Duncan led Spurs in easy win over Wolves, Parker injured

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Tim Duncan had a double double performance as he the San Antonio Spurs in an easy 116-100 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

With Tony Parker hurt, Gary Neal rose to the challenge and gave the Spurs a lift off the bench.

Duncan finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block shot in just 24 minutes of action playing inspired basketball with Stephen Jackson back in the fold.

However, all is not good news in San Antonio.

Tony Parker left with a left hamstring strain with 8:03 remaining in the second quarter. He spoke briefly with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich before heading to the locker room with two points and six assists.

“I think they said mild hamstring, so we won’t know much until tomorrow,” Popovich said. “Not good timing.”

Jackson, Kawhi Leonard and Gary Neal stepped up with Parker going out early. The trio scored 16 points each for the Spurs who improved their record to 30-14.

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Bowen’s Long Climb to the Rafters

Ken Rodriguez of Spurs.com wrote this nice piece about Bruce Bowen’s journey to basketball success. A MUST READ for all Spurs fans.

Bruce Bowen was a major part of San Antonio's 3 Championship runs.

Bruce Bowen, retired Spur, is making news again. In the tail of an NBA comet named Jeremy Lin, Bowen garners noteworthy mention.

The story of Lin’s ascent from obscure Harvard grad to NBA phenom has spawned sidebars about the best undrafted players in league history. Every Top 10 list I’ve seen includes Bowen.

Unwanted out of Cal-State Fullerton, Bowen became one of the great perimeter defenders of all-time. Dismissed as a one-dimensional player, he led the NBA in three-point shooting in 2002-2003 and retired with three championship rings.

His No. 12 jersey will be hung next month in the AT&T Center rafters. The story of how Bowen secured a place in Spurs lore alongside The Iceman and The Admiral is remarkable. Behind the light of Bowen’s legacy is a journey that began in shadow.

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Spurs Nation: Spurs to retire Bowen’s No. 12

The San Antonio Spurs will retire Bowen's jersey on March 21.

As reported by Mike Monroe of Spurs Nation.

When the Spurs added Bruce Bowen to their roster for the 2001-02 season, it was not because they needed scoring.

Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Steve Smith and a teenage rookie named Tony Parker did plenty of that.

And Bowen?

“People said I couldn’t hit the side of a barn with a beach ball,” he said.

Nevertheless, Bowen started every game he played that season because he was the perimeter defender the Spurs needed to slow the game’s most gifted perimeter players.

Bowen earned the first of eight straight NBA All-Defensive honors that season, and on Monday the Spurs announced another honor for the 6-foot-7 forward from Cal State-Fullerton: He will be the seventh Spurs player to have his jersey number retired.

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Undaunted Leonard stepping up to the challenge

Spurs' rookie Kawhi Leonard brings his defense in the NBA.

When the San Antonio Spurs sent George Hill to Indiana for the rights to draft Kawhi Leonard, many basketball observers considered it a high-risk move.

A lot of Spurs fans probably cursed that draft night too.

Hill after all was one of the most popular young Spurs player at the time and letting go of some one like him was difficult to say the least.

Nonetheless, the Spurs chose to push through because they were intrigued by Leonard’s ability to guard multiple positions.

Apparently, the Spurs made the right decision.

Thirteen games into his young NBA career, Leonard is currently averaging 8.2 points and 5.3 rebounds in 23.8 minutes per game.

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Several Spurs named among Greatest Defensive Players in NBA History; TD best among Power Forwards

 Over the years, defense has been San Antonio’s trademark. So it’s not surprising that several players who wore the silver and black were named among the greatest defensive players in NBA history.

When it is all said and done, Tim Duncan will probably be the Best Power Forward of All time, as he is so consistent on both ends of the floor.

Included in the list are former San Antonio Spurs’ Maurice Cheeks (5th among point guards), Alvin Robertson, who the is only player in NBA history to record a quadruple-double with steals as one of the four categories was ranked 6th among shooting guards.

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Ranking the Spurs’ best role players of the last decade

With the labor negotiations heating up, and more NBA players mulling offers overseas, it’s a good time to relax a bit and look back at some role players that helped the San Antonio Spurs win three titles over the last 10 years.

Robert Horry and Bruce Bowen both played significant roles in San Antonio's title runs, but who is the better role player? (Photos via Bleacher Report)

If there’s any franchise that should serve as a model for the organizations in the NBA, it’s the Spurs.

Part of this consistent success has been due to the play of their “Big three” of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker.

Nonetheless, the Spurs would not have been so good without the help of these role players that fits the team to a tee.

Adam Fromal of the Bleacher Report made this list of the best five Spurs role players of the last decade.

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Former Spurs Bruce Bowen to be named at Cal State Fullerton’s Hall of Fame

As reported by Ross Watters of the Daily Titan, former San Antonio Spurs forward Bruce Bowen will be inducted to Cal State Fullerton’s Hall of Fame on October 1.

Former Spurs Bruce Bowen will be inducted at the CSUF Hall of Fame Ceremony on October 1.

Bowen won three NBA championships with Spurs and played a major role in San Antonio’s three title runs as the team’s best perimeter defender.

Former Titan basketball coach Donny Daniels will induct Bowen, who was a three-year starter for the Titans from 1989-93.

Bowen went on to play in Europe and then spent 13 years of his basketball career in the NBA, including eight with the Spurs where he won three NBA titles.

He will be joined by 15-year Major League Baseball player Brent Mayne, women’s gymnastics coach Lynn Rogers, softball slugger Sue Newton-Lewis, and Jerry and Merilyn Goodwin to highlight this year’s Hall of Fame class.

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Spurs defensive duos which is the best?

Defense wins championships and for the San Antonio Spurs, that holds true. The Spurs won four NBA titles, including three over the last decade by giving premium on defense.

The Spurs have relied on their stingy team defense to win championships with Tim Duncan as the anchor, but the ‘Big fundamental’ needed some big time help.

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Former Spur Chuck Person recalls his time in San Antonio

In an interview with Lakers reporter Mike Trudell, former Spurs and now Lakers’ assistant coach Chuck Person recalls some of the best basketball he played with the San Antonio Spurs.

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

“Shooting threes was what I worked on every day, because I knew that’s what was going to help our team.

I made two hundred three-pointers before practice every day, and two or three hundred more after practice.

On the other hand, I wasn’t a great individual defender by any stretch, but I was a good team defender, and I focused on those techniques.

We had a system that was predicated around being able to defend for a dribble and a half, keeping your man from blowing by you on one dribble, and being able to help the helper under Gregg Popovich’s design.

All in all, it was a joy to be around guys like Robinson, Avery Johnson, Vinny Del Negro, Doc Rivers, Monty Williams and Dell Demps, all of whom are still very much involved in the game.”

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Spurs Brasil Q&A with Adam Hanga

Our friends from Spurs Brasil made this interview (via Pounding the Rock) with the San Antonio Spurs’ 2011 second round draft pick and 59th overall Adam Hanga.

(Photo via Spurs Brasil)

Spurs Brasil has been covering the Spurs for our Portuguese speaking fans and are doing a great job at it.

The Spurs had four picks in the 2011 draft. Naturally, the 59th – second to last of all the draft – was the more mysterious one. With this pick, the franchise selected Hungarian shooting-guard Adam Hanga, a 6’7″ 200 pounds swingman.

Just 22 years old, the prospect hasn’t yet played in a big league. But he has just been transferred to Assignia Manresa in Spain, from his previous team, Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar, in Hungary

In the domestic league, he was in the spotlight. Last season, he played 39 games and averaged 17.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.8 steals per game. Now, playing in the ACB League – probably the strongest national league on Europe – he will be able to test his skills on a higher level.

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