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Old 10-07-13, 10:50 AM
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Notes from pre-season scrimmage

You know it’s a preseason scrimmage when perhaps the biggest story of the day is Patty Mills’ body fat. You’ll have to wait until Mike Monroe’s notebook tomorrow at ExpressNews.com to find out the exact percentage, but suffice to say the reserve point guard has undergone a total body overhaul in the three-plus months since the Spurs were vanquished by Miami in the Finals.

Gone is Fatty Mills, the pudgy, towel-waving mascot. In his place is a cut specimen who, much to Manu Ginobili’s not-so mock disgust, couldn’t wait to whip his shirt off after Team Silver’s 58-50 victory over Team Black, in which he scored 10 points with three assists and three steals.

Complete with a clean shave, Mills — in the last year of his contract with the Spurs — looks so different that Danny Green hardly recognized him when the players began gathering at the practice site in mid-September.

“I thought he was on drugs,” Green joked. “He looked really skinny.”

* It comes with a caveat as he wasn’t playing with Tim Duncan or Tony Parker, who both suited up with the Black. But Kawhi Leonard was extremely aggressive as the conduit of Team Silver, putting up nine shots and drawing five free throws in 29 minutes. With the variety of post-ups, pull-ups and drives we saw from the Ultimate Spur on Sunday, the preseason talk about a larger role might actually be rooted in reality.

* In a ridiculously early read on who might fill the 15th and final roster spot, Corey Maggette had a strong showing with eight points in 20 minutes. He was never particularly skillful even in his prime. But Maggette could always get to the foul line, a talent that was in full effect Sunday as he bulled his way into the paint for nine free throws.

Sam Young, in comparison, made one of three 3-pointers, while the other four camp invites…well, they’ve got zero chance of making the team, so there’s no real point in evaluating their performances.

* Marco Belinelli was Marco Belinelli — solidly adequate, making just 1 of 4 shots but also showing the vision that made him such an attractive target for the budget-strapped Spurs. At one point in the third quarter he corralled a bad outlet and found Danny Green near the basket for an easy bucket. Nothing flashy, but definitely functional.


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Old 10-07-13, 12:02 PM
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Sounds like you had a good time. Wish I coulda been there...
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Old 10-07-13, 05:28 PM
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in a offtopic but related... is timmy SO SKINNY, or is baynes hugue???!!

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Old 10-07-13, 10:41 PM
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"Bangas" Baynes is just a big boppa, now if he can put some control and playbook work to his game we can really use him.
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Old 10-08-13, 12:15 AM
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"Bangas" Baynes is just a big boppa, now if he can put some control and playbook work to his game we can really use him.
You are correct he is just big in size but has little fundamentals to his game at this point more than brute strength. He can add alot to his game and yes we can really use him.
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