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!
It seems like a match made in marketing heaven.
Steve Nash may be the most popular player without an NBA title, now that his friend Dirk Nowitzki hoisted the O’Brien Trophy with the Dallas Mavericks last season.
Nash’s window for a championship with the Phoenix Suns is closing rapidly, particularly as tightwad owner Robert Sarver allows the once-competitive franchise to descend into mediocrity.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Nash ask for a trade as soon as the lockout ends as he searches for his elusive championship.
And if he’s really interested in taking that route, at least one NBA superstar who has a similar lack of a title is very, very interested in hooking up with him.
LeBron James took to Twitter today to mention in a bid for their first championship together.
It seems that Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert and Phoenix owner Robert Sarver aren’t alone in feeling the wrath of players for some of their anti-union comments during negotiations.
Spurs owner Peter Holt is being roasted for comments he reportedly made during a recent bargaining session.
Several media sources, including and have reported that Holt said that players haven’t felt enough discomfort during the lockout to end it.
Those words are a marked contrast for Holt, who has steered clear of controversy during his tenure as the Spurs majority owner.
But his reported comments have certainly caught the attention of the NBPA this time.