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Former San Antonio Spurs power forward Malik Rose was one of the most respected players on the team with his hustle and energy on both ends of the floor.
Now a Philadelphia 76ers' commentator for their games, Rose still keeps tabs on his former team and teammates who are on their final run for the franchise's fifth championship.
On what's the most important issue for the team's title dreams, Rose told Hard 2 Guard Radio:
They’re always going to have that nucleus with Tim, Tony and Manu- those guys know the system and they know each other…they do a good job of surrounding those guys with good role players. Guys, who do one or two things but do them well; like Gary Neal or Matt Bonner. The real key with San Antonio is how healthy are they going to be come April, May and June. That’s kind of been their Achilles heel for the last couple of seasons. As their health goes, they will go.
That's a statement that Spurs fans will whole heartedly agree with. Unlike last year, this Spurs team had a whole training camp and preseason to learn each other's games on the court and how to put each other in situations to succeed. Boris Diaw, Stephen Jackson, and Patrick Mills were players who came in late in the season and were still looking to get comfortable with their teammates and that's what ultimately cost them the series against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The Spurs appear healthy right now and they are playing like a championship caliber team.
Currently at 27-9 before their matchup against the New Orleans Hornets, they've blown out teams with ease with the exception of a few like the recent game against the Houston Rockets.
San Antonio has played extremely well despite their lopsided schedule filled with back to backs early in the season and they haven't been strangers to two set of back to backs (four games in five days) either. If the Spurs can keep playing at a high level at the end of the season with an easier schedule (especially in March where they play 14 games and only two of them are away), Spurs fans will have more reason to believe in Malik Rose's statement that where their health goes, they go.
BEST OF MAXIM
When we see San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili throw fancy passes, we scream out his name or just look in amazement.
If you're on the receiving end of one, it's a different story.
With Ginobili, you don't know if or when the pass is coming. The new players who come to the Spurs usually need some time to get used to it while others who have played...
There's some good news for San Antonio Spurs 2012 NBA draftee guard Marcus Denmon and his road to recovery from foot surgery.
As you may recall, Denmon broke his right foot in the opening game for French team Chalon-Elan. He underwent surgery to repair his broken right foot where a metal rod was placed in his foot to strengthen it and to avoid further injury.
CAN'T FIGHT CITY HALL
NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg now claims that Spurs player Stephen Jackson did not fall on the waitress but that "He came close and I just pushed him a little bit."
As we reported here last Thursday, Spurs forward Stephen Jackson twisted his ankle and had to leave a game against the Knicks after tripping over NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s waitress.
Today the Mayor is singing a different tune, one you might be surprised to hear. According to Mayor Bloomberg Jackson didn’t trip over the waitress,
Bloomberg told the New York Post that Jackson...
On this brand new episode of the Project Spurs-News 4 WOAI Spurs Roundtable, Paul Garcia and I discuss whether the San Antonio Spurs' record (27-9) is fool's gold. They are beating the teams they should but don't have a great record versus some of the best teams in the NBA.
We also discuss whether Tim Duncan should be in the mix when it comes to the NBA MVP or the...
Calling Thursday’s sideline incident at Madison Square Garden that led to forward Stephen Jackson’s right ankle sprain “a Mayoral mishap,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called on the NBA to police activity along the league’s sidelines and baselines.
“It’s maddening,” Popovich said of the incident in which Jackson lost his balance after running into a waitress during...
For most of the year, San Antonio Spurs fans can say they've seen many sightings of the old Tim Duncan. Last night, it was Manu Ginobili showing flashes for one game at least.. GInobili had an awesome between the legs pass in the 3rd quarter, but before that in the 1st quarter of the game he set the tone for the Spurs with an exciting dunk that we haven't seen from him in years.
Gregg Popovich doesn’t like many things. He doesn’t like using the word “Happy” during basketball games. He doesn’t like that there is a 3-point line. And he doesn’t like the fact that food and drinks can be ordered court-side during games. Especially since Stephen Jackson was injured after running into a waitress taking an order for food and drinks court-side in New...
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tony Parker had 20 points and Manu Ginobili added 19 and the San Antonio Spurs routed the Philadelphia 76ers 109-86 on Saturday.
Tim Duncan added 16 points, Danny Green had 13 and Gary Neal had 12 for San Antonio, which has won 10 straight at home. Tiago Splitter had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Spencer Hawes had a game-high 22 points for Philadelphia, which has...
Tony Parker had 20 points, Manu Ginobili scored 19 and the San Antonio Spurs routed the Philadelphia 76ers 109-86 on Saturday night.
Tim Duncan added 16 points, Danny Green had 13 and Gary Neal finished with 12 for San Antonio, which has won 10 straight at home. Tiago Splitter had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Spencer Hawes scored 22 points for Philadelphia, which has lost three straight...
The San Antonio Spurs (27-9) hit the road again with a visit to Louisiana to face the New Orleans Hornets (8-25) and will also welcome back forward Stephen Jackson who has been out with an ankle injury suffered in New York. This will be the third meeting for the Spurs and Hornets this season with the Spurs winning the first two.
In the second meeting, the Spurs handed the Hornets...
There isn't much San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili hasn't done to "wow" fans in the stands. From clutch shots, ridiculous dunks to bullet passes, Manu has done much to dazzle on the court during his time in the NBA.
Well let's just add another brilliant moment from Manu from last night's Spurs' win over the 76ers.
During the third quarter...
With 19 wins separating the San Antonio Spurs (27-9) and the New Orleans Hornets (8-25), it should be an easy win from a fan's standpoint.
From a player's standpoint, Tim Duncan knows better and his San Antonio Spurs aren't going to think underestimate the Hornets.
Their coach, Monty Williams, comes from the Spurs' organization and was influenced by Duncan...
The San Antonio Spurs appeared to solve their recent road struggles with back-to-back wins away from home, but a lopsided loss to finish their most recent trip could be cause for concern.
San Antonio, though, should be primed to bounce back Monday night when it visits the New Orleans Hornets, who have lost seven straight home games.
While they've won 10 straight at home, the...
Celtics (30-9) vs. Spurs (20-21)
January 5, 1980
The HemisFair Arena
The Celtics fell to 0-2 in the HemisFair Arena with a loss to the San Antonio Spurs, falling 119-111. In front of the largest Spurs home crowd in the team’s history, the C’s squandered an 11-point fourth quarter lead, finishing 3-3 on their six game road trip. The Spurs scored 18 consecutive fourth quarter...