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Tony Parker runs the show for the San Antonio Spurs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, NFL Blogs by alleyoop on Tuesday 22 September 2009 at 1:17 pm

27-year old Tony Parker is back to run the show for the Spurs again this year. He played in 72 games for the Spurs last year and he averaged 34.1 minutes, 22.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game. Parker still can get better and that has to scare the rest of the teams in the Western Conference. 23-year old George Hill will back up Parker again this season. He played in 77 games for the Spurs last season and he averaged 16.5 minutes, 5.7 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE POINT GUARDS IN 2009-2010: A

The San Antonio Spurs sign G/F Keith Bogans

Blogged under Big Spurs News, Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General by alleyoop on Tuesday 22 September 2009 at 1:12 pm

The San Antonio Spurs sign 29-year old SG/SF Keith Bogans to a 1-year deal. Bogans played in 65 games (15 starts) for the Magic and Bucks in which he averaged 19.6 minutes, 5.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. He has now played in 425 games (177 starts) in his NBA career and he averaged 23.4 minutes, 7.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Bogans should give the Spurs some offense off the bench and this was a good signing for them.

San Antonio Spurs Robinson and rest of ‘09 HOF class full of class

Blogged under Big Spurs News, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by Andrew on Friday 11 September 2009 at 9:40 pm

After watching the 2009 Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies, I had an even greater feeling of respect for John Stockton, David Robinson, Jerry Sloan, and Michael Jordan.  Each speech was entertaining, heartfelt, and sincere as you got to see the huge heart and big smile of David Robinson on display.  You got to see the hidden comedian in John Stockton, as he had the crowd laughing every 30 seconds.  Jerry Sloan reluctantly gave his speech, and although slow and monotone, you got an inside look at what kind of life Sloan had and why he is the tough, no nonsense guy that he is.  The usual tough and emotionless (unless hes yelling at a ref or player) Sloan paused and fought back tears when he began to speak about his former teammate and long-time friend Norm Van Lier, who passed away earlier this year.

Then there was Vivian Stringer, who the only thing I knew about before tonight was that she is the head coach of Rutgers University Woman’s Basketball team.  I’m not exactly a woman’s basketball fan and the only reason I knew she was Rutgers coach is because of that idiot Don Imus and his “nappy headed hos” comment he made about Stringer’s 2007 Final Four team.

What I learned from Stringer’s speech is that she is an incredibly strong and influential woman who overcame a lot to get where she is today.  Stringer was an essential part in getting equality for women in athletics long before Title IX was enacted and brought three separate teams to the Final Four.  She battled personal tragedies when her daughter was paralyzed and unable to speak from a Meningitis infection as a young child.  Tragedy struck again with the sudden and untimely death of her husband when he was only 47-years-old, but she persevered to mentor and influence generations of young women and strove for their equality on and off the court.

Then, of course, there was Michael.  “His Airness” was in tears before he could even begin his speech, as he went on to speak about his competitive fire and all the people that fueled that fire.  My favorite story was when a young Bryan Russell told a then retired Michael Jordan in 1994 that he could have guarded Michael and that he could shut him down.  When Michael returned he wreaked havoc on Russell for the rest of his career, including a few game winning shots over Russell in a few different NBA Finals.

It seemed as if Mike had plenty of fuel left to play, and half-jokingly talked about playing as a 50-year-old.  He could probably still average 15 a game at 50.  Hell, if he read this he would say he’d average 20 easily.  That was the great thing about Michael, the extreme competitiveness but also that extreme confidence.  The belief in himself that he had what it takes, no matter what.  Michael Jordan is the best to ever play the game of basketball but is also probably the most competitive and driven player the NBA has ever seen.  This Hall of Fame class is the best ever.

Former San Antonio Spurs great, David Robinson, going to Hall of Fame

Blogged under Big Spurs News, Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Uncategorized by Andrew on Sunday 6 September 2009 at 7:30 pm


Basketball never seemed like it was going to amount to much for David Robinson early in his life, as he didn’t even play organized basketball until his senior year of high school.  Robinson, like his father, joined the Navy and attended the U.S. Naval Academy right after high school and he is nicknamed “The Admiral” because of this.  Robinson was always extremely reliable and a great leader for the Spurs, as he helped mentor and guide the young and talented Tim Duncan when he first arrived in the league.  Most superstar NBA players would not react well to a young rookie taking away shots and sometimes minutes from them, but Robinson knew that Duncan was key to them winning a championship.  Robinson put his ego aside and they went on to win two NBA Championships (1999, 2003).

During his career, “The Admiral” was always filling up the stat sheet with averages of 21.1 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 3.0 bpg and 2.5 apg.  Three blocks a game over a career is an absurd stat, as most centers rarely average even 2 blocks a game in a season, let alone 3 in a career.  He was the Rookie of the Year in 1990, Defensive Player of the Year in 1992, and the MVP in 1995.  He also had a 71 point game against the Los Angeles Clippers during the 1994 season.

The best part about Robinson wasn’t his accomplishments on the court, but it was his generosity off it.  Robinson has donated millions of dollars over the years to many different charities and has paid for many students’ college tuitions.  The NBA was very aware of Robinson’s philanthropy and honored him by giving the monthly NBA Community Assist Award winners the “David Robinson Plaque” for outstanding charitable and community efforts.

The Hall of Fame ceremonies are from September 10-12 in Springfield, Massachusetts and the other members of the Class of 2009 inductees includes the legendary Chicago Bulls guard Michael Jordan, Utah Jazz point guard and NBA all-time assist and steals leader John Stockton, Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, and Rutgers University women’s head coach Vivian Stringer.

The San Antonio Spurs are ready to rock in the 2009-2010 season

Blogged under Big Spurs News, Bloglockers, Comings & Goings, Front Page, General by alleyoop on Thursday 3 September 2009 at 10:56 am

Just when you thought the Spurs couldn’t get any better…..they do. The Spurs essentially stole Richard Jefferson away from the Bucks as all they gave up was Kurt Thomas, Bruce Bowen and Fabricio Oberto. Jefferson gives the Spurs another lethal weapon on offense. Antonio McDyess and Theo Ratliff were signed as free agents to give the Spurs some muscle and defense. They decided to re-sign Michael Finley for this season which was another good move. PF Drew Gooden left the Spurs to sign with the Mavericks. The Spurs added PF DeJuan Blair, SG Jake McClinton and SG Nando DeColo in the NBA Draft but none of them will likely get a lot of court time this season.

FRONT OFFICE GRADE SO FAR THIS OFF-SEASON: A+