Are the Spurs as good as you thought they’d be?

In a special edition of our round table, we discuss whether the Spurs are living up to preseason expectations, take a look at teams that have exceeded them and offer our predictions for All-Star Saturday events. The All-Star break provides a rare quiet moment during the season in which to take stock of how things have gone. Have the Spurs …

What to expect on All-Star Saturday Night

Skills Challenge and 3-point and dunks, oh my! Day two of the NBA All-Star Weekend has three of the most celebrated events: The Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the Three Point Contest, and the AT&T Slam Dunk. First of all, I got excited until I realized this wasn’t 8 elite athletes participating in a chimichanga scarfing contest. Five of the Rising …

Open Thread: Imagining an NBA without the San Antonio Spurs

What if the Dallas Chaparrals had never relocated to San Antonio? For a moment imagine that the Dallas Chaparrals had never made the trip down I-35 to the Alamo City. Perhaps they would have floundered around the ABA a few more seasons until the NBA incorporated the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, New Jersey Nets, and Virginia Squires. It’s quite possible …

All-Star Saturday Night Preview: Threes, dunks and chest passes

Even with no Spurs suiting up for All-Star weekend’s most jam-packed night, there are still plenty of reasons to tune in. While Sunday’s main event boasts All-Star weekend’s biggest names, Saturday night is arguably its most entertaining, with three events of varying tradition, corporate omnipresence, and a considerably higher level of competition than the All-Star Game itself. Grab a Mountain …

Rising Stars Final Score, Team USA retains WORLD dominance 161-144

The Mountain Dew Rising Stars Challenge brought together some of the finest young talent the league has yet offered, and the locals took care of business against a game squad of internationals. Even-more-miscellaneous-than-usual Observations I hope you enjoyed seeing Ray Allen miss a free throw to cost his team a chance to tie or win the… Celebrity All Star Game???? …

Game Thread: Mountain Dew Ice Rising Star

Tonight it’s about the exciting youth of the NBa Welcome to the Game Thread. Veterans of the Game Thread know how we do things around here, but for all you newbies we have a few rules. Our community guidelines apply and basically say be cool, no personal attacks, don’t troll and don’t swear too much. The NBA is on their …

The Mid Three plan on creating their own Spurs legacy

Aldridge, Gay and DeRozan want to be more than than just the core that kept the Spurs competitive between eras. All Spurs fans should know what the ”Mid Three” refers to by now. For anyone who doesn’t, it’s the trio of LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan, but why they’re called that may depend on who you ask. To …

Davis Bertans is a three point machine

The Latvian Laser is proving his worth from long distance. Davis Bertans may not be in the three point shooting contest at All-Star weekend, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate just what an incredible marksman he’s been this year. So, in honor of the 25 threes he definitely would have made in winning the contest, had he been allowed …

Game Preview: Mountain Dew Ice Rising Stars

U.S.A. takes on the World…in basketball It’s that time of year, the Texas “winter” thaw is in full effect (it’s 87 degrees in San Antonio today), the San Antonio Spurs not named LaMarcus Aldridge are taking a well deserved break from the season, and basketball fans the world over gather ‘round for the NBA All-Star Weekend. This three day event …

Open Thread: Who will be the next superstar to demand a trade?

With “leaked” trade requests and social media to air dissatisfaction, the task of leaving ones team has become more inevitable Although Anthony Davis’ trade request from the New Orleans Pelicans was temporarily a failure, the practice of players making their grievances known has become more commonplace. San Antonio Spurs fans know that pangs all to well with the entire Kawhi …

The NBA’s dumbest rules: Clear path foul

Why does depriving a player of a chance to score 50 ft from the basket have more consequence than on a normal shot? I’ve rarely had an opinion of clear path fouls, which are designed to allow players with a clear path to the basket on a breakaway the right to get there, but it is obvious the not-so-well-hidden purpose …

LaMarcus Aldridge is boxing out like a champ

The big man is sacrificing his own rebounding numbers to help the team. The hectic pace of the regular season makes it impossible to spend time on everything that deserves attention. With the All-Star break, we have opportunity to revisit some aspects of the Spurs’ season that have gone unexplored. Let’s start with LaMarcus Aldridge and the underrated work he’s …

Gregg Popovich will be inducted into the Air Force Athletics Hall of Fame

The GOAT coach is being recognized … back where it all began. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will headline the Air Force Academy’s Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2019. The induction ceremony will take place on May 4 at the Academy’s Arnold Hall Ballroom. Other members of the Class of 2019 include volleyball standout and Rhodes Scholar Delavane Diaz, …

David Robinson: The Spursiest

We wouldn’t even have a “Spursiest” series without The Admiral setting the tone. We are back once again with the Spursiest moves and skills of all time. Simply put, these are the grittiest, most overlooked, and most singularly unflashy moves/skills in the San Antonio Canon. If you haven’t already, go back and check out our previous entries, listed at the …

Untangling the NBA Trade deadline shuffle: Philadelphia 76ers

With the trade deadline closed and the league on a “break,” it’s time to dissect what teams will look like coming out of All-Star Weekend. The trade deadline has passed. What a whirlwind of transactions. So many teams look different than they did just one week ago. Our Spurs stood pat, and Anthony Davis is still with the New Orleans …