Tag:Manu Ginobili
Posted on: October 28, 2010 2:29 pm
 

Matt Bonner to miss 10-14 days

Posted by Royce Young

Time for you massively important injury update of the week. Brace yourself, Red Rocket fans. I have some bad news.

The Spurs sharpshooting big man will miss 10-14 days with an ankle sprain. As the San Antonio Express-News reported, Bonner's right ankle had swelled to the size of a baseball and he was quite eager to show everyone.

Bonner said: “Pretty ugly, don’t you think? I came down on somebody’s foot. That’s what I get for jumping."

Yeah, stick to the outside shooting if you know what's good for you. Since when did you think you could jump?

Bonner of course is one of the Spurs most underrated bench weapons. He's deadly on kickouts from Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and is actually a better post defender than people realize. The Spurs are hurting a bit on the inside right now as Tiago Splitter isn't fully ready for his debut so Tim Duncan and Antonio McDyess will likely be playing more minutes than usual, as well as DeJuan Blair.

Posted on: October 14, 2010 11:33 am
Edited on: October 14, 2010 11:57 am
 

No extension on the table yet for Parker

Posted by Royce Young

It's easy to forget all about Tony Parker. He was injured for a lot of last season, he's aging a bit and the West is stacked with good point guards.

But the thing is, Parker has multiple rings and at 28, still has a lot of good years left. But in terms of this contract, he's only got one year left before it's up.

But he's not worried about an extension. And he's not in a hurry. “I know they are negotiating, but there is nothing on the table," Parker told the french newspaper L’Equipe. "I’m not in a hurry either. I want to stay in San Antonio, but I do not mind. I just want to make a big season and the contract will come naturally.”

There was some talk that Parker could be headed to New York this season or next and if he doesn't land that extension, he'd certainly be available. And Parker knows there's that chance. “Everything is possible, the NBA is a business and, for a team like San Antonio, my wages is substantial," he told the paper. "They decide what they want to do about me.”

The Spurs could trade Parker this season if they determine they don't want to extend him. Again, there's been chatter about New York, but also people have tossed around Orlando as a potential home for him. But it sounds like the ball is in San Antonio's court. If no extension is to be done for Parker, it would be easy to see him dealt by the trade deadline. But that could be tough because you know the Spurs will be in the middle of the West.

That's where young George Hill comes in. He proved in Parker's absence that he could be ready to handle the duties of starting. And San Antonio may see Parker's contract as an opportunity to extend the life of the current Spurs run a bit by bringing in extra talent. If Hill is capable, Parker is somewhat expendable.

Parker says he's 100 percent and has his legs completely back. He's been such a key part of the San Antonio trio over what's almost been 10 years. Tim Duncan has an early termination option next season and Manu Ginobili is signed through 2013. So time is running out on the Spurs. And that might be why they're taking their time on Parker's extension. Maybe they don't even know what the future holds.
Posted on: October 14, 2010 9:43 am
 

Shootaround 10.14.10: "The NBA: It's stupid!"

Posted by Royce Young
  • Last night, Kevin Garnett was ejected because he picked up two technicals. The league's really enforcing the new rules in preseason and Doc Rivers said they've just got to deal with it: "It is what it is. We've got to live with it. It's a new, kinder, gentler me. What can you do? Listen, I do think, as a league, it's about all of us. It's not just the officials, the players or the coaches. It's all of us. We have to keep making this a better product and a lot of people smarter than me have decided this is what we need to do. Then that's what we have to do: Adhere to it. I don't think that's that hard."
  • Howard Beck of the New York Times on Amar'e Stoudemire's debut: "The introduction was a tad understated, at least by Amar’e Stoudemire’s standards. He did not dislodge the rim from the backboard or block a shot into the expensive seats or ruin anyone’s self-esteem. There will be many chances for that later, when the games count. Wednesday night was a warm-up, a friendly first date between Stoudemire and his adoring new audience at Madison Square Garden. It was a promising start to the relationship between the desperate fan base and the $100 million star."
  • Posting and Toasting on Timofey Mozgov's debut: "Mozgov started and started strong. He was, as I mentioned, disruptive on defense, and scaled back the silly fouls (4 fouls in 15 minutes is an improvement. Really!). Save for a weird bout of point-center ambition that didn't end well, Mozgov also got some work done on offense. He buried two big boy midrangers (not like the chip shots he'd been sinking earlier in preseason) and even threw an alley-oop TO Raymond Felton. You read that correctly. Timo stayed steadily stellar in his brief appearance."
  • Sebastian Pruiti at NBA Playbook looks at Manu diagramming the final moments of the Spurs-Clippers game. “Misdirection plays like this late are so brilliant because teams always seem to focus on the ball late (I personally think this is due to the fact a lot of teams simply run ISOs late instead of trying to draw up some plays), that screens on the weakside usually go unnoticed until it is too late.”
Posted on: October 13, 2010 12:21 am
Edited on: October 13, 2010 1:26 am
 

Coach Manu leads Spurs to win in Mexico City

Posted by Matt Moore

It was crunch time. Even in the preseason, you need your team focused, ready, able to execute in high pressure situations like this one. Down by two with less than ten seconds left in an exhibition game in Mexico City, Coach Gregg Popovich called timeout, huddled his men, and...

Gave the keys to Manu Ginobili. Ginobili took over the huddle for the Spurs' final shot, coaching through the timeout. No seriously. Look, there's even evidence, courtesy of the infamous @Jose3030 on Twitter and NBATV:



As Kelly Dwyer noted on Twitter, he even coaches left handed .

The result? A Gary Neal three-pointer to win it for the Spurs after Chris Kaman tried to take a dribble with just over a second left on the ensuing possession. Why? Because they're the Clippers, and that's pretty much how they roll.

It was just a fun sequence and a fleeting glimpse of the regular season's intensity, which is less than two weeks away now. We're in the stretch run. And in the meantime we get fun things like Manu Ginobili, X's and O's man. And when a dude with that kind of goatee (and multiple championship rings and international greatness) talks, you listen.

The Spurs: smart and disciplined from the top on down.

If you're wondering who Neal is, he was an undrafted rookie who went to Europe for a few years and then was brought over for Spurs' Summer League. After a fantastic showing there, he was given a contract for this season. In Summer League he dispalyed tremendous perimeter speed and uncanny shooting ability from the arc... much like the game winner he dropped on the Clips tonight. Keep an eye on him, might be yet another find for R.C. Buford and the Spurs organization from the nether reaches of Europe.


Posted on: September 16, 2010 1:35 pm
 

Gamesmanship in basketball

Posted by Royce Young

There's been a ton of chatter today about what Derek Jeter did last night against the Tampa Bay Rays. If you didn't see it, basically, a pitch tailed inside on Jeter and hit the knob of his bat. But the way it happened looked as if it hit Jeter's elbow and the umpire bought it. Jeter went to first in a very important divisional game his team was trailing 2-1 in the seventh inning.

The whole thing has sparked a lot of discussion about the difference between cheating and gamesmanship. And I'm not sure there's any more of a cloudy line than between those two. Baseball has its encyclopedia of unwritten rules and gamesmanship has been a part of the game for a long time. Stealing signs, spitting on the ball and all that stuff.

I'm bringing this back to basketball, I promise.

For instance, flopping. We all know what it is and we all despise it to varying degrees. Some players have reputations for it, some players make it a point not to do it. But is it cheating or gamesmanship? Basically, it's the same thing Jeter did last night in Tampa. He did what he could to get to first base. By flopping, you're doing what you can to try and score points. Both are the goals of the game.

Flopping is something seen by most as disrespectful and low class. Instead of playing the game straight up, you've got to take to acting and antics in order to gain an advantage. You work the officials by over-exaggerating fouls. But is that really cheating? Or is it just smart? Working around the rules to manipulate officials in order to score more points? Isn't that what Jeter's being praised for today?

Or what about at the free throw line? It's common for players to put their hands up when their opponent is taking their free shots. But typically, they wait until the last minute to raise their hands, trying to distract the guy at the line. Or how players will swap sides on the lane right before the free throw shooter gets the ball from the referee. It's an effort to try and disrupt rhythm and focus. Cheating or just playing the game?

What about players screaming "AND ONE!!!" to try and coerce a ref into blowing his whistle? Or things like stretching rules like traveling and carrying? Or an opposing bench yelling or waving a towel as someone attempts a 3 in the corner? Couldn't all these things be considered "cheating?"

I for one, despise flopping. It's why a lot of Americans hate soccer and it's a lot of the reason Manu Ginobili isn't very well-liked outside of San Antonio. It cheapens the game and it's just a low-brow effort to try and gain an advantage. Man up and play. As a basketball fan, is it annoying to watch? Absolutely. But is it cheating? No way. It's completely fair to do and if a flop wins your team a game, it's a smart play. It might hurt your reputation as a player, but if you don't care, by all means.

As long as you put competitors in competitive situations, they're going to look for an edge. Steroids is the extreme example and that's where the line is blurry. What about what the Patriots did taping the Rams' walkthrough? All of that stuff is kind of hard to define.

There are different levels of cheating and depending on how you want to define it, I suppose what Jeter did could be seen as such. But this is a game. Nobody says you have to be honest on the field or court and nobody says you can't can stretch some contact, or milk an injury. Cheating is breaking rules. What Jeter did, was a smart player taking advantage of a situation.

Fair or not, still doesn't mean I approve of flopping though.
 
 
 
 
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