Lovely Laura; Spurs Reserves
March 17, 2006 | 5:15pm | Jeff Brody
Topping off today's daily post is a brand new in-depth interview with one of the most popular Silver Dancers, Laura. Now in her seventh season with the Spurs, Laura goes one-on-one with spurs.com on how she became a Silver Dancer, her family, and even shares a behind-the-scenes look at a day in her life.
After reading her story, you might even want to see Laura in person. All you have to do is reserve your seat for the 2006-07 season with a $99 deposit, and you'll get priority on a 2006 Spurs Playoff Package. Check it out.
Spurs Fan is “Money” From Three-Point Line
March 15, 2006 | 4:15pm | Greg Ruder
Last night during the Spurs/Hornets game, Spurs fan Michael Marquez, Jr., had the opportunity to participate in one of the Spurs’ game night promotions, the Valero/Nestle Sweet Spot Shot contest.
The promotion runs 12 times per season. Three large replica Nestle Quick bottles are brought out onto the floor, each with a different shot location inside. The contestant has to pick one of the bottles to reveal where he will be shooting from. The choices are a free throw, a shot from the top of the key, and an NBA three-pointer.
The first contestant has the opportunity to shoot for $1,000. If he misses, then the next time the promotion takes place, the contestant shoots for $2,000. The amount increases by $1,000 every time until one of the contestants during the season makes the shot, and the prize money goes back down to $1,000.
Last night, the prize pool was up to $10,000! Michael received a phone call about two weeks ago notifying him he would be taking the shot.
“I’ve got a court in front of the house,” he said. “Ever since I found out, I’ve just been going out there and shooting every night to get the feel of the ball and the distance.”
Well, it worked! Michael approached the Nestle bottles at center court and picked the shot that was in the middle of the three bottles. When he pulled it out, it revealed that he would be taking a three-pointer for $10,000.
And Michael proved he was up to the task. They gave him the ball…he paused and took a couple of deep breaths…and then stepped up and took the shot. A couple seconds later, there was a thunderous roar inside the AT&T Center as the ball banked off the glass and dropped through the net!
I went up and chatted with Michael after he had returned to his seat during the second period.
“I just feel excited right now,” Michael said with a smile. “An opportunity like this doesn’t come around that often, and I’m just so excited that I made the shot!
“I’ve been a Spurs fan since I was like six-years-old,” he said. “Just being able to come to the game is awesome for me! But then to have that kind of opportunity and to make the shot, I just feel blessed.”
I did tell Michael that it’s basketball etiquette to call your shot off the glass if that’s what you’re going to do, and he just laughed.
“That’s actually what I was trying to do,” he admitted. “When I was practicing in front of the house, I found it was easier to make them off the glass. Every time I hit the rim first, it seemed to rattle out, so I just started shooting for glass.”
Congratulations, Michael! The practice paid off!
Simon Says Nothing
March 14, 2006 | 7:15am | Daniel
Can you hit the high note on "Land of the Free"? Or maybe juggle with your feet? How about tear phonebooks in half?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, the Spurs would like to see you strut your stuff on March 22nd at the Open Talent Day Auditions!
Be there bright and early because auditions begin at 7 AM. I can promise you that a guy with a British accent will not be there to make fun of you. So gather your courage, your props and your talents and head on over to the AT&T Center. We'll see you there... I'll be the guy playing "America The Beautiful" on a xylaphone.
The Fourths of #4
March 13, 2006 | 11:25am | Daniel
Michael Finley saw an opening along the baseline. The Rockets had surged and now they trailed by just two points with less than three minutes left.
In a split-second decision he bolted toward the basket. His feet left the floor and the fans left their seats as he elevated and slammed it down over Yao Ming.
While people in the building were experiencing the "Did You See That?" moment after the big play, they may have missed his second steal of the game. Finley is turning heads with strong performances when they're needed most.
Let's take a closer look at his crunch time performances...
- Against the Rockets Finley scored 8 points in the fourth quarter, grabbed his two steals, and hit 2 of 4 from beyond the arc.
- In the loss to the Lakers on Friday, Finley scored 8 points in the fourth while grabbing three boards and shooting 2 of 3 on three pointers.
- Opening the week against the Lakers, Finley was huge in the fourth quarter scoring 14 of his 21 points in the final frame.
Yes, he does have his off nights. On Thursday night in Phoenix, he went 0-5 in the game when the rest of the team shot over 58% and had an 18 point lead headed into the fourth quarter.
Lately Finley has been lovin' the pressure and that's nothing but good news for a Spurs squad gearing up for tough stretch run to the postseason.
Get Involved in Spurs vs Suns
March 9, 2006 | 9:30am | Daniel
Get Involved in Spurs vs Suns
Don't wait to see the Spurs take on the Suns, get involved right now! You can take part in NBA.com's Dance Team Bracket and vote today's matchup between the Spurs Silver Dancers and the Suns Dancers. Voting for this first round matchup is open today only so be sure to get your vote counted.
If you want to be an informed voter and thoroughly research the issue before you cast your ballot, here are some Silver Dancer links to help you out...
The Caption Crew
March 8, 2006 | 11:25am | Daniel
Take a look at the latest Spurs photo to leave us speechless. It's time for everyone to put their thinking caps on and come up with yet another great caption to this picture...
While you're brainstorming the funniest caption, take a second to visit the team rankings to see just how big Thursday's matchup against the Suns will be.
- The Spurs rank third in win margin (6.95). Phoenix is second. (7.28)
- The Spurs rank third in shooting percentage (47.2%). Phoenix is second (47.7%).
- The Spurs rank first in points allowed (88.1). Phoenix is first in points scored (108.1).
The last time the Spurs won in Phoenix was January 21, 2005 when Manu Ginobili scored 48 points, Tim scored 30, and the Spurs won a dramatic game in overtime. Will we see a repeat performance? I don't know, but I do know that back then the Spurs went into Phoenix after facing a tough game against the Clipppers. Spooky? Nah, just scheduling.
Bruce Bowen Selected For Team USA Program
USA Basketball revealed today 23 players, including 18 who have played previously for USA Basketball teams, who have been named to the historic 2006-2008 USA Men's Senior National Team program. The selections were announced by USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team program Managing Director Jerry Colangelo.
Named to the 2006-08 USA Senior National Team were: Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets); Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards); Shane Battier (Memphis Grizzlies); Chauncey Billups (Detroit Pistons); Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors); BRUCE BOWEN (San Antonio Spurs); Elton Brand (Los Angeles Clippers); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic); LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers); Antawn Jamison (Washington Wizards); Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks); Shawn Marion (Phoenix Suns); Brad Miller (Sacramento Kings); Adam Morrison (Gonzaga University); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Chris Paul (New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets); Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics); J.J. Redick (Duke University); Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks); Luke Ridnour (Seattle Supersonics); Amaré Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns); and Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat).
The 23 selectees are expect to report when the USA opens training in mid-July. The exact training dates and sites will be announced at a later date.
500 Big Ones
Coach Pop got his 500th win last night when the Spurs downed the Mavericks 98-89 at the AT&T Center in front 18,797 fans and a national TV audience. Have a look at what some of the players that helped him get there had to say on Pop's achievement....
It's a great honor for him. It's not easy to get 500 wins in the league and he's been fortunate enough to be with a great organization. And it takes some of the things he's done on his side, as far as the business aspect, as far as bringing guys in that help flourish this organization or help this organization. to flourish, and he's done a great job of it.
I'm very happy for him. I'm sure he is going to celebrate with a nice bottle of wine tonight. He deserves it. He's an unbelievable coach.
As Pop is Pop he said "It had nothing to do with me, it's all about the players..." so he didn't acknowledge it at all, but it was a great accomplishment. I know he'll be here for many, many more (wins).
If one gets to that number of wins, anybody with half a brain knows why. That's because you've been blessed with a group of players that go out and win a lot of games. Players that aren't very good or teams that aren't very good don't help their coach get 500 wins, right? So that's what it's all about. So it doesn't really have too much to do with me. I'm going to keep the ball they gave me, but other than that, that's about it.
The Spurs On Ice
This Friday night check out the San Antonio Rampage game in the AT&T Center for another in a series of Spurs Nights.
Besides appearances by the Silver Dancers and Coyote, the Rampage will be honoring Sean Elliott and the first 1,000 fans through the door get a special Elliott figurine. I've seen them, and I want one.
It always amazes me to see how two very different sports can share the building...not to mention concents and other events! Imagine all the work that goes into changing a hockey rink into a basketball court overnight. You can check out this cool article about the conversion crew and how they do the work that you never see.