HoopsHype Antonio McDyess rumors

June 30, 2011 Updates

With the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the players union to expire one minute after midnight Thursday, the Spurs proposed extending the deadline to the first day of the next player free agency period, whenever that may be. McDyess and his agent, Andy Miller, agreed to the salary guarantee extension on Thursday. San Antonio Express-News

May 1, 2011 Updates

“This was not at all how I wanted it to end, but signing here was one of the best things I did in my career,” he said. “I wouldn’t trade these two years for the world, one of the greatest times of my whole career. I just wish we would have gone farther.” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is going to miss McDyess, as a player and person, but will respect his decision. “We’re not going to fight him,” Popovich said. “If he does retire, as much as a player, we would miss him more as a person. He’s one of the finest human beings I’ve ever been associated with. He commands huge, huge buckets of respect from his teammates, just from the way he conducts himself. He’s just a wonderful man. So if he does retire, we’ll really miss him in that leadership role.” San Antonio Express-News

His final basket as a Spur, a perfect 20-foot jumper from the top of the key, gave his team its only lead of the second half of Friday’s elimination game in Memphis. “This was one of the most enjoyable seasons I’ve ever had but disappointing we couldn’t go farther than the first round,” McDyess said. When the Spurs were blown out in Game 4 at Memphis, he called out his teammates for being timid, including himself. “I think that first game at home kind of set the tone for the whole series,” he said. “We weren’t aggressive, and the Grizzlies were ready to play us, and we should have taken that to heart when they said they wanted to play us. They came out exactly like a team that wanted to play us, and we were just taking their punches and weren’t coming back at them.” San Antonio Express-News

April 30, 2011 Updates

Popovich said Saturday that he expects that Antonio McDyess will retire after a 15-season career. “Antonio McDyess is probably leaning towards retirement, from what he said. We’re not going to fight him,” Popovich said. “He’s going to make his own decision. If he does retire, as much as a player, we would miss him more as a person. “He’s one of the finest human beings I’ve ever been associated with. He commands huge, huge buckets of respect from his teammates, just from the way he conducts himself. He’s just a wonderful man. So if he does retire, we’ll really miss him in that leadership role.” San Antonio Express-News

His neck still ached and his left arm still tingled after Friday’s Game 6 loss to the Grizzlies ended the Spurs’ season. What hurt Antonio McDyess the most was his heart. “This was my last game,” the 16-year veteran said. “I’m pretty definite on that. But this was not the way I wanted it to end.” San Antonio Express-News

McDyess shook his head as he discussed Randolph’s success in crunch time. “I couldn’t have played any better D,” he said. “I keep running it back in my head and I don’t think I could have done different. He hit some really freaking tough shots. I didn’t think there was any way they could go in and I’d look up and he’d made them. “To see that happen, when you had ground and played as tough a defense as you could, it hurts. At the same time, if he’s going to make those types of shots with the type of defense I played, you have to accept it.” San Antonio Express-News

April 27, 2011 Updates

McDyess call his team “a bunch of wussies” after their struggles in a 102-84 loss to Memphis which has dropped the Spurs into a 3-1 hole in the best-of-seven series. When asked about his stinging comments, McDyess said his strong words made for a reason. “You saw the game. Everybody saw the game,” McDyess said. “So I ain’t said nothing that wasn’t true. “We didn’t play like we know how to play. I haven’t seen that team I saw at the beginning of the year all playoffs. What I said was stuff that was coming from the heart and what was true. That’s including myself and coming from myself.” San Antonio Express-News

April 26, 2011 Updates

One win away from a stunning first-round upset, brought nearer by a bullying 104-86 victory in Game 4 on Monday night, it’s safe to say Memphis will believe anything now. As for the top-seeded Spurs? It’s difficult to know what to make of them, as they teeter on the edge of one of the greatest playoff pratfalls in NBA history. On his way out of FedEx Forum, veteran center Antonio McDyess had one idea. “We’re playing like a bunch of wussies,” McDyess said. San Antonio Express-News

In little more than a week, the Spurs’ goals have changed. They opened the playoffs with legitimate talk of winning a title. Now, they’re just hoping to force a second trip to Memphis by winning Game 5 on Wednesday. “They’ve put themselves in this position, we’ve put ourselves in this position,” said 35-year-old birthday boy Tim Duncan, who over his career is 0-5 in series when down 3-1. “If we want to stay alive, we’ve got to win one game at a time.” It was a disappointing showing for the Spurs, who after that wrenching Game 3 loss talked up Game 4 as a test of wills — “a man-up game,” McDyess called it. San Antonio Express-News

April 25, 2011 Updates

They are halfway to becoming just the second No. 1 seed in the best-of-7 era to be bounced by an eight seed, and if Zach Randolph’s relentlessness in the paint isn’t enough to keep them up at night, his newly discovered 3-point stroke is. “Our backs are against the wall,” said McDyess, who expects to play tonight despite a compressed nerve in his neck. “We need to come out and play with some type of anger, some type of passion. We can’t go down 3-1.” San Antonio Express-News

April 24, 2011 Updates

San Antonio center Antonio McDyess expects to play in Game 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night despite a neck nerve injury that forced him to leave Saturday night's loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Meanwhile, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said he still is hindered a bit by an achy right elbow that caused him to miss Game 1 of the series that Memphis leads 2-1. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

McDyess suffered a neck sprain late in the fourth quarter of Memphis’ 91-88 victory, his left arm going numb from shoulder to fingertips. Tim Duncan’s elbow appeared to hit McDyess in the neck as the two battled for a rebound under the Grizzlies’ basket. The 15-year veteran big man went to the bench, where he was unable to close his right hand. X-rays of McDyess’ neck and shoulder were negative, relieving his worst fears. “It was totally numb,” he said. “I couldn’t feel my hand, couldn’t move it at all. I’d never experienced that. I thought I’d broke my neck or something.” San Antonio Express-News

The team’s medical staff gave McDyess anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling. While the team doctors who accompanied the club to Memphis will make the determination on his availability, McDyess thinks he will be able to play. “I think I’ll be okay,” he said. “I hope it’s not as bad on Monday. I would have played tonight if I could have, but oh my God, the pain was some of the worst I ever encountered on my neck.” “I think Timmy or somebody came down on my neck and bent my neck sideways,” he said. “Whatever he did happened so fast and the pain came, and I couldn’t even feel my arm.” San Antonio Express-News

March 31, 2011 Updates

The Spurs will be attempting to turn around a season-worst four-game losing streak. In each game, they squandered a fourth-quarter lead. McDyess said having the time off has helped the team refocus after the recent slump. “That’s tough, but we look at it it as a positive because we were in every game,” McDyess said. “Now is where the playoff starts. We need to focus down the stretch and get the rest of these games.” San Antonio Express-News

March 24, 2011 Updates
March 9, 2011 Updates

McDyess has played so well in his 14th season that some in the organization — including Popovich and team captain Tim Duncan — have wondered if maybe he ought to rethink his planned retirement at the end of the season. For now, McDyess is still leaning toward quitting. He doesn’t expect his career games-played meter to surpass 1,018. If this is to be his last season, McDyess — who has also appeared in 94 career playoff games — would like to go out with the one thing the Pistons could never give him. A title, he says, would be “icing on the cake.” “I would have accomplished all my goals,” McDyess said. “I would be speechless.” San Antonio Express-News

February 20, 2011 Updates

Antonio McDyess, the Spurs veteran power forward, will be 38 at the start of the 2012-13 season, but appears to have made up his mind about returning for one more season, regardless of when the next season might be. “I don’t think (a lockout) will affect my decision,” he said. San Antonio Express-News

February 18, 2011 Updates

Antonio McDyess believes he has one more NBA season left in him. The Spurs’ 36-year-old forward, who as recently as last month said he was leaning toward retiring at the end of the season, said Thursday that — lockout or not — he now plans to play in 2010-11. “My mind is pretty much made up,” McDyess said. “I feel like I’ll be able to lace ’em up and go again.” McDyess has been a key component of the Spurs’ rotation, even as he is averaging a career-low 18 minutes, 6 seconds, entering Thursday. He said Popovich’s care in managing veterans’ minutes is the biggest factor in his apparent change of heart. “It’s the best situation I’ve ever been in,” McDyess said. San Antonio Express-News

February 17, 2011 Updates

Antonio McDyess, the 36-year-old Spurs forward who as recently as last month had been leaning toward retirement at the end of the season, said Thursday he plans to return for a 15th season. “My mind is pretty much made up,” McDyess said. “I feel like I’ll be able to lace ‘em up and go again.” San Antonio Express-News

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