San Antonio Spurs Rumors
The Spurs coach appears to have left a monstrous $5,000 tip on a dinner at McEwen’s Memphis last week ahead of Game 4, according to a photo posted to Reddit. “Coach Popovich has been in our restaurant in the past multiple times,” McEwen’s owner Bert Smithe told mySA.com, though he did not confirm whether the Spurs coach dined there recently.
Though coach Pop has not confirmed the transaction, a number of factors give this tale authenticity: The handwriting appears to match, the Spurs were in town for games on April 20 and 22 and the FedEx Forum is only blocks away from McEwen’s, which is known for its wine selection. “We don’t discuss anything that goes on when VIPs are in the building,” Smithe said, adding he heard people discussing Popovich’s tip in town Tuesday.
San Antonio Spurs fans looking to show their team pride with a tattoo are changing their ink plans because of the logo’s association with a local gang, local artists say. Laura Rosario, manager at Ring of Fire downtown, said when customers ask for a Spurs-related tattoo, artists give them a heads up. Usually, she told mySA.com, locals are already aware of the connection and will ask for a Spurs tattoo in a less visible place. “We won’t put it on someone’s neck or face or further down their arm where someone could see it and assume they’re associated with that gang,” she said. “We try to make sure that they know.”
A second tattoo shop employee who wished to not be quoted in this story for fear of gang retaliation, said most San Antonio locals already know about the gang affiliation before coming in for ink. The employee said the shop was “fully aware” there was a gang in the city that has members get a Spurs tattoo. At Voodoo Tattoos on the East Side, part-owners K.B. Arrellano and Jackie Garcia said customers request Spurs tattoos year-round, but especially during playoff season.
Spurs center Dewayne Dedmon expects to be inside the AT&T Center — and it is assumed back in the starting lineup — for Game 5 against Memphis on Tuesday. This is a sharp contrast from Game 4, which he spent laid up in bed in the team’s hotel across the street from the FedEx Forum.
“I woke up and wasn’t really feeling good,” Dedmon said, recalling his nightmarish Saturday. “I came to shootaround, went through shootaround, got back to the room and thought maybe I needed to rest. About 15 minutes later, I woke up and everything started coming out. Both ends.”