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Heading into the 2012 Olympics, the French National team was considered one of the better teams in the field. With players like Tony Parker, Nicolas Batum, Ronny Turiaf, Nando De Colo, and more on the roster, France was seen as a challenge to the top-tier teams.
However, France was beset with an injury to Joakim Noah, and Rodrigue Beaubois and Ian Mahinmi not suiting up, France's chances to medal were lessened and in the end, the team finished sixth in the tournament after losing to Spain, 66-59.
But the loss is still weighing on San Antonio Spurs' Boris Diaw who says (via French site L'equipe) the loss still hurts.
"In previous years, we had lost because they (the Spaniards) were better. Here we lost because we did not have luck on the end (...) At the Euro final, there was no killer instinct. Here we had [that killer instinct]," he said.
Team France and Diaw should be looking forward to the Rio Games in 2016. France should have a complete team with Noah, Diaw, Parker, and the rest of the squad coming back for another run at a medal. However, France should be wary that in Rio, it might be the last shot that team is together. Parker has mentioned the 2016 Games might be his last time playing at the Olympics, and Diaw, Noah, Turiaf, and other will be 4-years older. Add the fact Argentina won't be as strong as in years past, Diaw and Team France will definitely have a good shot at capturing a medal in Rio.
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CALL HIM THE PAINTER
Let's review: San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili has won three NBA titles, Olympic medals, is considered one of the best guards in the league, and is a lock for the Basketball Hall of Fame. So what more can he do to impress?
How about painter?
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The San Antonio Spurs must have a lot of faith in Marcus Denmon since they drafted him onto a team that’s already saturated with guards. Denmon certainly is talented, but he’s not ready for the big leagues just yet. The Spurs sent him off to France to play for Elan Chalon. They’ll be keeping a close eye on the guard from Missouri as he grows and matures overseas.
Any reporter that’s been in a press conference with San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich is always a little scared that their question is going to get thrown back in their face and they’ll be the laughingstock of the day (even if it’s a legitimate question). So sometimes it’s best to just ask Pop questions through email.
Pop took some time to answer some mail from...
Gregg Popovich is arguably the best coach in the NBA, along with being a personal favorite of mine, and his coaching ability with the San Antonio Spurs is simply amazing. Although, Tim Duncan is at an advanced aged, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are aging as well, but the Spurs are a playoff fixture. [...]
The doldrums of the NBA offseason is in full swing and many San Antonio Spurs fans are chomping at the bit to see their favorite team back on the court and chasing title number five.
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Spurs fans have been weighing in on De Colo...
The San Antonio Spurs need size. Aside from Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter, the team doesn't have much to contend with the likes of big teams like the Lakers, Grizzlies and Thunder.
So far during the offseason, the Spurs seemed to have stocked up on guards but not much as far as help in the frontcourt - much to the chagrin of Spurs fans.
However, once the offseason...
It appears San Antonio Spurs guard Cory Joseph got some extra court time in recently after impressing at the 2012 Summer League earlier this summer.
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In this episode of the Spurscast, which pretty much marks six weeks since we last published a show, we reward you for your patience with a 91-minute show that strayed beyond the normal San Antonio Spurs news.
Among the things we talked about:
• My knowledge (or lack of) Star Wars.
• James Anderson invited to Hawks vet camp
• The Spurs latest invites to their...
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Unfortunately for Spurs fans and a majority of the Project Spurs staff, that player is not Tyrus Thomas.
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The Spurs will bring in Brian Butch and Warren Carter next week for a workout.
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Aside from Joseph, other NBA players...