Spurs news and notes: Green excited to be a Spur, a former Globetrotter on Duncan, and more


• Spurs.com talked about the newest San Antonio Spur Danny Green and March Madness:

A rush of emotion surged through Green. After six humbling weeks in the NBA’s Development League, after a passport misplaced in the mail cost him a job in Italy, after months of doubt and discouragement since his release from the Spurs, he’d secured a second chance. “I was so excited,” Green says, “I almost jumped out of the moving van.”

The timing of the call: perfect. March has almost always been Green’s month. At North Carolina, he made it to four NCAA Tournaments, his Tar Heels advancing deeper each year. In 2009, he reached April, and celebrated as no current Spur has — with a national championship.

• OpposingViews.com discussed how the NBA isn’t a big man’s league anymore:

But, as the rest of the league is proving, you can win without a franchise center, and increasingly, without any center at all. The two best teams over the past decade—the Spurs and Lakers—both lost future Hall-of-Fame centers early in the decade, but neither missed a beat, combining for four championships after the departures of David Robinson and Shaquille O’Neal. Since Robinson retired in 2003, the Spurs have gone through a revolving door of centers, winning a title in ’05 with Rasho Nesterovic and another one in ’07 with Fabricio Oberto/Francisco Elson. This season, the Spurs have the best record in the league with Duncan, who’s played most of his career as a power forward, at the center position. It hasn’t been a big leap for him, as he’s controlled the paint on defense for San Antonio for most of his career. The difference is, this time Duncan’s the only big guy on the floor—all of the Spurs’ other starters stand 6-foot-7 or shorter.

• Harlem Globetrotter’s legend Meadowlark Lemon said he would build an NBA team around San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan:

“I’m a fan of Shaq. But Tim Duncan? That’s the man I like, says Lemon, who’s currently on a media tour promoting his new memoir called Trust Your Next Shot: A Guide to a Life of Joy.

“If I was going to build a team around two players, those are the two I would build it around. Jason Kidd is a pure point guard if there is such a thing. And Tim Duncan’s fundamentals? Love them.” (usatoday.com)

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• The San Antonio Silver Stars added Vickie Johnson as a new Silver Stars Assistant Coach.

• Express News’ Tim Griffin talks about the Spurs in NBA Power Rankings.

• PlayMakerOnline.com discusses the Spurs’ loss of Tim Duncan.

• RedsArmy.com keeps an eye on the Spurs.

• ProBasketBallTalk.com discusses how now is the time for Tiago Splitter to shine with Duncan injured.

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