Spurs vs Kings Game Thread

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The Spurs have locked up a playoff spot, but they still want to improve their playoff position with a win against the Kings at home 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 …

Why the best free throw shooters only average 90%

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A study behind the challenges of the free throw and why shooting 95% is nearly impossible. As fans, free throws seem like one of the most basic parts of basketball, and we take bigger notice when a player misses one as opposed to when he makes it. We expect it to be nearly automatic for professional basketball players, so why …

Open Thread: Happy birthday, Johnny Moore

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The Spurs and Texas Longhorn legend celebrates today Being at the AT&T Center this week for Manu Ginobili’s jersey retirement causes reflection on the continued greatness of the San Antonio Spurs. When I began writing for Pounding the Rock, I started with a series of articles on each of the players whose number is Hanging In The Rafters. Although I …

Game Preview: Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs

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The Spurs will look to keep pace out West when the 9th seeded Kings come to town tonight. The Sacramento Kings look like they’ve finally found some very good pieces to build around heading towards the future. At 37-39, they’ve already won more games than any team they’ve fielded since the 2007-2008 season when they went 38-44. They have a …

Who would’ve predicted Tim Duncan is on Instagram!

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Did you you know Tim Duncan kinda has a social media page? We all know that Tim Duncan is enjoying his retirement. He’s letting his hair out, literally. When he’s not vacationing around the world or running his custom car accessory store, Blackjack Speed Shop, he spends a lot of his time outdoors, hunting, fishing, you name it. Another way …

Open Thread: Shannon Sharpe rips Manu Ginobili the day after his retirement celebration

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The “Undisputed” co-host goes for the throat in a rebuttal of Skip Bayless’ kind words about the Argentine You’ve heard the old adage about opinions. Well, in a most banal form, Shannon Sharpe laid into Skip Bayless regading the greatness of Manu Ginobili. The day after San Antonio, Argentina, and the world over stopped to give an international standing ovation …

The NBA reacts to Manu Ginobili’s jersey retirement

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Just a handful of the reactions and highlights from Manu ‘s jersey retirement. Nowadays, whenever there’s a big event, social media lights up. Last night was no different for Manu Ginobili’s Jersey Retirement Ceremony, so we capture as much as we could, from his former Spurs teammates, to video tributes and reactions from all around the NBA. Spurs View this …

A translation of the Spanish portion of Manu Ginobili’s retirement ceremony

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Translating everything Manu said in Spanish at his retirement ceremony. Manu Ginobili’s Jersey Retirement Ceremony was a heartfelt, touching tribute to him from the Spurs, but humble as always he spent his entire speaking time thanking everyone else who made this dream possible for him. When directly addressing his family and friends from Argentina, many of whom were in attendance, …