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Doc Rivers: Players Want To Be Like Mike, Coaches Want To Be Like Pop

Apr 19, 2015 4:12 PM

Doc Rivers talked about how much he admires Gregg Popovich ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers' first round series against the San Antonio Spurs.

"I think every coach in the league wants to be like Pop," Rivers said. "Players want to be like Mike. We want to be like Pop."

Rivers nearly replaced Popovich as head coach of the Spurs in 1999. The Spurs had started the lockout-shortened season slowly and there was pressure to fire Popovich and hire Rivers, who was a member of their broadcast team.

Said Avery Johnson: "There was a lot of noise about Pop being potentially replaced by Doc."


The Spurs turned around their season and eventually won the Finals.

"The only talk I had back then was I made sure I wasn't a part of all that bulls---," Rivers told on Saturday. "I don't think it was as close as people thought it was. Maybe it was. I've read that it was. I tried to stay out of it."

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Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups

Apr 15, 2015 11:30 PM

The following are the matchups for the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

Western Conference
1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. San Antonio Spurs
4. Portland Trailblazers vs. 5. Memphis Grizzlies

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta Hawks vs. 8. Brooklyn Nets
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Boston Celtics
3. Chicago Bulls vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks
4. Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

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Manu Ginobili Expects To Retire By 2016

Apr 7, 2015 5:36 PM

Manu Ginobili does not expect to continue playing beyond the 15-16 season.

"Everyone who has retired tells me: enjoy it," said Ginobili. "Play another year. Well, I've played 19 years doing this and if it is not the end this season, it will be the following year."

Ginobili will be a free agent this offseason.

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

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Celtics Could Pursue Offer Sheet With Kawhi Leonard

Mar 29, 2015 1:17 PM

Kawhi Leonard will be a restricted free agent in the offseason and will receive interest for contract offer sheets.

The Boston Celtics likely will pursue an offer sheet with Leonard.

Leonard is averaging 15.9 points and 7.3 rebounds this season.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Spurs Expected To Pursue Marc Gasol If Duncan, Ginobili Retire

Mar 20, 2015 10:56 AM

The San Antonio Spurs are prepared to pursue Marc Gasol should Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili decide to retire after the season.

“It depends on what Tim and Manu and everyone there does,” one Western Conference executive told Sporting News. “But if they’re going, the Spurs are not going to step back and rebuild, no one thinks that. The understanding is Gasol would be their top target.”


Gasol has indicated that he'd like to re-sign with the Memphis Grizzlies.

According to sources, Gasol would likely only leave the Grizzlies for a team that gives him a better shot at a championship.

“They tend to fly under the radar on this kind of thing, then pop up and make the George Hill trade or almost get Jason Kidd,” one general manager said. “With their situation, you’d expect that to be the case again. If it is not Gasol, it will be a trade for a draft pick, something on draft night, it will be someone you’re not expecting. It’s not an organization that has gotten where it is without being prepared.”

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Tim Duncan Suffers Hyperextended Elbow, Not Believed To Be Serious

Mar 11, 2015 1:50 PM

Tim Duncan suffered a hyperextended left elbow late in the San Antonio Spurs' win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.

Duncan has worn a wrap on the elbow for much of this season.

The Spurs don't believe the injury is serious.

“They told us right away it was nothing big,” said Tony Parker.

Said coach Gregg Popovich, “He hyperextended his elbow. I think he will be OK. I think, but I don’t know. We’ll see. I think he’s OK.”

Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

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Warriors, Mavs, Raptors, Spurs, Heat, Bulls Interested In JaVale McGee

Mar 5, 2015 3:38 PM

The Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls have registered interest in JaVale McGee.

McGee and the Boston Celtics were unable to close a deal on a contract on Thursday.

McGee is a talented two-way center that has struggled staying healthy and with maturity issues.

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Gregg Popovich Strongly Opposed To July Finals

Mar 5, 2015 11:10 AM

Gregg Popovich is a strong opponent of the idea of the NBA Playoffs finishing in July. 

Adam Silver is considering ways of increasing the amount of rest between games, which could include finishing the Finals in July.

“I think the season’s long enough,” Popovich said Wednesday. “I will not come to work in July. If there’s a game in July, count me out.

“Count me out,” Pop said. “Life’s too short.”

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Tony Parker Plans On Playing In Eurobasket 2015

Mar 3, 2015 10:59 AM

Tony Parker plans on playing for Team France this summer at Eurobasket 2015 to help them qualify for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

“I am not thinking about that for now since I’m focused on the Spurs, and making a good season to finish in style. Then I will focus on the Blues. But I have said… I will be with team France this summer, ” said Parker.

Parker took last summer off after winning the 2014 NBA Finals with the Spurs.

Parker has only played 45 games this season and hasn't been as effective.

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Kyle Anderson Named D-League Player Of The Month

Mar 2, 2015 3:39 PM

Kyle Anderson, a small forward playing with the Austin Spurs on assignment from the San Antonio Spurs, has been named NBA Development League Player of the Month for games played in February. The award is the first monthly honor for Anderson, who was named NBA D-League Performer of the Week on Feb. 9.  

Anderson led the Spurs to an 8-1 month in February, when he scored 20-or-more points five times and recorded four double-doubles. He led the team in scoring three times and was the leading rebounder five times.  He dished out team-high assists five times in February. For the month, Anderson averaged 22.8 points to go with 8.8 rebounds and 4.7 assists. 

Anderson has played in 16 games on assignment in Austin, averaging 22.1 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists. 

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76ers Waive JaVale McGee, Allowed To Sign With Playoff Team
JaVale McGee did not have to give any money back to become a free agent.

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Tony Parker Shoulders Blame For Spurs' Recent Struggles
Tony Parker believes finding his midrange jumper again is at the core of his offensive struggles.

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Reggie Williams, Spurs Agree Upon Contract For Remainder Of Season
Reggie Williams was coming off his second 10-day contract with the Spurs.

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Spurs Expected To Stand Pat At Deadline
The Spurs don't have many tradeable assets and tend to value continuity.

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Amar'e Stoudemire Leaning Toward Signing With Mavericks
The Mavericks, Clippers, Suns and Spurs are interested in Amar'e Stoudemire.

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Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

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Jerry Tarkanian Passes Away At 84
Jerry Tarkanian led UNLV to four Final Fours and the 1990 championship.

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Spurs Very Briefly Considered Pollard Instead Of Duncan
Scot Pollard was drafted 19th overall by the Pistons in the 1997 NBA Draft.

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Kyle Anderson Named D-League Player Of The Week
Kyle Anderson led Austin to a 2-0 record last week, averaging 19.0 points, 11.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.5 blocks.

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Ray Allen To Make Decision Following All-Star Weekend
Ray Allen's potential role with a team is expected to be a deciding factor.

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Reggie Williams Signs 2nd 10-Day Contract With Spurs
Reggie Williams has appeared in three games for the Spurs since being signed on Jan. 28.

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Gregg Popovich Expects To Retire In Under Five Seasons
Gregg Popovich signed a five-year contract extension with the Spurs last offseason, but he doesn't expect to see out the entire length of the deal.

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Tim Duncan Sues Financial Advisor For Causing Substantial Loss
Tim Duncan accused his financial advisor of defrauding him through a $7.5 million loan.

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Spurs Sign Reggie Williams To 10-Day Contract
Reggie Williams has appeared in 13 games this season for the Blue of the NBA D-League, averaging 16.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.08 steals in 31.9 minutes.

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JaMychal Green, Spurs Unable To Agree Upon New Deal
JaMychal Green was on a 10-day contract with the Spurs after they cut Austin Daye.

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

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Spurs To Sign JaMychal Green To 10-Day Contract, Cut Austin Daye
JaMychal Green was participating in the D-League Showcase with Austin.

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Quincy Miller Meeting With Pacers, Hawks, Thunder, Spurs
Quincy Miller is currently playing with the Reno Bighorns.

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Patty Mills Makes Season Debut Sunday After Offseason Shoulder Surgery
Patty Mills has missed the first 31 games of the season after having right shoulder surgery on July 2.

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Marc Gasol Not Particularly Looking Forward To Outside Courtship Of Spurs, Knicks, Lakers, Others
The Grizzlies badly want to keep Marc Gasol.

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