Spurs bring in a D-League point guard


With Tony Parker sitting at home, eating fatty French foods and hanging out with wife Eva Longoria-Parker — sure, and resting his broken hand we suppose — the San Antonio Spurs have reached into the D-League for some bench depth at point guard.

According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Spurs are calling up Cedric Jackson out of Erie to come to the team.

If that name sounds a little familiar to Cavaliers fans, that’s because the Cleveland State graduate spent 20 days with the team before heading back down.

So what are the Spurs getting? Good question. A little lesson for young writers out there — when you don’t know, ask someone who does. I asked Matt Hubert of Blog Talk Bayhawk (the blog about the Erie team) and D-League Digest about Jackson.

He has been dealing with bruised ribs the past few games, but it hasn’t seemed to slow him down at all. He’s lightning quick with the ball, gets to the rim almost at will in the D-League and, along those same lines, he gets to the free throw line at a very high rate (and converts at a 72% clip). His decision-making has gotten better as the season has gone on, and he now has one of the top assist-to-turnover ratios in the D-League.

I think his game has a lot of similarities to Parker in terms of scoring points in the paint despite his stature. His biggest weakness, however, is his outside shooting. He’s much better creating off the dribble and scoring at the rim than hitting spot up jumpshots. Defensively, he’s very active and quick, averages better than 2 steals per game in the D-League.

So he is a drive-and-kick guard, which could work if paired with the right shooters on the Spurs. After this first 10-day stint, the guy will have spent 30 days in the NBA this season, a sign that he is doing it right in the minors. The only question now is can he translate his tame to the next level.

Raptors unveil updated court design

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Several teams have updated their court designs this offseason, including the Bulls, Nuggets, Bucks and Hawks. The Raptors are the latest team to update their floor, to go along with a new logo and uniforms. Here’s what the Air Canada Centre will look like this season:

It features their new claw/basketball logo at center court and the font on their new uniforms at the baselines. The “We The North” along the sideline is a nice touch, too. Overall, the Raptors have done an excellent job with their rebrand, just in time for All-Star Weekend to be hosted in Toronto for the first time.

Former UCLA, NBA player Dave Meyers dies at 62

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Dave Meyers, the star forward who led UCLA to the 1975 NCAA basketball championship as the lone senior in coach John Wooden’s final season and later played for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, died Friday. He was 62.

Meyers died at his home in Temecula after struggling with cancer for the last year, according to UCLA, which received the news from his younger sister, Ann Meyers Drysdale.

He played four years for Milwaukee after being drafted second overall by the Los Angeles Lakers. Shortly after, Meyers was part of a blockbuster trade that sent him to the Bucks in exchange for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

The 6-foot-8 Meyers led UCLA in scoring at 18.3 points and rebounding at 7.9 in his final season, helping the Bruins to a 28-3 record. He had 24 points and 11 rebounds in their 92-85 victory over Kentucky in the NCAA title game played in his hometown of San Diego.

Meyers Drysdale also played at UCLA during her Hall of Fame career.

Meyers assumed the Bruins’ leadership role during the 1974-75 season after Bill Walton and Jamaal Wilkes had graduated. Playing with sophomores Marques Johnson and Richard Washington, Meyers earned consensus All-America honors. Meyers made the cover of Sports Illustrated after the Bruins won the NCAA title.

“One of the true warriors in (at)UCLAMBB history has gone on to glory,” Johnson wrote on Twitter. “Dave Meyers was our Captain in `75 and as tenacious a player ever. RIP.”

Johnson recalled in other tweets how Meyers called him `MJB’ or Marques Johnson Baby when he was a freshman, and later in the NBA, Meyers was nicknamed “Crash” because he always diving on the floor for loose balls.

As a junior, Meyers started on a front line featuring future Hall of Famers Walton and Wilkes.

Meyers was a reserve as a sophomore on the Bruins’ 1973 NCAA title team during the school’s run of 10 national titles in 12 years under Wooden. The team went 30-0 and capped the season by beating Memphis 87-66 in the championship game, when Meyers had four points and three rebounds.

In 1975, Meyers, along with Elmore Smith, Junior Bridgeman and Brian Winters, was traded to Milwaukee for Abdul-Jabbar and Walt Wesley.

During the 1977-78 season, Meyers was reunited with Johnson on the Bucks and averaged a career-best 14.7 points. He missed the next year with a back injury. Meyers returned in 1979-80 to average 12.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in helping the Bucks win a division title.

Born David William Meyers, he was one of 11 children. His father, Bob, was a standout basketball player and team captain at Marquette in the 1940s. The younger Meyers averaged 22.7 points as a senior at Sonora High in La Habra, California.

Meyers made a surprise announcement in 1980 that he was retiring from basketball to spend more time with his family. He later earned his teaching certificate and taught sixth grade for several years in Lake Elsinore, California.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, whom he married in 1975, and daughter Crystal and son Sean.