Wednesday, October 8, 2008

MySA: 3 Spurs won't make trip to Houston

October 08, 2008
Mike Monroe: 3 Spurs won't make trip to Houston

It's just the first pre-season game, so it is no great surprise that the three Spurs nursing injuries won't make the trip to Houston Thursday morning for that night's game against the Rockets at Toyota Center.

Kurt Thomas (left hamstring strain), Salim Stoudamire (right groin strain) and Ian Mahinmi (sprained right ankle) will remain in San Antonio and get some more medical treatment.

Stoudamire's situation worsened a bit Wednesday morning when his right groin tightened after he had gone through most of the practice session. His injury was to be re-examined by the team's medical staff after practice. Signed to a two-year contract that is not fully guaranteed the week before camp began, Stoudamire will need to prove himself in some pre-season games to earn a roster spot, but he can't push himself to play before he is ready.

Tim pans trim

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich took a trimmer to the beard he had cultivated throughout the off-season, showing up at Wednesday's practice with a beard roughly half as full as it had been.

Though Popovich had promised to adhere to the wishes of team captain Tim Duncan about his facial hair, he made a unilateral decision to apply the scissors, and Duncan was not happy.

"I did not tell him to trim it," Duncan said, "and I'm disappointed that he didn't just go with the whole thing. He did trim it up a little bit, and it looks good. I guess he's not going to go the whole Santa Claus look."

So much for getting a decent look at Stoudamire or Mahinmi. It's also discouraging to still see Kurt Thomas struggling. This training camp was his chance to really learn the Spurs' system and so far...he's missing it.

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