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Gregg Popovich Undecided About Coaching Spurs In 19-20

Jan 17, 2019 12:52 PM

Gregg Popovich remains undecided about coaching the San Antonio Spurs beyond the current season.

Popovich turns 70 on Jan. 28 and is in the final season of his current five-year contract extension.

“I don’t know the answer,” Popovich said when asked about his plans for next season.

“He’ll coach as long as he wants to coach,” RC Buford said.

Popovich has committed to coaching U.S.A. Basketball at the 2019 FIBA World Cup and the 2020 Olympics.

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Tony Parker Was Told By Popovich He'd Be Spurs' Third String Point Guard

Jan 14, 2019 8:01 PM

Tony Parker thought he would remain with the San Antonio Spurs for his entire career, but a June conversation with Gregg Popovich changed the dynamic.

"Pop just told me that I was going to be the third point guard, and I had to think really hard about if I was going to stay," Parker says. "So then I told him I'm not gonna stay. I think they really didn't believe I was gonna leave anyway. I think they thought I'd be like Manu and just stay."

Parker signed with the Charlotte Hornets.

The Spurs lost Dejounte Murray for the season in October, which would have created more minutes for Parker.

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Gregg Popovich Moves To Third In All-Time Coaching Wins After Double-OT Victory

Jan 11, 2019 2:26 AM

Gregg Popovich won his 1,222nd career game as a head coach and surpassed Jerry Sloan for third in all-time NBA coaching wins following the San Antonio Spurs' 154-147 double-OT win against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The game featured a career-high 56 points from LaMarcus Aldridge, which is the most points for a Spurs player since Tony Parker scored 44 points in 2008, and the most points without a 3-pointer since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000.

2006 was the last time that two teams combined for over 300 points in a game, not including the All-Star Game. The Spurs also shot 16-19 from deep, the highest 3-point percentage ever for a team with more than 15 attempts.

Derrick White and Jerami Grant each chipped in with career-highs in points, while Russell Westbrook set a career-high in assists with a triple-double with 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 24 assists.

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Spurs Interested In Pursuing Kristaps Porzingis In Free Agency

Jan 8, 2019 8:20 AM

The San Antonio Spurs are viewed as a team who would have significant interest in Kristaps Porzingis in free agency.

Porzingis will be a restricted free agent this offseason as the Knicks also pursue max free agents.

The Spurs would have a difficult time creating enough cap space this offseason to sign Porzingis. 

The Brooklyn Nets have also previously been mentioned as a team that would be interested in Porzingis. 

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Tags: Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Lonnie Walker IV Assigned To Austin Spurs, Scores Career-High 34 Points

Jan 5, 2019 2:04 PM

Assigned to the San Antonio Spurs' G League affiliate after making his NBA debut, Lonnie Walker IV scored a career-high 34 points for the Austin Spurs.

Walker IV shot 12-22 from the field against the Memphis Hustle, including going 4-6 from the 3-point line.  

The 20-year-old Walker IV recently made his NBA debut against the Raptors, becoming the second-youngest player to appear in a game in Spurs franchise history.

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Gregg Popovich Asked Scottie Pippen To Mentor Kawhi Leonard

Jan 5, 2019 1:12 AM

Before the relationship between Gregg Popovich and Kawhi Leonard turned sour, Popovich asked Scottie Pippen to give Leonard playing advice following a San Antonio Spurs game in Chicago.

"Kind of get a feel because he felt like that his game patterned my game a little bit. I kind of admired his game and told him I'd been watching him and could see he's been getting better and better. And things I felt like he could work on to become even a better player. And I felt like he's filled all those voids," said Pippen.

Pippen did add that Leonard was a reserved person. 

"He did speak, but as you guys know, Kawhi's a very quiet player, so he doesn't speak much off the court, either. But it was great just to sit down and talk to him."

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Gregg Popovich Regrets Leadership Comments About Kawhi Leonard

Jan 3, 2019 10:40 PM

According to sources, Gregg Popovich regretted comments he made recently about Kawhi Leonard's leadership.

"Kawhi was a great player, but he wasn't a leader or anything," Popovich said of Leonard. "Manu [Ginobili] and Patty [Mills] were the leaders. Kawhi's talent will always be missed, but that leadership wasn't his deal at that time."

Popovich regretted the comments and also how they were perceived.

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Gregg Popovich Not Interested In Rehashing Past With Kawhi Leonard

Jan 2, 2019 5:09 PM

Ahead of Thursday's game against the Toronto Raptors, Gregg Popovich was not interested in rehashing the past with Kawhi Leonard.

"You move on in life," he said. "We're not going to redo what's happened in the past in any way, shape or form. It's of no consequence at this point, and it does no good to go backward and talk about this, that or the other. One of the reasons is you guys will interpret it whatever way you want anyway. So it doesn't matter what we say. You're gonna say whatever you want. It's a waste of our time. "

Popovich and Patty Mills hope Leonard is received well from the crowd in San Antonio.

"I don't speak for other people, but I hope that they treat everybody with kindness and respect," Popovich said. "We always have in the past, so we'll see."

Asked whether he expected a negative reaction when Leonard is introduced, Mills expressed optimism.

"I hope they react just as well and the same that they do with any other ex-teammate that comes back," Mills said. "He's been a great teammate. He's been a great friend to me, and he deserves that. I'm hoping that it will be a warm welcome back to San Antonio, a place where he has won a championship and grew up here. People have treated him well -- the community, fans and people here in San Antonio. I think that goes without saying the kind of people that the community of San Antonio are, and the class and how family-oriented this city is. That's what I hope. That's what I expect."

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Tags: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, NBA

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Gregg Popovich Moves To Fourth In All-Time Coaching Wins

Dec 12, 2018 1:40 AM

Gregg Popovich passed Pat Riley and moved into fourth place in all-time coaching victories in NBA history following the San Antonio Spurs 111-86 win over the Phoenix Suns. 

Popovich now has 1,211 coaching wins in his career, with a .686 win percentage in the regular season and a .603 percentage in the playoffs. 

He trails Jerry Sloan by 10 wins for third place on the list. 

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Gregg Popovich: There's No Basketball Anymore, No Beauty In It

Dec 6, 2018 4:11 PM

Gregg Popovich recently lamented the current aesthetics in the NBA.

While the San Antonio Spurs played a grinding and boring style during much of Popovich's tenure, they played a beautiful form of the game when they went to two straight Finals.

"There's no basketball anymore, there's no beauty in it," he said.

 

Popovich seemed to suggest the rise of the three-pointer as a culprit.

"Now you look at a stat sheet after a game and the first thing you look at is the 3s. If you made 3s and the other team didn't, you win. You don't even look at the rebounds or the turnovers or how much transition D was involved. You don't even care.

"These days there's such an emphasis on the 3 because it's proven to be analytically correct."

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DeMar DeRozan Told By Gregg Popovich To Shoot With 'No Guilt'
DeRozan is shooting 48.2% from the field while averaging a career high in assists and rebounds.

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Nick Nurse Commends Kawhi Leonard's Leadership
Kawhi Leonard said he had heard about Gregg Popovich's comments, but hadn't read them.

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Gregg Popovich: Kawhi Leonard Wasn't A Leader For Spurs
Gregg Popovich spoke candidly about Kawhi Leonard when asked about the importance of Patty Mills' leadership.

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Spurs Agree To Sign Ben Moore To Two-Way Contract
Ben Moore began the season with the Pacers.

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Pau Gasol Won't Consider Retirement Until 2020 At Earliest
Pau Gasol only has $6.7 million in guaranteed salary for 19-20.

Jabari Young/The Athletic

Spurs To Retire Manu Ginobili's Number On March 28
Manu Ginobili will become the ninth player in Spurs franchise history to have his number retired.

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Derrick White Out 6-8 Weeks With Torn Ligament In Heel
Bryn Forbes will become the Spurs' starting point guard.

Jeff McDonald/San Antonio Express-News

Spurs Waive Josh Huestis
Josh Huestis was signed by the Spurs this week.

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Josh Huestis Agrees To Exhibit 10 Deal With Spurs
Josh Huestis averaged 14.2 minutes per game over 69 appearances in 17-18 with the Thunder.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Spurs Waive Jaron Blossomgame
Jaron Blossomgame was a second round pick by the Spurs in 2017.

Jabari Young/The Athletic

Dejounte Murray Suffers Torn ACL
Dejounte Murray was entering his third season in the NBA.

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Lonnie Walker IV To Undergo Surgery For Torn Meniscus
Lonnie Walker was a first round pick by the Spurs in the 2018 NBA Draft.

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Manu Ginobili Has No Intention Of Coaching
Manu Ginobili attended the Spurs' annual coaching retreat before the start of training camp.

Tom Orsborn/San Antonio Express-News

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On West Over-Unders
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti break down the over/unders for the Western Conference.

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Spurs Pick Up 19-20 Option On Dejounte Murray
Dejounte Murray averaged 8.07 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season.

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Spurs Agree To Sign Olivier Hanlan
Olivier Hanlan played for the Spurs in Summer League in each of the past two seasons.

Michael Scotto/The Athletic

Spurs Sign Amida Brimah, Julian Washburn To Camp Deals
Amida Brimah was with the Spurs for preseason in 2017 and then played for the Austin Spurs of the G League.

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Spurs Sign Drew Eubanks To Two-Way Deal
Drew Eubanks went undrafted out of Oregon State.

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Spurs Hire Brent Barry For Front Office Job
Brent Barry has interviewed for several front office positions in recent years while working in broadcasting for Turner.

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Dunc'd On: SAS Outlook w/ Jabari Young; MEM Outlook w/ Chris Herrington
Interim host Danny Leroux breaks down the Spurs with Jabari Young and the Grizzlies with Chris Herrington

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