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Damian Lillard Wishes He Received More Mentorship From LaMarcus Aldridge

Nov 22, 2017 10:28 AM

Damian Lillard said his working relationship with LaMarcus Aldridge informed how he treats Jusuf Nurkic.

When Lillard joined the Blazers, he looked for Aldridge for mentorship but was left to fend for himself.

“It’s going to sound crazy,’’ Lillard said, “but it’s almost what I wish I had with LaMarcus.’’

“Damian Lillard,’’ Nurkic said, “is the best thing that has happened to me in my life.’’

“Me and LaMarcus had a good relationship. We never had a single argument. We really got along,’’ Lillard said. “I’m just saying the stuff I want to go out of my way to do for (Nurkic), is the stuff I wish I got from LaMarcus.’’

Aldridge has a reputation for being an introvert and he eventually was rumored to have an issue with how beloved Lillard became in Portland.

“I wish it was like more of a brotherhood, more of a line of communication, with me as young player and him as an All-Star,’’ Lillard said.

“It wasn’t his personality (to reach out),’’ Lillard said. “But as a younger player, I came into the league wishing … and thinking he was going to take me under his wing, like his lil’ bro.”

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Tags: Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA

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David Lee Announces Retirement From NBA

Nov 20, 2017 10:02 AM

David Lee has announced his retirement from the NBA.

Lee spent last season with the San Antonio Spurs and had remained unsigned this season.

Lee played for the Golden State Warriors from 2010 to 2015 where he played the best basketball of his career.

Lee was a two-time All-Star.

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Tags: David Lee, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, NBA

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Kawhi Leonard's Rehab Moving Slower Than Expected

Nov 8, 2017 8:53 AM

Kawhi Leonard's rehab of his quadriceps tendinopathy has progressed slower than the San Antonio Spurs initially expected.

"He's just coming along more slowly, for whatever reason," Gregg Popovich said before Leonard missed his 11th game Tuesday against the Los Angeles Clippers. "It's just been more difficult for him to get through the rehab routine. His body hasn't reacted the same way."

Leonard was ruled out for the preseason shortly after training camp began.

"I wouldn't want him to go right from rehab to jumping on the court," Popovich said. "He has to go 3-on-3, 5-on-5, feel comfortable."

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Tags: San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Injury

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Tony Parker Assigned To Austin For Rehab

Oct 25, 2017 11:53 AM

Tony Parker has been sent on a rehab assignment to the Austin Spurs of the G-League.

Parker is returning from a ruptured quadriceps tendon during last season's playoffs.

Parker began full contact games of 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 last week.

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Tags: Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Injury

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Kyle Lowry Had Interest In Signing With Spurs

Oct 24, 2017 9:06 AM

Kyle Lowry had genuine interest in signing with the San Antonio Spurs in the offseason.

"It was real for me," Lowry told the Express-News, "but it wasn't real for them. That's a part of the business that people don't know. I would have loved to come here, but it didn't work out. The conversation didn't happen. If the conversation happened, I would tell you. But it didn't happen.

"Not saying that I wanted out, but I did look at teams to see what was going on," said Lowry. "I mean this place would've been a great place."

Lowry re-signed with the Toronto Raptors on a three-year, $100 million deal.

San Antonio re-signed Patty Mills in free agency and also added Rudy Gay.

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Tags: Kyle Lowry, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kawhi Leonard Spotted Walking Gingerly Up Stairs To Airplane

Oct 20, 2017 5:57 PM

Kawhi Leonard was spotted boarding the San Antonio Spurs' plane on Friday gingerly walking up the stairs.

Leonard missed the entire preseason with tendinopathy in his left quadriceps.

Leonard underwent a rehab session just before the scheduled flight time.

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Tags: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Injury

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LaMarcus Aldridge Was Open To Trade From Spurs

Oct 19, 2017 7:36 PM

While the San Antonio Spurs and LaMarcus Aldridge agreed upon a three-year extension before the start of the season, both sides were interested in a trade during the offseason.

One scenario the Spurs discussed was trying to acquire Kyrie Irving in a deal for Aldridge.

"The Spurs did talk about trading LaMarcus last year," said Adrian Wojnarowski. "He was very open to being traded. They talked about deals around the draft and they talked about deals in the the summer, when they were trying to get Kyrie Irving."

Aldridge and Gregg Popovich cleared the air before the start of the season.

"Seems right now he's feeling comfortable, he's fitting well. He's more at home now, being himself," said Danny Green. "He's playing good basketball, he's in good shape right now."

"I think he's becoming happier as we go along," Green said.

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Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Gregg Popovich Takes Blame For Trying To Change LaMarcus Aldridge

Oct 18, 2017 8:23 PM

Gregg Popovich believes he made a mistake in trying to change LaMarcus Aldridge as a player when he first signed with the San Antonio Spurs.

"I did talk with him several times during the summer. He just didn't feel comfortable," said Popovich. "It's 98.75 percent on me, and whatever's left - because I can't subtract that much - on him. But I tried to change him. I thought back to when Timmy [Duncan] came, and people said, ‘What are you going to do with Tim Duncan?' I said, ‘Nothing. I'm just going to watch him for about six months, see what he does. He's a pretty good player, and if there's something I think I can add, then I'll do it.' With LaMarcus, he got here and on Day 1, I said, ‘OK, you're going to do this, and you're going to do this pump fake.' I tried to change him. I tried to make him a different player, and I think that really affected his ability to feel comfortable and confident on the court. And we took care of that, basically by me letting him know that we were going to do it differently, and that it was on me, not him."

Aldridge agreed upon a three-year contract extension before the start of the season.

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Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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LaMarcus Aldridge Agrees Upon Three-Year, $72.3M Extension With Spurs

Oct 16, 2017 4:26 PM

The San Antonio Spurs and LaMarcus Aldridge have agreed upon a three-year, $72.3 million contract extension.

Aldridge's deal contains a partial guarantee in the final year of the deal.

Aldridge could have become a free agent in 2018.

Gregg Popovich and Aldridge cleared the air during camp after he was involved in trade rumors in the offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs In Serious Talks On Extension

Oct 16, 2017 2:12 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs are engaged in serious talks on a contract extension.

Aldridge can reach an agreement with the Spurs that allows him to opt in to the $22.3 million player option on his 2018-19 contract and extend his deal for a maximum of three additional years.

Aldridge could amend his contract during the season to eliminate his 2018-19 player option and extend for an additional four seasons if he's unable to agree upon an extension by Monday's deadline.

The Spurs and Aldridge have been mutually dissatisfied with certain aspects of the relationship, but both sides understand the value of an extension.

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Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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