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The foie gras and truffle treatment worked very well. He’s back.
Gregg Popovich, explaining Tony Parker’s miraculously quick return. The Suns may have the league’s best training staff, but the Spurs clearly have the best chef.
Today’s Math lesson is brought to you by Rajon Rondo:
22 assists + 12 points + 10 rebounds = Triple Double.
When he’s in Spider-Rondo© mode (see above) its a surprise he was only held to 6 steals. Dude is just getting outta hand on the court these days.
(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Today’s Math lesson is brought to you by Rajon Rondo:

22 assists + 12 points + 10 rebounds = Triple Double.

When he’s in Spider-Rondo© mode (see above) its a surprise he was only held to 6 steals. Dude is just getting outta hand on the court these days.

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

@oakleyandallen:

O&A: Alley & Oop.

feat. Raymond Felton to Wilson Chandler & Tony Parker to Richard Jefferson

Song: Onra “Introduction”

Meet Jason Collins, Eva Longoria’s new favorite basketball player.  (AP photo)
(Sean Keane)

Meet Jason Collins, Eva Longoria’s new favorite basketball player. (AP photo)

(Sean Keane)

"When I say run the play, run the (expletive) play!"
- San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Greg Popovich to Tim Duncan & Tony Parker during their 111-94 win over the Golden State Warriors.
Imagine if they were losing!
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

"When I say run the play, run the (expletive) play!"

- San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Greg Popovich to Tim Duncan & Tony Parker during their 111-94 win over the Golden State Warriors.

Imagine if they were losing!

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

NBA Off-Season Preview: San Antonio Spurs

When last we left the Spurs, they were swept out of the Western Conference Semi-Finals by Steve Nash and his Phoenix Suns. Much of their energy was worn out by a knockdown drag out series against the Dallas Mavericks in the first round. The Suns, and their speed, took full advantage and ran the silver and black attack into the ground. The same Suns team that the Spurs had eviscerated regularly over the last few seasons.

Q: So where does that put them this year? 

A: In the same spot as last year. Almost.

Like recent seasons before, the analysts will continue to highlight their age and health. If this weren’t true, everyone wouldn’t be shouting it from the rooftops. So, essentially, this is nothing new. Tim Duncan is knee deep in his 34th year. Manu Ginobili is a year behind. And Antonio McDyess is bringing his 36 years on to the hardwood. If you’ve learned anything from Indiana Jones, you know “It’s not the years, honey, it’s the mileage." Both Duncan & Ginobili have got tons of miles. They’ve also got a few rings to go with those miles. Oh, and let’s not forget, they also have the Wizard at the helm of the ship.

Now, age & health isn’t something that can really be helped. Duncan can’t turn back the years without fracturing the space time continuum. You could try to tell Obi-Wan Ginobili to take it easy when he drives the lane, but his game would suffer severely and what who would we dress up as for Halloween?

So we go to the tangible problem areas that can actually be worked on. Mainly, outside shooting and defense. How can you forget the Spurs’ explosive defense and textbook gameplay? What was that? You never watched their games, except when you wanted to take a nap? Oh. Well then, just imagine their games got even less interesting with the deterioration of their defense due to, you guessed it, age & health! Will these bros ever get over the loss of Bruce Bowen?

How about that shooting beyond the arc? It’s a good sign when you’re relying on Matt Bonner to handle your culinary tastes and your threes right?

Key Additions: James Anderson & Tiago Splitter

Anderson is the definition of “killing two birds with one stone.” He’s got the youth and he was the Big 12 player of the year, which means, he’s a shooter. 21 years may be a little too young, but he’s got some excellent vets to take notes from.

At 25 years, Splitter is ready to leave Brazil and try on the real deal NBA, as soon as his calf and foot heal. The Spurs have got some pretty high expectations of this guy, but don’t be surprised if his biggest contribution comes, not from his stats, but his ability to compliment Duncan and give him some decent rest throughout the season.

Fun Fact! - Splitter’s birthday is on New Years Day!

Key Losses: Roger Mason & Bruce Bowen

Yes Bowen retired over a year ago, but don’t think that his lockdown defense isn’t still missed. Mason was a part of the supporting cast, that supported the teams outside shooting. His role diminished last season and this season, it’s non-existent. I’m thinking, maybe you don’t want to make your weakness even weaker? I don’t know, maybe its just me?

Predictions/Analysis:

Let’s start with those we’ve not mentioned. George HillDeJuan Blair and Richard Jefferson need to step it up big this year. Jefferson moreso than Blair. After making that trade and going outside the cap space, Jefferson didn’t come close to making the necessary impact that was expected of him. The dude is out of excuses. Blair just needs to get better. McDyess shouldn’t be starting over him and he needs to be competent enough to supplant Duncan down low. Hill has been involved for a few seasons now, so he should be hitting his stride this year. Depending on the health of Parker, he could be in for some major playing time, so he needs to be ready.

Manu “The Nose”, Parker & Duncan are looking good coming out of the offseason. The key for them is to last as long as possible and help to develop their counterparts. The Spurs have addressed their age problems, but they haven’t become answers yet. Anderson & Splitter need experience in the first place, but you knew that, because I just said that earlier.

A Championship isn’t impossible, but it’s highly doubtful. Both the Lakers and the Thunder are looking far and away like more complete teams, whereas the Spurs are plugging leaks on the ship and waiting to see if they hold. That said, anything less than the playoffs would be a surprise.

Fun Stuff:

(@Dangerghost)

    In honor of the Spurs opening victory of the season, allow yourself some time to get your laundry done with Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, & Tony Parker. So fresh & so clean. Mermaid clean.

    International heartthrob models ballers, Tony Parker and Thierry Henry shoot around before the France/USA game.
The real question I want answered is where is Eva?
@Suga_Shane

    International heartthrob models ballers, Tony Parker and Thierry Henry shoot around before the France/USA game.

    The real question I want answered is where is Eva?

    @Suga_Shane

    The 2010 Free Agent Bonanza isn’t quite over yet, but it’s never to early to look ahead to the 2011 madness that might ensue. Check out SI for the full story.
Possible invitees to next year’s summits include:
- Carmelo Anthony- Tim Duncan- le Tony Parker- Joakim Noah- Yao Ming (if he doesn’t retire first)
I don’t know about y’all but I only care about where Zach Randolph ends up.
(photo by  John Biever/SI) 
@Suga_Shane

    The 2010 Free Agent Bonanza isn’t quite over yet, but it’s never to early to look ahead to the 2011 madness that might ensue. Check out SI for the full story.

    Possible invitees to next year’s summits include:

    - Carmelo Anthony
    - Tim Duncan
    - le Tony Parker
    - Joakim Noah
    - Yao Ming (if he doesn’t retire first)

    I don’t know about y’all but I only care about where Zach Randolph ends up.

    (photo by John Biever/SI)

    @Suga_Shane

    Here’s the early artwork for Judd Apatow's next film Dribble Drive, starring Spurs point guard Tony Parker. Depressing life realizations sandwiched inside of mildly humorous stoner situations ensue.

    Here’s the early artwork for Judd Apatow's next film Dribble Drive, starring Spurs point guard Tony Parker. Depressing life realizations sandwiched inside of mildly humorous stoner situations ensue.

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