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  1. Matt Bonner: living large

    Jul 14, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    Matt Bonner signed just signed the biggest contract of his life — four years, $16 million. He is now living it large (as told to the News Express), rolling into the local deli with a new attitude. “When I splurge,” Bonner said, “I’m going to order double meat on my sandwich.” Just like Notorious B.I.G.…

  2. Tiago Splitter is officially a Spur, and you don't realize how big this is

    Jul 13, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    You know what deal Western Conference executives have been raving about this week in Vegas? Tiago Splitter to the Spurs. A deal that became official now and at an incredible price of three years for $11 million. Splitter clearly wants to be here as a he took a paycut to leave Saski Baskonia, the team…

  3. Mavs pick up Spurs alumnus Ian Mahinmi on the cheap

    Jul 12, 2010, 8:40 PM EDT

    Brendan Haywood is the only center the Mavs have under contract for next season, so rotation bigs remain fairly high on Dallas’ off-season wish list. Erick Dampier will soon be shipped out to allow the Mavericks to benefit from his instantly expiring contract, and optimally the Mavs will need two more players who can hold…

  4. Report: Tiago Splitter finally coming to the NBA, agrees to terms with Spurs

    Jul 9, 2010, 6:45 PM EDT

    Tiago Splitter may not be but a blip on the average NBA fan’s radar, but he’s about to step into one of the finest organizations in the sport with the potential to make a huge impact. After much delay, Splitter will finally join the Spurs, according to a report by The Ticket 760 in San…

  5. The Spurs will celebrate four more years of Matt Bonner

    Jul 9, 2010, 5:54 PM EDT

    Like it or not, there was legitimate interest in Matt Bonner. The guy may be an NBA punchline, but he’s a big body and a consistent outside shooter, which are two pretty valuable traits for rotation players. Though rather than signing as an afterthought with the Miami Heat or filling in as a designated shooter…

  6. Shaquille O'Neal wants to join the Spurs, talks have taken place

    Jul 7, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal a Spur? That may be in the Book of Revelations as one of the signs of the Apocalypse. We’ll check and get back to you. But it may be a reality, not just a sign of the end times. According to FanHouse, Shaq had had interest from the Spurs and that is his…

  7. Teams are interested in Roger Mason for who he's been, but is that who he'll be next season?

    Jul 3, 2010, 7:40 PM EDT

    When the San Antonio Spurs picked up Roger Mason Jr. two years ago in free agency, it was an absolute steal. Mason seemed like an ideal fit alongside the Spurs’ big three; as a knock-down shooter who could fill in at either guard spot and handle the ball a bit, Roger fit the Spurs’ needs…

  8. Spurs fans: Just when you thought you were rid of Richard Jefferson…

    Jul 1, 2010, 9:28 PM EDT

    Yesterday, everybody went, “what, really?” when Richard Jefferson opted out of his $15.2 million final year with the San Antonio Spurs. But he is already negotiating to come back to San Antonio next season, according to the San Antonio Express-News. And it really makes sense, if you think about it. Several NBA sources assume Jefferson…

  9. Report: Richard Jefferson opts out of deal; Spurs fans believe it is a miracle

    Jun 30, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

    If you are Dirk Nowitzki, it makes a lot of sense to opt out of the last year of your deal. You’ll lose a little money in the short term to make it back in the long haul over the next few years. Richard Jefferson used that logic in opting out of his deal with…

  10. Manu Ginobili loses shooting contest to a 13 year old

    Jun 23, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    The Spurs need to get younger, we may have found their guy. Maybe the guy to replace Manu Ginobili some day. I’ll let the San Antonio Express-News explain: Making a short appearance at the Spurs’ youth summer camp at the University of the Incarnate Word, Ginobili — Olympic gold medalist, international icon and three-time NBA…

  11. Tony Parker understands the Spurs window is closing

    Jun 16, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Tony Parker is not playing for France in the FIBA World Championships this summer. He is staying in, chilling with his wife, getting healthy, and working out like mad. Why? Because it’s now or never for the Spurs and he wants to be ready, Parker told Lang Whitaker of SLAM. Hopefully we’ll make some tweaks…

  12. Tiago Splitter wins Spanish title, now considering coming to the Spurs

    Jun 16, 2010, 10:38 AM EDT

    Tiago Splitter could be the Spurs savior. San Antonio wants to make one more run with Tim Duncan at the heart of the lineup, but these playoffs showed that even with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili the team isn’t there. Splitter could change that. He is the best center in Europe, skilled and physical. He…

  13. Avery Johnson comes very highly recommended… by Greg Popovich

    Jun 13, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT

    When the New Jersey Nets hired Avery Johnson earlier this week, it came with quite a few backhanded compliments. “Great regular season coach.” “Lot of potential.” “Fiery guy.” All of these purposefully ignore the elephant in the room to make it seem bigger than it is. Johnson’s teams had terrible playoff results. The discussion of…

  14. Tony Parker to skip World Championships; Rodrigue Beaubois to take his place

    May 14, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

    Coming off a season where injuries kept him out of the lineup and held him back when he was in it, Tony Parker has decided to take the summer off. Parker will not represent France in the FIBA World Championships in Turkey in August. He announced his decision on his Web site. After a long…

  15. Tony Parker doesn't want to go to New York

    May 13, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

    Why won’t you just listen to them? First, Spurs General Manager RC Buford said “it would be crazy” not to keep someone like Tony Parker a Spur and that he is not shopping Parker around. Now, Tony Parker himself told the News Express he was dismayed by the rumors and that it would be crazy…

  16. San Antonio says they are not trading Tony Parker, but the Knicks are still interested

    May 12, 2010, 12:27 PM EDT

    RC Buford says he wants to keep Tony Parker in San Antonio. He should — elite point guards at the peak of their game are hard to find. But if San Antonio can’t convince Tiago Splitter to come to the states from Europe, the Spurs will have to consider trading Parker, they don’t have other…

  17. Spurs say they want to keep Parker. If they can is another question altogether.

    May 11, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    As was evident watching the Spurs got swept by the Suns, San Antonio needs to add some young legs and energy to the team, especially along the font line with Tim Duncan. A “stretch four” would be ideal, if you have one of those laying around they could have. However, as we discussed yesterday, helping…

  18. San Antonio Spurs: That looked like the end of an era, but can one big move revive it?

    May 10, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT

    Phoenix’s defense is getting a lot of attention — everyone from Gregg Popovich on down is saying it’s better, even if the stats don’t really say the same thing. Whatever. That’s not why the Suns swept the Spurs aside in four games. The sweep happened because the Spurs were not the same defensive team they…

  19. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: The incredible, invisible Antonio McDyess

    May 10, 2010, 1:26 PM EDT

    What’s so remarkable about the playoffs is how quickly things can change for any one team. The Suns, who at one point struggled to keep pace with the injury-riddled Blazers, now look like a dominant playoff team. The nature of playoff match-ups change everything. Players, strategies, and specific styles can expose weaknesses in opponents or…

  20. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: Should Nash's performance be immortalized?

    May 10, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    For the majority of the NBA year, injuries are temporary roadblocks. They’re set-backs that while inconvenient or possibly crippling, are mostly considered to be minor negative obstacles. There are overreactions to a foot injury here or a knee injury there, but for the most part they are self-contained, isolated events that create a bit of…

  21. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 4: The deed is done.

    May 10, 2010, 1:15 AM EDT

    The Phoenix Suns just swept the San Antonio Spurs. The Phoenix Suns just swept the San Antonio Spurs. The Phoenix Suns just swept the San Antonio Spurs. Maybe if I type that phrase enough times, the basketball gods will tie my precious typing fingers into knots for my blasphemy. In what universe could the Suns…

  22. NBA Playoffs: Shaq, Duncan, Kobe, and the one for the thumb

    May 9, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    At Spurs blog Pounding the Rock, a discussion for today’s Game 4 centers around a plea from a fan to not allow the Spurs’ dynasty to die. But a line caught my eye. “I don’t want it to be over. I so desperately want to see Tim (Duncan) get his fifth ring (before Shaq, before…

  23. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 4: With blood in the water, Phoenix will go for the quick kill

    May 9, 2010, 2:38 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker have become a basketball establishment in their eight seasons together. They’ve captured three titles, made it to the postseason in each of those eight seasons, and lost in the first round of the playoffs only once. They also have never, in the time that the three have been…

  24. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs: Pace may have been the red herring

    May 9, 2010, 4:15 AM EDT

    If both the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs are reduced to the most basic tenets of their respective basketball philosophies, it’s easy to paint them as foils. Steve Nash stands as something of an iconoclast in the Church of Popovich; even if Steve’s professionalism, leadership, and continued excellence don’t stray too far at all…

  25. Tony Parker to have MRI on injured shoulder

    May 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Tony Parker had a pretty bad night last night. Losing to go down 0-3 to the Suns who the Spurs have traditionally owned, getting limited by Goran Dragic’ defense and watching the young Slovenian shred him and the rest of his team for 23 points in the fourth quarter. Oh, yeah, and he hurt his…

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