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I waded through more than a dozen prognosticators’ pre-season predictions to bring you the best takes on the 2008-2009 season. It’s not surprising that sports writers aren’t optimistic about the Spurs chances of winning a fifth title this year, but most don’t rule it out either. Back in June, the Sporting News’ Stan McNeal picked his “Top 5 Candidates for a championship parade in 2009″, ranking the Spurs fourth behind…

Game One: Spurs 98, Suns 103 The Spurs opened the 2007-2008 season with a win over the Blazers. This year the Spurs opened with a loss at home to the Phoenix Suns. When was the last time the Spurs lost a season opener with Tim Duncan? Never. In fact, neither Gregg Popovich nor Tim Duncan had lost openers before. What a difference a year makes. Last year, Manu Ginobili and…

UPDATE: League is closed. By popular demand, we are hosting a Spurs Dynasty Fantasy League again this year. Although the NBA season started yesterday, our season won’t start until next Monday. It’s free to play with a Yahoo account. You’ll need a League ID# and Password to join. Email me at [dingo at spursdynasty dot com] for details. Our league is head-to-head, with 13 roster positions — PG, SG, G,…

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich trimmed his beard just in time to waive Salim Stoudamire and receive some accolades in the league’s annual general managers survey. The GMs named Popovich the league’s best coach, ahead of Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan. They also cited him as the coach who makes the best in-game adjustments and the coach who is best in the final two minutes of a close game and the…

Jeff McDonald writes for the Express-News: Five games into the preseason, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich still hasn’t trimmed his training camp roster — and might not any time soon. There are seven players — Anthony Tolliver, Salim Stoudamire, Darryl Watkins, Desmon Farmer, Malik Hairston, Devin Green and Charles Gaines — competing for a maximum of two roster spots. Popovich has until Oct. 27 to cut the roster to 15. Before…

Tony discusses being on the cover of EA Sports NBA Live 09, his game, Eva Longoria and his picks for 5 best Point Guards in the Western Conference.

“Had he not hurt it in the Olympics, he probably would have done it 15, 25, 35 games into the season. It could be a blessing that he’s gotten operated on. His ankle probably would be in better shape now than it’s been in years.”- Coach Gregg Popovich, on Manu Ginobili’s offseason ankle surgery I hope Pop is right. Please, God, let Pop be right.

In case you haven’t already heard, the bad news about Ginobili has gotten worse. Or better, depending on your perspective. Elizabeth White writes for the Associated Press: San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, who helped lead Argentina to a bronze medal in the Beijing Olympics, will need surgery to repair a ligament injury in his left ankle. “They’re going to operate on me,” the 31-year-old Ginobili told Argentina’s La Nacion…

Younger Spurs fans may not recognize the name, but I remember the excitement a lot of us felt when the Spurs drafted the 7’0″ big man out of Eastern Illinois University in 1986. My excitement didn’t last long — we traded Duckworth to the Portland Trailblazers after he played just 14 games. It was difficult watching Duckworth after that, thinking about what might have been had he stayed in San…

My friend Kevin attended a celebrity bowling event last night in Washington, DC hosted by Roger Mason, Jr. — DC native and newly acquired San Antonio Spurs Guard. Kevin writes: Talking with Roger, he plans to stay in DC during the offseason and holidays. I asked him if I could rent his house while he was in San Antonio, but no dice on that one. I could have really taken…