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"I was a little surprised, because that’s pretty tough to do.... But what’s not surprising is I...

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"I was a little surprised, because that’s pretty tough to do.... But what’s not surprising is I think it’s just another testament to the team that, over the years, has been the most mentally tough in the league. Year in and year out, their mental and physical toughness is the standard we’ve tried to approach. It’s really a compliment to that coaching staff and the players that go through there. It seems to be in the water."

Who said it, about whom, and what did they do to deserve it?

McDonald: Tale of Two Starts

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Nice bit of analysis/speculation by McDonald about the Spurs' franchise-record start, but personally, I think it's because of DeBeast's greatly improved FT shooting (83% currently vs. 55% last year). Man, that Chip Engelland fella is a miracle worker! RJ likes it!

Gee (Whiz) fans can rest easy

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Alonzo is rumored to have landed another gig with Washington. Let the "Gee Whiz" jokes commence!

Spurs first(?) #1 Power Ranking This Season

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I guess we're now on the national media's radar screen. Not sure why NOOCH wasn't rated above us (they're #2), since they have the head-to-head advantage (currently), but maybe the fact that the Kings coulda/shoulda stolen that low-scoring game from the Hornets was the deciding factor? But what I found really interesting is that Schuhmann didn't write much about the Spurs at all. He uses wastes nearly 250 words discussing who should be #14 -- Number freakin' fourteen, fer gawd's sake!!! -- and only uses the blurb space for the ranking to talk about the Spurs. Classic. Or maybe they're right... maybe the Spurs are more boring than Indiana. Still...

Jeff McDonald's Game #12 recap: Splitter breaks out as Spurs keep rolling

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The message is that of course Splitter would like to play more, but he's mature and professional, and is going to do what all mature and professional players do: "Just be prepared to play when Coach calls his name."

In other news, Kerr to the Warriors?

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Interesting that the Warrior's new Director of Basketball Operations (and son of new owner Joe Lacob) Kirk Lacob was originally going to join the Suns' staff this past summer, but then Kerr abruptly resigned in a dispute with Phoenix' owner. Nice when your dad can buy a team when your first job falls through, isn't it? Phoenix' loss may be Golden State's gain... and ultimately to the detriment of the Spurs. I credit Kerr for doing a masterful job at Phoenix building a team designed to beat the Spurs last year, and if he takes his basketball acumen to the Warriors, the Spurs should be wary of facing them in the future imho.

Coach Pop: "Robert (Horry) never saw a shot or a burger he didn't like."

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Pop went on to say in the post-game interview: "I hope he sees that somewhere... he's the greatest." But this FP is not really about Big Shot Rob... though it's a little about his knack for taking his shot opportunities when they came up, and why Anderson, Neal, Quinn, Green, etc. may want to emulate one of my favorite Spurs. Earlier in the season, there was some discussion about players taking open outside shots vs. deferring, and I wrote something to the effect that they had better take open shots or Pop would yell at them. And that's basically what Pop said tonight, when he told Danny Green to keep shooting w/o hesitation, after the newest Spur missed two in a row: "He’s got to understand, if you care at all, it’s not going in. You’ve got to just let it fly and not worry about the consequences." See? It's not just that our shooters all have the green light to pull the trigger whenever they have good looks. You better take 'em, or Coach will sit you for a shooter who will. And this year, we've got a deep bench of available (and hungry for PT) sharpshooters. It's a great position for the Spurs to be in.

48MoH: The Backcourt is Back

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Ack, another double post. Let me change this to... ahhh, isn't this much better? And it's even about basketball! :) Though I'm not thrilled with the title (TP and Manu hadn't gone anywhere, it's just that they're rested/healthy and the keys to the offense have been handed to them), it's a nice piece of analysis nonetheless. What I love about this story is that both Parker and Ginobili had been written off, even by some PtR'rs, as past their prime. It seems that they're proving the opposite, that we haven't seen their best year(s) yet. Also, check out DieHardSpur's comment that begins: "I have been saying thus for a while… Tony makes us a good team, Tim makes us a great team, but Manu makes us a special team."

A very good piece at 48MoH on the "Desperate Housewives" drama

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I have to admit that I have posted far too many comments about this myself, and I admire 48 MoH's stand on what they will and will not write about.

Rosen's view: Not so complimentary of Timmy's night

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Rosen is one of the basketball writers I like, so it distresses me whenever he writes something negative about the Spurs. I felt TD looked better to me than Rosen's analysis... and as Rosen mentioned, he was a key, if not the key, to the Spurs' 3rd quarter that ultimately decided the game.

It seemed to me that the Zenmeister threw up his hands after the Lakers-Suns game and basically...

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It seemed to me that the Zenmeister threw up his hands after the Lakers-Suns game and basically said "What can you do when they shoot like that (22-40 from behind the arc)?" After watching this video, I concluded that his team didn't do nearly enough. In most cases, the Suns didn't even have to make the extra pass, as the close-out defenders were either too slow getting to their man, or made half-hearted attempts to bother the shooters when they did get back in time. In some cases, there wasn't a defender within 5 feet of the open shooter. It's truly shocking evidence of defensive ineptitude and/or inattention.

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Can we focus on basketball now, please?

I wasn't going to post this before the game tonight, but the convergence of Basketball Wives and Desperate Housewives currently casting a cloud over the San Antonio Spurs gave me no choice but to...

In news around the Western Conference...

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Suddenly, Lakers' front line looks vulnerable... Odom & Ratliff to get MRIs, and Bynum is still out. I watched the second half of the Lakers game vs. the Suns, and though LA almost came back in the 4th, they definitely look beatable, more than their record indicates. This item is almost a week old, but I haven't seen it posted here yet... The Hornets are apparently not satisfied with their 8-0 start, and are still shopping around for an impact player. I'm guessing Demps is still working to make good on whatever promises he made to CP3 to get him to stay.

A funny parody of LBJ's Nike commercial bashing the Heat's chances

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I originally wrote very funny, but then realized I didn't get the joke until the clip was half-way over. Still, it was worth a chuckle or two.

Was Noah sending the Bulls' F.O. a message?

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When player who has been the subject of trade rumors has a big game against the team he's supposedly being sent to, and the player for whom he's allegedly being dangled as trade bait, I have to wonder if he's sending his front office a message. Probably not, in this case. The Bulls signed Noah to a nice extension, so there was no particular need to do that. But 19 boards and solid defense makes a statement: The Bulls don't need Anthony and the 'Melo-drama that he'd bring. They're doing fine with D, and they have Boozer coming.

Hollinger's Latest Power Rankings

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I have to take this seriously, because I respect Hollinger's opinion. He has the Spurs way down at 13th, just above the Knicks and below the Grizzlies (10th) and Rockets (9th), despite San Antonio's 5-1 record... presumably because they haven't been all that impressive against less-than-top-tier teams.

"None of your business" - a nice FanHouse piece about how RJ got his mojo back

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Kinda. Pop and RJ were kinda coy about exactly what they worked on over the off-season. Nice to see RJ 2.0 get some love... he certainly deserves it, given his turnaround this year. Is it possible for a former All-Star to win the M.I.P. award? :)

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What worries you (about the Spurs)? A PtR poll

Growing up, my natural tendency was to worry... about practically everything.  As I matured, I've learned that worrying doesn't help solve problems, and have been largely successful at worrying...

A nice 48MoH piece about being able to retire on your own terms

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Few of us -- and even fewer of us every year, in this business environment of budget cutbacks and layoffs -- are able to retire from a job we love on our own terms. 48 MoH observes that, with Parker's recent signing of a contract extension with the Spurs, the organization has all but ensured that not only will Tim Duncan be one of those lucky few not only to have had success while playing for only a single team throughout his career, but to be able to retire with the core (i.e. Big Three) intact. That's rare enough to be celebrated and appreciated, imho. Thank you RC, Pop, and Mr. Holt. You run a classy organization.

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Another Look at Game 4 vs. the Suns with PopcornMachine's GameFlow

Edited 11/05: Added section headings to enhance readability, made some minor corrections and additions to fix errors, gremlins and things I missed the first time I wrote this, and replaced the...

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An extended comment to Stamplers most excellent post

I'm such a wordy bastard, oftentimes my comments get away from me, lol. I've been encouraged to repost my overlong comment of nearly 2000 words to Stampler's most excellent recap of the World...

A simple challenge

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With the 2010-11 NBA season starting in hours, I have a simple contest for PtR'rs: How many #1 overall lottery picks have won championship rings? Bonus challenge: Who are they? And how many were on Spurs championship teams?

Are they kidding?!

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"this team of 30-somethings can't run. They need to get younger and faster to compete in the West." Hello? Did they miss the roster changes in the off-season? lol It gets worse. In the print edition of today's USA Today, Falgoust picks the Spurs 4th in the Southwest Division, beating out only the Hornets!? He picks Memphis over San Antonio and NOOCH? Interestingly, Zillgitt currently has San Antonio at #5 in his NBA Power Rankings, ahead of all the teams his !d!ot partner picks ahead of the Spurs.

Jefferson and The Spurs Way (mysanantonio.com)

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Yikes I double posted the scout's view... but all's not lost, I can change this one to post a good read about Jefferson 'getting it.' I thought the article might have a special resonance with PtR'rs, since it features the Jacob Riis quote about perseverence that is central to the Spurs Way and PtR. Note to jrw and admins: Would it be possible to have a page here dedicated to translations of the quote in the mother tongues of those members who choose to submit them? (Much like the Spurs have in their locker room.)

Another scout's view (mysanantonio.com)

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A pretty fair assessment, though I think Blair will do better against opposing bigs than he forecasts. He has a point about Neal and Anderson being unproven shooters (in the NBA), but I can't imagine the Spurs F.O. wanting to re-sign RMJ after last season. Mike Monroe wrote a nice commentary about the scout's writeup.

I just loves me the 'lying in the weeds' strategy....

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Though it's way too early to be certain what the upcoming season will hold for the Spurs - we haven't started 'real games' yet and Splitter is still a bit of a mystery - what I love about the linked piece is that it talks about how Dallas has a good chance to challange the Lakers because Western Conference teams like Utah and Phoenix got arguably worse over the off-season, but it totally ignores the team that sent them fishing last year and the team that may have been one that pushed the Lakers the hardest. Lying in the weeds works for me...

Hakeem The Dream - Still Has The Moves

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As much as Olajuwon gave me and the Spurs of the 90's nightmares, I have to give the man his props... he still has the moves (footwork) and can teach them. It'll be interesting to see whether 3 days with the master will have an effect on Howard's game this year.

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