Quixem Ramirez

Twitter goals this season: Increase retweet efficiency and work on Twitter conditioning.

Paul Garcia

Coach Carlisle on Kawhi Leonard: "He's developing into a great young player." Said Kawhi is learning to do it all on both sides of floor.

Jeff McDonald

Pop says Spurs will be "offensively challenged" to open season. Mavs a scoring juggernaut. Spurs missing two top defenders. Bad combo.

Dan McCarney

But not just false modesty with two starters and a key reserve out. Could be a long -- but still great -- night for Los Spurs.

Dan McCarney

Pop was legit surprised to hear Spurs are 4-0 on ring nights. Probably would have blown his mind to hear they're 16-1 in openers with TD.

Dan McCarney

Pop's game plan is set: "It's the first game of the season. You get your rings, you get beat by 30, you go get a glass of wine."

Paul Garcia

Kawhi Leonard just came in from shooting around on the court, he was wearing his new claw/Klaw shoes.

Jeff McDonald

Pop, on Duncan's vow to savor ring ceremony: "He's not going to be around for five more, so he wants to make sure he appreciates this."

Danny Green

Spurs v Mavs 8pm eastern...TNT tune in

Mike Monroe

Everyone who thought Matt Bonner and Marco Belinelli would start for #Spurs in ring game, stand up. Oh, sit down @Jeff McDonald

Jeff McDonald

Pop: "It's the first game of the season. You get your rings, you get beat by 30, you go get a glass of wine."

Jeff McDonald

Tiago Splitter, originally out with a calf strain, is now dealing with some sort of back ailment, Pop says. Leonard closer to returning.

Jeff McDonald

Kawhi Leonard has been cleared to start practicing and playing, per Pop, but he won't play tonight.

Dan McCarney

Pop reiterated last yr's championship being greatest experience of athletic career. "Although I did hit a shot one time to beat Gary East."

Jeff McDonald

Belinelli and Bonner will start tonight for Spurs. Can't believe I actually guessed that.

Paul Garcia

Starters for tonight's game on Spurs' side: Tony Parker, Danny Green, Marco Belinelli, Matt Bonner, Tim Duncan

Paul Garcia

Says Pop, Tiago has the calf injury, but for some reason he's getting word about a back injury. Said he's a little confused.

Mike Finger

So in sum: The NCAA already agreed to a $75M concussion settlement. This apparently is about football players wanting piece for themselves.

Paul Garcia

On Tiago Splitter, Pop: "He's just out until they tell us he's ready to play."

Paul Garcia

Pop says Kawhi Leonard has been cleared to participate in practices, just wasn't ready by tonight.

Mike Finger

That's one heck of a typo. Whittier really is represented by Dr. Evil, apparently.

Dan McCarney

The banner is ready to be unveiled. http://t.co/FmgRwz3wNw

Paul Garcia

Spurscast Special: Talking Spurs vs. Mavs live from AT&T Center ift.tt/1tHjE4Y featuring @JeffGarciaPS & I.

Michael De Leon

Spurscast Special: Talking Spurs vs. Mavs live from AT&T Center ift.tt/1tHjE4Y #spurs

Paul Garcia

Pop: "You get your rings, you get beat by 30, you have some wine, and then the season starts."

Quixem Ramirez

Spurs starters: Parker, Green, Belinelli, Bonner, Duncan

Paul Garcia

Per Pop, Marco Belinelli, Matt Bonner will start in place of Kawhi and Splitter.

Paul Garcia

As @geoffsheen760 tweeted earlier, something behind the curtain... http://t.co/ntrz7pOrOE

Mike Finger

Whittier was Texas' first black football letterman. He hadn't been doing many interviews lately. Now we see a possible reason why.

Mike Finger

Uh, wow. RT @KEYESportsBob: Ex-UT player Julius Whittier has filed a $50 BILLION class-action lawsuit against NCAA. keyetv.com/news/features/…

Quixem Ramirez

East predictions: 1. Cleveland 2. Chicago 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Quixem Ramirez

West predictions: 1. Spurs 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Dan McCarney

Tim Duncan is soooo jealous MT @AndrewLynch In A Nod To 1988, The Charlotte Hornets Are Giving Tuxedo T-Shirts To Fans

Quixem Ramirez

FWIW, TNT is broadcasting the championship ring ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

Dan McCarney

Ring ceremony will be part of TNT's broadcast tonight.

Mike Monroe

Rick Carlisle, on shorthanded #Spurs: 'Couple guys out; throw couple guys in that play like pants r on fire, they embarrass u w/ hard play'

Michael De Leon

Check out Kawhi Leonard’s ‘Claw’ Jordan logo ift.tt/1oWrp5R #spurs

Dan McCarney

Once more, with feeling: AT&T Center doors open -- 5 p.m.; Ring ceremony -- 6:30; Game tips -- 7:08 p.m.

Mike Monroe

Richard Jefferson, on #Spurs and rings: "None of those guys ever wore them, not to a dinner, not to an event. Those things are never seen."

Mike Monroe

Caught up with ex-#Spurs Richard Jefferson; his take on ring night: 'Great thing is,those rings will never be seen again.'

Tony Parker

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Boris Diaw

D-day ! Let's get a good lunch and some rest before enjoying this ceremony. See you tonight fans ! #GoSpursGo

Michael De Leon

Charles Barkley has no problems playing for a female coach; hopes she is good looking as well ift.tt/1pV1gzb #spurs

Dan McCarney

Spurs lead yet again as NBA sets record for international players #spurs blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/20…

Kyle Anderson

I used to tell all the people from my hometown i was going to play in the NBA and they'd look at me like i was crazy! The time has come #GSG

Paul Garcia

Nice RT @yowhatupT: Kawhi Claw logo “@Nice Kicks: Air Jordan 6 "The Claw" PE for Kawhi Leonard goo.gl/0aKQ5Y

Paul Garcia

Per NBA, international player pool continues to grow; Spurs lead with most international players for 3rd season. http://t.co/bMgktkXSFJ

Jeff McDonald

"Last I checked" is a lie. I've never actually asked the NBA if bubble boys are legal. Maybe they are.

Jeff McDonald

Last I checked, the NBA still outlawed bubble boys from participating in a game. Which seems unnecessarily discriminatory if you ask me.

Jeff McDonald

Kawhi Leonard being cleared to be in the same gym with the team is an important first step in returning to the floor, I'd think.

Jeff McDonald

Danny Green with what amounts to a Kawhi Leonard health update: "He's cleared to be around us."

Mike Finger

Charlie Strong admits he's frustrated. But the Longhorns say, "Give the man some time." expressnews.com/sports/college…

Jeff McDonald

First name Green mentioned as a potential Dirk slower downer, obviously, was Boris Diaw.

Jeff McDonald

Asked Danny Green who guards Dirk with Tiago Splitter out tonight. Second name he mentioned was Matt Bonner, so there's that.

Jeff McDonald

It should be noted neither myself nor the TV guys own medical degrees, or else we wouldn't be myself or TV guys.

Jeff McDonald

Can't get close enough to Kawhi to really see his eyes, but those with zoom lenses (ie TV folks) say there's still detectable redness.

Dan McCarney

Such a great photo from last year's Finals. Everybody happy for Leonard as if they'd won the MVP themselves. http://t.co/dW3dOUR6jV

Jeff McDonald

Kawhi Leonard on the floor at end of practice, taking FTs with real, live teammates for 2nd straight day. Guess he's not contagious anymore.

Dan McCarney

You know you've made it when you get your own logo.

Jeff McDonald

Not shoe nerd. Like at all. But those Kawhi Leonard "kicks" (as I hear the kids are calling them here in 1993) are pretty sweet.

Jeff McDonald

A history of the Spurs' ill-fated title defenses from our @Dan McCarney blog.mysanantonio.com/spursnation/20…

Dan McCarney

NBA sets record with 101 players from 37 countries/territories on opening night rosters, Spurs lead the way individually with nine.

Kyle Anderson

Amen! RT @PaulKim__: Cause one day we'll all be together, sippin heavenly champagne

Tony Parker

Its time ! Are you ready ? GO SPURS GO !!!!

Mike Monroe

One of my favorite pre-season tasks: Enlisting NBA scouts for their take on #Spurs players expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…

Mike Monroe

#Spurs notebook by @Jeff McDonald: Little headway on Leonard extension talks expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…

Mike Monroe

#Spurs ring night opponent, Mavs helped steel champs for title run expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…

Mike Monroe

Champion #Spurs likely to struggle tonight, first with emotions, then with Mavs writes @Jeff McDonald expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…

Jeff McDonald

There's some not-so-nice stuff in there too ... Highly recommend the click.

Jeff McDonald

On Tony Parker: "He and Gregg Popovich are almost like one now, and that's scary."

Jeff McDonald

On Boris Diaw: "MVP of the entire playoff run ... took the most unselfish team to an even higher level of unselfishness."

Jeff McDonald

Some of my favorite excerpts from that afore-tweeted "scout's take" piece ... on Matt Bonner: "Best non-player in the NBA ..."

Jeff McDonald

And a must-read: @Mike Monroe gives a veteran NBA scout's take on the Spurs' roster, player by player by player expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…

Jeff McDonald

Spurs notebook: Little headway made on extension for Spurs' Leonard expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…

Jeff McDonald

Five burning questions as the Spurs begin their back-to-back title quest expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…

Jeff McDonald

When the Spurs receive their championship rings tonight, give a hand to the Dallas Mavericks, too (via @Mike Monroe) expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…

Jeff McDonald

The Spurs' 2014-15 season will begin with a ring ceremony. They don't intend to take the party for granted. expressnews.com/sports/spurs/a…

Jeff McDonald

I warned you Tuesday's paper was going to be chock-full of more Spurs preview stuff. Time for another edition of The Morning Constitutional:

Paul Garcia

Reminder for folks attending tonight's Spurs game: Doors open at 5 PM CST, ring/banner ceremony begins at 6:30. Tip-off at 7 PM.

Jeff McDonald

"But they'll never see the pass coming, considering our QB is a corpse a la Weekend At Bernie's." -- Jason Garrett, probably

Jeff McDonald

Throwing three straight passes there made sense considering how sharp and not nearly paralyzed Romo was.

Mike Finger

That PR guy just yelled "No means no!" at a TV guy and that was by far my favorite part of the night.

Jeff McDonald

Gotta admit: Cowboys picked a strange time to take wear and tear off Murray. You know, 2nd and 3 in overtime.

Jeff McDonald

How soon before Mack Brown just suggests Jay Gruden move Robert Griffin to safety?

Dan McCarney

I knew you couldn't resist, ESPN.

Jeff McDonald

Cowboys fans calculating what has to happen to get Garrett Gilbert in there for Washington ...

Dan McCarney

Murray needs a little work on his pass blocking, huh?

Jeff McDonald

Shouldn't you stick with Weeden here, is something I didn't expect to be asking three hours ago?

Jeff McDonald

Romo is trying to get back in the game. Unless he plays safety, he might not get a chance.

Dan McCarney

I just know Pop McCoy stripped off his shirt and whirled it over his head after that 4th-down conversion.

Mike Finger

Seriously. If that ball floated just a tiny bit higher, we'd be remembering McCoy like we do Chris Webber.