Posts Tagged ‘San Antonio Spurs’

T-Mac hangs up the cleats

By Joe Boozell

Former scoring wizard Tracy McGrady was last seen in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs, riding the bench in their 2013 Finals loss to the Miami Heat. T-Mac decided to exchange his sneakers for spikes in 2014, beginning an independent league baseball career with the Sugarland Skeeters. “Inside Stuff” had this short feature on McGrady’s quest to the mound a few months ago.


VIDEO: Tracy McGrady on “Inside Stuff”

Unfortunately, like his basketball career, McGrady’s baseball career has ended quite abruptly. CBS reports that McGrady is calling it quits after four appearances, a 6.75 ERA and an abnormally high walk rate. Sabermetrics talk aside, T-Mac is sure to be missed on baseball diamonds and basketball courts everywhere.

 

Patty Mills and Aron Baynes videobomb live tv report with Larry O’Brien trophy

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Miami Heat spent a large chunk of the Big Three era perfecting the videobomb during postgame interviews. Looks like the San Antonio Spurs have once again lifted things to another level.

Spurs players Patty Mills and Aron Baynes are in their native Australia with the Spurs’ championship Larry O’Brien trophy, on something of a world victory tour. While at an Australian Rules Football stadium, they happened upon a reporter doing a live shot, so they ran into the picture, trophy and all, and celebrated.

The reporter didn’t recognize them, and he shoves Mills and urges them to move on, which they do. The best part is later when the reporter realizes what just happened.

Golden State Warriors train animals with Greg Popovich


VIDEO: Warriors and Popovich

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — No, not Gregg Popovich, Spurs coach. This is about Greg Popovich, an animal trainer and magician. Just watch the video.

They had me when they mentioned the “troupe of comedy pet performers.”

San Antonio Spurs hiring air conditioning specialist

Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - NBA Finals Game One

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Now that we’re in the midst of free agency, the Finals seems like years ago, but it was just a few weeks back that the NBA Finals tipped off in San Antonio, and we saw what will forever be remembered as “The Air Conditioning Game.” With the A/C out in the AT&T Center, temperatures soared close to triple digits, making everyone in the arena uncomfortable, particularly the Spurs and the members of the Miami Heat, and perhaps even causing LeBron James to cramp up and miss the end of the game.

Thus far in free agency, the Spurs have managed to keep the same championship team together. But they do appear to be looking for help in one off court area. According to this job posting, the Spurs are looking for someone to work in building operations. You need some verbal skills and some computer skills, of course, oh and also experience with HVAC…which means heating, ventilation and, yep, air conditioning:

Independent judgment is required to plan, prioritize and organize a diversified workload. The successful candidate will have experience with public assembly facilities operations including but not limited to, electrical, plumbing, HVAC and project management. The skill to handle multiple tasks at one time, possess energy and self-motivation, provide effective staff leadership, and communication is essential.

(via CBS)

Getting drafted by the Spurs a dream come true for Kyle Anderson

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With the final pick of the first round in the 2014 NBA draft, the San Antonio Spurs selected UCLA big man Kyle Anderson. Anderson seemed like a good fit for the Spurs — he’s a terrific passer and nice offensive player — and as you can see in the video below, filmed as part of a forthcoming documentary on Anderson, he told a group of kids months before the draft that he’d love to get picked by the Spurs. As you can also see in the video, check out his reaction two months later when it is announced which team actually drafted him…


VIDEO: Kyle Anderson

(via BIL)

Boris Diaw and Tony Parker have been doing this for years

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The San Antonio Spurs played such a beautiful brand of basketball during the NBA Finals, sharing and passing and moving and always finding the open player. We heard them speak often about their trust in the system and, more importantly, their trust in each other. That trust is built over time, and while many of the Spurs have played together for several seasons, some of them have played together since they were kids. Like, actual kids.

Boris Diaw and Tony Parker were best friends growing up together in France, and they’ve wanted to play together in the NBA for years. That chemistry was evident in the NBA Finals, and it was evident even way back 15 years ago: Check out this video of Parker and Diaw at 17 years old, running through drills together at the French Institute of Sport. Once you got it, you got it…


Boris Diaw et Tony Parker à l'INSEP à la fin… by BASKETUSA

VIDEO: Boris and Tony

(via r/NBA)

Gregg Popovich’s fashion strategies may need work

2014 NBA Finals - Game Two

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERWWD, short for Women’s Wear Daily, is a popular fashion trade publication. Besides covering the business news of the realm, they also look at the current news through a fashion lens. Which perhaps explains why San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was chosen as their Man of the Week. Which is quite an honor, although WWD seems to not quite approve of Pop’s sideline style.

WWD breaks down Pop’s suit from Game 2 of the Finals. I’m guessing that suit was probably the least important thing on Pop’s mind that day, but whatever. While they have nice things to say about Pop’s haircut (it “suits his powerful position”), they have concerns about his shirt, questions about the cut of his pants, and are really down on his shoes (“completely wrong for this outfit”). All in all, WWD says Popovich’s suit grades out at a C-.

The good news? When it comes to accessories, Pop has the game on lock. Because five rings goes with just about anything…

poprings

Patty Mills, football star?

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the most important players for the San Antonio Spurs during their run for the NBA title was Patty Mills, the Australian-born point guard who played his way into an important back-up role. But as you can see in the video below, basketball wasn’t the first sports where Mills made his mark. As a teenager, Mills played Australian Rules Football, and he apparently drew some notice as a top prospect in that sport. I’m pretty sure he’s OK with the way things have worked out, but it’s still cool to see Mills doing all the things with a football that you’re not allowed to do with a basketball…


VIDEO: Patty Mills football

(via FTW)

Here’s a song about Manu Ginobili

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Winning an NBA title comes with all kinds of perks, from parties to popping bottles, but here’s one perk you probably weren’t aware of: Someone might write a song about you. Here’s a video of Texas-based artist Kevin Russell, from the band Shinyribs, performing a pretty self-explanatory song called, “Manu Ginobili.” (He even ends it with a bit of a Barkley tribute.)


VIDEO: Manu song

The NBA reacts to the Spurs’ title

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the San Antonio Spurs won their fifth NBA championship, and the Spurs players, as well as players and team officials from around the league, took to social media to respond…

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