20 Second Timeout: Bill Schoening Blog

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No Tigers, Just Wins
by Bill Schoening | Feb. 27, 2013

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An old friend called the other day to ask me how the annual Rodeo Road Trip went. When I told him it was pretty uneventful, he seemed surprised.

"Wait a minute, you are traveling around the country with high profile professional athletes and nothing wild happened?" he asked.

I had to laugh at that point, because I have been fortunate enough to be on every rodeo trip and for the Spurs it is strictly business. Sure, guys go out and have dinner and have some "bonding" time, but there are false perceptions out there that every night on the road in the NBA is like the movie "Hangover."

All one has to do is look at the Spurs incredible record on the trip to know that is not the case. In eleven seasons since the AT&T Center has been open and the Spurs have hit the road for basically the entire month of February, the Spurs have never had a losing record on the trip. They are a combined 65-26 over the 11 seasons.

That shows focus, maturity,and attention to detail. For the Spurs, it's all about getting better and using the trip as a springboard for the stretch run.

By the way, as far as I know, nobody woke up with Mike Tyson's tiger in their room.

Multi-talented Mills
by Bill Schoening | Feb. 20, 2013

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You can travel all around the NBA, the West Coast Conference of the NCAA, and throughout the Land Down Under and still not hear a negative word about Patty Mills.

The Spurs guard has the type of personality and outlook on life that endears him to people. One of my favorite moments on the rodeo road trip occurred shortly after the Spurs charter landed in San Antonio, after the nail biting win over Cleveland to close out the first leg of the trip.

I'll let Patty pick it up from there. "I brought my guitar since it was such a long trip, and for some reason, I got it in my head to play it over the PA system in the plane. I had been working on the Sam Cooke song "Cupid" earlier, and since it was Valentine's Day, I decided to serenade the plane."

While Mills won't win a Grammy Award for his rendition (he forgot the lyrics and made up his own words in the 2nd verse) his song brought smiles and even laughter to many of us tired from the three hour flight.

You can see now why you have to go far and wide to find somebody that doesn't like Patty Mills. Cheers mate!

Random Road Ramblings
by Bill Schoening | Feb. 12, 2013

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Here are thoughts and observations from the halfway point of the Rodeo Road Trip.

Tony Parker is having his best all around season and has developed a keen awareness of when to score and when to facilitate. National media types who say he doesn't belong on the All-Star team simply aren't paying attention.

Kawhi Leonard is only starting to tap into his deep reservoir of talent. I have seen every game this 21 year old forward has played in the NBA and his confidence is growing each night. Hard work, good attitude and immense talent is a nice trifecta.

I am elated for Matt Bonner. He is excited about the opportunity to participate in the Three Point Shootout at All-Star Weekend. It's long overdue and the media folks in Houston will be entertained by the Red Rocket's self deprecating humor.

Chip Engelland and Chad Forcier deserve a big pat on the back for the way they work with and handle the young players on the Spurs roster. Just look at the improvement in guys like Leonard, Danny Green, Nando DeColo and Tiago Splitter.

There's nothing quite like a Saturday night on the town in Manhattan. Thank you NBA schedule makers for giving us a night off in the city that never sleeps!

Adios, Auf Wiedersehen
by Bill Schoening | Feb. 5, 2013

  • Download "Adios, Auf Wiedersehen"
  • A couple of seasons ago, I used 20 second timeout to list my favorite road songs since we were about to embark on the 2011 Rodeo Road trip. During that trip, I figured I'd write my own road song (we do have some down time between games) so I brought my guitar and wrote "8900 Miles."

    I sent the song to my good friend Stephen Doster, a huge Spurs fan and top notch music producer. He encouraged me to come into his studio and record it. Another friend, Rod Henegar, came to the session with his video camera and produced the video.

    I caught some ribbing from some traveling media members (mainly Carter Snowden from Spurs TV) but during the rest of the season, Carter would be singing the song out loud on the media bus. He then encouraged me to write another song for this season's rodeo trip.

    All i needed was a little nudge.

    So here is "Adios Auf Wiedersehen". Once again, Rod Henegar from 44 Productions put together the video and Stephen Doster from EAR Studios produced the song (and provided the tasty guitar licks).

    This tune was written with the Spurs' international roster in mind. There are so many ways to say goodbye! Special thanks to drummer Doug Robb, bassist James Stevens, and keyboard wiz Nic Whitworth for their contributions. On the day of the session, guitarist Mike Vasquez was ill and couldn't make it, but was certainly there in spirit. I am blessed to have such talented friends.

    I hope you like the song. So until later this month when the Spurs return home...Adios, Auf Wiedersehen!