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Pounding The Rock has new update
22 hours ago Victor Wembanyama refused to go on stage at Drake concert because his teammates weren’t invited
Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports Even early in his rookie season, Wembanyama was more focused on his teammates than fame and attention. Victor Wembanyama didn’t just have a fantastic rookie season on the floor but also off it. The rookie dazzled with his play but got as many compliments for his maturity as he did for his highlights. Wemby is a calm, confident guy who seems to also be a natural leader. There have been several anecdotes that paint Victor as not only a special player but also a special person, and a new one dropped recently. In the “7 p.m. In Brooklyn With Kid Mero and Carmelo Anthony” podcast, JJ Redick told a story about Wembanyama refusing to jump on stage with Drake because his teammates weren't invited. The entire video deserves a watch, but the section that starts at 2:45 is the most interesting part, when Redick tells the anecdote: “The stories I heard from the Spurs’ camp. Like, even early in the season where he was getting asked — there was a Drake concert in Austin and he got asked to come up on stage, 'cause Drake was doing that with a bunch of NBA guys this offseason. And Wemby was like ‘Can my teammates come up on stage with me? Because they are going to be at the concert with me.’ And Drake’s camp was like ´No.’ And he was like ´Then I don’t want to do it.’ What 19-year-old kid doesn’t want to go up on stage with Drake? There have been anomalies among star players in that they have been low maintenance — I was a role player and I would describe myself as somewhat low maintenance. There’s like, Steph (Curry) and there’s, like, Tim Duncan. Wemby is one of those guys.” It’s a fun little story that shows how much Wemby cares about his peers. It’s also interesting because the concert Redick mentions likely happened in September when Wemby barely knew his teammates. If the anecdote is true — and there’s no reason to doubt Redick, who interviewed Wemby before the season and clearly has connections in the NBA — it shows just how aware Wembanyama was of how his actions would be perceived even before stepping into an NBA court. Wemby has done a fantastic job of becoming the face of a franchise and one of the faces of the league in a short time, showing emotions and candor while also avoiding drama and conflict. If he continues to be as steady off the floor as he’s been on it, he’ll earn his place next to the superstars that Redick mentions and will make Spurs fans happy for years to come.
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1 day ago Could Steph Curry, LeBron James end up in San Antonio? Some sports bettors think so.
The struggling San Antonio Spurs are the betting favorites to land two aging NBA legends — Steph Curry and LeBron James — in offseason trades, according to data from sports betting website BetOnline. Of course, folks can bet on anything, and even seasoned gamblers get things wrong. (How else does Vegas keep the lights on, right?)
San Antonio Current has new update
1 day ago Salad and Go, Whiskey Riot: San Antonio's biggest food stories of the week
San Antonio Current readers appear to crave drive-thru greens, if this week's top food story is to be believed. This week's most-read story covered the news that the popular Salad and Go chain is planning yet another Alamo City location, this one on the far West Side. The new store would be the company's sixth in the 2-1-0.
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1 day ago What we learned from the NBA play-in games so far
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports The play-in could have caused a couple of rebuilds already and there’s still a round left to be played. The Warriors didn’t make it past the play-in and Klay Thompson’s contract is ending. Is the run of their Big Three over for good? Marilyn Dubinski: It’s quite possible. Steve Kerr said they’re going to do everything they can to retain him, but my gut says he’s going to demand more than they’re willing to pay, and some middling team somewhere looking for a big name will come and snag him. Even if he does return, I’ve seen people comparing them to the Spurs dynasty, and how they’ve had their 1999-2007 run and could still retool and for a 2014-like run for a fifth championship. I’m not so sure about that. I believe 2022 was their 2014 as it came post-Kevin Durant with Andrew Wiggins ever so briefly playing to his his true potential and Jordan Poole looking like the future. Those factors are gone, so I don’t think they have another championship run in them; the West is too good now. Mark Barrington: Steph Curry is still a superstar, but the other two are no longer able to carry their share of the load, and Uno Amigo isn’t enough to take over the franchise of Tres Amigos. The real end of the dynasty might have been a couple of years ago when they made a major misstep by trying to make Jordan Poole the guy, and the franchise is in the weird place that the Spurs were after Kawhi left and there was still some older talented players, but not enough to compete in a tough conference, and not enough young developing players to build on going forward. They are going to have to trigger a full rebuild, and that probably means trading Curry for future picks. I don’t know if their front office has the guts to do that, because the fans will revolt. Bruno Passos: As we saw with people trying to prematurely call it with the Spurs’ demise, it’s always prudent to err on the safe side. That said, this run feels about done, at least how we’ve known it. Curry’s probably dropped a half a tier as a force unto himself, Thompson is more of a quality role player, and Green’s star-level impact wanes with the pieces around him and it sounds like even people around the organization are finally over his antics. Their cracks at a Kawhi-type second wind was probably with their high picks in the 2020 and 2021 drafts and, well, tough chips, y’all chose poorly. Jesus Gomez: They need to retain Thompson because he’s a franchise icon, but even if they somehow turn things around and become contenders again, their old core won’t be the engine behind it. Curry is still fantastic but not the mythological figure he once was. Draymond Green is harder to hide on offense now. And Klay would have to have one of the most impressive comebacks in NBA history to become a star again. It’s just hard to see the Warriors becoming a force again soon. The Hawks are out of the playoffs and a change in direction seems inevitable. Do you expect them to trade Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, or both? And should the Spurs be interested? Dubinski: I expect them to make a change, and Young has been the one more rumored to be traded than Murray (although I’m not sure when Murray has shown at any point in his career that he can be the guy on a winning team). I’m not one of those Spurs fans on the anti-trade (or anti-Trae) train, and the Spurs wouldn’t be doing their due diligence if they didn’t at least inquire or listen to the Hawks’ inquiries. That being said, if the demand is too high, the Spurs should say “thanks, but no thanks” and move on, which they are disciplined enough to do. Barrington: There’s no doubt in my mind that the Hawks will be looking to deal one or both of their two superstars. Of the two, I think that Dejounte is the better fit for the current Spurs, not as a central piece, but as a third or fourth option on offense and a solid stopper on defense. It could happen if he can accept that role and the Spurs could get him for a reasonable amount of assets, let’s say one future first, some second rounders, and Devonte’ Graham to help to balance the salary. There’s still a big disparity in salary, but the Spurs might have enough cap room to absorb it. Having thrown that proposal into the universe, I doubt that the Hawks would take it, mostly because there should be better offers on the table. Passos: The Hawks would be silly to keep that duo together. They don’t fit, they’re too expensive for what they’re giving them, and Jalen Johnson’s rise gives them a perfect excuse for pivoting and refocusing their identity. I think we can absolutely expect to shop one or both, and as usual it’ll come down to how inflated their asking price is. Of the two, I’m more intrigued by a Young fit in San Antonio, mostly because I think spacing around Wemby should be near the top of the offseason to-do lists, but I also wouldn’t sign up for an overpay. Gomez: The only reason I doubt the Hawks will trade both is that they don’t own their own picks, so bottoming out makes no sense for them. But it’s clear that the ceiling of this core is very limited, so one of the guards has to go. As for whether the Spurs should be interested, sure. Either would represent a big upgrade. The question is how much the Hawks will ask for them. San Antonio is not one piece away from contention, so spending a lot of valuable assets to get one non-superstar doesn’t make a lot of sense. What are your predictions for the last two play-in games? (Kings vs. Pelicans, Bulls vs. Heat) Dubinski: With Zion Williamson out, I’d have to lean towards the Kings. They just have more offensive firepower at this point, and there’s something about this Pelicans squad that fails to show up in big games, and this will be no different. The Heat will be missing Jimmy Butler, but the Bulls are also a wildcard, so I have no idea what will happen there. (I have to say, while I’m not much of a believer in karma, this should be a reality check for Butler. He has openly bragged about not taking the regular season seriously and only turning it on for the postseason. Not only is that a disservice to his teammates and Heat fans, but guess what? Had he taken the regular season more seriously, they wouldn’t be in the play-in, and he wouldn’t be hurt. *Shrug emoji*.) Barrington: I think the Kings will easily dispose of the Zion-less Pelicans. Sabonis will feast in the paint. I think the Bulls defeat the Heat, although having that game in Miami is an advantage for Spoelstra and his guys. DeMar DeRozan should be able to carve up Coach Spo’s funky assortment of weird zones, and with Jimmy Butler not 100%, they won’t be able to eke out a win with their anemic offense. Passos: Zion’s injury (huge, mega bummer) changed everything for the Pelicans’ run, but I may go against the grain and throw them one last lifeline. I imagine we’ll see at least one of Brandon Ingram or CJ McCollum leave their stinker behind them, and playing in New Orleans never hurts. The Heat, even without Jimmy Butler, are not the lowly Hawks and I think they have enough Pat Riley blood magic to eke out another postseason berth. 14 points for Patty Mills in a Miami win. Gomez: The Pelicans without Zion will likely lose. At least that’s the hope. The Kings could make the series with the Thunder a lot more interesting. As for the East, whoever advances is probably getting swept by the Celtics, but I can see the Bulls taking down the Butler-less Heat. DeMar DeRozan should be able to feast on offense and the Heat don’t seem to have the firepower on offense to compete.

Saturday Specials in San Antonio

Barbaro
Bar
2720 McCullough Ave, San Antonio TX, 78212
Best Happy Hour in town 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day
$5 classic and house cocktails
Discounts on select beer and wine.
Bar
4553 N TX-1604-LOOP W Suite 1101 San Antonio, Texas, San Antonio TX, 78249
Happy Hour Wednesday through Sunday evenings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
$2 wells drinks and $3 frose, house margs and house shots.
Picks’ Reverse Happy Hour, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The Cherrity Bar
Bar
302 Montana St., San Antonio TX, 78203
Day Drinkers’ Happy Hour Saturday 12- 3 p.m.,
Half price apps from Kuriya
$6 palomas, margaritas, scorpions and pain killers.
Bistr09
Restaurant
6106 Broadway Street, San Antonio TX, 78209
Happy Hour $5 cocktails and appetizers, offered Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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