The biggest news to come out of an otherwise quiet offseason so far for the Spurs is guard Manu Ginobili welcoming twin boys, Dante and Nico, to the world.
They'll be well taken care of seeing how their dad signed a three-year extension for nearly $40 million before the end of the regular season, practically guaranteeing the Argentine star will retire with the same team that drafted him with the 57th pick in the 1999 draft.
Ginobili's extension caused some concern that the Spurs were possibly thinking of dealing point guard Tony Parker, who struggled through numerous injuries during the season and actually watched the team play its best basketball without him in the final six weeks of the season.
Parker is also entering the final year of his contract, which fueled speculation that he could be dealt to a team looking for cap relief and replaced by George Hill, who had a breakout season in his second year and played well at point in Parker's absence.
But, the Parker rumors have cooled as Spurs management has talked of wanting to keep Parker.
San Antonio has the 20th pick in the first round of the draft, the earliest the team will select in the Tim Duncan era. The Spurs also have the 49th pick.
Second-year guard George Hill pump-faked at the 3-point line and got Mavericks guard Jason Kidd to bite. Hill then went underneath a few feet, stopped and buried the jumper. It was part of a 29-point night, a playoff best for Hill, that helped the Spurs pull out an improbable win in Game 4 for a 3-1 lead. The Spurs went on to become the first No. 7 seed to win a first-round series since 2003, when the first round expanded to best-of-seven. More important, it gave the Spurs a glimpse of their future when they're all too often told how old they are.
On March 6 at Memphis, point guard Tony Parker broke his right hand and was feared to be lost for the remainder of the season. That could have been it. For a team that had struggled all season to gain consistency and momentum, the Spurs had just won their fourth in a row on the night Parker went down. After Parker's injury, with George Hill playing point guard and Manu Ginobili inserted into the starting lineup, the Spurs went on to beat five of the six division leaders and secured the No. 7 seed. Parker accepted coming off the bench in the first round, and it paid off with him having a big series and the Spurs advancing.
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