Two opposing fans who most likely in the same family master the art of using San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan to photbomb.
The San Antonio Spurs are being sued by a lawyer who is alleging the team violated the state’s deceptive and fair trade practices law.
On Monday, Larry McGuinness filed a class-action suit in Miami-Dade County, stating Spurs coach Gregg Popovich “intentionally and surreptitiously” sent their best players home without the knowledge of the league, the team and the fans attending the Nov. 29 game against the Miami Heat. McGuinness contends that he, as well as other fans, “suffered economic damages” as a result of paying a premium price for a ticket that shouldn’t cost more.
Before the game, Popovich sent Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Danny Green back to San Antonio, saying that he believed that resting his top players for their fourth game in five days was a smart decision.
Even though players aren’t guaranteed to play at any time, the lines are a little more blurred because teams charge fans more to attend games versus better teams. When asked how he thought the fans felt, Popovich admitted at the time that it wasn’t ideal.
“If I was taking my 6-year-old son and daughter to the game, I would want them to see everybody,” Popovich said. “And if they weren’t there, I’d be disappointed.”
It’s often assumed that fans might not see certain high-profile players because of injury, but McGuinness said this was different, given that all of the top players were not available to play.
“It was like going to Morton’s Steakhouse and paying $63 for porterhouse and they bring out cube steak,” said McGuinness, who said he bought his ticket on the resale market. “That’s exactly what happened here.”
NBA commissioner David Stern apologized to fans for Popovich’s decision at the time, calling it “unacceptable.” Days later, the NBA, which is not named as a defendant in this case, fined the team $250,000.
Back on Halloween the night the San Antonio Spurs players like most of the country took in a costume party. Forward Stephen Jackson released many of the team photos through his Instagram account however one of the pictures never saw the light of day until the team was fined by the NBA for removing it’s starters against the Miami Heat.
This photo magically appeared on reddit a day after commissioner David Stern levied a $250,000 against the organization. It’s of Tim Duncan and Tony Parker pretending to shoot an impersonation of NBA referee Joey Crawford in the head during that Halloween party.
After leading the Dallas Mavericks to the franchise’s first title Dirk Nowitzki has become the NBA’s most marketable player, according to a Nielsen/E-Poll. Miami Heat LeBron James and Dwyane Wade both fell out of the top 10 after the defeat to Nowitzki and the Mavericks.
The N-Score measures name and image awareness, appeal and personality attributes such as sincerity, approachability, experience and influence. Nowitzki topped the survey with an N-Score of 132. Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant was second with a score of 83. James score fell from 131 to 26 and Wade’s dropped from 117 to 34.
Here’s the Top 10 Most Marketable NBA Players
1. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, 132
2. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, 83
3. Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns, 68
4. Kevin Garnett, Boston Celtics, 65
5. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, 51
6. Jason Kidd, Dallas Mavericks, 47
7. Grant Hill, Phoenix Suns, 41
8. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, 41
9. Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers, 40
10. Vince Carter, Phoenix Suns, 38
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker interviewed by L’Equipe intimated that the days of his team competing for a championship are in the rear-view mirror. Speaking on a season in which his team finished 61-21 but lost to the Memphis Grizzlies before the calendar flipped to May thinks age has caught up the team and the rest of the NBA has passed them by.
“At the start of the season I said this was our last chance,” Parker said. “Tim (Duncan) and Gino (Manu Ginobili) are getting old. It’s going to be tough to regenerate ourselves. We will always have a good team but we can no longer say that we’re playing for a championship.”
Parker also see’s himself as being the most moveable piece of the Spurs should they look to start over and rebuild.
Every Thursday Sports Grind Entertainment will present you with the Mama Margie’s Major Meltdown. The recipient of this honor goes to the San Antonio Spurs who lost their fourth consecutive game of the year. The Spurs have been without starters Tim Duncan with an ankle sprain, Manu Ginobili a quad contusion and recently saw head coach Gregg Popovich sit Tony Parker and Antonio McDyess as the playoffs near. The Spurs have been slipping and just a week ago had a seven game lead in the Western Confernce over the Los Angeles Lakers but have seen that lead shrink to 3½ games. The Spurs (57-17) have eight games left and could be in serious jeporady of losing the number one overall seed, one that they have held since November.
Longtime Harlem Globetrotters star Meadowlark Lemon admires many current NBA stars but if the Clown Prince of Basketball were building his own NBA team, he’d start by building it around San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan and Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd.
“I’m a fan of Shaq. But Tim Duncan? That’s the man I like, says Lemon.
And Lemon believes Kidd is still the best point guard in the NBA.
“If I was going to build a team around two players, those are the two I would build it around. Jason Kidd is a pure point guard if there is such a thing. And Tim Duncan’s fundamentals? Love them.”
Despite LeBron James saying he’s comfortable with the role of NBA villain after jumping to the Miami Heat from Cleveland Cavaliers, Lemon doesn’t buy it.
“I don’t look at him as being a villain. I look at him as being a young kid who should never have left Cleveland.”
San Antonio Spurs Matt Boner shows off the valuable lesson that are to be learned from following Coach “B” Fundamentals of the Game. Fundamentals or just pure athletic ability, the people of Toronto and San Antonio know that the only way to neutralize Bonner’s is to fill his shoes glass.
Who would have thought the guys off East Houston Street could be so hilarious?
Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith seems to be at his best against the San Antonio Spurs. Last week at the Pepsi Center, Smith posterized Spurs guard Gary Neal with a powerful dunk that is already being talked about as one of the NBA’s best of the year and last night for an encore performed a 360 around Tim Duncan and finished softly off the glass with is right hand.
Sure these college Jeopardy contestants might know all about the theory of relatives but they sure dropped the ball in the Basketball for $1000 department. To make it worse Hans has the nerve to click in with that “I got this Alex” grin and belts out Carmelo Anthony. Hell Hans at least Lea picked a member of the San Antonio Spurs.
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan put his Saint Croix swimming skills to use at the San Antonio Sea World when he took a dip/spin in the pool with some beluga whales. I was unaware that Sea World was still open for business here in San Antonio.
We haven’t received any email or press release from the San Antonio Spurs telling us that this was in their future plans but what we did received was a link to adidas official basketball site. That is where I saw this picture in the bottom right hand corner with forward Tim Duncan donning an all black Spurs uniform. Could adidas have jump the gun with their marketing or just happen to photograph Tim in an Eisenhower flea market bootleg jersey?
Either way I’m a fan.
Baseball is finally here and man I am former Royals manager Hal McRae fired up!
I wonder if Tim Duncan ever has the urge to respond to some local reporters this way.
We can’t act like San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan is a young ball player anymore but you still got to give credit to Atlanta Hawks Hawks Al Horford for working when it matter most and coming up with his own million dollar moment. Not like he has a vault in that department like Duncan’s.
Tim still got got.
The latest injury to San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, a broken the fourth metacarpal in his shooting hand, has cost him the rest of the regular season in a year that has already plagued him with plantar fasciitis, spraining both ankles, a strained hip flexor and food poisoning.
With the Spurs currently hanging onto the Western Conference seventh seed that already has many questioning their chances in the playoffs and with this latest injury it will sure cast a greater shadow of doubt. While injuries are part of the game, what have been the 9 most damaging to the Spurs franchise? Why 9? In honor of Tony.
- 9. Tony Parker 2009-10 season
Parker an NBA Finals MVP season looked shaky from the start when he suffered his first injury in a year that was filled with many. While playing overseas in the off-season for France against Hungary in Eurobasketball Parker turned his ankle. The bug was cast before the season even started but stayed with him until March 6 in Memphis, where his regular season came to end. Parker sat out numerous games in the year to a variety of injuries: plantar fasciitis, a strained hip flexor, spraining both ankles and food poisoning.
- 8. James Silas 1976-76 season
Possibly one of the best Spurs of all-time that the NBA never had a chance to see at his peak. In the last season ABA before the merger Captain Late broke his ankle by landing on the foot of New Jersey Nets guard Brian Taylor in the ABA Finals. Recovered and ready for the Spurs first season in the NBA he suffered a cartilage tear in his knee restricting him to play in only 22 games for a Spurs team that was poised to contend. Silas played only 37 games the following season and was out of the league in four years.
- 7. Manu Ginobili 2008-09 season
One of the greatest to put on a Spurs jersey was injured in the semi-finals of the Beijing Olympics. The injury carried through to the NBA season and limited him to appear only in 44 regular season games and missed the entire playoffs. San Antonio went in as the third seed with a 54–28 record but was eliminated by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round 4–1 the earliest exit since 2000.
- 6. Johnny Dawkins 1988-89 season
Originally drafted with the 10th overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft the former Duke all time leading scorer and Naismith College Player of the Year was suppose to be the point guard of the future for the Spurs and coach Larry Brown. Durring the 88-89 season he started to suffer from a nerve injury in his left leg and foot that allowed him to only see action in 32 games. The nerve injury in his leg would eventually force him to retire from the game.
- 5. Terry Cummings 1992-93 season
In a season in which the Spurs improved on its record and advanced out of the first round they did so with limited minutes from one of their best scorers in Cummings. In the off-season Cummings tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee during a pickup game that forced him to miss the first 74 regular season games. Upon his return, he could no longer put up All-Star numbers he was accustomed and from then on was used in a role much like a reserve.
- 4. Derek Anderson 2000-01 season
Anderson was a vital part in the Spurs plans of providing outside help to Tim Duncan and David Robinson averaging 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists per game on the wing. The Spurs looked to be on their way to earining a second NBA championship in 3 years as the stars where lining up until Dallas Mavericks Juwan Howard drew a flagrant foul on Anderson. He separated his right shoulder when he drove for the basket and Howard swung his arm into Anderson’s side that caused him to land on his shoulder. He missed the rest of the Mavericks series and returned in the conference finals against the in limited minutes against the Los Angeles Lakers. Anderson and the Spurs where caught in a no win situation since it wasn’t adequate enough time for him to heal.
- 3. Tim Duncan 1999-2000 season
In the Spurs first chance at trying to repeat as champions after winning their first NBA championship, they entered the playoffs without Duncan. He was averaging 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game in a season that he had earned co-MVP with Shaquille O’Neal during the All-Star Game. However Duncan injured his meniscus shortly before the end of the regular season against the Sacramento Kings. The injury forced him to miss the playoffs and the Spurs saw them lose to the Phoenix Suns 3–1 in the first round. Without Duncan the Spurs relied on Malik Rose and Jerome Kersey to play alongside David Robinson but in the series they saw them go down as well with injuries.
- 2. Johnny Moore 1986-87 season
An assist man, who lead the league in that category in 1981-82, a steal man, an all around NBA player in his first five season with the Spurs. Moore often found the open man and wasn’t afraid to make the extra pass as he is one of only three players in teams history to record 20 assists during a game was hospitalized December 26,1986 with the devastating disease, Desert Fever. Doctors warned him that the disease could be fatal. Desert Fever luckily did not cost his life but ended up costing his basketball career as Moore lost three years of playing. He finally was able to return to the court to play in 53 games during 1989-90 season, which would be his last.
- 1. David Robinson 1996-97 season
The year that will be known as the gift and curse for the Spurs franchise. That season saw Robinson hurt his back in the preseason, an injury that would plagued him the rest of his career, limited him to 6 games before breaking a bone in his foot. He wound up missing the entire season and the Spurs finished 20-62. The curse is it cost the Spurs their best player in franchise history and their season but the gift came in the form of ping pong balls and the drafting of Tim Duncan out of Wake Forest University with the number one overall pick.
Is there a Spurs injury you believe that was missed to be of greater significant than these 9? Feel free to leave your feedback.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports thats the Spurs are considering making a bid on the Suns star Amare Stoudemire.
Multiple league sources say the Spurs front office has researched and debated pursuing Stoudemire to play alongside Tim Duncan.
The possibility of an athletic, offensive force like Stoudemire has become too irresistible to easily dismiss. The Spurs (25-18) have lost five of their past six games, and have fallen into sixth place in the Western Conference.
For Phoenix and San Antonio, there could be a different urgency. The Suns are motivated to move Stoudemire out of a growing belief they’ll never come to terms with him on a contract extension. Stoudemire can opt out of the $17.7 million owed him next season. Suns owner Robert Sarver has been in constant cost-cutting mode, and although he does want to keep Stoudemire, it’s become increasingly unlikely that will happen.
The Spurs have always maintained an interest in Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh, a Texas native, but Raptors’ general manager Bryan Colangelo has yet to show a strong inclination to trade his star before his impending free agency this summer.
You won’t find an ounce of Stan blood in me for Amare but if this was to go down this could present the perfect opportunity for Stoudemire to go ahead and hide behind the talents of Duncan. Not to mention the foot of head coach Gregg Popovich constantly in his ass could be what he needs.
F – Kevin Garnett (the focus will for sure be on Iverson but being healthy for 29 games gets you in?)
F – LeBron James
C – Dwight Howard
G – Dwyane Wade
G – Allen Iverson (if you recall he started the season in Memphis a Western Conference team and took a little hiatus, so far as only played in 16 games in the Eastern Conference)
F – Carmelo Anthony
F – Tim Duncan (love Duncan but with minutes and points down is he really having a better season Dirk Nowitzki?
C – Amare Stoudemire (worthy but I just can’t stand this guy)
G – Kobe Bryant
G – Steve Nash (thankfully the NBA suddenly lost 105,000 votes that where set for Tracy McGrady)
So what are your feelings? Do you think the starters are fine as is? Where you one of the people that voted for Tracy McGrady or Allen Iverson and can justify your vote?
Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant is once again the top selling jersey in the NBA like he did in 2008-09 season. Here is the complete list of top sellers compiled from the NBA Store in New York City and NBAStore.com,
Top 15 NBA Jerseys
1. Kobe Bryant – Los Angeles Lakers
2. LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Dwight Howard- Orlando Magic
4. Derrick Rose – Chicago Bulls
5. Dwyane Wade – Miami Heat
6. Kevin Garnett – Boston Celtics
7. Chris Paul – New Orleans Hornets
8. Paul Pierce – Boston Celtics
9. Shaquille O’Neal – Cleveland Cavaliers
10. Pau Gasol – Los Angeles Lakers
11. Carmelo Anthony – Denver Nuggets
12. Steve Nash – Phoenix Suns
13. David Lee – New York Knicks
14. Allen Iverson – Philadelphia 76ers
15. Kevin Durant – Oklahoma City Thunder
I understand the New York fan needing a jersey to represent their team but isn’t it shocking to see David Lee in the top 15 but not a single San Antonio Spur. I guess Tim Duncans time has passed but your telling me Tony Parker cant crack the United States 15?
An interesting report comes from Hoopsworld saying league sources had the San Antonio Spurs trying to make a trade for New Orleans Hornets guard Chris Paul and the offering piece was Tony Parker.
The offer was immediately turned away by the Hornets.
Parker has one more season remaining on his deal worth $13.6 million and could be one of the top free agent guards in the summer of 2011. Paul is signed through the 2011-12 season, one year longer than Parker.
If this is true, do the Spurs have a strong belief that Parker will not be returning to San Antonio once he becomes a free agent? Tim Duncan will be obviously older in basketball years come summer of ’11 as will Manu Ginobili, and will he even be here, are questions that have got to be going through Parkers mind in the off season.
To let you the reader in on a little secret, each year Rudy J of Sports Grind Entertainment has purchased a sports memorabilia ornament for his Christmas tree in honor of the five year SGE has been on air.
This year being no different from the previous four, Rudy J added the Hallmark/ESPN ornament of Santa sitting at an anchor desk probably reading about how Tiger Woods was on the naughty list, who knows. Rudy J said this is easily right up there with his pride and joy the Tim Duncan Hoop Stars Hallmark Collectors Ornament that he purchased off eBay last year.
It’s not only a one of a kind of ornament but it also includes a button with the SportsCenter theme that makes a special must have for Rudy J.
I came home from the bar a couple of hours ago and opened up our inbox to see an email from Kelly Dwyer
From: Kelly Dwyer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Oct 02, 2009 3:28 am
“R U grindin’?!?!
For reals, yo? Dane Cook, pay-per-view, 20 minutes. R U ready, bro?
Got some more pictures of girls in their underwears, yo? Sports analysis = college girls that are way the fuck younger than you in their underwear, bro! Totally, bro!
Care to explain why Tim Duncan is a power forward, but Matt Bonner is a center? Bro? Where’d you go, bro? I’ll buy you a Red Bull and Jager, bro!“
If your wondering who Kelly Dwyer is I got no clue. If your wondering what caused the reaction, it was Dwyer top 10 power forwards of this past decade on Ball Don’t Lie, A Yahoo! Sports Blog. There’s no mention of Tim Duncan but it sure does mention Shawn Marion. Here’s the insanity, once again without Duncan.
- * 10. Karl Malone
- * 9. Chris Bosh
- * 8. Chris Webber
- * 7. Rasheed Wallace
- * 6. Antawn Jamison
- * 5. Elton Brand
- * 4. Shawn Marion
- * 3. Pau Gasol
- * 2. Dirk Nowitzki
- * 1. Kevin Garnett
Now back to Dwyer,
- R U Grindin Dwyer? See we own this, Sports Grind Entertainment is independent: not dependent: not subject to control by others: self-governing: not affiliated with a larger controlling unit.
- We don’t come from the Dane Cook school, we Eddie Murphy Delirious & Raw, goonie goo goo.
- West Virginia 35, Colorado 24: Don’t be a window shopper, step inside. It’s called reading, top to bottom, left to right, group words together as a sentence. Take Tylenol for any headaches…Midol for any cramps.
- Pull out the tapes and watch Tim Duncan on his way to winning four NBA championships. You would have seen him playing along side centers like Hall of Famer David Robinson, T-Rex arms Kevin Willis, no hops Rasho Nosterovic, and lost but not forgotten Nazr Mohammed just to name a few.
- Being part of the Alkaholik fam, don’t type your going to buy, just do it, preferably Tawaka and Bull.
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I don’t know Kelly Dwyer and I hope I never do after reading he-she top 10 power forward of this past decade on Ball Don’t Lie, A Yahoo! Sports Blog. After reading the said post I’ve come to two conclusions.
- It was written for pure shock value to generate views.
- Kelly Dwyer doesn’t know a dam thing about NBA basketball.
Your wondering why such heat? Well Dummy lists the top 10 power forwards of the decade but there is no Tim Duncan. Insane, I know.
- 10. Karl Malone
- 9. Chris Bosh
- 8. Chris Webber
- 7. Rasheed Wallace
- 6. Antawn Jamison
- 5. Elton Brand
- 4. Shawn Marion
- 3. Pau Gasol
- 2. Dirk Nowitzki
- 1. Kevin Garnett
I actually feel dumber typing that out. Like I said this has to be a post for shock value or ‘Dummy Dwyer’ knows nothing of the NBA game.
Only 3 guys on that list even have rings, and none have multiple. I’m just going to stop because it shouldn’t be my job to justify one of the top 5 power forwards of all time making it onto this list. That should be ‘Dummy Dwyer’ job to explain why Duncan was left off.
If you want to check for yourself ‘Dummy Dwyer’ ranking click (here)
This week marks the ninth year anniversary of Tim Duncan re-signing with the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs forward turned down a reported six year deal from the Orlando Magic worth $67.5 million and accepted a four year deal for $45.9. The city launched itself into a “Stay Tim Stay” campaign. It became such a hard decision that previous Spur savior David Robinson flew back from his trip in Hawaii to persuade Duncan to remain with the team. Looking back now it presents itself as a no brainer because the Magic’s problems with often injured forward Grant Hill who they pursued that summer as well and locking themselves up in a contract until 2007. Instead of the franchise taking a step backwards the city of San Antonio enjoyed three more river parades because of Duncan’s decision nine years ago.