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Gregg Popovich: The System Has To Change

Jun 1, 2020 1:42 PM

Gregg Popovich reached out to Dave Zirin of The Nation on Sunday to discuss the demonstrations following the police murder of George Floyd.

“The thing that strikes me is that we all see this police violence and racism and we’ve seen it all before but nothing changes," said Popovich. "That’s why these protests have been so explosive. But without leadership and an understanding of what the problem is, there will never be change. And white Americans have avoided reckoning with this problem forever because it’s been our privilege to be able to avoid it. That also has to change.”

Popovich sees a leadership void at the White House in Donald Trump.

“It’s unbelievable. If Trump had a brain, even if it was 99 percent cynical, he would come out and say something to unify people. But he doesn’t care about bringing people together. Even now. That’s how deranged he is. It’s all about him. It’s all about what benefits him personally. It’s never about the greater good. And that’s all he’s ever been.”

Popovich then imagined a different kind of leadership.

“It’s so clear what needs to be done. We need a president to come out and say simply that ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Just say those three words. But he won’t and he can’t. He can’t because it’s more important to him to mollify the small group of followers who validate his insanity. But it’s more than just Trump. The system has to change. I’ll do whatever I can do to help because that’s what leaders do. But he can’t do anything to put us on a positive path because he’s not a leader.

“It’s like what Lindsay Graham and Ted Cruz used to say when they had the courage to say it: He’s unfit. But they have chosen instead to be invisible and obsequious in the face of this carnage. In the end what we have is a fool in place of a president, while the person who really runs the country, Senator Mitch McConnell, destroys the United States for generations to come. McConnell has destroyed and degraded our judicial system. He has tried to destroy heath care. He’s destroyed the environment. He’s the master and Trump’s the stooge, and what’s funny is that Trump doesn’t even know it. Trump’s always wanted to be part of the in-group, but McConnell is an in-group of one and Trump plays the fool.”

Dave Zirin/The Nation

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Spurs Selling Minority Stake In Franchise

Apr 30, 2020 8:52 PM

The San Antonio Spurs are selling a minority stake in the franchise.

The team has retained Guggenheim Partners to manage the process.

A Spurs spokesperson said in a statement, “As an ownership group we remain 100 percent committed to the city of San Antonio. Every day we celebrate the amazing relationship that exists between our community, our fans and our Spurs. San Antonio is home and will remain home."

It is not known how large of a stake is available. 

The Spurs are worth $1.8 billion, according to Forbes, which means a five percent stake would cost $90 million. Limited stakes often come without a board seat or a say in how a franchise is run.

The Holt family bought the team in 1996 for about $76 million.

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Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett Voted Into Hall Of Fame On First Ballot

Apr 4, 2020 12:04 PM

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2020 includes Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett as first ballot inductees.

Rudy Tomjanovich, Tamika Catchings, Patrick Baumann, Barbara Stevens, Kim Mulkey and Eddie Sutton have also been named to the Hall of Fame.

“No amount of words can fully describe what Kobe Bryant meant to the Los Angeles Lakers,” said Jeanie Buss. “Kobe was not only a proven winner and a champion, he gave everything he had to the game of basketball. His fierce competitiveness, work ethic and drive were unmatched. Those qualities helped Kobe lead us to five titles – and have now brought him to the Hall of Fame, where he will be enshrined with the greatest to have ever played the gameNo one deserves it more.”

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DeMar DeRozan Reportedly Unhappy In San Antonio

Apr 3, 2020 1:27 AM

DeMar DeRozan is reportedly unhappy with his current role with the San Antonio Spurs, according to Jabari Young of CNBC.

"Listen, I don’t have to sugarcoat anything. DeMar DeRozan is not happy in San Antonio, OK? The offense is not running as smoothly as one should think with a guy like him in the lineup, and there are problems are there, right?

"And so you have to decide if you’re going to take that money of if you’re going to come back to a situation that’s just not suitable," said Young during an ESPN appearance.

DeRozan has a player option for next season worth $27.7 million.

DeRozan is currently averaging 22.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 5.6 assists on the season.

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DeMar DeRozan To Decline Player Option, Become Free Agent

Mar 11, 2020 11:05 AM

DeMar DeRozan intends to decline his $27.7 million player option if he and the San Antonio Spurs are unable to agree to an extension by the late June deadline.

DeRozan would become one of the most high profile unrestricted free agents on the market.

DeRozan could return to the Spurs if he becomes a free agent, but he could also sign with a team like the New York Knicks who are expected to express interest.

DeRozan is in his second season with the Spurs following a trade from the Toronto Raptors. 

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Bill Self Reiterates He Won't Become Head Coach Of Spurs

Mar 4, 2020 9:17 AM

Bill Self has again dismissed rumors that he could leave Kansas to become head coach of the San Antonio Spurs when Gregg Popovich retires.

“Well, yes and no because I don’t hear about it much at all because I know there is absolutely zero truth to it,” Self said when asked about the Spurs' connections. “If I know anybody, I probably know R.C. Buford. He showed me around (during) my recruiting visits to Oklahoma State, he was responsible for getting me up here primarily as a graduate assistant at Kansas, I lived with him for a year, he was in my wedding and I was in his wedding, his son played for me, my son now works for him. I think I know ‘Boof’ pretty well. And I will promise you, this has never been broached one time, never even discussed at all.

“So, people may say whatever because we are buddies, which we are, and proud of that. But I am not going to be the next coach of the San Antonio Spurs, nor would he want me to be. I mean, they got arguably the greatest coach of all time that still has got a lot of gas in the tank. So, that is a rumor I know some people have said, but that is a pretty ridiculous one right there.”

Tom Orsborn/San Antonio Express-News

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Unnamed GM: Kawhi Leonard Scared The Living Hell Out Of Everyone To Take Player-Centric Approach

Mar 3, 2020 11:54 AM

Teams across the NBA have shifted their power structure over the past few years to appear more player-centric and have erred on the side of caution to protect them from injuries, especially over the long-term.

Several executives point to the way Kawhi Leonard forcing a trade from the San Antonio Spurs in 2018 over a disagreement on how to handle his quad issue.

“Kawhi scared the living hell out of everyone,” one general manager told Tom Haberstroh of NBC Sports. “If it can happen to the Spurs, it can happen to anybody.”

The Toronto Raptors and Leonard worked together on a rest strategy that resulted in a championship. The Los Angeles Clippers have taken a similar approach with Leonard this season.

The Minnesota Timberwolves were recently fined $25,000 for resting D'Angelo Russell in the first night of a back-to-back. The Wolves subsequently released the following statement:

“We are a player-centric organization that's focused on learning and optimizing our players' bodies. As a new player in our program, we chose to rest D'Angelo in order to learn his body better and to optimize his health during a difficult stretch of games and travel.”

Tom Haberstroh/NBC Sports

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DeMarre Carroll Only Gave Back $811k Of $15M Owed In Buyout With Spurs

Mar 2, 2020 10:23 PM

DeMarre Carroll only gave back $811,447 of the $15 million money guaranteed to him as part of his buyout with the San Antonio Spurs.

Carroll signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Spurs this past offseason.

Carroll fell out of the rotation with the Spurs and they gave him his freedom to sign with the Houston Rockets.

The Spurs elected not to use the stretch provision on Carroll.

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DeMarre Carroll Agrees To Buyout With Spurs

Feb 17, 2020 8:30 PM

DeMarre Carroll and the San Antonio Spurs have agreed to a contract buyout.

Carroll's negotiations with the Spurs were on guaranteed money of $2.3 million for the rest of this season, $6.65 million in 2020-2021 and $1.35 million in 2021-22.

Carroll will sign with the Houston Rockets upon clearing waivers.

Carroll signed a three-year deal with the Spurs this past offseason.

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Rockets To Sign DeMarre Carroll, Jeff Green

Feb 17, 2020 8:22 PM

The Houston Rockets will use their two remaining open roster spots to sign DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Green.

Green will initially sign a 10-day contract with the Rockets.

Carroll agreed to a buyout with the San Antonio Spurs and will sign with the Rockets once he clears waivers.

Carroll and Green give the Rockets two additional players who fit their small-ball emphasis. 

Carroll signed with the Rockets on a three-year deal. Carroll was due $2.3 million for the rest of this season from the spurs, $6.65 million in 2020-2021 and $1.35 million guaranteed in 2021-22.

Green was released by the Utah Jazz in December.

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Spurs Have Explored Trades Of LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan

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Heat Could Have Interest In Either LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Hawks Expressed Interest In Trading For Jakob Poeltl

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Josh Richardson, DeMar DeRozan Named NBA's Players Of The Week

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Bill Self Strongly Denies Links To Becoming Head Coach Of Spurs

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Bam Adebayo Says Team USA Snub Produced 'Bigger Chip On Shoulder'

Marc Stein/New York Times

Woj: Spurs Heading Towards Rebuild

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Bill Self Could Possibly Succeed Gregg Popovich As Head Coach Of Spurs

Sam Amick, John Hollinger/The Athletic

Rockets File Protest To Play Final 7:50 Of Loss To Spurs Over Again

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Rockets Likely To File Official Protest Regarding Missed James Harden Dunk During Loss To Spurs

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LaMarcus Aldridge To Miss Sunday Game With Thigh Injury

Marc Stein/The New York Times

Paul George Had Interest In Trade To Spurs In 2017

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Magic Express Interest In DeMar DeRozan

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Red Auerbach Overruled Boston's Front Office On Selecting Tony Parker In 2001 Draft

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Dejounte Murray Has Incentive Tied To True Shooting Percentage

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Spurs Fully Guarantee 20-21 Salary Of LaMarcus Aldridge

Marc Stein/New York Times

DeMar DeRozan, Spurs Remain Far Apart On Extension Talks

Sam Amick/The Athletic

Dejounte Murray Signs Endorsement Deal With New Balance

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Dejounte Murray, Spurs Agree To Four-Year, $64M Extension

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Knicks Believe Spurs Tampered With Kristaps Porzingis

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