Some early questions answered (kinda)
USA TODAY’s Sam Amick tackles three questions regarding the Spurs after an eye-opening first week. Topics discussed include if Pau Gasol is fitting in, if and how Kawhi Leonard can continue to improve, and if LaMarcus Aldridge truly is happy with the Spurs despite the trade rumors. (Hasn’t this been answered already?)
Is Jonathon Simmons the next Boban of free agency?
Bleacher Report takes an early look at the top free agents at each position heading into next summer. A somewhat surprising player (betcha can’t guess who!) makes an appearance among the top SG’s not necessarily for what he has accomplished, but because the Spurs will make believers out of other teams who are seeking more depth.
Dewayne Dedmon is just what the doctor ordered
FANSIDED’s Hoopshabit.com reviews how Dedmon went from an undrafted rookie and NBA journeyman to providing the Spurs with something they haven’t had in years: an athletic big man who can protect the rim and anchor the second unit’s defense, while also playing within the offense.
Remember these guys? Of course you do.
Two familiar and beloved faces are returning to the AT&T Center tonight when the Spurs take on the Utah Jazz: George Hill and Boris Diaw. SAEN’s Jeff McDonald got a chance to have a chat with Diaw after yesterday’s practice, and rest assured that there are no hard feelings about being traded from the life-loving Frenchman.
Also, Desert News takes a look at how the Jazz’s underrated acquisition of Hill has helped provide offense and a steady hand at PG while Gordon Haywood (who has had to play PG by default in the past) is out with injury and other new faces are still trying to mesh.
Interesting Fact of the Day
Did you know that the Spurs have never started a season 5-0, not even during the Tim Duncan era? I guess that’s not too surprising considering this team has traditionally been a little slow out of the gates, but it’s still notable that a team everyone thought would be in transition mode (at least for the first part of the season) has a chance to accomplish something no other in franchise history has.
Have a terrific Tuesday!