ICE MAN LAMENTS: George Gervin spent nearly all of his Hall of Fame career in San Antonio, playing with the Spurs both in the ABA and NBA from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s.
He won four scoring titles, including three in a row from 1977-80, and became a beloved figure in the area thanks to his super-cool demeanor and the finger roll that became his calling card. But the "Ice Man" never won a championship.
Of course, he never played with Tim Duncan, either.
When asked how many rings he would've won if he the two had teamed together, Gervin replied with a smile, "I don't know. I know I would've won some. But it wasn't meant for me. I'm satisfied with that."
Gervin remains connected to the Spurs as the team's corporate responsibility representative, working with the team to reach out in the community. Most recently, he attended an NBA Cares event at a local middle school that celebrated the opening of a shiny new learning and play center.
"I'm glad to see, still being part of the organization, I still get (a ring)," Gervin said. "It's just that I ain't earned it like the way I would like to earn one."
SHAKE IT UP! Beyond being the NBA's best team in the regular season, the Miami Heat sure can dance.
The Heat's performance of the "Harlem Shake," viewed more than 45 million times on YouTube, was a winner in the 2013 NBA Social Media Awards.
The skit, filmed in the Heat's locker room, won the "OMG Award," going to the team with the best video shared via social media.
The awards were announced Wednesday night on NBA TV. Highlights are available at www.nba.com/sma.
Kobe Bryant was a two-time winner, earning the "Social Media MVP" for being the player with the most engagement among social media platforms. He also picked up the "140 Award" for the best tweet of the year, when he wrote "Amnesty THAT" after scoring 38 points to lead the Lakers to a victory in February over the Dallas Mavericks, whose owner Mark Cuban had hypothetically suggested that the Lakers could use the amnesty clause to waive Bryant and help their salary cap structure.
TRASH TALK: Sean Elliott spent 11 of his 12 NBA seasons with the Spurs and now serves as the team's color analyst for locally televised games. So he has had an up-close view of both the Spurs' first championship run, when he averaged 11.2 points per game in 1998-99, and this year's march to the finals.
Elliott's Spurs relied on the Twin Towers of Duncan and David Robinson, while the most recent version features a more wide-open style of play.
"Great collection of younger players and veteran players, but they'd have to take a backseat to my '99 team," Elliott said playfully. "We had a younger Timmy and Dave."
AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney contributed to this report.
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