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Gregg Popovich: I Get Very Envious Of Warriors

Feb 12, 2016 1:27 PM

Gregg Popovich offered extremely high praise of the Golden State Warriors.

"I've spent more time thinking about Golden State than I have any other team I've ever thought about in my whole career," Popovich told ESPN Radio on Friday. "Because they are really fun. I'd go buy a ticket and go watch them play. And when I see them move the ball, I get very envious. When I see them shoot uncontested shots more than anybody else in the league, it's inspiring. It's just great basketball.

"So I'm actually enjoying them very much. You try to solve them, but they're in a sense unsolvable because it's a particular mix of talent that they have. It's not just that Steph [Curry] can make shots or that Klay can make shots or that Draymond Green is versatile. Everybody on the court can pass, catch and shoot. And they all get it."

"They're for real," Popovich added. "They're talented. But they're also very, very smart."

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, NBA

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Kawhi Leonard Has Largest Wingspan Ratio Of Any All-Star In Past 15 Years

Feb 12, 2016 12:40 PM

Part of the success of players like Kawhi Leonard and Draymond Green are their incredibly long wingspans.

Leonard has an 11.5 percent increase of his wingspan from his height, which is the highest amongst All-Stars. Leonard is 6'6 and has a 7'3 wingspan.

Green has a 9.7 percent increase as he's just under 6'6 and has a 7'1.25 wingspan.

NBA players have a wingspan-to-height ratio is 1.06 to 1, according to a DraftExpress database of players who were drafted in the last three years, and they’re such a remarkable sample that a ratio of 1.1 to 1 is more common in the league than the ordinary 1 to 1.

Leonard's 1.12 to 1 ratio is the largest of any All-Star in the past 15 years.

Leonard and Green aren't too big to play on the perimeter but they're not too small to also play in the post.

“The ideal player,” said Bob Myers, “would be 6-foot-8 with a 7-foot-6 wingspan and still be able to shoot.”

Ben Cohen/Wall Street Journal

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, NBA

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Tony Parker To Participate In Olympic Qualifying

Feb 8, 2016 10:35 AM

Tony Parker will participate in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Manila this summer with France.

Parker's wife is pregnant and there was a possibility he wouldn't play to be with her during her delivery.

"Yes, I’ll be there for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and I will be in the Olympic Games if we qualify. I want to play for France.”

“I’ve had many discussions with Axelle (his wife) and we agreed. We had to make the decision for us both. She knows how important it is for me. We evaluated all the situations and I’ve made my decision.”

L'Equipe (via Jeff Garcia/San Antonio Express-News)

Tags: Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, National

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Tim Duncan Close To Return From Sore Right Knee

Feb 6, 2016 9:45 PM

Tim Duncan is getting closer to returning from his sore right knee.

Duncan has now missed seven straight games.

“The question will be, do we want to give him any time before the (All-Star) break or not,” Gregg Popovich said. “But he’s been going three on three and going up and down and that kind of thing. He’s close.”

Tom Orsborn/San Antonio Express-News

Tags: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Injury

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Manu Ginobili Out At Least Four Weeks After Testicular Surgery

Feb 4, 2016 8:03 PM

Manu Ginobili will be out at least four weeks after undergoing testicular surgery.

Ginobili was injured in Wednesday's game when he took a knee to the groin from Ryan Anderson. Anderson was called for an offensive foul on the play.

Several Spurs and team personnel quickly rushed to check on Ginobili before helping the guard to his feet. Ginobili took a few steps, and nearly collapsed again, before a trainer and Tim Duncan were able to walk him to the locker room.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Tags: Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Injury

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Tim Duncan To Miss 4th Straight Game With Knee Soreness

Jan 31, 2016 3:52 PM

Tim Duncan will miss his fourth straight game due to knee soreness on Monday.

Gregg Popovich said Wednesday that Duncan underwent an MRI on his right knee, and that he was in the process of rehabilitating it. 

Duncan is averaging just 8.9 points and 7.5 rebounds per game this season but he remains a key part of the Spurs' defense.

The Spurs don't have a publicly available timeline for when Duncan will return.

Melissa Rohlin/San Antonio Express-News

Tags: Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Injury

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Michael Finley, Tony Parker Were First Investors In 'The Birth Of A Nation'

Jan 31, 2016 1:15 PM

Michael Finley and Tony Parker were the first investors on Nate Parker's film The Birth of a Nation, which won both the Dramatic Jury and Dramatic Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday.

The film, which is about Nat Turner's 19th century slave uprising, secured a record-breaking $17.5 million rights deal with Fox Searchlight.

The film had a $10 million budget.

Finley also helped finance The Butler.

Rebecca Ford/Hollywood Reporter

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Spurs Re-Assign Ray McCallum To D-League

Jan 29, 2016 12:40 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have re-assigned Ray McCallum to the Austin Spurs, the team’s NBA D-League affiliate.

The assignment is the 210th of the 2015-16 campaign and McCallum is one of 57 NBA players to have been assigned to the NBA D-League this season.

McCallum is averaging 17.1 points, 4.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 37.7 minutes in seven total appearances with the Austin Spurs this season.

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Tags: Ray McCallum, San Antonio Spurs, Austin Spurs, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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LaMarcus Aldridge Deletes Social Media, Wanting To Lock In

Jan 28, 2016 11:35 AM

LaMarcus Aldridge deleted his Twitter and Instagram accounts following the San Antonio Spurs' loss this week to the Golden State Warriors.

“I just wanted to lock in,” Aldridge said Wednesday after both he and his team bounced back with a 130-99 victory over Houston. “It had nothing to do with that game.” 

 

Aldridge watched the tape from Golden State and saw a team he didn’t recognize.

“That wasn’t us,” Aldridge said.

Aldridge received criticism on social media for his performance in the Warriors' game.

“It’s a new adventure for me (joining the Spurs),” Aldridge said. “I’ve never been on a top 2 team in the West. I just wanted to lock in.”

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs, NBA

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Gregg Popovich Named Western Conference ASG Coach

Jan 27, 2016 1:46 PM

Gregg Popovich has been named head coach of the Western Conference All-Star team.

Because Steve Kerr coached the team last season, the San Antonio Spurs get the honor with the second best record.

Luke Walton led the Warriors to a 39-4 record in Kerr's absence.

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Tags: San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA All-Star

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Gregg Popovich Takes Shot At Cavs After His Own Blowout Loss To Warriors
Gregg Popovich said he might have been fired if his GM could have seen his locker room after their blowout loss to the Warriors.

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Kevin Durant: We Can Achieve Same Result As Spurs Without Tons Of Passing
Kevin Durant spoke about the differences between the Thunder offense and the ball movement of the Spurs.

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Tim Duncan To Miss Warriors' Game With Knee Soreness
Tim Duncan has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Warriors due to knee soreness.

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Stephen Curry: Spurs Are The Standard
The Spurs have a +15.4 Efficiency Differential compared to +12.1 for the Warriors.

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Kawhi Leonard, Carmelo Anthony Get Final ASG Starter Spots
Kobe Bryant, Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard are the five starters for the Western Conference in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.

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Tony Parker Expects To Extend Career Because Of Leonard, Aldridge
Tony Parker is signed with the Spurs through the summer of 2018.

Sam Amick/USA Today

LeBron Asks If Question On Kawhi's Growth As Player 'A Trick Question'
Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the San Antonio Spurs' win over the Cavaliers.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron Pays Respect To Battles Against Duncan
LeBron James has played against Tim Duncan and the Spurs three times in The Finals.

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Spurs Guarantee Full Amount Of Contracts For Matt Bonner, Rasual Butler
Matt Bonner, who entered the season with just under half of his minimum deal guaranteed, is now sure to collect the remaining $750,000.

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Warriors, Spurs, Cavs, Thunder Have Only Played 3 Of 17 Scheduled Games Against Each Other
Games between the Warriors/Spurs, Warriors/Thunder and Cavs/Spurs have yet to happen despite approaching the midway point in the season.

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Boris Diaw Continuing To Be Excluded From Popovich's Rest Program
Gregg Popovich has made it a point the past few seasons to rest veterans Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, but rarely has sat 33-year-old Boris Diaw.

Associated Press

Kawhi Leonard, Reggie Jackson Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Kawhi Leonard and Reggie Jackson have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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Matt Bonner Will Continue Playing For As Long As He's Wanted
Matt Bonner is 35 and in his 12th NBA season.

Jabari Young/San Antonio Express-News

Parker: Spurs Seeing The LaMarcus We'll Need To Go On Run
The Spurs are hoping the addition of LaMarcus Aldridge makes a difference in the playoffs this season.

AP

Bob Myers Keeps Popovich Quote On Cell Phone As Constant Reminder
Bob Myers believes the Spurs remain the gold standard in the NBA.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Gregg Popovich: Three-Pointers Are Non-Basketball Circus
Gregg Popovich continued to voice his displeasure over how the three-pointer has changed basketball.

ESPN

Popovich: LaMarcus Aldridge Is Everything We Anticipated
LaMarcus Aldridge is averaging just 14.8 points per game this season, down from 23.4 last season with the Blazers.

Michael C. Wright/ESPN

Spurs Assign Boban Marjanovic, Ray McCallum To D-League
Boban Marjanovic and Ray McCallum have each made 10 appearances this season with the Spurs.

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Manu Ginobili Out Two Games With Hip Tightness
In nine games this season, Manu Ginobili is averaging 11.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.3 steals.

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Gregg Popovich: I'd Last About One Month Coaching 76ers
Gregg Popovich said Brett Brown is the most positive person he knows, which is a great attribute to have in his third season coaching the rebuilding 76ers.

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