Spurs delay millions in arena upgrades. Not like they’ll need it soon.

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Among the signs you should just try and get comfortable because this lockout is going to be a long, bumpy ride….

Bexar County — which includes San Antonio — has helped clear the way for the Spurs to save millions by putting off planned upgrades to the AT&T Center (where the Spurs play).

The San Antonio News-Express’s Spurs blog has the details.

If the team were to delay starting to spend the bond funds that voters approved in 2007, it essentially would be putting off having to spend $15 million — its portion of the nearly $90 million total dedicated for arena technology improvements and enhanced fan experience.

County officials say the Spurs could use that $15 million as a cushion against the financial shock certain to hit if part or all of next season were scuttled.

Isn’t that nice, county officials concerned about how the rich owners of the Spurs are doing.

The reality is the county wants to keep the biggest and best tenant of the AT&T Center happy. As they should, smart business for them.

But this is sign 1,648,935 that both sides of this labor divide are digging in for a long winter’s nap. Where the rest of us can just dream about basketball.

Matt Barnes says he went to house because his son looked distressed

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So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.

The Knicks coach has deflected questions.

But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.

And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.

Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?

Gregg Popovich resting himself for Spurs game at Sacramento

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Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.

Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.

But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.

It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.