April is a great month to be in the San Antonio area this year, as some exciting sporting and music events are coming to town. The San Antonio Spurs had what looked like the best offseason in the NBA going into 2009-10, but the team struggled to gel early on in the season. The team’s big offseason acquisition, Richard Jefferson, had a tough time finding his role on the Spurs and the trade looked like a bust move – that is, until lately. Jefferson, though still not quite himself, has had some big games in February and March and the team is looking much better as a result.
Another big reason for the Spurs’ more recent success has been the play of second-year guard George Hill. Hill earned himself a role in the starting lineup before Tony Parker broke his hand, as he showed the ability to play both guard positions. With Parker sidelined, though, Hill has been even better. He’s making a name for himself and fans know that AT&T Center tickets to see Spurs games include the chance to get a glimpse of this young up-and-comer. Hill has changed his style of play now that he’s getting more run at the point and it looks like the Spurs have found yet another key piece of their franchise outside of the draft lottery.
The Spurs have a big game in April when the reigning Eastern Conference Champions the Orlando Magic come to town. The Spurs’ central goal will be stopping big man and reigning Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard. Tim Duncan will draw a lot of the responsibility to stop Howard, as he’s played out of position at center frequently this year. The Spurs can’t allow Howard to receive the ball deep in the post; his combination of size and athleticism makes him nearly unstoppable when the gets the ball in there. Limiting his touches is the only way to try to stop him from dunking the ball on you repeatedly. Whether they can stop Howard or not, the game will be a true test to see if the Spurs have turned some kind of corner lately and are truly ready to make a run at another title.
For those basketball fans that prefer the women’s game, it would be wise to check out the Women’s Final Four when it arrives in April. The team that everyone wants to see is surely the UConn Huskies, who may be the best women’s basketball team to every hit the court. Led by Mya Moore and Tina Charles, this team has been racking up the wins with astonishing ease over the past two seasons and is as close of a lock to reach the Final Four as there is, and perhaps ever has been.
If sports aren’t your thing, then perhaps the forthcoming visit of Elton John will tickle your fancy. John is one of the most famous recording artists that the world has ever seen. He’s churned out countless classics over the years, such as “Benny and the Jets,” “Tiny Dancer,” Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” and many more. His unique vocals accompanied by incredible piano play and plenty of showmanship make for a great concert every time.