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The Spurs (and by “Spurs” I mean everyone who feels any sort of emotional investment in the organization) absorbed a massive blow today. We lost Manu Ginobili for the season. Manu is many things to us. He is a spark plug. He is pure energy. He is a magician, a creative genius on the court. He is passion. He is our closer. He is the X-factor, the one thing we…

I just heard the bad news, and honestly, I’m not surprised. Manu Ginobili will miss the remainder of the season, including the playoffs, because of a stress fracture in his right leg. Ginobili experienced stiffness in his right leg during Sunday’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. An MRI and CT scan taken on Monday revealed the stress fracture. The Spurs’ medical staff had thought five weeks of rest would allow…

The Spurs released forward Pops Mensah-Bonsu today, most likely to make room for veteran free agent forward Drew Gooden. Pops showed a lot of energy in the three games he played. And as Michael Finley reportedly told him, Pops’ time as a Spur was an “audition, not only for this team but for a lot of teams.” “I’m 6ft 9in, 245lbs,” Mensah Bonsu says. “If you look at some of…

Adrian Wojnarowski reports for Yahoo! Sports (“Gooden has chance to sign with contender“): Drew Gooden agreed to a buyout with the Sacramento Kings and the San Antonio Spurs are the favorite to sign him for the rest of the regular season and playoffs, two league executives said on Sunday night. The Spurs have wanted badly to add frontcourt help, and nearly pulled off a trade deadline deal for Los Angeles…

Thanks to Donny Maxwell for this tip.

With the NBA trade deadline less than 24 hours away, there are still rumors floating around about possible Spurs trades, either for Vince Carter or Richard Jefferson. The Sacramento Kings will reportedly send Brad Miller and John Salmons to Chicago for Drew Gooden and Andres Nocioni. Apparently the Spurs made an offer that the Maloof brothers rejected. Sources say the Dallas Mavericks offered Jerry Stackhouse for Salmons, and the San…

Sorry, my headline is intentionally misleading. I was just checking out the NBA dancers in the 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue and was disappointed to discover that the spread doesn’t include a single Silver Spur. Don’t get me wrong, these girls are hot, but our girls are way hotter than any of these ten. Something else caught my eye and that was a Subway promotion featuring Tony Parker. See it…

Michael Lewis, the author of “Moneyball,” has an interesting piece in the latest New York Times Magazine (“The No-Stats All-Star“). Ostensibly, Lewis is writing about Houston Rockets’ forward Shane Battier. But Lewis is really interested in how traditional basketball statistics don’t necessarily reveal a player’s impact or effect on his fellow players, and how people like Daryl Morey, the Rockets’ general manager, are using stats in new ways to build…

There have been some titillating rumors out there about possible Spurs trades, including offers for Rasheed Wallace, Vince Carter, John Salmons and Brad Miller. Honestly, I don’t think that Pop and RC will trade anyone, but with just eight shopping days left until the deadline, it is a possibility. What do you think? I’ve included current Spurs salary data, in case that affects your decision making. Who will Spurs trade?…

Fran Blinebury (“Sitting Spurs’ stars raises several questions“) has a lot of questions about the Spurs loss to the Nuggets Tuesday night. I’ve got answers: Did Coach Pop give himself a mini-vacation? No. Pop never takes vacation, not even in the off-season. Is there such a thing as a good loss? Or maybe a loss that proves a point? Or even a loss that doesn’t really mean anything at all?…