May 28, 2012 11:25 AM EDT
Tim Duncan will be a free agent this offseason, but has been widely expected to re-sign with the Spurs.
Duncan confirmed that assumption over the weekend.
"Though I shouldn't say that; I have to threaten them that I'll leave," joked Duncan. "No … I'm not going anywhere. You can print that wherever you want to. I'm here and I'm a Spur for life."
May 27, 2012 6:18 PM EDT
James Harden said Oklahoma City will focus on slowing down Tony Parker’s penetration and distribution.
"Their penetration is the key. We have to protect the paint and not let them get into the paint to kick out threes," Harden said.
The Thunder is not coming into the series in awe of the Spurs, who have won 18 consecutive games.
"We're all competitive guys," Kevin Durant said. "We know what they've done. We respect what they've done, but that was in the past. They've been playing well lately.
"We're 8-1 in the playoffs, as well. None of the guys are in awe. We respect what they've done. They've built a dynasty."
May 27, 2012 11:09 AM EDT
Orlando is set to interview Thunder assistant general managers Troy Weaver and Rob Hennigan and Spurs assistant general manager and team vice president Dennis Lindsey for their vacant general manager position.
Weaver was instrumental in the Thunder selecting Russell Westbrook with the fourth overall pick of the 2008 NBA draft.
Lindsey has been a highly regarded executive with the Spurs and Rockets, and turned down the Timberwolves job three years ago.
May 25, 2012 10:32 AM EDT
A record 24 teams will compete at the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. From July 13-22, 23 NBA teams, including 11 that participated in the NBA Playoffs, as well as a team of NBA D-League Select players will compete in Las Vegas.
The 2012 competition will mark the eighth summer that the league has been held in Las Vegas since its inception in 2004. Each of the participating teams will play five game each for a total of 60 contests over the course of the event’s ten days.
The 2012 field for NBA Summer League (years participated) will be the following:
Atlanta Hawks (2010)*
Boston Celtics (2004-07)*
Charlotte Bobcats (2008)
Chicago Bulls (2005, 2009-10)*
Cleveland Cavaliers (2004-10)
Dallas Mavericks (2005-10)*
Denver Nuggets (2004-10)*
D-League Select (2009-10)
Golden State Warriors (2005-10)
Houston Rockets (2006-10)
L.A. Clippers (2005-10)*
L.A. Lakers (2007-10)*
Memphis Grizzlies (2007-10)*
Miami Heat (2010)*
Milwaukee Bucks (2007-10)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2006-10)
New Orleans Hornets (2005-10)
New York Knicks (2005-10)*
Phoenix Suns (2004-10)
Portland Trail Blazers (2005-10)
Sacramento Kings (2005-10)
San Antonio Spurs (2007-10)*
Toronto Raptors (2008-10)
Washington Wizards (2004-10)
*Indicates 2011-12 NBA Playoff team.
May 25, 2012 9:59 AM EDT
A 23-year-old Sam Presti made an immediate impression upon R.C. Buford when the two met at a basketball camp in Aspen.
Presti began his career with the Spurs in the video room at the Alamodome.
“All I can tell you,” Buford said, “is that by the end of the camp, Pop and I were convinced that some day he’d be running the league.”
“He’s one smart dude, No. 1,” Popovich said. “That’s the first thing you figure out very quickly with Sam. The second thing you figure out, he’s a total team player, just a great human being who is comfortable in his own skin, loyal, hard-working. He couldn’t have been better for us, and he’s even better now.”
The Spurs quickly knew that Presti would eventually become an NBA GM.
“We tried to keep him in a closet for a while, so nobody would know about him,” Popovich said. “It became common knowledge around here that he was very sharp and would be looking for his own deal someplace. The time we had him, we were just thrilled.”
May 24, 2012 2:23 PM EDT
LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard have been named to the All-NBA First Team.
Tony Parker, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook and Andrew Bynum comprise the All-NBA Second Team.
Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Dirk Nowitzki received All-NBA Third Team honors.
There are 10 teams with representatives on the three teams, with the Wolves (Love) being the only non-playoff team. The Hawks, 76ers, Pacers, Bulls, Grizzlies, Nuggets and Jazz each made the playoffs without a representative. Chicago was tied for the best record in the NBA and did not have an All-NBA representative.
James received 118 out of a possible 120 first team votes, while Durant received 117 first team votes.
Wade finished four points behind Westbrook for the second guard position on the second team.
May 24, 2012 10:45 AM EDT
Tony Parker vows to be aggressive when San Antonio opens its Western Conference final series against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder.
“I’m definitely going to go at him,” said Parker, who is averaging a team-best 19.1 points and 7.1 assists in the postseason. “It’s not going to be like Dallas or the Lakers, where their point guards are not as aggressive. I’m going to go at him and make sure he works a little bit.”
Parker scored 42 points on Westbrook in a Feb. 4 win over the Thunder.
“It was a bad game for our team,” Westbrook said. “We came out sluggish and kind of let them do what they wanted to do, especially Tony Parker.”
May 23, 2012 11:33 PM EDT
Kevin Durant has already grown weary of answering questions about San Antonio’s defense.
“I’m just going to play my game,” Durant said in response to a question about what he anticipates from the Spurs defensively. “I can’t really think about how those guys are going to defend me. They’re a tough defensive group. But every question is about how the Spurs are going to come and how the Spurs are going to play. But you got to ask me how we’re going to come at them.
“We’re a tough team as well. We come out and play hard. We have a lot of weapons as well. I know they’re the No. 1 seed, they’re a tough group and they haven’t lost in a couple of months but I think that we bring another dimension to the table as well. And we can come out and compete.”
Durant declined to point to any advantage over the Spurs.
“I just think we play hard,” Durant said. “We’re athletic. I didn’t say we were going to come out and dominate those guys. But I said that we can compete, of course. We can move the ball. I think cutting down on turnovers has been great for us these last couple of series. Also, just getting out and getting stops and trying to get easy points.”
May 22, 2012 3:19 PM EDT
Kyrie Irving, Ricky Rubio, Kenneth Faried, Klay Thompson, Iman Shumpert, Kawhi Leonard and Brandon Knight have been voted to the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie First Team.
On the All-Rookie Second Team is Chandler Parsons, Isaiah Thomas, MarShon Brooks, Derrick Williams and Tristan Thompson.
The following players also received votes:
Markieff Morris, Phoenix, 7 (1); Kemba Walker, Charlotte 7; Alec Burks, Utah 2; Norris Cole, Miami 2; Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte 2; Enes Kanter, Utah 1; Greg Stiemsma, Boston 1; Gustavo Ayon, New Orleans 1; Nikola Vucevic, Philadelphia 1.
May 18, 2012 10:07 AM EDT
Tim Duncan sent a complimentary text message to Roy Hibbert after the the Pacers' 94-75 victory over Miami.
Hibbert spent time with Duncan during last year's lockout.
"I had a roller coaster first three years in terms of my career," Hibbert said. "(Duncan) doesn't get too high, doesn't get too low. I model my game after him. He's somebody who looks out for me."
Hibbert scored 19 points, grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and recorded five block in Indiana’s Game 3 win.
"Roy's been the biggest key in this series," Pacers point guard Darren Collison said. "He's been protecting the paint better than I've ever seen him. It's not just his effort. His effort is there, but also is his assertiveness. Those are the type of numbers you expect from an All-Star center."
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