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David Fizdale: Kawhi Leonard Bleeds Antifreeze

Apr 20, 2017 4:02 PM

David Fizdale spoke glowingly about Kawhi Leonard on Thursday.

Leonard has a PER of 44.8 during the first two playoff games this year against the Memphis Grizzlies.

"First class individual, tireless work from everything I hear about him," said Fizdale. "He was standing next to me the other night and he wasn't breathing. He wasn't breathing.

"I'm going to check the rulebook and find out if robots are allowed to play in the NBA. I think he bleeds antifreeze. He is special, man."

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Warriors, Spurs Only Teams In Top-10 In Both Offensive, Defensive Efficiency

Apr 13, 2017 10:50 AM

The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs and are the two teams to rank in the top-10 in both Offensive and Defensive Efficiency to finish the 16-17 NBA season. The Warriors and Spurs also rank first and second in net rating.

At the halfway mark, the Warriors, Spurs and Clippers ranked in the top-10 in both categories. At the 1/4 mark, the Warriors, Clippers and Utah Jazz ranked in the top-10 in both categories. At the 1/8 mark, the Clippers, Spurs and Chicago Bulls ranked in the top-10 in both categories. 

The Toronto Raptors were the closest team to also being in the top-10 on both sides, as they rank sixth in offense and 11th in defense. The Jazz are 12th in offense and third defensively, while the Clippers are fifth in offense and 12th defensively.

The Rockets finish the season ranked third in Net Rating with the second ranked offense and 18th ranked defense.

Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Warriors, Celtics, Charlotte Hornets, Clippers and Spurs finished in the top-10 on both sides of the floor.  

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Manu Ginobili Remains Undecided On Playing Next Season

Apr 12, 2017 2:54 PM

Manu Ginobili remains undecided about whether he will return for a 16th NBA season in 17-18.

“I never said I was retiring,” Ginobili said after shootaround Wednesday morning. “I get this question maybe 40 times a season now. I never said I wasn’t or I was. I just wait and see.”

Ginobili signed a one-year deal worth $14 million last July.

“I think physically, I know what I’m going to be,” Ginobili said. “It’s not going to change much.”

Ginobili also insisted nothing that happens in the playoffs will impact his decision.

“I’m not going to say it’s irrelevant, but pretty close,” Ginobili said. “Winning or not winning is not going to change what I decide to do in the future.”

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Spurs Not Resting Any Players In Final Regular Season Games

Apr 9, 2017 7:55 PM

Gregg Popovich declared that "nobody's going to rest" in the final two games of the San Antonio Spurs' regular season.

The Spurs have rested six players this season for a total of 23 games.

"Our execution at both games, defensively and offensively, was very poor," Popovich said. "Nobody's going to rest. Everybody's going to play. We already rested everybody, and we have days in between now. It's like the playoffs, kind of. There's no back-to-backs. There's no bad travel or anything like that, so it's time for rhythm and that sort of thing. Hopefully we'll play better next week."

Popovich wants to keep the Spurs active and get in a rhythm during the final two games.

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Spurs Believe Kawhi Leonard's Shot Was Never Broken

Apr 5, 2017 8:22 AM

The San Antonio Spurs used Richard Jefferson and Kobe Bryant for models to develop the shooting form of Kawhi Leonard.

“Whether a billion hours, a million hours or a thousand hours, everyone has worked on their shot, and every shot’s personal, and not everybody’s willing to change. I didn't have time to spend and get to know him and get personal with his shot.

“I used Richard [Jefferson] as a model and also used Kobe Bryant, because Kobe Bryant has really good shooting form. I didn’t know if Kawhi was a Laker fan or not or a Kobe fan, but you had to respect his work and his shooting. So, we used pictures and video of them. I showed him his pictures of where his was, similar to where Richard was. Kawhi’s smart, and he goes, ‘Let's go to work, let's do it.’”

Gregg Popovich believes Leonard arrived to the Spurs as a better shooter than people realized.

We saw the work ethic first and then we saw when we put him out on the court, his shot was not broken at all," said Popovich. "It was just the fact he never did it much. So it was like a secret that was hidden, and all of a sudden he’s a pretty good shooter."

“To the outer world, it appears that he has suddenly emerged as an All-Star or an MVP candidate. It seems like he has suddenly showed up and all of a sudden, ‘Wow. This guy’s really good.’," said Chad Forcier.

“I don’t see it that way, and what the outer world can’t see is truly like how much time and actually how slow the process was in terms of the work and the sweat and the commitment and the desire and the day-in-and-day-out process or multiple seasons before we really got to see him grow in terms of the opportunity that Pop began to start to give him.”


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Livio Jean-Charles Returns To ASVEL

Mar 29, 2017 3:56 PM

Livio Jean-Charles will return to ASVEL, a French team owned by Tony Parker.

Jean-Charles came to the United States this season but was released by the San Antonio Spurs in training camp.

Jean-Charles spent the season in the D-League with the Austin Spurs, averaging 9.9 points and 5.5 rebounds.

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Becky Hammon Turns Down Florida Job To Stay With Spurs

Mar 27, 2017 2:34 PM

Becky Hammon has turned down an offer to become head coach at the University of Florida's women's team to remain with the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach.

While Florida's offer was more than Hammon is receiving with the Spurs, it was in the lower tier for the SEC.

Hammon considered the job for a few days before reaching her decision.

Hammon has long wanted to become the NBA's first female head coach.

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Becky Hammon To Interview For Florida Women's Job

Mar 21, 2017 1:24 PM

Becky Hammon is one of three finalists for the University of Florida women's basketball head coaching position.

Hammon was hired by the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach in 2014.

Hammon was a six-time WNBA All-Star and played collegiately at Colorado State.

Florida fired Amanda Butler after 10 seasons.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Cleared To Resume All Basketball-Related Activities

Mar 15, 2017 12:02 PM

The San Antonio Spurs announced LaMarcus Aldridge has been cleared to resume all basketball-related activities.

After Aldridge had an occurrence of a minor heart arrhythmia in Oklahoma City on March 9, the Spurs medical staff led a process that included multiple tests and examinations as well as consultation with numerous experts in the field.  

"We are thankful that LaMarcus will be able to rejoin the team," said Spurs General Manager RC Buford. "All of us have been impressed with the professionalism and grace he has shown in dealing with this difficult situation." 

Aldridge is available to play in Wednesday's Spurs-Blazers game with no restrictions.

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Monty Williams Uninterested In Illinois Job, Expected To Be NBA Candidate

Mar 11, 2017 5:11 PM

Monty Williams has rejected an offer to become head coach of Illinois.

Williams was let go as head coach by the New Orleans Pelicans after the 14-15 season. Williams spent last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder until his wife, Ingrid, was killed in a car accident in February.

Williams is working in the San Antonio Spurs' front office this season and is expected to be one of the NBA's top coaching candidates this offseason.

Illinois fired John Groce after five seasons.

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Kawhi Leonard In Concussion Protocol
The Spurs originally anticipated that Kawhi Leonard would not go into the NBA's concussion protocol but changed course after performing additional evaluations.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Out Indefinitely With Minor Heart Arrhythmia
The Spurs will provide updates as appropriate.

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Erik Spoelstra, Gregg Popovich Named NBA Coaches Of The Month
Erik Spoelstra led the Heat to an 8-3 record, the second-best mark in the Eastern Conference.

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Andrew Bogut Agrees To Sign With Cavaliers
Andrew Bogut also considered the Rockets, Spurs and Celtics.

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Andrew Bogut Agrees To Buyout, Set To Decide Between Cavs, Rockets, Spurs, Celtics
Andrew Bogut will have conversations over the next 24 hours with those teams before making his decision.

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Gregg Popovich: Big Teams In Big Cities Important For NBA
While Gregg Popovich has had success in a small market, he acknowledged the NBA benefits from big market teams being relevant.

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Cavs, Spurs, Rockets, Celtics, Jazz Interested In Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut wants to pursue a championship and play a significant role for a veteran team.

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Spurs Tried To Trade For Stanley Johnson With Low Offer
Detroit were split in their draft room between Stanley Johnson and Devin Booker in 2015.

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Joel Anthony Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With Spurs
Joel Anthony has appeared in three games with the Spurs, averaging 1.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in 5.3 minutes.

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Kawhi Leonard, Joel Embiid Named Players Of The Week
Kawhi Leonard averaged 36.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.33 steals in 40.2 minutes.

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Spurs Sign Joel Anthony To 10-Day Contract
The Spurs need depth at center with Pau Gasol out with a broken hand.

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Pau Gasol Out Indefinitely With Broken Left Hand
Pau Gasol collided with Kyle Anderson and walked off the court grimacing and flexing his left hand.

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Bryn Forbes Assigned By Spurs To D-League
In five appearances with Austin, Bryn Forbes is averaging 20.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 34.5 minutes.

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Spurs Waive Nico Laprovittola
Nico Laprovittola saw action in 18 games for the Spurs, averaging 3.3 points and 1.6 assists in 9.7 minutes.

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Kawhi Leonard Still Figuring Out Nuances Of Being Go-To Scorer
Kawhi Leonard has scored 30 or more points on six different occasions so far this season compared to just four 30-point games over the first five seasons of his career.

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Tony Parker Could Miss Extended Time With Knee Injury
Tony Parker is averaging 9.7 points and 4.3 assists in his 16th season.

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Spurs, Warriors Tried To Trade Up In 2011 For Jonas Valanciunas
The Warriors and Spurs walked away from the 2011 NBA Draft with Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard.

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Gregg Popovich: Kawhi Leonard 'Getting Paid To Do Both' Offense, Defense
Despite the increase in his role on offense, Kawhi Leonard remains one of the NBA's best defensive players.

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Spurs To Retire Tim Duncan's Jersey On Dec. 18th
Tim Duncan will become the eighth Spurs player in franchise history to have his number raised to the rafters.

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Spurs Assign Davis Bertans, Bryn Forbes, Dejounte Murray
Davis Bertans has appeared in seven games with San Antonio, averaging 2.0 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10.9 minutes.

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