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Re: 2018-2019 SEASON SPURS NEWS 

Post#101 » by GREY 1769 » Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:15 pm

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Re: 2018-2019 SEASON SPURS NEWS 

Post#103 » by GREY 1769 » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:25 pm

Looks like the ping pong balls broke the tie to give us the #19 pick in this year's draft.

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Re: 2018-2019 SEASON SPURS NEWS 

Post#104 » by GREY 1769 » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:11 pm

The Spurs were able to draft fan favorite/future Hall of Famer Lonnie Walker IV at the 18th spot in last year’s draft and it is a commonly known fact that picking in the same spot in consecutive years is a deeply cursed enterprise. Folks, we really dodged a bullet here.

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Re: 2018-2019 SEASON SPURS NEWS 

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SAN ANTONIO SPURS TO HOST FREE PLAYOFFS WATCH PARTIES FOR FIRST TWO GAMES VS. DENVER
San Antonio Spurs fans are invited to cheer for the Silver and Black together during Games 1 and 2 vs. the Denver Nuggets, while enjoying Budweiser drink specials and big prizes at free Spurs Playoffs watch parties on Saturday, April 13 and Tuesday, April 16. Saturday’s party, for fans ages 21-and-up only, tips off at 9:30 p.m. CT at Little Woodrow’s Stone Oak and Tuesday’s event begins at 8 p.m. at The Friendly Spot Ice House. Both games will be carried on FOX Sports Southwest.

Throughout both nights, fans can compete in various games and win prizes including tickets to Games 3 or 4 vs. the Nuggets, signed Spurs gear, Spurs Budweiser pint glasses, and other Spurs Playoffs items. The Coyote, the Spurs Hype Squad, and DJ Quake will join in on the festivities.

Spurs Playoffs Watch Parties

Game 1 | Saturday, April 13 at 9:30 p.m.

Little Woodrow’s Stone Oak

606 W Afton Oaks Blvd.

Hollywood Park, TX 78232

*21-and-up only


Game 2 | Tuesday, April 16 at 8 p.m.

The Friendly Spot Ice House

943 S. Alamo St.

San Antonio TX, 78215

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Re: 2018-2019 SEASON SPURS NEWS 

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THE SPURS' UNCONVENTIONAL DRAFT STRATEGY UNEARTHS HIDDEN GEMS

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Dejounte Murray soaks up knowledge while giving Spurs a boost with his 'energy'
From a camaraderie standpoint, injured point guard Dejounte Murray's presence on this trip has given the Spurs a boost.

"To have him around, feel his energy, hear his voice, it's a great thing," guard Bryn Forbes said after shootaround Tuesday morning at the Pepsi Center. "And I think it's good for him too."

But the main reason Murray is accompanying the Spurs on the road throughout the playoffs is to learn more about the game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

"Dejounte needs as much experience as he can get," Popovich said. "He's missing the whole year, so (it's good for him to) see what we emphasize as far as the culture, the Os and Xs, learn about his teammates, learn more about DeMar (DeRozan), understand how we want to play, see what the coaches say positively and negatively about what we do. Because he's going to be an important part of what we do next year, the more knowledge we can stuff into him the better."

When he's not sitting in on coaches meetings and film session, Murray continues to do his rehab work.

"He's been grinding, working really hard," guard Patty Mills said. "It's good for us to see how hard he is working."

Forward LaMarcus Aldridge said Murray's injury hasn't stopped him from providing leadership.

"He's our point guard, so he's always talking and making sure guys are good," Aldridge said. "It's nice to have him around for sure."

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Re: 2018-2019 SEASON SPURS NEWS 

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Re: 2018-2019 SEASON SPURS NEWS 

Post#110 » by GREY 1769 » Sat May 4, 2019 3:44 pm

Happening today. Congratulations to Pop and the other Air Force Athletics Hall of Fame inductees. What an honour:

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Air Force inducts seventh athletics hall of fame class
Coach Wayne Baughman (wrestling), Delavane Diaz (volleyball), Eric Ehn (hockey), Chris Gizzi (football), Gregg Popovich (basketball) and 1985 football team honored
Air Force athletics inducted its seventh class for induction into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame. The class of volleyball standout and Rhodes Scholar Delavane Diaz, hockey All-American Eric Ehn, football All-American Chris Gizzi, San Antonio Spurs president and head coach Gregg Popovich, legendary wrestling coach Wayne Baughman and the 1985 Western Athletic Conference champion football team were honored Saturday, May 4, at the Academy's Arnold Hall Ballroom.

Popovich is a 1970 graduate of the Academy and has sustained remarkable success in the National Basketball Association as president and head coach of the San Antonio Spurs. He has led the franchise to five NBA championships. Popovich was a two-year lettermen and served as team captain of the Falcons in 1970 and later returned as an assistant coach for six seasons. He ranks third in school history in career field goal percentage with a 54.1 mark. Popovich was named a distinguished graduate by the Academy in 2008 and earned the Daily Point of Light Award for the Spurs' Drug Free Basketball league from President of the United States George H. W. Bush in 1992.

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Re: 2018-2019 SEASON SPURS NEWS 

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Popovich recalls life lessons learned at Air Force Academy
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich gave cadets a pep talk via video Saturday night during his induction speech for the Air Force Academy Athletics Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Popovich addressed the crowd while wearing an "Air Force Family Shirt," the Colorado Springs Gazette reported.

"Cadet Popovich 703621K reporting for duty," he said in his opening remarks.

"For all you cadets that might be there," Popovich continued. "I'm sure you have days when you're wondering why you're here, or things look pretty tough. Let me tell you, there was no bigger wise guy than me upon entering the academy, and to this day I think back to all the lessons that I learned there that have informed me and helped organize my life in this profession. I couldn't be more proud of having graduated from the academy, and being honored right now is very special."

Popovich graduated from Air Force in 1970. A two-year letterman, he was the Falcons team captain in 1970 and later returned as an assistant coach for six seasons. He ranks third in school history in career field goal percentage with a 54.1 mark.

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Re: 2018-2019 SEASON SPURS NEWS 

Post#112 » by GREY 1769 » Tue May 7, 2019 4:02 am

Hmm, I'm torn at this news. On the one hand, both deserve to run their own teams; on the other, I'd really love it if we had the same assistant crew back (provided they're happy to be there) for consistency and imparting of Spurs corporate knowledge. They're part of a larger group of candidates that has been and will be interviewed, so hopefully we hold on to both at least for next season:
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Reports: Cavs to interview Spurs assistant Udoka
The Cavs, who have been taking a methodical approach in finding their next coach, will meet with Udoka on Sunday, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not revealing any of its plans.

Udoka has worked on Gregg Popovich’s staff since 2012, a year after he retired following stints with the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, Spurs and Sacramento Kings. The 41-year-old Udoka has been lauded for his work with former Spurs star Kawhi Leonard and others. The Cavs are intent on adding a coach with a strong background in player development, and Udoka fits that profile.

https://www.nba.com/article/2019/05/03/ap-cavs-interview-spurs-assistant-udoka


Report: Cavs to interview Spurs assistant Messina
The Cavaliers experimented with a successful European coach a few years ago with mixed results. They may try it again.

Cleveland has scheduled an interview this week with San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina, a person familiar with the Cavs' coaching search said Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is keeping details of its search confidential.

Messina's coaching resume includes an impeccable run in Europe, where he won numerous titles and also coached Italy's national team. The 59-year-old Messina has worked on coach Gregg Popovich's staff in San Antonio since 2014 and is widely regarded as one of the NBA's top assistants.

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Salt Lake City Summer League to include Spurs
The Spurs announced Monday they will be one of four teams that will participate in the Salt Lake City Summer League hosted by the Utah Jazz from July 1-3 at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Other teams set to participate in the six-game, round-robin summer showcase include the Jazz, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a press release announcing the event.

Each team will play three games as part of daily double-headers Monday through Wednesday at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Central. Games will be played on a modified City Edition court.

The schedule, along with radio and television information, will be announced later.

The Salt Lake City Summer League, formerly known as the NBA summer league, features rookies selected in the 2019 NBA Draft, second-year players, select free agents and players competing to make NBA and G League regular season rosters....

Tickets for the Salt Lake City Summer League will go on sale at 11 a.m. Central May 13 and can be purchased online at www.slcsummerleague.com or by calling 801-355-DUNK.

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Re: 2018-2019 SEASON SPURS NEWS 

Post#114 » by GREY 1769 » Fri Jun 7, 2019 3:32 am

Well ****. I had really hoped that after Udoka hadn't landed a head coaching position he would remain with us, but it looks like the 76ers have snagged themselves a quality assistant. I don't know what Brett's contract is like, but it seems as if Pop's contract extension and having the very experienced Ettore as first assistant may have been factors in his decision (I am just speculating based on what we do know and deducing from it). With Ime as our longest tenured assistant having been here since 2012, well, you can't blame him for looking around the landscape and figuring he'd be closer to having a HC shot elsewhere via the assistant route. Plus there's familiarity with BB as well. Happy for him, though I am torn about it for us. It opens up an opportunity for someone else. I wonder who we hire? Or promote from within? Yet another piece to deal with over the summer. It seems as if it's a busier time than when we actually play!:

76ers hire Spurs assistant coach Ime Udoka
One of the Spurs’ highly regarded assistants is joining another Pop disciple
Spurs assistant coach Ime Udoka has been hired for the same position by Brett Brown and the Philadelphia 76ers, per The Athetlic’s Shams Charania.

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Udoka played for the Spurs in two different stints (2007-09 and 2010-11) and has been an assistant coach under Gregg Popovich since 2012. Also a former teammate of LaMarcus Aldridge in Portland, he was an integral part of the Spurs’ largest free agent signing under Pop

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Post#115 » by GREY 1769 » Fri Jun 7, 2019 5:41 am

And there goes another one. 76ers poaching from us today:

Sixers hire Cameron Hodges from Spurs to bolster team’s coaching roster
The 76ers have hired Cameron Hodges as an assistant coach, adding to their player-development ranks. This move comes after the squad chose not to bring back respected shooting coach John Townsend. Hodges, who holds a similar position with the San Antonio Spurs, will join the Sixers after his three-year tenure concludes at the end of the month.

Hodges is expected to work out with a variety of players, including All-Star point guard Ben Simmons, whose outside shooting has been a weakness since he entered the NBA. The Sixers have just four players committed to next year’s roster, so Hodges’ specific role, as well as the role of the team’s other player-development coaches, remains to be seen. But Simmons, who has averaged 16.4 points in his two-year pro career, and his shooting woes would seem a natural fit for Hodges.

Hodges worked under Spurs assistant Chip Engelland, who heads San Antonio’s player-development program along with Will Hardy. He’s also someone Sixers coach Brett Brown will be comfortable with, considering the coach is part of San Antonio’s coaching tree.

Brown began his career there as a player-development coach and then was a longtime assistant before being named the Sixers head coach before the 2013-14 season. Brown and Hodges did not work together in San Antonio.

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Post#116 » by GREY 1769 » Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:33 pm

Good for Will who has worked his way up from the video room:
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Post#117 » by GREY 1769 » Fri Jun 14, 2019 3:26 am

Davis is helping at Basketball Without Borders Europe this year:
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The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Latvia Basketball Association (Latvijas Basketbola Savieniba) today announced the roster of 64 of the top male and female players ages 17 and under from 26 European countries who will travel to Riga, Latvia for the 18th annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Europe Camp. The NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program will be held Sunday, June 9 – Wednesday, June 12 at the Elektrum Olympic Center.

BWB Europe 2019 will feature a number of current and former NBA and WNBA players including Latvian players Dairis Bertāns (New Orleans Pelicans), Dāvis Bertāns (San Antonio Spurs), Rodions Kurucs (Brooklyn Nets) and Kristaps Porziņģis (Dallas Mavericks), as well as Sam Dekker (Washington Wizards) and Jonathan Isaac (Orlando Magic). Former WNBA players Anete Jekabsone (Latvia) and Raffaela Masciadri (Italy), along with former Latvian National Team Captain Gunta Basko will also participate in the camp.

BWB Europe 2019 will bring together the top male and female players ages 17 and under from throughout Europe to learn directly from current and former NBA and FIBA players and coaches and to compete against the best young players from the region.

Players and coaches will lead the campers through a variety of activities on and off the court, including movement efficiency, skill development stations, shooting and skills competitions, 5-on-5 games, and daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication. One boy and one girl will be named BWB Europe MVPs at the conclusion of the camp. In addition, NBA Referee Performance and Development Advisor and longtime former NBA official Bernie Fryer will lead various development sessions with local FIBA referees....

The NBA and FIBA have staged 57 BWB camps in 36 cities in 28 countries on six continents. More than 290 different current and former NBA and WNBA players have joined more than 230 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams with 60 BWB campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents

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Re: 2018-2019 SEASON SPURS NEWS 

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Re: 2019-2020 SEASON SPURS NEWS 

Post#119 » by GREY 1769 » Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:57 am

This article sourced another which detailed the Spurs' strong social media presence. We were tenth in
... value... delivered to partners on social media.


The NBA comfortably leads all major pro leagues:
The NFL is the undisputed king of the U.S.-based sports leagues.

But it's the NBA — thanks to its star-studded roster of athletes and its penchant for year-round drama — that owns social media.

The analysis said that during a period that started on Oct. 1, 2018, and ended on June 14 (the day after the NBA Finals), the social media accounts of the league and its 30 teams generated more than $1.1 billion of value for its brand partners. The tally was almost three times as much as the NFL's $343 million in brand value, and ran circles around that of the NHL ($268 million) and MLB ($163 million).


We ranked ninth on social media:
9. Spurs: 7.1 million on Facebook, 2.7 million on Instagram, 3.4 million on Twitter; 13.2 million total

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Re: 2019-2020 SEASON SPURS NEWS 

Post#120 » by GREY 1769 » Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:09 am

The post above and this one lend insight into how successfully the Spurs organization engages with fans:

NBA lauds Spurs for sales campaign
The NBA honored the Spurs with its New Sales Campaign of the Year Award at the league's Revenue & Analytics Workshop in Las Vegas, the league announced Thursday.

In a press release, the league credited the Spurs for the way they "transformed their sales and service strategy by prioritizing the development of people, culture, efficiency and new product development."

As part of the campaign, the Spurs restructured their sales and service division and "invested heavily in sales enablement technology" while creating "new, flexible ticketing products such as the Spurscription and Spurs Passport."

"These changes led to higher employee satisfaction and retention rates, and the highest overall ticket revenue generated in franchise history," the release stated.

https://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/spurs/article/NBA-lauds-Spurs-for-sales-campaign-14088159.php
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