In an interview with YES Network, Andrei Kirilenko lists off his top 5 NBA nicknames, first noting that he's not a big fan of Kobe Bryant's Black Mamba. He says he'd call him "Killer Instinct," which for some reason he likes better.

Kirilenko also lists two of his new teammates from the Boston Celtics, though he says he prefers "KG" to "The Big Ticket." When told that Dirk Nowitzki's nickname is "Big Mummy," Kirilenko smartly says "I have my own opinion on that," laughing.


NOT Manu Ginobili & Tiago Splitter, I think (AP)

Okay, so the Charlotte Bobcats and Cleveland Cavaliers were two nice picnic games for P.J. Carlesimo to start his interim career with. But the Brooklyn Nets don't have a cupcake schedule for long, and tonight face their first test beyond the lottery-bound, taking on the 24-8 San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center in San Antonio.

The Spurs are perhaps the most stable organization in sports, having kept their core of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and coach Gregg Popovich together for over a decade -- unparalleled in the NBA. On top of their stability (or, more likely, because of it), they rank in the top-5 of the NBA both offensively and defensively despite a whirl of changing parts since their last championship run since 2006-07.

To break down the San Antonio Spurs success, welcome Jesse Blanchard from 48 Minutes of Hell, ESPN TrueHoop San Antonio Spurs Affiliate. I've asked Jesse three questions about the Spurs, and he offers a prediction.


Devin: The always-aging, somehow never-aging Spurs are 24-8 after 32 games. Yawn. Business as usual in San Antonio, or has something changed that's kept them this good?

Jesse:... MORE →