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Spurs Media Day Round-Up

Everything you need to know from San Antonio’s media day.

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Spurs Media Day came and went earlier today, which means NBA training camps officially open in less than 24 hours. It also means this new-look San Antonio squad is merely weeks away from kicking off another highly anticipated season of Silver and Black basketball.

PATFO showed off some familiar and fresh faces, giving local media a chance to speak with players and coaches in person for the first time in more than a year. So, without further ado, here’s a brief round-up of the happenings inside the AT&T Center on Monday.

Gregg Popovich

Pop got straight to the point, letting everyone know the Spurs are fully vaccinated and ready to play.

The oldest coach in the league joked about his age as he discussed getting his COVID-19 booster shot.

He had some fun playing reporter, crashing a press conference, and getting a good laugh out of those in attendance.

And he kept the jokes coming, telling reporters Manu Ginobili joined San Antonio’s front office because “his wife needed him gone.”

The legendary play-caller got a little more serious as he talked about San Antonio’s roster construction and playstyle.

Gregg Popovich took time to address bringing back Bryn Forbes a year after he departed the organization and won a title with the Bucks.

He also candidly answered questions about how the team will handle crunch time now that DeMar DeRozan is no longer a Spur.

Keldon Johnson

Keldon was up next, talking about his Olympic experience and how he got back in the gym the second he returned to the 2-1-0.

The third-year forward spoke on Rudy Gay, Patty Mills, and DeMar DeRozan and how they’ll overcome the loss of key veterans.

Johnson discussed the importance of the team being 100% vaccinated and how the Spurs are raring to get back on the court.

But he was also his usual goofy self, using his “Big Body” to video-bomb Derrick White in the middle of his media availability.

Doug McDermott

Free-agent addition Doug McDermott spent a few moments chatting with reporters about his new role as a veteran on a young team.

And he showed his new head coach Gregg Popovich love, expressing his jubilation at joining the future Hall of Famer.

Derrick White

Before he was interrupted, Derrick White echoed the sentiment of general excitement while sharing what it’s like to be a leader.

The elder statesmen of San Antonio’s young core dispelled concerns about who might run point guard for the Spurs this season.

White closed his presser with some good news, giving everyone an update on his health following an injury-plagued campaign.

Lonnie Walker IV

Lonnie Walker IV lit up when discussing his teammates but said he knows they have plenty to prove.

The springy swingman was quick to acknowledge how different this team might look after massive roster turnover.

And the incredibly articulate 21-year-old implored everyone to stay away from social media and stick to medical professionals when seeking out facts on vaccines.

Dejounte Murray

Murray took a more level-headed approach to talking about the young guys playing at a faster pace, with this unintentionally hilarious quote.

San Antonio’s longest-tenured player rounded things out discussing taking over the mantle as a leader and face of the franchise.

Fun Time

Manu Ginobili, Brian Wright, and the rest of the roster, staff, and front office never took the podium, but that shouldn’t keep you from enjoying all the content the Spurs released today.