The Spurs have some serious issues on defense.
Yahoo! Sports' Kelly Dwyer spotted a report and video of the San Antonio Spurs' recent game with a bunch of barefoot kids in Mexico.
With that, we have to hope Gregg Popovich wasn't around to see this lackadaisical commitment on the defensive end of the floor. At the 40-second mark, it looks like Manu Ginobili delivering another one of his audacious passes, only to see it get picked off by the opposing team of fleet-footed megastars.
In all seriousness, the 15-3 Spurs are in Mexico City to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves on Dec. 4 as part of the NBA's Global Games initiative.
While they were around, the Spurs saw fit to spread some goodwill, laughs and time on the court with kids eager to show off their skills.
The Latin Times' Oscar Lopez has a full report on this particular meeting. The kids are from the state of Oaxaca and comprise a team called the Triquis, a team that just so happen to beat the Spurs, 10-4. That's right, don't even bother boarding the plane back home, fellas.
The encounter took place at the Mexico City Arena, one of the biggest stadiums in the city. The youngsters were invited to visit their idols to take part in the training session, however, Gregg Popovich proposed a friendly match with bare feet. The Triquis kids showed their determination and ability, weaving and snatching around the giant Spurs players. The victory is impressive, though we suspect the Spurs went a little easy on the pint-sized players.
Snark aside, this is a wonderful idea for a team that is no doubt tired from travel and a grueling game they won on Monday—a 102-100 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Instead of griping about playing an International game during the season, the team decided to spread some basketball love with youth who seem to absolutely adore the game.
Per the report, Ginobili even "encouraged the Triquis to keep following their dreams."
Thanks to the Spurs and their barefooted blundering, our own days are a little brighter. That goes double for a bunch of kids from Oaxaca.
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