Carlos Mencia mindful of Spurs

August 4, 2014 by  
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For someone who is as active on his Twitter account as stand-up comedian Carlos Mencia, he sure doesn’t have much to read on his Twitter feed from the users he follows.

Although he has over 41,000 followers himself, Mencia, who joined Twitter in March 2009, is currently following only 37 other Twitter users. This includes comedians like Whitney Cummings, Amy Schumer, and Ellen DeGeneres.

It also includes the official page for the 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. Some might consider it an odd choice for Mencia since he lives in Los Angeles and considers himself a diehard Lakers fan, but Mencia doesn’t think so.

“I just respect the way the Spurs play,” Mencia, 46, told me during a phone interview to help promote his tour stop at San Antonio’s LOL Comedy Club August 15-17. “I love the way they approach the game.”

Impressed with San Antonio’s play this past season, Mencia, best known for his four season hosting the Comedy Central TV show “Mind of Mencia,” credits the Spurs determination as the reason they were able to earn their fifth championship in franchise history in June.

“The Spurs let it get away from them and lost it last year,” Mencia said. “But for them to learn from their mistakes and come back and win it this year is awesome and amazing.”

Mencia also says he’s in awe of the devoted nature of the team over the last 18 seasons.

“Guys like [Gregg] Popovich don’t exist anymore,” Mencia said. “You don’t have coaches loyal to one team through thick and thin. You don’t have guys like Duncan anymore. Just look what we’re going through with [LeBron James]. This is what [the NBA] has become. It’s a business.”

The Spurs, he says, are the only team in the NBA that wouldn’t allow themselves to get mixed up in the hype.

“What if LeBron had said, ‘I want to play for the Spurs?’ What if he said, ‘I guarantee I will play in San Antonio for at least 10 years, but I don’t want to play with Tim Duncan,’ who probably will play for only a couple more seasons? The Spurs are the only team in the NBA that wouldn’t take that offer.”

To purchase tickets to see Carlos Mencia on stage August 15-17 at the LOL Comedy Club, visit lolsanantonio.com.