline.com, the 1987-1988 Spurs’ team made the list:

8.1987-’88 San Antonio Spurs: Other NBA teams of this era, like the 1985-’86 Chicago Bulls, made the playoffs with a slightly worse record than the 31-51 Spurs. They went 18-39 after a 13-12 start. 

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