As a Spurs’ fan, I love the different personalities on our team. Each player is unique and yet still sharing the common traits that allow them to mesh into the Spurs organization we know and love. As a Mom, I have watched more than my fair share of Dogs 101 with my 9 year old daughter; who has never seen or heard of a dog she did not immediately want and love. It’s an interesting show that describes the different personalities and traits of the various breeds of, you guessed it, dogs. Having recently seen the episode on Great Danes, my mind immediately compared Aron Baynes to the puppy version when I first saw him play: really excited to be there, not too sure how to control that big body, but lots of potential. Then, of course, I began thinking about which dogs best represented the other Spurs. My family enjoyed coming up with suggestions based on the temperament of the players and the breeds. It makes quite a pack! The descriptions of the dogs came from the Animal Planet Dogs 101 website.
Tim Duncan—Bernese Mountain Dog "The Bernese mountain dog is an easygoing, calm family companion (that is, after it leaves its adolescent stage). It is sensitive, loyal and extremely devoted. It is gentle with children and often reserved with strangers. It generally gets along well with other dogs and pets. It is a sturdy, large, hardy dog capable of both draft and droving work. This requires a combination of strength, speed and agility. Its natural working gait is a slow trot, but with good reach and drive." Calm and in control.
Tony Parker—Australian Cattle Dog "The Australian cattle dog is of moderate build, enabling it to combine great endurance with bursts of speed and the extreme agility necessary in controlling unruly cattle. It is sturdy and compact. Its gait is supple and tireless, and it must be capable of quick and sudden movement. Smart, hardy, independent, stubborn, tenacious, energetic and untiring — these are all traits essential to a driver of headstrong cattle, and all traits of the Australian cattle dog. This dog must have a job to do or it will expend its efforts on unacceptable jobs of its own. Given challenging mental and hard physical exercise daily, it is among the most responsive and obedient of dogs, an exemplary partner in adventure." I’m ready to have that back on the court.
Manu Ginobili—Wire Fox Terrier "The wire fox terrier is short-backed and square-proportioned, but at the same time standing over a lot of ground. Its conformation combines speed, endurance and power, enabling it to gallop and stay with the horses and hounds during the hunt and to follow a fox up a narrow passage. The gait while trotting gets most of its propulsion from the rear quarters. The expression, like the attitude, is keen; the carriage is alert and expectant. A true "live-wire," the wire fox terrier is always up for adventure. This breed lives to play, explore, run, hunt and chase. It can be mischievous and independent and may dig and bark. It is usually fairly reserved with strangers. The wire has a reputation for being somewhat scrappier with other dogs when compared to the smooth."
Kawhi Leonard—Doberman Pinscher "The Doberman combines elegance and strength with speed and endurance. Its carriage is proud and alert, and its gait is free and vigorous. The Doberman pinscher is an intelligent capable guardian, ever on the alert and ready to protect its family or home. It is also a loyal and adventurous companion. It likes to be mentally challenged and is a gifted obedience pupil. It is sensitive and very responsive, though some can be domineering. It is generally reserved with strangers. It can be aggressive with strange dogs."
Tiago Splitter—Irish Wolfhound "The combination of speed, power and size enables the Irish wolfhound to run down and overpower large prey. Despite its size, the breed should be gracefully built, its gait easy and active, and its head held proudly. Aptly known as the gentle giant, the Irish wolfhound is a soft-natured, easygoing breed. It is calm around the house, sensitive, patient, easygoing and sweet. Despite its great size, it is good with children, pets and other dogs. It is reserved with strangers and courageous when the need arises."
Danny Green—Border Collie "This is a medium dog of strong bone, slightly longer than it is tall, combining grace, agility, substance and stamina. Border collies must be able to display incredible agility even after working for long periods. Its expression is intelligent, alert, eager and full of interest, a reflection of its temperament. The border collie is a bundle of mental and physical energy awaiting its chance to be unleashed on the world. Among the most intelligent and obedient of breeds.Given sufficient exercise, it is a dependable and loyal companion. It is intent on whatever it does and tends to stare, which can be unnerving to other animals."
Stephen Jackson—Akita "The Akita is bold, independent, stubborn and tenacious. Demonstrative to its family, it is utterly devoted and will protect family members. It is reserved with strangers and can be aggressive toward other dogs. It can be domineering. Though not the breed for everyone, in the right hands the Akita is an excellent companion." If that doesn’t describe Cap’n Jack, I don’t know what does.
Cory Joseph—Labrador Retriever "The Labrador is a moderate dog, not extreme in any way. The Lab is a working retriever and should possess style without over refinement and substance without clumsiness. Devoted, obedient and amiable. It will be a calm house dog, playful yard dog and intense field dog, all on the same day. It is eager to please, enjoys learning and excels in obedience." I have found Cory to be dependable and fairly calm considering his being thrust into the limelight. I think I trust him to do the right thing on court.
Patty Mills—Australian Shepherd "The Australian shepherd has a great deal of stamina and is loving, bold, alert, confident, independent, smart and responsive. With proper exercise and training, it is a loyal, utterly devoted and obedient companion. It is reserved with strangers and has a protective nature." And he wags his tail like a towel.
Gary Neal—American Cocker Spaniel "This breed is playful, cheerful, amiable, sweet, sensitive, willing to please and responsive to its family's wishes. It is not known for retaining its hunting instincts. Some bark a lot; some are overly submissive." Not the best on defense, but can certainly be there for you when you need him.
Nando DeColo—Kerry Blue Terrier "It can guard, hunt, herd or just be a fun-loving companion. It needs daily mental and physical activity in a safe area. It loves to run, chase, hunt, explore, play and dig. Indoors, it is well-mannered. It can be protective toward strangers yet greet verified friends with great enthusiasm. It is clever and independent, often stubborn." I still don’t know enough about Nando, but he seems to have potential…
Boris Diaw—Mastiff "The massive mastiff is heavy-boned with a powerful musculature, being slightly longer than tall. It combines great strength with endurance. Its power and strength are evident in its gait, which should have good reach and drive. Its expression is alert but kindly. The overall impression should be one of grandeur and dignity." He’s big and impressive looking, and only moves when he wants to.
DeJuan Blair—Alaskan Malamute "The Alaskan malamute is powerful, independent, strong-willed and fun-loving. It is family-oriented, and as long as it is given daily exercise, it is well-mannered in the home. Without proper exercise, it can become frustrated and destructive. It is friendly and sociable toward people, but it may be aggressive toward strange dogs, pets or livestock. Some can be domineering." The uncertainty of the trade deadline did seem to distract DeJuan a bit, but when he chooses (occasionally) he has had some domineering performances.
Matt Bonner--Pointer "The pointer is a true wide-ranging hunter. Because it is ever on the lookout for birds, it is easily distracted from everyday matters — but it is nearly impossible to distract once on point." I think this explains Matts defense and rebounding sometimes, and when he’s feeling the 3’s he is definitely on point.
Aron Baynes—Great Dane (puppy) "This regal breed combines great size and power with elegance. Its gait is strong and powerful with long, easy strides. These attributes are necessary in a dog required to overtake and then over-power relatively swift but formidable quarry. The Great Dane is gentle, loving, easygoing and sensitive. It is generally good with children (although its friendly overtures may overwhelm a small child) It is powerful but sensitive and responsive to training." As I said, Baynes is in the puppy state. I have great hopes for his development with the team.
Coach Popovich—Wiemeriner "The Weimaraner is built to hunt with great speed and endurance and combines grace, stamina, raciness and an alert demeanor. The short sleek coat is noted for its unique gray color. The Weimaraner is bold and rambunctious, sometimes too much so for small children. It can be stubborn or headstrong." Basically, I picked this one for Pop because as a kid these dogs freaked me out with their piercing stare/glare that seemed to know what I was thinking (and thought I was wrong).
Chip Engelland—Cesar Milan "The Shot Whisperer" Chip has the ability to understand the mental and physical difficulties preventing a shooter from being his best. He has an uncanny knack of fixing the freethrows of Tiago and discovering hidden treasure in Kawhi’s three. As a fan, I see the improvement and consistent performance across the team and am in awe.
The Coyote is, of course, a coyote. I don’t know enough about the rest of the staff.
Yes, I agree with you that this was a lot of energy expended into a worthless endeavor, but it was kinda fun. I finally got my daughter to be interested in basketball in an odd sort of way. I, by the way, would be a cross between a Shih Tzu and a Bulldog. Non sporting variety.