Spurs drop game in Phoenix, prep for Heat

Five major components did not travel with the San Antonio Spurs in their contest against the Phoenix Suns.  Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Coach Popovich did not travel with the team.  Pop is sick and the team is resting Duncan and Ginobili while Kawhi Leonard (eye infection), Tiago Splitter (calf strain) and Patty Mills (rotator cuff) are all recovering from injury.

Suns owner Robert Sarver took to the microphone with two minutes and change left and apologized for the lack of Defending Champion Stars present and said that if fans would send in ticket stubs, they would receive a free gift from the team.

The Spurs, meanwhile, are flying back to the Alamo City to prepare to take on the defending Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat.   Plenty of great seats and cheap tickets are still available so be sue to get yours now and support the Defending NBA Champion Spurs!

Did the Mavs know something early Saturday?

How excited is Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to begin the season and hoist his first championship banner over the American Airlines Center?

Reports from media members who were at the AAC early Saturday morning after the Dallas Stars-Toronto Maple Leafs hockey game earlier in the evening have been firing some interesting tweets throughout the evening.

The lockout was settled at about 2 a.m. CST. But James Mirtle, a hockey writer for the Toronto Globe Mail, tweeted that workmen were starting to put down the facility’s basketball floor .

And David Alter, a reporter for the Fan radio station in Toronto, evenof the floor in place before the settlement was announced.

Considering the championship, should we be surprised about Cuban’s enthusiasm?

Let the games begin, thankfully.

NHL labor leader warns NBA players about missing season

Former Dallas Stars standout Bill Guerin lived through the NHL’s labor lockout of 2004-05. It cost him a year of his career.

That’s whyin a recent Fort Worth Star-Telegram interview.

“I learned a big lesson: It’s not a partnership,” Guerin said. “It’s their league, and you are going to play when they want,” he said.

The players have already lost two weeks of earnings and likely will lose more after the abrupt ending of negotiations.

Guerin urges the players to get their best deal as quickly as possible.

“It is not worth it to any of them to burn games or to burn an entire year. Burning a year was ridiculous,” Guerin said. “It wasn’t worth me giving up $9 million a year, or 82 games plus the playoffs, then having a crappy year and being bought out…. Guys in the NBA making $15 million or however much better think long and hard about this.”