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I don’t much care for making predictons, other than this: The Spurs will finish the season 98-0. On our march towards immortality, here are some things to watch… Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Ankles (Knees and Ankles)Nothing is more critical to the upcoming season than Duncan’s knees and Ginobili’s ankles. With a healthy team we can compete with anybody; without it, we have no chance. Popovich recognizes this, and will never…

The season officially gets under way tonight with Cleveland and Boston in what could most likely be a preview of the eastern conference finals (with all due respect to Orlando). There are 4 games on the schedule tonight, the Rockets at the Blazers being the most interesting to this Portland-dweller. The Blazers come into this season with ridiculously high expectations and the Rockets with almost none. I’m worried that the…

The New York Times doesn’t come to mind when one thinks of sports writing, let alone coverage of the NBA. When it comes to pro basketball, the Times is very much a regional paper, favoring stories about the Knicks and Nets first and foremost. Which is why I was so pleasantly surprised by Howard Beck’s NBA Preview (“Adding Powerful Talent, Top Teams Flex Muscles”) in today’s paper. While it claims…

ESPN’s Bill Simmons has published his annual NBA Preview. In typical Simmons fashion, it is a list of the 33 most intriguing figures for the upcoming season. Two Spurs make appearances on the list. #33 is Manu Ginobili, saying what we’ve all been saying for months: without a healthy Manu, nothing else really matters. #2 is Tim Duncan, and I encourage you to read the whole thing. At the end…

As the Spurs get ready to begin their march towards a fifth NBA Title, we say goodbye to those who have departed: Bruce Bowen, Fabricio Oberto, Kurt Thomas, Ime Udoka, Jacque Vaughn and Drew Gooden. We wish them the best of luck in the next chapter of their lives. We also wholeheartedly welcome the changes made by the Spurs during the offseason. “I just think it’s a different time in…

…is one week away. Hallelujah.

The Spurs open against the New Orleans Hornets on Oct 28th. What will the starting line-up be on that night? There are 2 positions that are unequivocally locked in: Point Guard and whatever position it is we assign to Tim Duncan. Power Forward or Center, it doesn’t really matter. Tim will start, and he’ll be our main big man. Point Guard, obviously, is the other position without challenge. Tony Parker…

Over at 48MoH, Timothy Varner has a very interesting post regarding the ownership of the team on the floor. He makes some excellent points and hits the nail on the head when he talks about Duncan seamlessly passing the torch to Parker, much the same way that Robinson did for Duncan many years ago. That really encapsulates the greatness of the Spurs: the sublimation of the ego to the higher…

Boy, have I missed you. The months of August and September can be very long ones for NBA fans. The hoopla of the ‘offseason’ is over, and most of the big moves have been made. All that’s left is a bunch of sound and fury signifying nothing. And bored, rich young men getting in lots of trouble. I can’t bear to watch baseball until the playoffs, and barely then. And…

On Yahoo! Sports yesterday, Ball Don’t Lie ranked the top 10 NBA general managers of the last decade. Guess who’s number one: We don’t know how much impact Gregg Popovich has had on Buford’s wheelings and dealings, and R.C. has had help (current Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti was on his payroll for years). Buford also had nothing to do with the acquisitions of David Robinson (1987) or Tim Duncan(notes)…