Posts Tagged ‘San Antonio Spurs’

San Antonio celebrates Tim Duncan Day

NBA.com staff reports

San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan was the face of San Antonio for nearly 20 years. Now, after his retirement from the game last Monday, the City of San Antonio made their appreciation official by declaring July 21, 2016 as “Tim Duncan Day” to honor all he brought to the city, on and off the court.

Join along in the celebration on Twitter with #TimDuncanDay and look below to see how the mayor, fire department, and NBA community helped celebrate the special day:

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A recent history of NBA players writing open letters

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. And that’s never more clearly felt than of late, as we are currently in the midst of a time of change in the NBA. Free agency has seen a bunch of NBA players change franchises and cities, and while at this point we’re used to seeing guys move cities at the drop of a hat, it’s still often difficult for a player to leave behind the fans and people who have helped them reach their current status. So how better to reach out directly and let people know exactly how you feel than via an open letter?

The open letter is not a new form — athletes on the move have done things such as taking out ads in newspapers to publish open letters for years. But the advent of the internet has allowed for new forms and forums.

Here are some of the letters we’ve seen over the last few weeks…

KEVIN DURANT
In a letter on The Players’ Tribune announcing his departure from Oklahoma City for Golden State, Durant said he will always miss the relationships he built in Oklahoma City…

I’m from Washington, D.C. originally, but Oklahoma City truly raised me. It taught me so much about family as well as what it means to be a man. There are no words to express what the organization and the community mean to me, and what they will represent in my life and in my heart forever. The memories and friendships are something that go far beyond the game. Those invaluable relationships are what made this deliberation so challenging.

It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career.

I will miss Oklahoma City, and the role I have had in building this remarkable team. I will forever cherish the relationships within the organization — the friends and teammates that I went to war with on the court for nine years, and all the fans and people of the community. They have always had my back unconditionally, and I cannot be more grateful for what they have meant to my family and to me.

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Curry, Cavaliers top NBA merchandise list

OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots against Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game Seven of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 19, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERStephen Curry may have lost in the NBA Finals, but he remains on top in at least one metric for popularity: jersey sales.

In the newest rankings of most popular NBA jerseys, based on overall sales on NBAStore.com from April through June, Curry remains in the number one spot, where he’s been since the end of the 2014-15 season. Also in the top five are Cleveland’s LeBron James, recently retired Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving and Klay Thompson.

Meanwhile, when it comes to team sales, fans are clearly celebrating the recent title for the Cavaliers, as Cleveland is atop the most popular team merchandise list for the first time since January 2015. The Cavs are followed by the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Also worth noting, Andre Iguodala (No. 14) makes his debut on the jerseys list while teammate Draymond Green (No. 7) earns his highest ranking ever. Also, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan (No. 11) and Portland’s Damian Lillard (No. 13) place for the first time since June 2015 and April 2015, respectively.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys:
1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
4. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
5. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
6. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
7. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
8. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
9. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
10. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
11. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
12. Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
13. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
14. Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors
15. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks

Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise:
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Golden State Warriors
3. Los Angeles Lakers
4. Chicago Bulls
5. Oklahoma City Thunder
6. San Antonio Spurs
7. Miami Heat
8. Toronto Raptors
9. New York Knicks
10. Boston Celtics

Catching up with Boban

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Spurs center Boban Marjanovic had a breakout campaign this season, not only establishing himself as a solid NBA rotation player, but also becoming a breakout social media star. After taking a few weeks off following the end of the Spurs season, Boban stopped by Spurs.com to answer some twitter questions (he likes listening to Drake) and talk about what he’s done this offseason (he visited the zoo, among other things)…

The Spurs celebrate their season with a costume party

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Even though they won 67 games in the regular season, the San Antonio Spurs’ season ended before they wanted it to end, with a second round loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. But that doesn’t mean they hung their heads in shame. According to the Instagram account of Boris Diaw, the Spurs held a costume party to say goodbye to what was a truly special season. Pretty good King Tut costume, Manu Ginobili

Still celebrating an historical season with the team. It was a great ride!!! #sundayfunday #madmonday

A photo posted by Borisdiaw (@diawboris) on

Happy Birthday George Gervin

SAN ANTONIO, TX - 1980: George Gervin #44 of the San Antonio Spurs stands on the court during a game circa 1980 at the HemisFair Arena in San Antonio, TX. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1980 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to an occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize the birthday of one of the great scorers in NBA history, George “Iceman” Gervin.

Gervin was born and raised in Detroit, and ended up playing college ball at Eastern Michigan University. His first professional experience was in the Eastern Basketball Association, where he was spotted by the American Basketball Association. After becoming an All-Star in the ABA, Gervin and the San Antonio Spurs joined the NBA. Gervin would eventually win four NBA scoring titles and become a nine-time NBA All-Star. He played his final NBA game in 1986, having scored 26,595 career points.

Iceman turns 64 years old today. Happy birthday, George!

Happy Birthday Tim Duncan

NEW YORK - 1997:  Tim Duncan poses for a photo after being selected by the San Antonio Spurs at the 1997 NBA Draft in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1997 NBAE (Photo by Andy Hayt/NBAE via Getty Images)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to an occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize the birthday of perhaps the greatest power forward in NBA history, Tim Duncan.

Born in St. Croix, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Duncan grew up a competitive swimmer. As a teenager, Duncan took up basketball, eventually earning a scholarship to Wake Forest. After four years at Wake Forest and numerous accolades, including being named the national college player of the year as a senior, Duncan graduated in 1997 and was the first overall pick in the NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs.

Over nearly two decades in the NBA, Duncan has helped lead the Spurs to five NBA championships, won two NBA MVP awards and three NBA Finals MVP awards, and been named an NBA All-Star 15 times. Duncan is the leading scorer in the history of the San Antonio Spurs franchise, and is currently 14th on the NBA’s all-time scoring leaders list with 26,496 points.

Tim turns 40 years old today. Happy birthday, TD!


VIDEO: Happy 40th Tim Duncan

Memphis Grizzlies mascot breaks out wrestling moves

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Memphis Grizzlies lost Games 3 and 4 to the San Antonio Spurs this weekend, finally bringing to an end to what had been a rather improbable run to begin with, considering all the injuries they’d been through this season.

But you can’t say they didn’t end the season with a bang. On Friday night during Game 3, Grizzlies mascot Grizz paid tribute to Memphis’s pro wrestling heritage and delivered a table-busting splash off a ladder to a supposed Spurs mascot. Here are a couple of videos to walk you through it…

First, Grizz used a steel chair to drop a couple of opponents…

Then, after positioning his foe on a table, Grizz climbed up a ladder and ended up standing right next to where I was sitting, then dove into the oblivion…

Where did he end up? Well, here’s a video of the end of the sequence. And yeah, Grizz stuck the landing…

#SuperGrizz does it again! This time from way way way up! 👀🐻

A video posted by Memphis Grizzlies (@memgrizz) on

Stephen Curry really wanted Jordan Spieth to win The Masters

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERStephen Curry has become one of the most popular players in the NBA today, and Curry’s popularity is so strong that it can be easy to forget that Curry also has athletes and people he roots for. Golf, for instance, is one of Curry’s main hobbies, and one of his favorite golfers is last year’s Master’s champ Jordan Spieth.

Steph is such a fan, in fact, that he tweeted his support for Spieth a few days ago…

And this weekend, even as the Warriors were in the final days of their chase for 73 wins, Curry clearly had golf on the brain…

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San Antonio Spurs get in on baby race craze

By Jeff Case

To date, we know the Sacramento Kings are pretty much trying to corner the market on baby races this season. They’ve had two of them that we saw and both of them were awesome.

The San Antonio Spurs used to be in the baby race game as well, but apparently haven’t done it much of late (here’s one they did in 2015). But, in honor of the team’s mascot, Coyote, celebrating his birthday on Friday, they brought the races back.

And once again, it was fantastic …


VIDEO: San Antonio Spurs baby races