SPURS STORIES: An In-Depth Look at Our Team

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Post#21 » by G R E Y » Sun Apr 19, 2020 2:59 am

Austin Spurs, "Growing Ground", Episode 3:
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Post#22 » by G R E Y » Thu Apr 23, 2020 9:02 pm

The final episode in the "Growing Ground" series. Love the synergy between the SA and Austin clubs:
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Post#23 » by G R E Y » Mon Nov 30, 2020 4:09 am

This latest Spurs Stories video looks to have been filmed at least in part during the bubble. Glad we're getting to use it. Some insight into our newly re-signed Jakob!
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Post#24 » by G R E Y » Mon Nov 30, 2020 4:36 am

And here's the latest addition to the thread with a look at Tre's background and what has shaped him:
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Post#25 » by G R E Y » Thu Dec 10, 2020 4:52 pm

The latest offering in the Spurs Stories series features Trey. I'm going to try and find some more info about him. He's an unheralded member of the team, and his calm demeanor belies a guy growing up and taking greater ownership of his life. It'll be terrific if that continues to translate into an expanded game. He's become a really good fit with us.

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Post#26 » by G R E Y » Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:36 am

Keldon's journey is the latest in the Spurs Stories series:
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Post#27 » by G R E Y » Wed Jan 27, 2021 5:33 am

This is from November just around the time of the draft when Devin was on the cusp of his professional career:





What's unique about this Spurs Story is that Devin writes it himself so we have a first hand account into his life. It's interesting to see how he chooses to present it with how he writes and with which moments he selects to give us insights into the newest member of the Spurs Family:


It’s Time
“You’re probably wondering how I got here....”

As early as elementary school, when I told adults what I wanted to be when I grew up, they’d make sure to tell me that most people don’t make it to the NBA. They’d always be like, “What’s your backup option?”

I remember the first time my dream was tested.

As early as elementary school, when I told adults what I wanted to be when I grew up, they’d make sure to tell me that most people don’t make it to the NBA. They’d always be like, “What’s your backup option?”

I remember the first time my dream was tested.

I was in middle school, and it was my seventh-grade year. The middle school is seventh and eighth grade, so I was basically trying out for the eighth grade team.

We’re going through the tryouts, and I’m killing all the drills, killing everybody in front of me.

I’m like, Oh, I’m set.

After tryouts, the first roster gets released. I made that cut, so I’m like, Oh, yeah. I know I’m straight.

Next day, the second roster gets posted. I went to look, and my name wasn’t on there. My first thought was literally that it was a mistake. I went to talk to the coach thinking, There’s no way my name’s not on there. But sure enough, they’re like, “Yeah, sorry. We just don’t think that you have the ability to make the team this year.”

And the kicker: “But you can be a manager.”

I’d love to say that I took it really well. But I’d have to have been some extremely mature seventh grader....

And if it wasn’t bad enough that I didn’t make the team, the assistant coach was also my social studies teacher. So I had to see this man every day after that!!! He’s asking the class about British parliament or whatever and I’m just steaming.

I finished out the school year, and that summer, I transferred schools. I went to our rival school.


That's great! :lol:

I’m lucky to be close with both of my parents, and they’ve really tried to prepare me for everything that’s ahead of me. We’ve had a lot of talks, but mainly their message has been to stay grounded. They told me, “Be who you are, stay humble, and remember where you came from.”

I’ll never forget those lessons....

And I won’t forget that no matter whether I won or lost, or when I didn’t make the team, they never stopped believing in my dream....

People are gonna tell you that you’re not gonna make it because you might not be the biggest. You might not be the fastest. You might not be the strongest. They might even want you to be the team manager.

But it doesn’t matter if you put in the work.

I just put it in the work and stuck to my dream.

Everything I’ve ever done, every experience I’ve ever had, every challenge I’ve ever faced, has led me to this moment.

And as I sit here writing this, in my blue 2020 NBA Draft Combine polo shirt, I want to remember it all.

When my sophomore year at FSU finally came around, I said to myself, Well, you said you were only going to be here for two.

This is two.

It’s time.

https://www.theplayerstribune.com/posts/devin-vassell-nba-draft-basketball

There are some really good stories throughout Devin's feature column. Check it out!
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Post#28 » by G R E Y » Wed May 12, 2021 4:01 am

We've gotten more glimpses into DJ's troubled upbringing, and he offers a little more detail into what helped shape him and helped set and keep him on his journey to the NBA. I had no idea that our assistant coach, Mitch Johnson, and DJ go way back. DJ at one point lived with Johnson. And even with more glimpses into his past, there are still many more DJ is keeping under wraps for now until he feels comfortable and finds a way for his life story to be constructive:

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Post#29 » by G R E Y » Mon Sep 20, 2021 5:45 am

The latest addition to the Spurs Stories features our two rookies:
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Post#30 » by G R E Y » Mon Sep 27, 2021 4:41 am

Devin features in the latest Spurs Stories offering. I posted some writings about him earlier and it's great to have this video feature to give us other glimpses into who he is. I think we've barely scratched the surface of his talent. Nice guy with what feels like an ever-present inner fire. Can't wait to see what he does with it:

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There are also some moments prior to his being drafted and of his workouts this off-season that have been captured:



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Post#31 » by G R E Y » Fri Feb 4, 2022 11:31 pm

It's been a while since I've updated this thread, but this is a terrific story with which to do it. Very happy for Zach! I wish him all the best games and full health through it ahead! :clap: :pray: :clap:
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Post#32 » by G R E Y » Thu Sep 22, 2022 1:23 am

Up next, THE next - Introducing the WILDER era:

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Post#33 » by G R E Y » Wed Jan 25, 2023 10:37 pm

Up next is a closer look at Doug who was so Spursy even before he became a Spur that it's no surprise what a great fit he's been since he signed with us:

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We need a guy like this all the more in a rebuild season. Great guy, great vet, great example for the young guys. Wine lover. Checks all the boxes!
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