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. …

Rumor: The Spurs will retire Tony Parker’s jersey on November 11

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Photo by Chris Elise/Getty Images A French site seems to have the inside scoop on when Tony’s jersey will be retired. Spurs fans may not have to wait too long to see Tony Parker’s jersey hanging in the rafters. According to French site Le Parisien, Parker’s jersey will be retired following their home match-up against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday, …

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 …

Spurs rookies head to New Jersey for the Panini Rookie Photoshoot

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Photo by Elsa/Getty Images Luka, Keldon and Quinndary strike a pose for the cameras. The NBA hosted their annual Panini rookie photo shoot this weekend in New Jersey, and Spurs fans got their first look at San Antonio’s latest draft picks in uniform. Lonnie Walker IV was the Silver and Black’s lone first-year player to attend the 2018 edition of …

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 …

The case against the Spurs offering DeMar DeRozan a contract extension

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Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports DeRozan has been good for the Spurs, but extending his contract would undo a lot what they have been building for the future. The Spurs haven’t ruled out offering DeMar DeRozan a contract extension, according to SAEN’s Mike Finger. While the report was carefully worded to suggest nothing is imminent, the mere fact that extending DeRozan …

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 …

The Spurs’ 2019-20 schedule analysis

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A quick look at difficulty, obstacles, homecomings, and games to get hyped for. The NBA released this year’s schedules on the NBATV “Schedule Release Show”, hosted by Jared Greenberg. Naturally, the Spurs were hardly mentioned throughout the show, but what matters is we now have a schedule to add to our calendars (with games to circle and to plan for …

Derrick White continues to exceed expectations with Team USA

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Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports White is having a great summer, which is tremendous news for the Spurs. Derrick White is officially part of Team USA. Following Friday’s scrimmage, the Spurs’ guard was promoted to the main squad, as previously rumored. He’ll make the trip to Los Angeles for the final stage of preparation and could be one of the …

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 …

The decisions facing Gregg Popovich about the 2019 FIBA World Cup roster

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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talks with guard Derrick White | Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports Spurs fans may have to wait a while to find out If Derrick White will play in the World Cup for USA Basketball this summer. With the 2019 FIBA World Cup around the corner, USA basketball started their preparation for the worldwide …