LaMarcus Aldridge selected to NBA All-Star game

The NBA today announced that San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has been selected by the Western Conference head coaches as a reserve in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game.

Aldridge is set to make his seventh-career NBA All-Star appearance and his third as a member of the Silver and Black. He is one of only five players in the NBA to be selected to seven of the last eight NBA All-Star Games, along with Kevin Durant, James Harden, LeBron James and Russell Westbrook.

In 52 games this season, Aldridge leads San Antonio with averages of 8.8 rebounds and 1.23 blocks while also posting 21.1 points and 2.6 assists while shooting a career-best .516 (433-839) from the floor and .847 (227-268) from the free throw line in 32.6 minutes. He is one of two players in the NBA averaging at least 21.0 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting over 50 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the free throw line, along with Anthony Davis.

The University of Texas product has scored 20-plus points in 30 games this season, including a career-best 56 points vs. Oklahoma City on Jan. 10, and has notched 16 double-doubles. Aldridge is the only player in the NBA to record at least 17,000 points, 7,000 rebounds and 900 blocks since he was drafted in 2006

The 2019 All-Star Game marks the 21st consecutive season the Spurs have a player selected as an All-Star, the longest streak of any team since the ABA/NBA merger in 1976. The Silver and Black have been represented by at least one player in 40 of the 42 All-Star Games since San Antonio joined the NBA in 1976 – the most of any team in that span.

Joining Aldridge as Western Conference reserves are: Anthony Davis (New Orleans), Nikola Jokic (Denver), Damian Lillard (Portland), Klay Thompson (Golden State), Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City).

The 68th NBA All-Star Game will be held at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. CST. TNT will televise the NBA All-Star Game for a 17th-consecutive year.

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Lonnie Walker IV assigned to G League

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have assigned Lonnie Walker IV to the Austin Spurs of the NBA G League.

Austin is scheduled to hold practice in San Antonio today through Wednesday, Nov. 28 at the Spurs practice facility. Walker IV continues his rehabilitation from a right medial meniscus tear.

Walker, who was the 18th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, was injured in a preseason game against the Pistons back in October.

 

Spurs to retire Manu Ginobili’s Jersey

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they will retire Manu Ginobili’s No. 20 jersey on Thursday, March 28 when the Silver and Black host the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:30 p.m. CDT. A special postgame ceremony honoring Ginobili will take place on the AT&T Center floor and will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Southwest and streamed live on FOX Sports GO.

Ginobili will become the ninth player in Spurs franchise history to have his number raised to the rafters, joining Bruce Bowen (12), Tim Duncan (21), Sean Elliott (32), George Gervin (44), Avery Johnson (6), Johnny Moore (00), David Robinson (50) and James Silas (13).

In 16 seasons with the Spurs, Ginobili captured four NBA championships while posting a career winning percentage of .721 (762-295), which is the best winning percentage in NBA history among players who have appeared in at least 1,000 games.

Selected by San Antonio with the 57th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft, Ginobili appeared in 1,057 career games, averaging 13.3 points, 3.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.32 steals in 25.4 minutes. He is the Spurs all-time leader in three-pointers made (1,495) and steals (1,392), while ranking third in games played (1,057), fourth in assists (4,001), fourth in free throws made (3,380) and fifth in points (14,043). Ginobili was named to the All-NBA Third Team in both 2008 and 2011 and was a two-time All-Star (2005 and 2011). The 2008 NBA Sixth Man of the Year is the first sixth man, as well as the first South American, to earn All-NBA honors.

Ginobili and LeBron James are the only two players in NBA postseason history with at least 3,000 points and 300 three-pointers in the playoffs. Ginobili appeared in 218 career playoff games, averaging 14.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.34 steals in 27.9 minutes. One of 10 players ever to appear in over 200 playoff games, he came off the bench 165 times and is the all-time leader in NBA postseason history as a reserve in points (2,014), assists (576), rebounds (635), steals (205), field goals made (630), three-pointers made (226) and free throws made (528). Ginobili and Tony Parker combined to record 132 playoff wins together, which are the most victories by any teammates in postseason history.

After signing with the Spurs in the summer of 2002, Ginobili became one of just seven players in NBA history to spend his entire career with one team while playing at least 16 seasons, along with Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, John Havlicek, Reggie Miller, Dirk Nowitzki and John Stockton. He is the first South American and just the second player drafted in the second round or later to appear in at least 1,000 games with one team.

Ginobili is one of only two players in history, along with Bill Bradley, to win a EuroLeague title, an NBA championship and an Olympic gold medal

Spurs’ Dejounte Murray tears right ACL

According to the San Antonio Spurs, third-year guard Dejounte Murray underwent an MRI examination this morning in San Antonio that revealed he has a torn right anterior cruciate ligament.

The injury occurred at the 2:47 mark of the second quarter of yesterday’s Spurs-Rockets preseason game. A timeline for his return will be determined at a later date, but Murray is likely out for the year.

It has been a tough week for the Spurs. On Saturday, San Antonio announced that rookie G Lonnie Walker tore his right medial meniscus. According to ESPN, Walker is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.

Murray, 22, was expected to play a big role with the Spurs this season; he averaged 8.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game last season with San Antonio.

Spurs’ Lonnie Walker tears right medial meniscus

According to the San Antonio Spurs, rookie guard Lonnie Walker IV underwent an MRI examination this morning in San Antonio that revealed a right medial meniscus tear.

The injury occurred at the 6:55 mark of the fourth quarter of last night’s Spurs-Pistons preseason game. Walker IV will undergo surgery in San Antonio on Monday, Oct. 8. The procedure will be performed by Spurs team physician Dr. David Schmidt.

A timeline for his return will be determined at a later date.

Walker was drafted 18th by the Spurs in the 2018 NBA Draft.

Spurs exercise team option on Murray, Poeltl, White

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have exercised their fourth-year team option on guard Dejounte Murray and center Jakob Poeltl for the 2019-20 season. In addition, the Spurs have exercised their third-year option on guard Derrick White for the 2019-20 season.

Murray is entering his third season with the Spurs after being selected by San Antonio in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft (29th overall). Last year, Murray was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team, becoming the youngest player in NBA history to be named to an All-Defensive Team. He ended the season with 459 rebounds, setting the record for most total rebounds in a single season by a point guard in Spurs history passing the previous mark of 378 by Johnny Moore in 1984-85. The former Washington Husky has appeared in 119 career NBA games, averaging 6.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 17.4 minutes.

Poeltl is in his first season with the Silver and Black after being acquired from the Toronto Raptors on July 18. Last season, Poeltl averaged 6.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.22 blocks in 18.6 minutes. Selected by the Raptors with the ninth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the 7-0, 230-pound center has appeared in 136 games in his two-year NBA career, averaging 5.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in 15.8 minutes. Poeltl holds a career field goal percentage of .641 (320-499), which ranks fifth in the NBA among all players with at least 300 field goals made in the last two seasons.

White appeared in 17 games during his rookie season with the Spurs, averaging 3.2 points and 1.5 rebounds in 8.2 minutes. The former Colorado Buffalo helped lead the Austin Spurs to the 2018 G League Championship, averaging 24.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.80 steals in 32.8 minutes in the G League Playoffs. He appeared in 24 regular season games for Austin, averaging 20.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.29 steals and 1.17 blocks in 28.2 minutes. White was drafted by the Spurs with the 29th overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft.

Max Kellerman thinks Butler should consider the Spurs (VIDEO)

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, All-Star F Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Timberwolves and is considering the following teams: Knicks, Nets, and Clippers. While Butler reportedly has those teams on his list, he really wants to be with the Clippers, according to the report.

However, according to ESPN’s Max Kellerman, Butler should consider the San Antonio Spurs.

“He can go to the Spurs, and (Gregg)Popovich would put him in the best position to win,” Kellerman said on First Take today.

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Butler, 29, was traded to Minnesota last season after spending his first six seasons in league with the Bulls.

Butler has two years left on his contract, but he can opt out of his deal after next season.

Based on the teams that are reportedly on Butler’s list, he wants to play in a big market. Therefore, while the Spurs might be good for him on the court, off the court, San Antonio is not on the level of Los Angeles and New York. With that being said, Butler to San Antonio probably does not happen.

Barry joins Spurs as VP of Basketball Operations

The San Antonio Spurs today announced multiple additions and promotions to the basketball operations staff. Brent Barry joins the organization as vice president of basketball operations, while Wayne Diesel comes to the team as director of player care. Adam Glessner comes on as director of basketball intelligence, Cory Johnson is now the team equipment and travel manager and Massimo Simonetta comes to the Silver and Black as sports therapist.

In addition, the following members of the Spurs basketball operations department have received promotions: Willis Hall has been elevated to video coordinator and Cam Hodges advances to player development assistant. AJ Meyer is now coaching analytics coordinator, while Paul West has been promoted to assistant athletic trainer and recovery coordinator.

Barry returns to the Spurs organization after playing four seasons in Silver and Black from 2004-08, where he helped the Spurs to two titles in 2005 and 2007. After a 14-year NBA career, he joined the Turner Sports network as an analyst in 2010. Barry covered the NBA for the league’s network on NBA TV and eventually moved to providing color analysis for TNT during the regular season and playoffs. He was also tapped as a host for the Players Only telecasts during the regular season, and hosted All-Star Saturday at the 2018 NBA All-Star weekend. Barry also played for the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Seattle SuperSonics and Houston Rockets, where he finished his playing career in 2009. Barry ranks 34th all-time in three-pointers made (1,395) and 23rd all-time in three-point percentage (.405). He holds career averages of 9.2 points, 3.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 912 NBA contests. Barry graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in sociology.

Diesel comes to San Antonio after spending the last three seasons with the Miami Dolphins as the sports performance director. Prior to joining Miami, he was the head of medical services for the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club of the English Premier League from 2007 to 2015. He also spent four years with the Charlton Athletic Football Club and one year with the Gloucester Rugby Football Club. Diesel set up the first physiotherapy practice at the Sports Science Institute of South Africa after earning his PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Cape Town in 1994. Diesel has also served as the head physiotherapist for numerous South African National Teams, including rugby, swimming, men’s hockey and women’s gymnastics. Diesel will start with the Spurs on Sept. 25.

Glessner joins the Silver and Black after spending the last four seasons with the Detroit Pistons. He spent the last two years as Detroit’s director of player personnel after being promoted from pro scout in 2016. Glessner worked with the Charlotte Hornets as a coaching associate for one season after six years with the Orlando Magic. After graduating from the University of Florida, Glessner joined the Magic as an assistant video coordinator in 2007 and was later elevated to video coordinator and analyst.

Johnson spent the last six seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves as assistant equipment manager from 2012-18. Prior to entering the NBA, he served as an assistant coach for one season at University of Mary after earning a master’s degree in sports management from Western Illinois University in 2011.

Simonetta joins the Spurs after being with Manchester City Football Club as the team’s sports therapist for the last four years, including their 2017-18 English Premier League championship season. Prior to working for Manchester City, he was the physiotherapist for EuroLeague teams Olimpia Milano, Virtus Bologna and Fortitudo Bologna in Italy for seven seasons from 2006-13. Simonetta also spent six years with Basket Livorno from 2000-06. Simonetta will start with the Spurs on Sept. 25.

Hall enters his third season with the Spurs after spending the last two years as a quality assurance assistant in the video department. Prior to joining San Antonio, Hall played professionally for two seasons in Portugal and Luxembourg. The Charlotte native played four seasons at the College of Charleston, appearing in 137 games in his career.

Hodges is set to begin his third season with the Silver and Black after spending the last two campaigns as a quality assurance assistant in the video department. Before coming to the Spurs, he played professionally in Romania, Hungary, Luxembourg and Slovenia. Originally from Minneapolis, Hodges played two seasons at Minnesota State, following two years at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

Meyer enters his third season in San Antonio after spending the last two seasons as quality assurance assistant in the analytics department. He came to the Spurs after graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 2016, where he worked as a student manager for the Fighting Irish men’s team for four years. Meyer also spent time with the Atlanta Hawks as a basketball operations intern in 2015.

West enters his fifth season with the Spurs. He joined the Silver and Black as assistant athletic trainer after earning his master’s degree in kinesiology from San Diego State University in 2014. The Linfield College graduate previously interned with the Spurs during the 2012-13 season.

2018-19 San Antonio Spurs Basketball Operations Staff Additions and Promotions

Brent Barry – Vice President of Basketball Operations

Wayne Diesel – Director of Player Care

Adam Glessner – Director of Basketball Intelligence

Willis Hall – Video Coordinator

Cam Hodges – Player Development Assistant

Cory Johnson – Team Equipment and Travel Manager

AJ Meyer – Coaching Analytics Coordinator

Massimo Simonetta – Sports Therapist

Paul West – Assistant Athletic Trainer and Recovery Coordinator

Quincy Pondexter signs with Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have signed forward Quincy Pondexter. It’s a one-year deal, according to ESPN.

Pondexter, 6-7/230, spent last season with the Chicago Bulls, averaging 2.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 8.5 minutes in 23 games.

A seven-year NBA veteran, Pondexter holds career averages of 5.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 17.3 minutes over 302 total games played. After being drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft (26th overall) he was sent to the New Orleans later that summer. Prior to the start of the 2011-12 campaign, Pondexter was dealt to the Memphis Grizzlies where he played the next three-plus seasons. On Jan. 12, 2015 he was traded back to the Pelicans where he posted a career-best 9.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 27.8 minutes over 45 games.

Pondexter played collegiately at the University of Washington, earning All-Pac-10 First Team honors as a senior in 2010. In four seasons with Huskies he averaged 13.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 136 games. He is the school’s all-time leader in games played and finished his career ranked third in scoring with 1,786 points.