Southwest Notes: Spurs, Mavs, Doncic, Pelicans

The Bexar County Commission is discussing the possibility of allowing the Spurs to play up to four home games away from the AT&T Center in each of the next two seasons, writes Scott Huddleston of The San Antonio Express-News. Because the arena received public funding, the team requires the approval of local officials to play more than two games away from San Antonio.

If approved, home games in Mexico (Mexico City and Monterrey) and elsewhere in Texas (Austin and San Marcos) are possibilities, per Huddleston. Spurs CEO R.C. Buford said in a statement that the franchise remains committed to San Antonio, but wants to attempt to grow its fan base.

“We are committed to finding new, creative ways to purposefully engage and celebrate our fans from Mexico to Austin, continuing to expand our regional fan base,” Buford said. “We believe San Antonio is uniquely positioned from a cultural, geographic and economic standpoint to serve as the anchor for this region. San Antonio has been home for five decades, and the organization will continue to innovate, positioning the Spurs to thrive in San Antonio for the next 50 years.”

Here are a few more notes from around the Southwest:

  • For the second time this week, Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd had a familiar message for his team, writes Tim MacMahon of ESPN. As he did after Dallas’ Game 1 loss to Phoenix, Kidd said on Wednesday after the team lost Game 2 that Luka Doncic needs more help. “He had a great game, but no one else showed,” Kidd said. “We’ve got to get other guys shooting the ball better. We can’t win with just him out there scoring 30 a night — not at this time of the year.” The head coach added that the Mavs also need to “do a better job” of helping Doncic on defense, where he was repeatedly attacked by the Suns in the second half.
  • Pelicans head coach Willie Green – whose team had a strong second half, earned a playoff spot in the play-in tournament, and played Phoenix tough in the first round – sees parallels between this year’s Pelicans and the 2020 Suns, per Christian Clark of “(Suns head coach) Monty (Williams) and I talked about it in the hallway after the game,” said Green, who was an assistant on Williams’ staff when the Suns went 8-0 in the 2020 Orlando bubble. “… Those moments, that experience will help us in the future. That’s very similar to what we went through in Phoenix together.”
  • William Guillory of The Athletic takes a look at some of the biggest offseason questions facing the Pelicans, discussing Zion Williamson‘s contract situation, the need to add more outside shooting, and what to do with the Lakers’ lottery pick.
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