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Jackson gets ring

Last night, before the Atlanta Hawks played the San Antonio Spurs, Stephen Jackson received his championship ring.

The crowd in the SBC Center gave Jackson a standing ovation, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich came to give Jackson a hug and the public address anouncer said, "Stephen Jackson, you are a champion."

Via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Spurs wanted Jasikevicius

"Before they lost Tony Parker to an ankle injury last month, San Antonio tried to convince Lithuania point guard Sarunas Jasikevicius to jump to the NBA. Jasikevicius outdueled Parker at the European Championships, then followed the semifinal victory over France by leading his country to an unexpected championship triumph over Pau Gasol's Spain."

Via ESPN

Robinson's plane makes emergency landing

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) Former NBA star David Robinson's flight to Ohio made an emergency landing Tuesday at Texarkana Regional Airport after the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit.

Robinson, his manager and a flight crew of three were not injured, airport manager Steve Luebbert said. Robinson was on his way to Cincinnati for a speaking engagement.

``They were at 40,000 feet when they called the landing in,'' said Texarkana Police Department spokesman Bart Veal. ``Apparently somebody smelled something burning, and shortly after that they did see smoke in the cockpit and called an emergency landing.''

Luebbert said the almost brand-new twin-engine Gulfstream IV is owned by Toyota. He said within 15 minutes of landing, airport workers found a floor panel that apparently was singed by overheated wiring underneath. The cause was unclear.

``The flight was going well until we started smelling some smoke,'' Robinson said. ``Hopefully, it's not anything too serious.''

On Monday night, the Spurs honored Robinson by retiring his No. 50 after a game against Utah.

Via Associated Press

No. 50 hangs it up

Robinson, quite literally larger than life, took center court one final time at the SBC Center, where a packed house watched a post-game, 16-minute tribute video and paid homage to him during a ceremony that retired his No. 50 jersey.

Via San Antonio Express-News

NBA Capsules

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Shane Battier's four-point play with 1:58 left ended the Lakers' last comeback attempt, helping Memphis to a 105-95 victory over turnover-prone Los Angeles on Monday night.

The Lakers were uncommonly sloppy, committing turnovers on eight consecutive possessions early in the third quarter to let the game get away from them.

Kobe Bryant scored nine straight fourth-quarter points as the Lakers pulled to 97-89, but Battier hit a 3-pointer from the corner and was fouled by Bryant.

The Grizzlies left the floor to a standing ovation after handing the Lakers their second straight loss and defeating them for just the third time in 32 tries in franchise history.

Pau Gasol had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Lorenzen Wright and Posey scored 15 apiece and Jason Williams had 10 points, eight assists and five steals.

Bryant scored 19 and Shaquille O'Neal had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers on the final stop of a four-game road trip. Bryant and Karl Malone each had six of the Lakers' 23 turnovers.

Cavaliers 94, Knicks 80

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James scored 17 points _ all on jumpers _ and Chris Mihm had 19 for Cleveland.

The one rap on James was that he couldn't shoot from the outside, but the rookie star showed nice range in draining seven perimeter shots, including all three of his 3-point attempts.

Ricky Davis added 16 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in just three quarters for the Cavaliers, who have won two straight following an 0-5 start. Allan Houston scored 22 points on 9-of-25 shooting for the Knicks.

Spurs 87, Jazz 78

SAN ANTONIO (AP) Tim Duncan returned to the lineup to score 16 points and grab 10 rebounds, and San Antonio honored former star David Robinson by retired his No. 50 in a postgame ceremony.

Duncan, who missed three games with a sprained left ankle, helped the Spurs beat the Jazz for the 14th straight time. Manu Ginobili added 18 points for the NBA champions.

Matt Harpring led Utah with 11 points.

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Via Associated Press

Spurs honor Robinson

SAN ANTONIO (AP) David Robinson took the spotlight one last time for the San Antonio Spurs.

After the Spurs' 87-78 victory over Utah on Monday night, Robinson's No. 50 jersey was hung from the rafters of the SBC Center.

``This is a moment you always dream of, but never think will come,'' he said. ``It's overwhelming. It's awesome.''

The 38-year-old Robinson was credited early in his career with keeping the franchise in San Antonio. He helped the Spurs win their second NBA title last season in his final game.

``This is my final farewell,'' he said. ``This has been a wonderful journey.''

When the black shroud was lifted from the white jersey, the fans cheered and began to chant Robinson's name.

The Spurs have retired only three other numbers in their 30 years of existence _ James Silas' No. 13, George Gervin's No. 44 and Johnny Moore's No. 00.

In his 14-year pro career, all with the Spurs, Robinson averaged 21.1 points and 10.6 rebounds. He holds team records for games (987), points (20,790), rebounds (10,497), blocked shots (2,954) and steals (1,388).

He was the NBA's MVP in 1995 and voted among the league's top 50 all-time players.

Monday's ceremony included a 15-minute video tribute.

Film director Penny Marshall, clad in a Spurs hat and No. 50 jersey, mock-sobbed that she'd no longer be able to ogle Robinson's bulging biceps.

``I'm going to miss those arms,'' she said. ``Kevin Willis has good arms, but not like yours, baby.''

Jay Leno passed along his regrets. ``Sorry I can't be there,'' he apologized. ``Some of us have real jobs.''

After 14 NBA seasons, Robinson doesn't yet have a new job, and he's in no hurry to get one. He's spending most of his time with wife Valerie and their three sons.

He's also doing some work at the Carver Academy, a private school that he founded in a disadvantaged San Antonio neighborhood with $10 million of his own money. Last week, he started a ministry at a local Christian church.

He acknowledges that his celebrity can be a distraction with his church work, but said it also be an advantage.

``If they come to hear the word because of that, I don't care,'' Robinson said. ``One of my rules is that I don't sign autographs at church, and people are pretty good about that.''

Rev. Max Lucado, pastor at Robinson's church, said Robinson is inspiring in his ministry, and he brings a little extra something to the congregation.

``He's going to help out our basketball team quite a bit,'' he said.

Via Associated Press

Spurs honor Robinson, beat Jazz

Tim Duncan gave David Robinson a fitting send-off.

Duncan returned from an ankle injury to score 16 points and grab 10 rebounds in the San Antonio Spurs' 87-78 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

``It was great to get a win on his night,'' Duncan said.

The NBA champion Spurs retired Robinson's No. 50 in a postgame ceremony. He retired last summer after 14 seasons with the team.

``This is a moment you always dream of, but never think will come,'' Robinson said. ``It's overwhelming. It's awesome. ... This is my final farewell. This has been a wonderful journey.''

Duncan played 34 minutes after missing the previous three games because of a sprained left ankle.

``It felt good, it's feeling better and better,'' he said. ``Yesterday, I practiced and it felt good. I feel fine right now.''

In other NBA games Monday night, Memphis beat the Los Angeles Lakers 105-95, Cleveland topped New York 94-80, Denver held off Chicago 105-97, and Phoenix edged Golden State 99-96.

Manu Ginobili added 18 points to help the Spurs beat the Jazz for the 14th straight time.

Tony Parker, also back after missing the first seven games with a sprained left ankle, had nine points.

Matt Harpring led Utah with 11 points.

``Somebody has got to step up and play,'' Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. ``I know we're a young team, but you have to be prepared.''

Grizzlies 105, Lakers 95

At Memphis, Tenn., Shane Battier's four-point play with 1:58 left ended the Lakers' last comeback attempt, helping Memphis to a victory over turnover-prone Los Angeles.

The Lakers had turnovers on eight consecutive possessions early in the third quarter en route to their second straight loss.

Memphis' Pau Gasol had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Lorenzen Wright and Posey scored 15 apiece and Jason Williams had 10 points, eight assists and five steals. Kobe Bryant scored 19 points and Shaquille O'Neal had 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers.

Cavaliers 94, Knicks 80

At Cleveland, LeBron James scored 17 points _ all on jumpers _ and Chris Mihm had 19 for the Cavaliers.

The one rap on James was that he couldn't shoot from the outside, but the rookie star showed nice range in draining seven perimeter shots, including all three of his 3-point attempts.

Ricky Davis added 16 points, seven rebounds and eight assists to help the Cavs win their second straight following an 0-5 start.

Allan Houston scored 22 points for New York.

Nuggets 105, Bulls 97

At Chicago, tiny Earl Boykins came up with the biggest shot, hitting a 3-pointer with 38 seconds left to lead Denver.

Boykins finished with 14 points and nine assists, and rookie Carmelo Anthony had 26 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

Eddy Curry led the Bulls with 20 points.

Suns 99, Warriors 96

At Oakland, Calif., Stephon Marbury and Joe Johnson each had 22 points in Phoenix's first road victory of the season.

Amare Stoudemire added 15 points and 18 rebounds for Phoenix. Golden State's Jason Richardson had 22 points and nine rebounds.

Via Associated Press

Parker likely to play tonight

"Spurs coach Gregg Popovich listed Tony Parker as probable to play tonight against Utah. Tim Duncan, Popovich said, is questionable."

Via Johnny Ludden of the San Antonio Express-News

Spurs to retire Robinson's jersey tonight

"In what figures to be a memorable postgame ceremony, the Spurs will honor David Robinson tonight by hanging his jersey in the SBC Center rafters alongside those of George Gervin, James Silas and Johnny Moore."

Via Johnny Ludden of the San Antonio Express-News

San Antonio places Mercer on injured list

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The San Antonio Spurs placed guard Ron Mercer on the injured list Saturday with a left ankle injury, and activated guard Devin Brown.

Mercer is averaging 8.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in the first six games of the season.

Brown has been on the injured list since Oct. 27 with tendinitis in his left knee. He will be available for the Spurs' game against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

Via Associated Press

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