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Talk to San Antonio Spurs fans about their pet peeves and the one thing that will likely come up most often will be lack of media coverage or media bias towards large market teams.
As evidenced during the broadcast of the NBA Finals, in one game, with the Spurs heading into the half with a decent lead, the broadcast's focus was shifted to how the Miami Heat had a solid start in that particular game. That, along with the lacking sports highlight show coverage really grinds a Spurs fans gears.
So why have the Spurs, a model franchise with consecutive successful seasons running over a decade, not caught on with the media or fans.
Dan Patrick had NBA Commissioner David Stern on his show before Game 7 of the Finals to ask exactly that, saying the Spurs were brilliantly run and without fault in the coaching staff and main core, yet they still didn't click with America.
"I think that the steady and, to me, captivating and brilliance of Tim Duncan has not translated into the sizzle that the media is so attracted to," Stern said.
Patrick, a former SportsCenter host, said part of the blame fell on him and his colleagues, who chose to showcase dunks during highlight shows.
"That's where the glamor goes, but when you watch Tim Duncan bank one off the glass, its beautiful," Stern added.
Don't expect an argument out of me on the beauty of Duncan's bank shots, but start highlighting bank shots over dunks or big blocks and sports fans would be outraged.
While the media plays its part, I don't think blame for appreciating the Spurs or the reason why basketball fans haven't fully embraced the Spurs lies fully on the media. Spurs fans appreciate solid, fundamental basketball executed to perfection. The Duncan bank shot, double screens to get a shooter open for a midrange jumper and Tony Parker's teardrop are what Spurs fans live on.
But outside Planet Spurs, more and more NBA fans are attracted to the game, not because of a well-executed pick-and-roll, but because of the Paul to Griffin lob, the Manimal's uber-athletic displays or LeBron James dunking at will on even the NBA's best defenders.
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San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili announced on Twitter that he and the team reached an agreement on a two-year deal. Ginobili, 35, said he was “thrilled” to be returning to the Spurs for a 12th season. Ginobili
Manu Ginobili will play two more years for the San Antonio Spurs.
Ginobili, who became an unrestricted free agent earlier this week, announced the news in a tweet Wednesday morning: "Thrilled to announce that as I always hoped, I'm gonna stay with the @spurs for two more years."
Terms of the agreement have yet to be announced.
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Manu Ginobili isn't done yet.
The Spurs guard announced on Twitter Wednesday morning he has agreed to a two-year extension with the team.
Thrilled to announce that as I always hoped, I'm gonna stay with the @spurs for two more years. gospursgo. Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 3, 2013
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San Antonio Spurs' free agent Manu Ginobili announced via Twitter he has resigned with the team for 2-years.
Thrilled to announce that as I always hoped, I'm gonna stay with the @spurs for two more years. #gospursgo.
— Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 3, 2013
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The San Antonio Spurs and Tiago Splitter are finalizing a $45 million contract over the next five seasons.
The Portland Trail Blazers had been preparing to sign Splitter to an offer sheet.
Splitter had a PER of 18.7 over 81 games this past season as his minutes increased to 24.7 per game.
Manu Ginobili has agreed to re-sign with the San Antonio Spurs for two seasons.
Ginobili made the announcement on Twitter.
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