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Manu Ginobili Out Two Games With Hip Tightness

Nov 18, 2015 6:56 PM

Manu Ginobili will miss the next two games with hip tightness.

Ginobili will be re-evaluated before Saturday's game against Memphis.

In nine games this season, 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

Nov 15, 2015 12:06 PM

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 Philadelphia 76ers.

"I'd last about a month," Popovich said. "And he, honest to God, loves coaching that team."

Brown spent 12 seasons in San Antonio and was a part of four championship teams before taking the Sixers job in August 2013.

"You get a little bit jealous," Brown said. "You want what they have. What they have has taken time. The culture that they have built is amazing."

Brown has no regrets leaving the Spurs for the 76ers.

"I have not one regret in taking the Philadelphia job," he said. "I see daylight all the time, and it's hard lately. I can see that in Year 3, it's most definitely hard."

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Jonathon Simmons Recalled From D-League By Spurs

Nov 14, 2015 6:17 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have recalled forward Jonathon Simmons from the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League. 

Simmons, 6-6/195, has yet to appear in a game this season for San Antonio or Austin.

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Pat Riley Asked LaMarcus Aldridge To Re-Sign With Blazers, Sign With Heat In 2016

Nov 11, 2015 6:54 PM

Pat Riley received a meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge last July during free agency, but the Miami Heat didn't have the necessary cap space to sign him.

Riley's wish was for Aldridge to sign a one-year deal with the Portland Trail Blazers and sign with the Heat in 2016.

Riley's words actually went a long way toward validating the San Antonio Spurs' case instead of the Phoenix Suns.

“He told me, ‘You’re a good player, but you can be great,’” Aldridge told Yahoo. “I’ve had good seasons on my own, but to win, you’ve got to have other big-time guys with you. When you have other guys who are willing to take that sacrifice with you – maybe you all go from averaging 23-24 points to 18-19 points – and you can all do it together.

“He was saying, ‘Hey, you might have to take a lesser role, but at the end of the day, you want to be known as a champion. Champions have to do different things.’ He brought up Chris Bosh, how he was averaging 21 in Toronto, and came to Miami, and people tried to say he wasn’t important. He told me, ‘We don’t win any of those championships rings without him,’ [and] that [Bosh] wouldn’t trade those rings for anything.

“Eventually, it becomes a road in your career, whether you have to decide whether you want to keep having these crazy stats, or do you want to win a championship?”

The Spurs soon closed the deal with Aldridge after the Riley meeting.

“Yeah, the things [Riley] said were definitely more positive for me coming to San Antonio,” Aldridge said.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Miami Heat, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Tim Duncan Believes Spurs Thinking Too Much

Nov 5, 2015 9:41 PM

Tim Duncan believes the San Antonio Spurs are overthinking things this season as they work to incorporate LaMarcus Aldridge into the team.

“Everybody is trying to think the game,” said Duncan. “They’re trying to think the right way, they’re trying to make the right decision every time, and when you’re thinking too much, your normal reaction comes secondary. That pause and that hesitation takes something away from your game. We just have to get through that.”


Said Aldridge: “(Against the Wizards) I definitely went backwards as far as thinking. I got on the block and I was overthinking my moves and things like that. It’s going to be nights like this when you don’t make shots and you don’t play as well.”


Duncan believes the Spurs will figure things out in time.

“It’s a playing thing,” said Duncan. “It’s an experience thing. It’s a situational thing. It’s all those things. You can watch film and do all you want to, but the bottom line is when you’re out there on the floor and get put in those situations, you don’t know what to expect.”


Added Duncan: “That’s what the 82 games are for. We’re going to figure it out and guys are going to come around.”

James Young/San Antonio Express-News

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Holt: R.C. Buford Created Plan To Sign LaMarcus Aldridge

Nov 2, 2015 3:44 PM

R.C. Buford was responsible for crafting a plan for the San Antonio Spurs to sign LaMarcus Aldridge.

The Spurs were able to keep Danny Green, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili while signing Aldridge.

“Give R.C. Buford credit,” Peter Holt said. “Pop is a great coach, but R.C. came to us with this plan three years ago, four years ago — seriously. And we’ve worked at it ever since. He, by far, was the general. We wouldn’t be where we are, in this position, if it hadn’t have been for R.C. Buford.”

“The ownership group has given us the opportunity to build a great team,” Buford said. “With Pop and Manu (Ginobili) and Tim (Duncan) and Tony (Parker), you knew we had to be prepared for that to end someday. And this (signing Aldridge) gave us a chance to be competitive now and prepare for whatever is next — hopefully not anytime soon.

“But the ownership group and Peter have given us every opportunity (to bolster the team for years to come).”

Tom Orsborn/San Antoino Express-News

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Gregg Popovich 'Respects The Hell Out Of' Brad Stevens

Nov 1, 2015 11:31 PM

Gregg Popovich has an unusual bond with Brad Stevens.

Stevens often gushes about how the San Antonio Spurs run their franchise.

"I really respect what he does. I'll still watch his Butler tape, trying to learn some stuff he did there, to be honest with you," Popovich said of Stevens after Sunday's game. "I really respect the hell out of him. He's a really fine young coach, great demeanor. His team executes really well, and they're just going to keep getting better. So I enjoy him."

"Obviously great coaching, great players, great system, great way of playing, complete buy-in, and a willingness to sacrifice across the board," Stevens said. "All of those things stand out and what makes them great is they've got all that. Take away any part of that and it wouldn't be as good as it is. It's obviously been special to watch from afar."

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

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Spurs Exercise 16-17 Option On Kyle Anderson

Oct 30, 2015 1:55 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have exercised the third-year option for Kyle Anderson for the 16-17 season.

Anderson has earned a spot in the Spurs' 10-man rotation.

"You look back to opening night last year and I didn’t see the floor, so to be able to get out there and play the game I love was fun,” said Anderson.

Mike Monroe/San Antonio Express-News

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Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies Finish Preseason Top-3 In Efficiency Differential

Oct 26, 2015 1:02 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder led the NBA in efficiency differential during the preseason with a mark of +12.5.

During the 14-15 preseason, the Golden State Warriors had the league's best mark with +11.0, which became a first indicator of their jump as title contenders.

Here's the full rankings from the 15-16 preseason:

1. Thunder: 12.5
2. Celtics: 11.6
3. Grizzlies: 11.5
4. Wizards: 10.4
5. Hornets: 10.0
6. Pistons: 7.1
7. Raptors: 5.6
8. Pacers: 4.7
9. Knicks: 4.0
10. Suns: 3.9
11. Nuggets: 3.5
12. Kings: 3.3
13. Magic: 2.8
14. Blazers: 1.8
15. Jazz: 0.4
16. Heat: 0.0
17. Hawks: -0.7
18. Rockets: -0.7
19. Nets: -1.0
20. Warriors: -1.3
21. Spurs: -1.9
22. Lakers: -2.1
23. Bucks: -3.4
24. Bulls: -3.6
25. Pelicans: -3.6
26. Clippers: -4.2
27. Cavaliers: -6.5
28. 76ers: -8.6
29. Mavericks: -10.7
30. Wolves: -11.0

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Gregg Popovich To Become Head Coach Of USA After 2016 Olympics

Oct 23, 2015 12:33 PM

Gregg Popovich will replace Mike Krzyzewski as head coach of the United States basketball team after the 2016 Olympics.

Popovich will coach the team over the course of the 2017-20 quadrennium.

The 2019 FIBA World Cup will be held in China, while the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Tokyo.

Jerry Colangelo will continue in 2017-20 as Managing Director, while Krzyzewski will serve as a special advisor.

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LaMarcus Aldridge: Blazers Did Everything They Could
LaMarcus Aldridge didn't expect to leave the Blazers when he decided to play through a broken thumb and wait until after the season for surgery.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Spurs Waive Youssou Ndoye, Deshaun Thomas
DeShaun Thomas was a 2013 second round pick by the Spurs out of Ohio State.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Jimmer Fredette Waived By Spurs
Jimmer Fredette signed a camp deal with the Spurs this offseason.

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Gregg Popovich Considered No. 1 Choice For USA Basketball
Gregg Popovich "clearly, unquestionably the No. 1 choice" to become the next head coach of USA Basketball.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

LaMarcus Aldridge Misses Game With Back Spasms
LaMarcus Aldridge said he awoke in the team hotel with a stiff back.

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Tiago Splitter: Atlanta Was Best Option For Trade
With the Spurs pursuing major free agents, Tiago Splitter was an obvious candidate to be dealt to open up cap space.

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Kawhi Leonard Strictly Focused On Title, Not Individual Awards
Kawhi Leonard referenced how he didn't win any regular season accolades in 2014 when the Spurs won the title.

Jabari Young/San Antonio Express-News

Dunc'd On Pod: San Antonio Spurs Preview With Dan McCarney
Dan McCarney and Nate Duncan discuss how the Spurs put together their triumphant offseason, whether Tony Parker can bounce back and more.

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76ers Pursued Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard In Restricted Free Agency
The 76ers almost entirely sat out free agency, not even pursuing younger players on cheap contracts.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Jacque Vaughn Returns To Spurs In Player-Personnel Role
Jacque Vaughn previously spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the Spurs.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Spurs File Tender Deal To DeShaun Thomas
DeShaun Thomas spent last season with Barcelona.

David Pick/Sportando

LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs Both Expect To Adjust Style
LaMarcus Aldridge isn't a perfect fit for the Spurs' existing offense predicated on quick ball movement, but they figure to make adjustments on both sides.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

LaMarcus Aldridge Was 'Mentally Drained' During Free Agency
LaMarcus Aldridge feels like a rookie again adjusting to life in San Antonio.

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Patty Mills Added To Australia's Roster For Oceania Championship
Australia needed Patty Mills following the ACL tear suffered by Dante Exum.

Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

Thunder To Open Season Schedule Against Spurs
It will mark the second time in four seasons that the Thunder has opened its season against the Spurs.

Darnell Mayberry/The Oklahoman

Boban Marjanovic Wanted To Play In Eurobasket, Spurs Held Decision Power
The Serbian team and Boban Marjanovic's agent asked the Spurs to reconsider the decision, but his new NBA team had the authority to keep him out.

Paul Garcia/Project Spurs

Keifer Sykes Agrees To Camp Deal With Spurs
Keifer Sykes has agreed to a training camp deal with the Spurs, a league source told RealGM.

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Marcus Denmon Signs With Istanbul Buyuksehir Belediyesi
Marcus Denmon played with the Spurs in Summer League.

Paul Garcia/Project Spurs

Popovich Expects 'Same Boring Game' From Duncan
Tim Duncan is entering his 19th NBA season.

Jeff Garcia/Project Spurs

Spurs Agree Upon Camp Deal With Youssou Ndoye
Youssou Ndoye is expected to spend the 2015-16 season with Austin in the D-League.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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