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Manu Ginóbili's interesting time outside LA hotel

Story and video of Manu Ginóbili's interesting walk to the team bus outside the Spurs Santa Monica (CA) hotel last Wednesday. Video includes Ginóbili signing autographs and viewing a bizarre sight in the California sky.

Tony Parker & Gregg Popovich at LA hotel

Story and video of Tony Parker and Gregg Popovich walking briskly onto the team bus outside of the Spurs Santa Monica (CA) hotel last Wednesday.

Ginobili: The Spurs’ Man for All Paces

The NY Times has quietly picked up their NBA coverage this year. This is just a seven paragraph piece on Manu and the big three, but I liked it.

Celtics' Rivers, Spurs' Popovich named Coaches of the Month

"The Boston Celtics' Doc Rivers and the San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in October and November. Rivers guided the Celtics to a 13-4 (.765) record, tying Orlando for the best in the Eastern Conference. Boston went 7-1 at home, including a 7-0 mark against Eastern Conference teams. With their .504 field goal percentage, the Celtics are the only team in the NBA shooting 50 percent or better from the field, while also ranking first in the NBA in assists per game (26.5) and first in the Eastern Conference in points per game differential (+7.9). Popovich led the Spurs to an NBA-best 15-2 (.882) record, the best start in franchise history, including 12 straight wins in November. San Antonio is the only team to win all of its road games so far, with key wins at Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Utah and New Orleans. While the Spurs' 107.8 points per game rank third in the NBA, their +9.0 differential leads the league."

Proof that (some) Lakers fans don't 'get' irony

In the latest ESPN Insider, John Hollinger wrote: "I guess we better hit the panic button. A preseason championship contender has lost three straight and five of its past 10 games, including a loss at the buzzer in Memphis, a home loss to Indiana, and a big blown lead against Utah." I understand that if you read just that, you'd think that Hollinger was saying this team (which turns out to be the Lakers) was done. And no Laker fan wants to hear that. But he went on to write: "Sound familiar? Only this isn't Miami we're talking about -- it's the Los Angeles Lakers. And you'll forgive them if they're not exactly flustered by the recent mini-slide, even though they've betrayed some bad habits in the process. Suffice it to say nobody is wondering whether Mitch Kupchak will replace Phil Jackson. With good reason. Unlike the Heat, the Lakers have been in all 18 games they've played this year, with their greatest defeat coming by a meager six points. Even on Tuesday night, with as many mistakes as they made, they had a chance to win at the buzzer, and lost largely because the Grizzlies were an unsustainable 8-of-12 on 3-pointers. Throw in injuries to Andrew Bynum and Theo Ratliff and the inevitable grind of the far-flung Western Conference schedule (this trip, for instance, is basically a cross-country jaunt just for a Memphis-Houston back-to-back before returning to Cali on Thursday), and one can understand how L.A. has struggled to maintain the momentum from its 8-0 start." and goes on to list areas where the Lakers have made mistakes or had problems recently (Kobe doing too much, the Lakers forgetting their 7-footer, problems with quick opposing guards, and wearing out their big guy). Some of the Lakers fans got that Hollinger was drawing parallels in his intro between the Lakers and the Heat -- specifically the media being too quick to judge a team after only one month into the season -- but some did not, which I think is in its own way, ironic. :)

What Would Duncan/Kobe Do? WWDD vs. WWKD

a Filipino blogger's opinion of why Duncan is the number one post Jordan player

The Spurs' New Gear

"The Spurs are the best team in the league."

About 5-tool ballers & why some college stars don't make it in the NBA

I thought this was a pretty good article, and will start thinking about prospects (free agents and draft choices) along the lines described. Bonus for Rick Barnes fans: The prospects for UT players at the next level.

SI Analysis & Love for the Spurs

I guess we can expect every media outlet to jump on the bandwagon now. Sean Eliot: "You can't get on!!!"

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