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James Borrego Gets 2nd Interview With Rockets

May 24, 2016 8:50 PM

James Borrego has moved from Monday's interview with Daryl Morey to a follow-up meeting with owner Leslie Alexander.

Borrego is currently an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs after previously serving as an assistant coach with the New Orleans Pelicans and Orlando Magic. Borrego was briefly interim head coach of the Magic.

The Houston Rockets had seemingly narrowed their search to Mike D'Antoni and Stephen Silas, but they're again widening it.

Kevin McHale was fired in November and J.B. Bickerstaff wasn't retained after serving as interim head coach.

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Rockets To Interview James Borrego For Head Coaching Job

May 21, 2016 11:51 AM

The Houston Rockets have broadened their head coaching search beyond Mike D'Antoni, who appeared close to getting the job earlier in the week.

The Rockets have scheduled an interview for Monday with James Borrego.

Borrego is a finalist for the Memphis Grizzlies' job and is currently an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs.

Borrego will become the 11th known candidate to interview for the Rockets' opening, joining D'Antoni, Silas, Jeff Hornacek (who took the New York Knicks job), former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, Toronto Raptors assistant Rex Kalamian‎, Grizzlies assistant Jeff Bzdelik, Spurs assistant Ettore Messina, TNT analyst Kenny Smith, Los Angeles Clippers assistant Sam Cassell and current Rockets assistant Chris Finch.

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Danny Green Undergoes LASIK Eye Surgery

May 19, 2016 11:46 AM

Danny Green underwent LASIK eye surgery this week to improve his vision.

Green shot a career-worst 37.6 percent from the field in 15-16 and 33.2 percent on three-pointers.

Green did make 51.1 percent of his three-pointers in the playoffs.

Green signed a four-year, $40 million deal last offseason with the San Antonio Spurs.

Nick Moyle/San Antonio Express-News

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Manu Ginobili To Meet With Popovich, Duncan In Coming Weeks

May 18, 2016 6:06 PM

Manu Ginobili will take his time in deciding his future and whether or not he will continue his NBA career.

Ginobili plans on meeting with Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan and others to discuss where things stand.

"I guess in a couple of weeks I'll think more about my future," wrote Ginobili at La Nacion. "Surely, I will sit down with Pop, Tim and some of my colleagues to chat. Then, we will see what the objectives are and whether something will change or not. It is still early to see it.

"It will not depend on my determination of what my colleagues do, or anything. But I want to know what the plan is."

Ginobili is also looking forward to participating in the Olympics with Argentina.

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Spurs To Pursue Mike Conley In Free Agency

May 13, 2016 10:15 AM

The San Antonio Spurs plan on pursuing Mike Conley in free agency.

Conley will be a free agent for the first time in his career after being drafted in 2007 by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Conley is widely considered one of the NBA's best players to never play in an All-Star Game.

Conley is several years younger than Tony Parker, who remains signed with the team through the 17-18 season.

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Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili Not Ready To Make Decision On Future

May 13, 2016 10:11 AM

Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have yet to make a decision about whether they will continue their careers next season or retire.

The San Antonio Spurs were eliminated in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

"I'll get to that after I get out of here and figure out life. That's it," said Duncan.

Ginobili said he plans to "take my time as always." 

"Of course, it's been an amazing run," said Ginobili. "We all enjoy playing with each other. I'm so proud of having played with those guys for so many years and winning so many games, and even playing with the new guys. If there's a reason why you always want to come back and keep being part of this, [it's] because of the amazing chemistry, the good times and the good people that you play with and spend time with. It's not always about winning a game or winning a championship. But you learn from losses, and it's important to enjoy every day. Being a part of this team, I'm very proud of it, even if sometimes it doesn't go our way."

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Tags: Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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R.C. Buford Wins NBA Executive Of The Year

May 9, 2016 2:02 PM

R.C. Buford has been named the NBA Executive of the Year for the 15-16 season.

Buford previously won the award for the 13-14 season.

Buford totaled 77 points and received nine of 29 first-place votes from a panel of fellow team basketball executives throughout the NBA. The Portland Trail Blazers' Neil Olshey finished second with 63 points (10 first-place votes), and 2014-15 winner Bob Myers of the Golden State Warriors was third with 38 points (five first-place votes).

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Spurs Preparing Offseason Pursuit Of Kevin Durant

May 6, 2016 11:37 AM

The San Antonio Spurs are planning on pursuing Kevin Durant in free agency this offseason.

With the salary cap rising, teams like the Spurs and Golden State Warriors will have more space than they would in a normal season.

The Spurs would likely need to part with Danny Green or Tony Parker to create enough space to sign Durant.

San Antonio was able to create space last offseason for LaMarcus Aldridge and their pursuit of big free agents dates back to Jason Kidd in 2003 even after Parker's breakout season.

Danny Leroux of RealGM and The Sporting News recently broke down the cap mechanics of how the Spurs can sign Durant without losing too much of their supporting cast.

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NBA Lists Five Incorrect Non-Calls From Final Thunder-Spurs Play

May 3, 2016 4:57 PM

The NBA listed five incorrect non-calls from the final 13.5 seconds of Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs.

Manu Ginobili should have been whistled for delay of game for stepping on the sideline during the game's final inbounds play, and Dion Waiters should have been called for an offensive foul for crossing the out-of-bounds plane and hitting Ginobili with his elbow, the league said Tuesday in its last-two-minutes report.

Foul calls were then missed on Patty Mills and Kawhi Leonard.

After the Spurs stole the inbounds pass and made a final effort to hit a winning shot, a shooting foul should have been called on Serge Ibaka for grabbing and holding the jersey of LaMarcus Aldridge with 2.6 seconds left.

The Thunder won the game 98-97.


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Jacque Vaughn Agrees To Become Nets' Top Assistant Coach

Apr 30, 2016 8:46 PM

Jacque Vaughn is joining the Brooklyn Nets as the top assistant to new head coach Kenny Atkinson.

Vaughn was head coach of the Orlando Magic from 2012 until 2015, posting a 43-121 record.

Vaughn spent the 2015-16 season in the San Antonio Spurs’ front office as a pro personnel director.

Sean Marks worked closely with Vaughn during their shared time together with the Spurs.

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Kevin Durant: Having A Really Good Coach Probably Most Important Thing In NBA
Kevin Durant spoke highly of Gregg Popovich hours before the start of the Western Conference Semifinals.

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Lakers Canceled Interview With Ettore Messina After Meeting With Walton
The Lakers had plans to interview Ettore Messina at some point next week but they were canceled after meeting with Luke Walton.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Spurs Advance to Second Round, Completing Sweep of Memphis
The San Antonio Spurs beat the Memphis Grizzlies 116-95 on Sunday, completing a series sweep.

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Kawhi Leonard Repeats As Defensive Player Of The Year
Kawhi Leonard has been named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, beating out Draymond Green for the second straight season.

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Warriors, Pistons, Spurs Allowed Fewest Catch-And-Shoot 3's Per 100
The Warriors were first with 15.4 catch-and-shoot three-pointers allowed per 100, followed by the Pistons with 15.5 and the Spurs with 15.8.

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Warriors-Spurs' Four Matchups Had Average Efficiency Diff. Of +9.5
On a per average game basis, the Warriors had an efficiency differential of +9.5 but most of that damage was done in the blowout in January.

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Spurs Plan On Playing Full Team Sunday Against Warriors
The Spurs remain undefeated at home.

Tim Bontemps/Washington Post

Quin Snyder: Spurs Remarkable For Adaptability
Quin Snyder was head coach of the Austin Spurs from 2007 until 2010 and was part of the Spurs' general ecosystem.

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Manu Ginobili To Play In 2016 Olympics For Argentina At 38
Manu Ginobili made the decision this week to play in yet another Olympics.

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Spurs To Lose $750,000 In Cap Space Due To Duncan's Bonus For 62-Win Season
The Spurs will receive a tax bill increase from $3.8 million to $4.9 million.

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Boban Marjanovic, Jonathon Simmons Assigned To D-League
Boban Marjanovic will make his second appearance with Austin, where he is averaging 25.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 blocks in 26.5 minutes while shooting .793 from the floor in two games.

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Warriors-Spurs: No Teams Have Ever Played Each Other With Higher Combined Records
The Warriors and Spurs have a combined winning percentage of .882 with their records of 62-6 and 58-10 respectively.

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Spurs Think Duncan's Absence May Have Been Catalyst For LaMarcus Aldridge
LaMarcus Aldridge became a more aggressive and efficient scorer for the Spurs after Tim Duncan missed a stretch of time beginning in January.

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Spurs Assign Jonathon Simmons To D-League Ahead Of Warriors' Rematch
Jonathon Simmons is averaging 5.6 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 14.0 minutes in 48 appearances this year with San Antonio.

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Spurs Expected To Explore Pursuit Of Kevin Durant
San Antonio would have to figure out how to play Kevin Durant with Kawhi Leonard despite the fact they play the same position.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

NBA Likely To Have Split In Best Eff. Diff/Record For 16th Time In Past 36 Seasons
The Spurs are unlikely to catch the Warriors in terms of regular season record, while the Warriors are unlikely to catch the Spurs on efficiency differential.

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Peter Holt Retiring As CEO Of Spurs, Julianna Hawn Holt To Replace Him
Peter Holt will remain on the organization's board of managers and continue as part of the ownership group while Julianna will become the team's Governor on the NBA's Board of Governors.

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Spurs Waive Rasual Butler To Create Kevin Martin's Roster Spot
The Spurs have waived Rasual Butler to create a roster spot for Kevin Martin.

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Kawhi Leonard On Cover Of Sports Illustrated
Kawhi Leonard is featured on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated with a profile written by Lee Jenkins.

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LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard Named Players Of The Week
LeBron James led the Cavaliers to a 3-0 week behind averages of 26.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 2.33 steals.

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