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The Weak in San Antonio Spurs Basketball - Thursday Edition



"Weak" because it's only been 3 days since the last one.

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48 Minutes of Hell " Spurs to Sign Theo Ratliff
Graydon gives us his take on the latest Spurs signing.

Spurs sign veteran Theo Ratliff
Theo Ratliff, a 36-year-old center who averaged 3.6 blocks per game in 2003-04, has agreed to terms of a contract with the San Antonio Spurs for the 2009-10 season.

Jeff McDonald - Hairston may have staying power
LAS VEGAS — For a player who appeared in all of 15 NBA games last season, Spurs swingman Malik Hairston certainly saw his name in the newspaper a lot.

Bruce's Bytes - Kids skipping College to go Pro
Everyone's favorite "dirty player" has some thoughts on the choices that young athletes face.

Is Splitter gone next year because we blew our cap space? - SpursTalk Forums
The author wonders what the future holds after the Ratliff signing. Make sure you use protection, though... SpursTalk is not for the faint of heart.

A Return to Spurs-like Defense -
With the additions of Richard Jefferson and Antonio McDyess, as well as several young frontcourt players, the author's hope is that we will see a return to Spurs-like defense

State of the San Antonio Spurs - Basketball News & NBA Rumors - HOOPSWORLD [Originally linked by TLO]
After a disappointing 2008-09 season, the San Antonio Spurs made a splash this offseason and appear poised foranother title run.

Bonus DeJuan Blair sightings(Thanks to David Brody, email tipster)

Around SB Nation

Building A Winner - Welcome to Loud City
The Thunder have all of the pieces in place to build a foundation for sustained success in the near future. It helps to have a star like Kevin Durant and unbelievable fan support.

NBA Summer League Roundup, Featuring the All Unnoticed Team - Ridiculous Upside
Scott presents his team of players that impressed him and either looked bad in the box scores or didn't impress Jon L enough to put in his two-day recap from the 2009 NBA Summer League.

How Marquis Fits - CelticsBlog
Commentary on Marquis Daniels' move to Boston

Nate McMillan Returns To Team USA Coaching Staff - Blazersedge
Nate McMillan surprises no one by returning to Team USA

Why We're Not Freaking Out About Lamar Odom - Silver Screen and Roll
The media is overreacting to every tiny rumor in the Lamar Odom free agency story. But the truth is, this is just negotiations as usual. There is no real story here.

Liberty Links: Veteran point guards - Liberty Ballers
A look at the veteran point guard options for the Sixers. I met jsams(however briefly) in Vegas, and now am ripping this off, since the Spurs may be after a vet PG. OK, maybe just linking it.

Andre Miller Stops By, Leaves Empty-Handed - Posting and Toasting
Andre Miller meets with the Knicks, but leaves with no offer and no personalized jersey. Lame.

More Hoops Related Stuff

Stephon Marbury is the most interesting man in the world - Ball Don't Lie
Skeets' take on the Starbury situation in Boston

Best and worst of the Las Vegas Summer League - Ball Don't Lie
More from Skeets, this time on Summer League

Witnesses at last: Video of LeBron James getting dunked on - Ball Don't Lie
Witnesses at last: Video of LeBron James getting dunked on. This really isn't very bad... why LeNike had the other tape destroyed is beyond me.

Hardwood Paroxysm " No Respect For My Cognitive Reverie
Greg Oden has a Beautiful Mind?

Odom and the Lakers: On Again - TrueHoop By Henry Abbott - ESPN
A week after the Lakers pulled a pair of contract offers to Lamar Odom off the table, the sides resumed talks Wednesday.

Yao Ming! | The Onion [Thanks Hipuks!]
EARTH—The entire world population confirmed Friday that Houston Rockets center Yao Ming is the greatest athlete in the history of sports and a glowing symbol of what citizens may become if they remain loyal to their government.

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