Open Thread: Spurs doctor to be awarded for his service in the field of osteopathic medicine

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Dr. Paul Saenz has been with the Spurs medical team for two decades. Dr. Paul Saenz is this year’s recipient of the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s Mary E. Luibel Distinguished Service Award for his work in osteopathic medicine. He will receive the award on Friday in Fort Worth during UNTHSC’s White Coat Ceremony, according to the university’s …

Open Thread: Gregg Popovich has been busy this summer

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Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images Spurs, Team USA, and the Wizards…oh my Gregg Popovich has had an intense off season. Between re-upping contracts, making trades, gaining (and losing) free agents, the Spurs head coach has had his hands full. Not to mention Team USA and its influx of players deciding whether or not to participate in the summer basketball series. …

Open Thread: Spurs 5K and Kids’ Coyote Fun Run October 26th

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Photo by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images The day will benefit the Spurs Silver & Black Give Back. On October 26th, the AT&T Center grounds will become a racetrack for the Spurs 5K and Kids’ Coyote Fun Run. Some of the proceeds collected through registration will benefit Silver & Black Give Back’s youth programs. Registration is available now online …

Open Thread: How half-time speeches can motivate or distract from a team’s performance

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Photos by Mark Sobhani/NBAE via Getty Images “The more negativity, the more the team outscored the opposition.” In a study by Berkley Hass, Berkeley Haas Prof. Emeritus Barry Staw and two colleagues, Katherine DeCelles and Peter de Goey studied hundreds of basketball half-time speeches to determine the effect of the speech and it correlation to the outcome of the game. …

Open Thread: A must-watch Dejounte Murray video

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Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images The San Antonio Spurs point guard is ready to get back on the court. Watch this Dejounte Murray film: A torn ACL sidelined him for an entire season. With rehab and support, @DejounteMurray is ready to make his return. This is his Spurs Story.@FrostBank | #GoSpursGo pic.twitter.com/FMcJvU54bA — San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) August 14, 2019 …

What might the Eastern Conference playoffs look like if every team lost their best player

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Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports A continued discussion on how injury can alter a team’s playoff dreams. For years I have marveled in the San Antonio Spurs ability to keep a bench of players who can make a difference. So many teams spend their money on a “big three” and leave no funds for the other twelve players. During the Drive …

Open Thread: Ranking the Western Conference with one adjustment

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Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports Taking a water cooler discussion out into the internet Ever since Kawhi Leonard announced his intention to join the Los Angeles Clippers, and Paul George “requested” a trade, the lesser celebrated Hollywood team eclipsed the LeBron’s pairing with The Brow. The odds for every team have been released and can now be discussed. The Action Network …

Open Thread: My DVD is slowly filling up with “Hardwood Classics” Spurs games

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Between Summer League and preseason games, there is solace in the NBA TV series. Every summer there is a lull between seasons. For this Spurs fan, once the Spurs are out of the playoffs, postseason basketball watching is optional. From that moment until the draft, there is a bevy of information coming through mocks and speculation. Then of course there …

Open Thread: Happy birthday to Patty Mills, the Spurs longest tenured player

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Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images Everyone’s favorite defensive Tasmanian devil celebrates his 31st birthday today This has been a busy summer for Patty Mills. In July, he tied the knot with Alyssa Levesque in Hawaii. Before the two could embark on a honeymoon, the Spurs spirit animal was back home in Australia offering humanitarian support in New South …

Open Thread: First photos of Assistant Coach Timmey surface

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It’s getting real up in here. Dejounte Murray tweeted he is cleared by doctors, Derrick White is killing it with Team USA, and now San Antonio’s greatest player has joined as an assistant coach . . . and we have photos. YO! Coach Timmay! https://t.co/AqSiUTatp2 — Pounding the Rock (@poundingtherock) August 10, 2019 Included with Murray’s clean bill of health …