Posts Tagged ‘San Antonio Spurs’

San Antonio Spurs to give away replica championship rings

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last week while we were in Chicago on the Hang Time Road Trip, our co-host, Rick Fox, suddenly produced his three NBA championship rings. He gave one each to Sekou and myself to wear for a video we were shooting, and so Sekou and I temporarily put a ring on it.

The truth is, I was so nervous the entire time I had that ring on that I was not comfortable at all, and I couldn’t wait to give it back to Rick. Championship rings are one of the most prized possessions in sports, and while I was proud of Rick for winning a handful, I wanted nothing to do with being in charge of one of those things, even for ten minutes.

Now if it was a replica ring? Oh yeah, sure, hand it over. Which is exactly how the Spurs are celebrating their home opener this season in San Antonio. Every fan attending the Spurs/Mavs game on October 28 will receive a replica championship ring.

According to the Spurs, “The commemorative NBA Championship rings feature the iconic Spur logo on the front and the team’s 2013-14 regular and post-season records above the NBA logo on the left panel. The opposite panel is etched with a replica of the Larry O’Brien trophy with five studs, representing each of the Spurs’ five championships. The giveaway is limited to one commemorative ring per ticketed guest and is ONE SIZE ONLY for all.”

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We saw some cool giveaways from the Grizzlies, but this one might take the prize…

(via TNLP)

Matt Bonner goes sandwich hunting in Germany

By Jeff Case

Perhaps the most famous foodie in the NBA, San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner is a well-documented lover of sandwiches (and, really, any kind of grub). As the Spurs are overseas this week readying for preseason games in Germany and Turkey, Bonner has taken in the local sights (and chow) while he’s in Berlin.

And what better place for Bonner to give his expert critique than the famous Hasir Restaurant. It was there that Bonner tried the Döner Kebap sandwich, which is nearly as popular in Germany as hamburgers and hot dogs are.


VIDEO: Matt Bonner tries out the Döner Kebap sandwich

Spurs, mascot take in Germany’s sights

By Jeff Case

By design, the NBA preseason puts just about every team in a variety of environments other than their home stadium. From a jaunt to nearby-ish locales (such as the Toronto Raptors heading to Vancouver yesterday to take on the Sacramento Kings) to the NBA’s Global Games (the full schedule is here), the preseason is an opportunity for non-NBA cities to get a look at the world’s best basketball players.

The defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs are part of the 2014 Global Games slate and have two games overseas this week: Oct. 8 vs. Alba Berlin in Berlin, Germany and Oct. 11 vs. Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey. The team left for Germany last Friday and has been there since, practicing and such as it readies for the Wednesday night game.

But when they’re not practicing, some of the Spurs (and the team’s mascot, Coyote) took in the sights in Berlin. First, here’s the mascot …


VIDEO: Coyote treks about Berlin

And here’s Tiago Splitter and Patty Mills chatting up and visiting with the locals …


VIDEO: Mills, Splitter meet with fans in Germany

 

 

MUSCLEWATCH 2014 (Update 2)

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s a Friday in the fall, which means it’s time for…wait for it…MUSCLEWATCH!

What, you may ask, is MUSCLEWATCH? I really hope by now you’re not still asking that question. But basically, it stems from my friend Matt and I noticing years ago that our local paper would always report that players had gained 15 pounds of MUSCLE in the offseason. No matter the sport, it was never 12, never 16, never 9, never 18, always 15 pounds of muscle. So we began keeping an eye on the papers looking for references to the magic 15 pounds of MUSCLE. I started chronicling this each season in my blog over at SLAM, and eventually MUSCLEWATCH became about more than just the 15 pounds of muscle and more about guys who had either gained or lost a lot of weight. Previous winners include Thad Young and Rudy Gay.

If you see MUSCLEWATCH info, please tweet it and use the hashtag #MUSCLEWATCH to help us keep all this info straight.

One question I saw on Twitter that’s worth addressing…

No. Despite my best efforts, it’s impossible to tabulate a precise number. Has anyone counted all the stars in the sky? Do we know how many broken dreams line Broadway? No, no we don’t. It’s better to just understand that there are thousands if not millions of pounds won and lost out there and keep it moving.

WHEN WE LAST LEFT MUSCLEWATCH, there was a lot of sound and fury and MUSCLE, but not a lot of detail. Let’s get into the MUSCLE…

• Once again, actual NBA teams are using the #MUSCLEWATCH hashtag, as we saw in this tweet from the Toronto Raptors regarding Terrence Ross

That tweet was welcome, if a bit vague, so we also appreciate this clarification from Holly McKenzie, from which we learn Ross actually put on the MUSCLEWATCH gold standard of 15 pounds…

HOWEVER! Nobody actually specified if it’s 15 pounds of MUSCLE. And it matters, believe me, it matters.

• Last week we saw a few MUSCLEWATCH names in Minnesota, and we get more detail this, as Anthony Bennett, Ronny Turiaf and Shabazz Muhammad got into some, frankly, really weird workout stuff. Just read the beginning of this story

The children are slipping down Shabazz Muhammad’s back, inches away from falling into a pit of whitewater rapids and fire.
As Muhammad gropes for another handhold, his entire weight and an additional 100 pounds of helpless youth suspended above the perils below, he falters. A pair of guiding hands help steady him but only for a moment. Regaining his balance and summoning some interior-laden surge of strength, he climbs his way to safety while the kids on his back remain unharmed.

They worked out using HELPLESS YOUTH! Children were SLIPPING DOWN HIS BACK INTO A DEATH TRAP WHIRLPOOL! OK, OK, this was all imaginary, but still, this is extreme MUSCLEWATCH. No wonder they call their guy Hell’s Trainer.

Despite the insane workout, Muhammad said he came into camp at 224, which is two pounds more than he supposedly weighed a year ago before the draft. And Bennett, according to the story above, lost “about 10 pounds.” So while they each may be in much better shape, for MUSCLEWATCH purposes they still have some work to do.

Kobe Bryant has had a love-hate relationship with MUSCLEWATCH through the years, and this year is no different. A few months ago, paparazzi photos seemed to suggest that Kobe had put on, well, a few pounds. But then Kobe showed up in camp looking svelte, and Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak suggested Kobe had lost 10-12 pounds.

How did Kobe do it? By eating “clean.”

I guess that means a lot of hand washing?

• We need to send a shoutout to Utah Jazz beat writer Jody Genessy from the Deseret News, who has been all over MUSCLEWATCH, including several tweets…

And since we’re talking Jazz, we’ve had our first-ever announcer appearance on MUSCLEWATCH, as Jazz radio voice David Locke was reported to be in phenomenal shape…

I caught up with David this week and he confirmed that he is feeling good, although he noted that once the season begins his bicycling regimen will likely fall by the wayside. Still, a terrific showing all around in Utah. We salute you!

• Bonjour, Monsieur Diaw! Spurs forward Boris Diaw has had some ups and downs with his weight through the years. At Spurs media day this season, coach Gregg Popovich acknowledged Diaw’s struggle…

Boris used social media to respond, as one should, with the following photo and this caption: “No worries pop only one glass of wine and daily workouts!”

Also, thanks to the San Antonio Express News, which put together a 117-photo gallery about which players are and are not arriving in shape in San Antonio.

• WE HAVE A CONTENDER! Add Kendrick Perkins to the long list of guys who have dropped weight this summer, and with Perk, unlike with LeBron and Melo, we actually have a concrete number…

• Up in Boston, Celtics forward Jeff Green has put on some MUSCLE…

And Kelly Olynyk is “definitely stonger,” with a #MUSCLEWATCH in the story!!

• And finally, in Phoenix, Alex Len has apparently added “10-15 pounds.” Of MUSCLE? Well, that’s unclear.

See you next week. Keep MUSCLING!

Patty Mills Can’t Stop Singing

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Hey, sometimes you can’t just turn it off. When you have the music in you, you have to let it our, whether you’re in the shower or on a road trip. Last year we saw Patty Mills (with help from Boris Diaw) giving karaoke a try. And yesterday Mills gave us a video of himself driving while soulfully singing “The Tracks Of My Tears.” He’s even got the fake microphone and everything…

Tony Parker nails another trick shot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — A few weeks ago we saw Tony Parker and a trick shot artist making all sorts of crazy shots in a viral video. At the time, I questioned the veracity of the video. Now a different video has emerged that would seem to validate Tony Parker as some sort of trick shot genius. Check the Vine below, in which Tony P nails a halfcourt show with his back to the basket. Do we believe him? Is Tony a trick shot savant?

How the San Antonio Spurs made their new court


VIDEO: Spurs court

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — An image of the new court design the Spurs will use this season leaked a few weeks ago, so if you want to see it from above, click here. But the video above is pretty cool, where you can see how the court is actually made — the sanding and painting and a dude with a watering can calmly pouring some sort of liquid all over the floor. I also like how the one guy refers to the court as “a living…person? In a way?” If someone sanded me down I don’t think I’d like it very much.

Are The Spurs The Ultimate Team?

San Antonio Spurs Championship Celebration

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The San Antonio Spurs won last season’s NBA championship, but are they the ultimate team in all of the major North American sports leagues? A new poll from ESPN the Magazine says yes, they are.

According to ESPN, they surveyed over 1,000 fans to form 25 areas of criteria, then polled over 100,000 fans and asked them to rate their hometown teams in each of those categories. From there they created a weighted average and incorporated “bang for the buck” and…well, you can read all the criteria for yourself.

As it turned out, out of the 122 teams considered, the San Antonio Spurs finished first overall. And they weren’t the only NBA team to rate highly: the Memphis Grizzlies finished fourth, the Oklahoma City Thunder finished seventh, and the Dallas Mavericks ninth. If you want to dig deeper, check out the entire poll here.

Tim Duncan to appear in The Punisher comic book

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERTim Duncan may be one of the NBA’s quietest players on the floor, which means fan don’t know much about him off the floor. But in actuality he’s a fun guy, who loves videos games and cars and, as we’ve seen from his knee braces, comic books. And now it’s all coming together.

According to a post from Black Jack Speed Shop, the garage/shop Duncan owns in San Antonio, Tim is going to appear in a special upcoming issue of a The Punisher comic book. Here’s a preview image below, where it looks like Tim is giving over his car key to the Punisher…

(via Project Spurs)

Tony Parker is really good — too good? — at trick shots

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We have readers from around the world here at NBA.com, and I think today we could use some of our readers from France to weigh in, because I’m not sure what’s going on in this video.

I mean, on the surface, this is Tony Parker and a man named Rémi Gaillard — who a cursory Wikipedia search reveals is a “French prankster” — in an empty gym making a bunch of amazing trick shots.

But this can’t be real, can it? These are some incredible shots, too good to be believed. Add in the fact that the guy is known as a prankster, and I’m not sure I believe these really happened.

If anyone knows what’s really going on here, let me know in the comments section. Because if this dude can really make shots like this, I know a few NBA teams that could use him…


VIDEO: Trick shots

(via r/NBA)