Corporate Knowledge: Zombies, Ghosts and Austin Daye
Andrew’s note: There’s some great writing about the Spurs all over the world wide interwebs, so we like to bring some of it to you occasionally in our Corporate Knowledge series.
Quixem Ramirez, Project Spurs: “The Spurs are the zombies of the NBA. You stab them in the heart and they keep coming at you, hungrier than before.”
Dan McCarney, MySA.com: Duncan: ‘I heard a baby in his room. There was somebody or something in his room, yeah. I definitely heard something. It wasn’t creepy, because I assumed it was really somebody in the room, and they gave him the wrong room. But when they told me the story the next day about calling up there and no one in the room, it’s at that point you get chills. I totally agreed with him. There was a baby there, absolutely. I heard about the history of the place, and I’d rather not (stay there again).’”
Jesus Gomez, Pounding The Rock: “It all revolves around Parker, basically, and the Parker-Duncan relationship. There are very few passes between Splitter, Leonard and Green. So for the Spurs to succeed, the two-man game between Parker and Duncan needs to be humming. And it’s not just passes that are important between the two but also assists. Duncan has assisted Parker on 40 of his buckets, almost doubling Manu Ginobili’s 22 dimes. And Parker has assisted Duncan a whopping 95 times this season, almost tripling Manu’s 34 times. The symbiotic relationship between those two is key.”
Dan Devine, Ball Don’t Lie: “One of the greatest pieces of wisdom I’ve ever learned from the philosophers George Clooney and Matt Damon is that if you lose focus for one second in this game, somebody can get hurt. This is true of all games, but especially the mascot game, as the San Antonio Spurs‘ venerable animal representative — noted T-shirt cannon pioneer, pizza decoration, Gorilla-tricker and pants-eschewer the Coyote — learned late in the fourth quarter of the Spurs’ 108-103 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday”
Michael Erler, Pounding The Rock: “Daye’s attitude will matter just as much, if not more, over these final dozen regular season games for the Spurs. He’s got to be the guy who shows up early every day to catch up on the playbook, the guy putting in his time before and after shoot-arounds, and the guy willing to run the opposing team’s sets and plays on the scout team. He’s got to do everything asked of him and more, without hesitation. And volunteer for another round of it all. What he can’t do, under any circumstances, is ask for more time or opportunity — not in the press, and not in private. That time is earned. He can’t ever show up the coaches or his teammates, because that’s the quickest way out of town (ask Stephen Jackson).”
Shea Serrano, ESPN.com: “The least-coolest Spurs commercial of all time was the one where Michael Finley was telling kids not to do drugs. And somewhere in between all three of those fall the H-E-B commercials, 20 or so segments filmed over the past 10 or so years where various recent Spurs players (mostly Tim, Manu and Tony, but also sometimes Brent Barry and Bruce Bowen or Matt Bonner and Kawhi Leonard, and even occasionally coach Gregg Popovich) talk about brisket or laundry detergent or chip salsa.”