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Victor Wembanyama To Miss First Game Of NBA Career Due To Hip Tightness

Dec 1, 2023 2:59 PM

Victor Wembanyama will miss his first career NBA game tonight with right hip tightness.

The San Antonio Spurs played on Thursday at home against the Atlanta Hawks and traveled to play at the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday.

Wembanyama was listed as questionable with the same injury before the Hawks game, but did play.

Following the game, Wembanyama said the hip wasn't bothering him during the game but added he felt he'd be "day-to-day" with the injury.

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Gregg Popovich Has No Regrets For Asking San Antonio Crowd To Not Boo Kawhi Leonard

Nov 24, 2023 10:03 PM

Gregg Popovich said he has no regrets for asking the home crowd of the San Antonio Spurs to not boo Kawhi Leonard during Wednesday's game.

"Absolutely not," Popovich said Friday night. "It's pretty easy to understand. I listened to it for a while and it just got louder and louder and uglier and uglier, and I felt sorry for him, and I was embarrassed for our city, for our organization.

"Because that's not who we are, that's not how we've conducted ourselves for the last 25 years. It's the opposite of the way we've conducted ourselves, the way we've worked in the community."

Leonard was traded by the Spurs to the Toronto Raptors in 2018.

"It's kind of an indication of the world we live in today. It was hateful," Popovich said. "It was really disrespectful, it was just mean-spirited. We're the team that when somebody comes back to town after having been a Spur, so you first come back to town, we show a video of them. I can remember when Kawhi and Danny Green came back from Toronto, we showed videos of those guys and the crowd didn't react like that. That tells the whole story, and now it's five years later, six years later, and that's going to happen."


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Gregg Popovich Asked Spurs Fans To Stop Booing Kawhi Leonard

Nov 23, 2023 9:44 AM

San Antonio Spurs fans like to let Kawhi Leonard have it when he visits his former team. San Antonio fans loudly boo Leonard when he's introduced, touches the ball and shoots free throws. Gregg Popovich took it into his own hands to try to change that behavior.

While Leonard was shooting free throws, Popovich grabbed the public address microphone to implore Spurs fans to stop booing.

"Excuse me for a second," Popovich said. "Can we stop all the booing and let these guys play? Have a little class. That’s not who we are. Knock off the booing."

Postgame, Popovich said he was trying to make sure the fans "didn't poke the bear". He offered no other explanation for asking fans to stop booing. Leonard seemed undisturbed by the fans' reaction.

“If I don’t have a Spurs jersey on, they’re probably going to boo me the rest of my career. But I mean it is what it is. Like I said, they’re one of the best fans in the league and they’re very competitive," Leonard said. "Once I step out on this basketball court out here, they show that they’re going for the other side. When I’m on the streets or going into restaurants, they show love. So it is what it is.”

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

Zach LaVine Prefers Lakers, Heat, Sixers As Trade Destination

Nov 17, 2023 11:37 PM

Zach LaVine reportedly prefers to get traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, or the Philadelphia 76ers, sources told Jake Fischer of Yahoo! Sports.

LaVine is also interested in the Spurs and the Kings as a destination.

Sources add that LaVine does not view the Bulls roster as competitive, and is also looking to play under a different coach.

There is a belief around the league that a LaVine trade wouldn't happen until later in the season.

The Lakers, Heat, and Sixers have all registered interest in LaVine.

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Devin Vassell Day-To-Day With Groin Injury

Nov 4, 2023 9:08 PM

Devin Vassell is day-to-day with a left adductor strain, the San Antonio Spurs announced on Saturday.

Vassell underwent an MRI after suffering the injury during Thursday night's game against the Suns.

The Spurs will likely reassess his status ahead of next week's two-game road trip against the Pacers and Knicks.

Vassell is averaging 19.4 points per game this season. 

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Devin Vassell To Miss Time With Left Groin Injury

Nov 3, 2023 9:16 AM

Devin Vassell exited the San Antonio Spurs win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday at the end of the first half. Vassell was later ruled out with left groin tightness.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Vassell will get an MRI on Friday. Popovich expects his fourth-year guard to be "out for a while".

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Victor Wembanyama Says He Has To Play Hard From the Start Of Games

Oct 28, 2023 2:16 PM

Victor Wembanyama came up with some big plays to help the San Antonio Spur earn the first victory of his NBA career. While happy with his end-game performance, Wembanyama knows he has to improve to be better from the jump.

"All my life, I have preferred the end of the (game) because I feel better. But I have to do better before. It is one of my areas of improvement: play hard from the start," Wembanyama said.

The first overall pick finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds, three steals and three blocks. Wembanyama shot 7-of-19 from the field and missed all six of his three-point attempts.

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Victor Wembanyama Debut Averages 2.99M Viewers, Most-Watched Opening Week Game On ESPN Since 2018

Oct 26, 2023 11:20 PM

Wednesday night's game between the Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs, featuring the debut of Victor Wembanyama, averaged a 1.7 rating with 2.99 million viewers on ESPN.

The numbers represent the most-watched opening week game on the network since 2018.

The game peaked at 3.9 million viewers.

The first half of the network's doubleheader between the Celtics and Knicks averaged 2.55 million viewers and peaked at 4.35 million viewers.

The average viewership nearly matched the NBA Opening Night averages of 2.78 million viewers

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Spurs Exercise 24-25 Options On Jeremy Sochan, Malaki Branham, Blake Wesley

Oct 23, 2023 5:44 PM

The San Antonio Spurs have exercised their third-year team option on forward Jeremy Sochan and guards Malaki Branham and Blake Wesley for the 2024-25 season.

Sochan is entering his second year with the Spurs after being named to the 2022-23 NBA All-Rookie Second Team last season. Sochan played in 56 games where he averaged 11.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 26.0 minutes.

Branham comes into his second season with the Silver and Black after appearing in 66 games last year and averaging 10.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 23.5 minutes. Branham led all rookies in points scored in the month of February, registering 185 total points and averaging 16.8 points per game.

Wesley starts his sophomore season with the Silver and Black after appearing in 37 games last year, averaging 5.0 points, 2.7 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 18.1 minutes. 

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Zach Collins, Spurs Agree To Two-Year, $35M Extension

Oct 22, 2023 1:24 PM

Zach Collins and the San Antonio Spurs have agreed to a two-year, $35 million contract extension.

Collins is now tied to the Spurs through the 25-26 season.

Collins played 11 games for the Blazers in 2019-20 and missed the entirety of 2020-21 while undergoing multiple ankle surgeries. 

Collins played in 63 games for the Spurs in 2022-23, averaging 11.6 points and 6.4 rebounds.

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Khem Birch Waived By Spurs

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Spurs Waive Erik Stevenson, Paul Watson

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Spurs Sign Erik Stevenson, Paul Watson

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Victor Wembanyama On Role For Next Season: 'There Are Really No Limitations'

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Devin Vassell, Spurs Agree To Five-Year, $146M Extension

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Spurs Waive Seth Millner, RaiQuan Gray

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Spurs, Reggie Bullock Agree To Buyout

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RealGM Radio: Rob Mahoney, Matt Moore On The Southwest Division (2023)

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Joshua Primo Receives Four-Game Suspension From NBA

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Spurs Sign RaiQuan Gray To Camp Contract

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Spurs Waive Javante McCoy

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RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti (2023-24)

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Seth Millner, Spurs Agree To Two-Way Deal

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Victor Wembanyama To Start Season At Power Forward

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Spurs Considered Three And Four-Year Offer Sheets For Austin Reaves

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Victor Wembanyama Tentatively Scheduled To Debut On October 25 Versus Mavs

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Spurs, Magic Project To Have Over $50M In Cap Space In 2024 Offseason

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Sidy Cissoko Contract Guaranteed For First Two Years

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Devonte' Graham Suspended Two Games For Impaired Driving

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Sidy Cissoko, Spurs Agree To Three-Year Deal

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