Follow the team all season long with the 20-Second Timeout blog by Bill Schoening, The Radio Voice of the Spurs for the past 10 years. Bill has over 30 years of play-by-play experience including broadcasting Major League Baseball, the NFL and the NBA.
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Hill's Hard Work Pays Off
by Bill Schoening | October 29, 2010
As serious as he is about becoming a great NBA player, it's easy to tell when third year Spurs combo guard George Hill is in a good mood. Such was the case in the moments immediately following the opening night win over the Indiana Pacers.
After struggling from the field at just 23% during the preseason, Indy G. spent extra time in the gym, including one well publicized late night/early morning session after a preseason loss to the Houston Rockets.
In the second half of the season opener against his hometown team, Hill decided to "just play basketball". The result was 15 second half points that turned out to be significant in the Spurs 122-109 win.
Hill looked like the NBA's second most improved player from last season, aggressively defending Darren Collison and TJ Ford and being assertive at the offensive end, as evidenced by his nine free throw attempts.
On his way to a postgame television interview with Pacers' TV, Hill playfully punched me on the shoulder as he walked by, and moments later gave Manu Ginobili a neck and shoulder rub as Manu tried to do a postgame radio interview with yours truly. It was good to see George smiling and upbeat. I guess hitting 50% from the field and helping beat the team you grew up watching will do that for you.
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Tony Parker Ready
by Bill Schoening | October 25, 2010
Tony Parker is excited about this upcoming season. After an injury plagued 2009-10 campaign, Parker decided to skip playing for the French national team at the World Championships, opting instead to work out on his own schedule. It appears the move has already paid dividends.
The recent preseason concluded with Parker leading the team in scoring with more than 13 points per game in just 23 minutes per game. He appears to have regained the explosiveness that made him one of the quickest guards in the NBA. His confidence level is evident with his aggressive drives to the basket.
Parker hasn't lost his playful side, though. During a recent preseason shootaround on the road, Parker looked over my shoulder at my pregame notes and lineups and said, "You will have to correct my weight..I am no longer 180 pounds...I've been working out. I am now 184 pounds.
Duly noted, Tony. 184 it is.
Mexico Trip Not All Business
by Bill Schoening | October 12, 2010
As the NBA season begins to pick up some steam, it's nice to know that the Spurs have things in proper perspective.
Head Coach Gregg Popovich was joined by Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Matt Bonner and George Hill (along with Spurs legend George Gervin) in an hour long clinic Monday afternoon in Mexico City.
As part of the NBA Cares program, 100 Special Olympians got a chance to shoot layups and practice their ball-handling and passing skills. The chance to spend time on the court with NBA players and coaches was something many of these youngsters will likely never forget.
The Spurs and the NBA deserve a pat on the back for showing that giving truly is better than receiving.