ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — There has been a GIF floating around the internet the last few days that pretty much explains everything you need to know about the San Antonio Spurs. The image, which according to the San Antonio Express-News was converted to a GIF from ABC’s Finals broadcast opening animation, shows the Spurs’ big four (Parker, Duncan, Ginobili and Popovich) in their first seasons and then again today.
Other than some missing hair and some added scars and wrinkles, there’s not a whole lot that is different. More than anything, it speaks to what we already know about the Spurs: Consistency is what they do. And they do it better than anyone.
ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Part of the fun in seeing a team on the way to a championship is seeing the coach have to make good on the promises he’s made to his players along the way as a motivational tactic. Sometimes this means getting a tattoo, and sometimes it might mean getting a weird haircut. And sometimes it might just mean letting loose and dancing like a maniac.
Look, we all know Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is a serious person … or at least likes to present himself as such. Yet he makes jokes, as we see game after game in his interviews with the media, both between quarters and postgame… -
But when it’s time to get down, Popovich can, apparently, get down and cut loose, as we can see from this brief GIF of Pop dancing during the Spurs victory parade following the 1999 NBA Finals. -
After beating Memphis last night, the Spurs are back in The Finals, and just four wins away from another title. Which means we might just be four wins away from getting to see Pop dancing with the stars yet again.
Just when you thought the Harlem Shake was dead and buried, another athlete takes a stab at it. Earlier, Boris Diawtweeted his contribution to the cultural meme and whadayaknow…this piece of brilliance happens:
Things we have learned today:
1) When Boris Diaw isn’t on the other end of Gregg Popovich’s glare and exhortations, he has time to deliver an original take on a (now) unoriginal craze.
2) Popovich is probably thrilled by this video.
3) Everything looks five times cooler when depicted through legos and stop motion.
The boys in Miami, Inside crew and thousands of videos have joined the fun. Executive producer Diaw not only gets a pass for being late to the party, but wins extra points because, well, these are legos in stop motion (see No. 3).
It’s clear from this production that Diaw has a penchant for the ornate. If this is any indication of his creativity, I might find myself rooting for more Spurs off days.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 15 years or so, you know two things:
a) You know more than two things.
b) Gregg Popovich is pretty ornery.
This isn’t a pejorative on the longtime San Antonio Spurs coach. I appreciate “some nasty” in leaders. Even more when it’s blended with effective communication, which the four-time championship winning Popovich has in spades.
Since this is All-Star weekend and all, the good ole folks in the multimedia department decided to put together a sort of midseason tribute to the “unhappy” coach: a
At the beginning of the fourth quarter of the Spurs-Thunder matchup on TNT, our own David Aldridge had the unenviable task of extracting teeth answers from the league’s most laconic coach. And things got strange fast:
Trailing in Game 1, Gregg Popovichtold his Spurs he ‘wanted some nasty’ during a huddle in the second half. When San Antonio came back to win, the saying took on a bit of a life of it’s own, as evidenced by the gear San Antonio fans wore to Tuesday night’s Game 2. People like this woman:
What can you say about Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. I am sure amongst his friends he is a heckuva guy, but when it comes to basketball, he is one ornery son of a gun. Before tonight’s Game 2 of the Spurs-Jazz first-round playoff series, Popovich received his trophy for being named the NBA’s Coach of the Year, a ceremony he appeared to enjoy about as much as you would a documentary about feline AIDS:
As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.
With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Houston Rockets, who played three straight from Dec. 29-31.
Game 1: Rockets 105, Spurs 85 – Houston got off to a good start, beating the Spurs so badly that Gregg Popovich pretty much threw in the towel at halftime. 2 points
Game 2: Grizzlies 113, Rockets 93 – A road loss in Memphis is no surprise, and while Houston kept it reasonably close in the first half, the Grizzlies blew it open by outscoring them 31-16 in the third quarter. -1 point
Game 3: Rockets 95, Hawks 84 – The Rockets finish strong and then some, beating the Hawks at home and doing it fairly easily at that. Kyle Lowry had an NBA season-high 18 assists in the win, though none of them were as impressive as his one block. 6 points
All in all an impressive performance from Houston. Two double-digit wins, and the Rockets take an early clubhouse lead with 7 total points.
Up next: The Nuggets take on one of the stranger threesomes, playing the Lakers twice in a row and then the Bucks Dec. 31 – Jan. 2.
Let’s get right to it, that was a sweet tip-in for the game-winning deuce by Antonio McDyess over the Lakers Thursday night. Nice, yes, but how does it rate on theHorry Scale?
Difficulty: The tip itself was simple, but the real beauty in this play occurred while Tim Duncan‘s missed shot was in the air. Watch it again and note how the wily veteran McDyess hooks his left arm around Lamar Odom to gain rebounding position. When Duncan’s shot hit the rim, Odom has no chance and McDyess leaps up and taps it in.
Game Situation: The Lakers were ahead 88-87 with 4.6 seconds left when the Spurs in-bounded the ball. Down one, it’s time to get a basket or go home. Clutch play.
Importance: I’ll say medium-high to high. The Spurs have the best record in the league, but still have their doubtersas to if they are actually the “best” team. Beating the Lakers in L.A., and further extending the current NBA storyline du jour that Kobe and the Lakers are in trouble, is huge. And let’s face it, there’s a pretty good chance these teams meat up again come May.
Celebration: Gregg Popovich cracked a smile! I repeat, Popovich cracked a smile!
3.5 Horrys. The shot itself was easy, but the game situation, conference implications and the fact that this is the Horry Scale, after all, and Big Shot Rob did in fact once play for the Spurs, earns this play 3.5 Horrys.