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Brett Pollakoff

  1. LeBron is even more confident now, and that could mean serious trouble for the Spurs

    Jun 15, 2013, 9:33 PM EDT

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    SAN ANTONIO — Before LeBron James went out and put together a high-scoring, aggressive performance that helped his team to a Game 4 win over the Spurs, he guaranteed he’d play better than he did the previous game, and did so in a way that made it sound like his bounce-back effort was a foregone…

  2. Tim Duncan calls Game 5 a ‘must-win’ for the Spurs

    Jun 15, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan shoots during practice for their NBA Finals basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO — With the Finals deadlocked at two games apiece, and with the scene shifting to Miami for what will be the deciding games of the series, Tim Duncan wasn’t afraid to put Sunday’s critical Game 5 in its proper context. “It is a must‑win,” Duncan said after practice on Saturday. “We don’t want…

  3. Tony Parker says his strained hamstring ‘can tear at anytime’ in advance of Game 5

    Jun 15, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs guard Parker answers questions at a news conference in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker said that he was feeling no additional pain in his strained hamstring the day after his Spurs suffered a Game 4 loss, but that doesn’t mean that he’s entirely healed. After practice on Saturday at the AT&T Center, Parker gave us an idea of just how tenuous the situation is.…

  4. Jason Kidd to begin coaching career with Nets at Orlando’s Summer League

    Jun 15, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Former NBA basketball star Kidd speaks at a news conference to announce him as the new Head Coach of the Brooklyn Nets NBA basketball team in Brooklyn

    The hiring of Jason Kidd to be the next head coach of the Brooklyn Nets raised some eyebrows around the league, mainly due to his complete lack of coaching experience at any level in the past. LeBron James wasn’t concerned that it would be an issue, citing the success of Mark Jackson with the Warriors…

  5. Danilo Gallinari may return sooner than expected

    Jun 15, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets

    There hasn’t been a lot of great news out of Denver lately as far as the Nuggets are concerned. They fired head coach George Karl. They lost GM Masai Ujiri to the Toronto Raptors. One of their best players in Andre Iguodala is opting out of the final year of his contract to become an unrestricted…

  6. Gregg Popovich, Erik Spoelstra critical of high turnover rate among NBA head coaches

    Jun 15, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra

    SAN ANTONIO — The lack of job security for head coaches in the NBA has seemed to reach an all-time high level of silliness this year, and the two who are still playing for a championship believe that the consistency shown by their respective organizations is a big reason why they’re still competing at the…

  7. Kobe reportedly wants ‘two more cracks’ at winning championships before he retires

    Jun 14, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant hinted recently that once he recovers from the torn Achilles injury that prematurely ended his 2013 season, he’d continue his playing career beyond next season. That was a bit of a change from what had been widely accepted, which was that once Bryant’s contract was up at the end of next season, he’d…

  8. Tony Parker says he feels no additional pain, expects to be ready for Game 5

    Jun 14, 2013, 8:41 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Four

    SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker was spectacular in the first half of Game 4 on Thursday, and showed no ill effects of the Grade 1 hamstring strain that he suffered in the previous game. He was quick, energetic, and explosive, and completed some spectacular plays that kept the Spurs right there with the Heat through…

  9. Clippers reportedly impressed with Lionel Hollins after second round of interviews

    Jun 14, 2013, 7:16 PM EDT

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    Lionel Hollins completed a second round of interviews with the Clippers on Friday, and all indications are that he left the team impressed with his qualifications. From Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times: The Clippers were impressed with Hollins’ basketball IQ, demeanor and his ability to develop players, the executives said. “Everybody thought it…

  10. Popovich cites turnovers as common denominator in Spurs’ Finals losses

    Jun 14, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT

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    SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs have been remarkably efficient in these playoffs, and have lost just four times in total through 14 postseason games. After a San Antonio loss in Game 4 of the Finals evened the series at two games apiece, Gregg Popovich was asked on Friday if there was a common thread he…

  11. Chris Bosh fined for violating league’s anti-flopping rules in Game 4 win over Spurs

    Jun 14, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Four

    SAN ANTONIO — Chris Bosh has been fined $5,000 for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules, the NBA announced on Friday via official release. The play, seen in the video clip above, occurred with 6:07 remaining in the second quarter of the Heat’s Game 4 win over the Spurs on Thursday, and was every bit deserving of…

  12. NBA Finals Game 4 micro-movie (VIDEO)

    Jun 14, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Four

    These productions the NBA puts together for each game of the Finals are fantastic. The micro-movies give us some rare behind-the- scenes audio and video footage, and highlight the key plays from each game in dramatic fashion. Game 4 was played at an extremely high level, and featured more than its fair share of spectacular…

  13. Report: Andre Iguodala decides to opt out of final year of contract to enter free agency

    Jun 14, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets Andre Iguodala reacts against the Golden State Warriors during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    It has always been a distinct possibility that Nuggets forward Andre Iguodala would choose to opt out of the final year of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent. The offseason moves of the front office in Denver, which included firing Coach of the Year George Karl and parting ways with Executive of the…

  14. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau after recent workout with Derrick Rose: ‘I think he’s there now’

    Jun 14, 2013, 2:02 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Derrick Rose and the Bulls organization spent the latter part of the 2013 season tormenting the team’s fan base by teasing them with the possibility, however remote or slight, that he would return to action at some point to give a very gritty Chicago team a much-needed postseason push. It never materialized, of course, and…

  15. Dwyane Wade’s steal, dunk in transition define his throwback Game 4 performance (VIDEO)

    Jun 14, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

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    SAN ANTONIO — If there was a single play that showed just how much Dwyane Wade looked like the version we called Flash back in 2006 when he led the Heat to a championship and was named Finals MVP for his efforts, it was this spectacular steal and dunk in transition early in the fourth…

  16. LeBron likes Jason Kidd’s chances to succeed as Nets’ new head coach

    Jun 14, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

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    SAN ANTONIO — The Nets announced the hiring of Jason Kidd as their new head coach on Wednesday, and while there are legitimate questions as to whether he can make the transition so quickly from player to coach, the reaction has been mostly positive. Go ahead and count LeBron James among the believers. Speaking before…

  17. Dwyane Wade turns in dominant performance, plays like ’2006 Flash’ in Game 4 win over Spurs

    Jun 14, 2013, 1:28 AM EDT

    Heat's Wade dunks against the Spurs during Game 4 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio

    In the Heat’s Game 4 win over the Spurs, however, the old Wade was back. “That dude was amazing,” LeBron James said of his teammate’s performance. “Like I said, he was ’06 Flash tonight. And we needed every bit of him.” Maybe not every bit, as James was pretty spectacular himself. But if not in…

  18. Heat’s Big Three dominate Game 4 to even the Finals at two games apiece

    Jun 14, 2013, 12:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Four

    SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James was the one who took the bulk of the criticism for the Heat’s 36-point loss in Game 3, largely due to a 15-point outing that didn’t include a single free throw attempt. But Dwyane Wade knew better. He was well aware that for Miami to bounce back and remain in…

  19. Heat, Spurs tied 49-49 at halftime of Game 4

    Jun 13, 2013, 10:28 PM EDT

    Heat's James and Spurs' Leonard battle for position Game 4 of their NBA Finals basketball series in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs and the Heat are tied 49-49 at halftime of Game 4 of the NBA Finals, and this game has been every bit as exciting as one played at the championship level between the league’s two best teams. Each team led by as many as 10 points over the first 24…

  20. Preview: Heat believe effort and a focused LeBron are keys to Game 4 of the Finals

    Jun 13, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    SAN ANTONIO — The Miami Heat have made a habit of bouncing back after a poor performance this season, and they hope that Thursday night’s Game 4 will be no different. Following a 36-point loss in which the Spurs shot historically well from three-point distance, and managed to hold LeBron James without a free throw…

  21. Tony Parker ‘ready to go’ for Game 4 of the Finals

    Jun 13, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs guard Parker answers questions at a news conference in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO — Tony Parker didn’t participate in practice on Wednesday, after an MRI revealed a Grade 1 hamstring strain. He refused to speculate on his availability for Game 4, but he and Gregg Popovich confirmed to reporters at this morning’s shootaround that he would in fact be in the lineup for the Spurs on…

  22. Gregg Popovich was asked if he might ‘mail in’ Game 4 to rest the injured Tony Parker, responded as you’d expect

    Jun 13, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs coach Popovich speaks with player Duncan during practice for their NBA Finals basketball playoff series in San Antonio

    SAN ANTONIO — Not everything interesting that players and coaches say from practice can make it into a full-blown story. But sometimes, the answer to a single question is deserving of being mentioned all by itself. Especially when Gregg Popovich is the one giving the response. There were plenty of questions about Tony Parker‘s status…

  23. NBA competition committee recommending expansion of instant replay to include block/charge calls

    Jun 12, 2013, 10:28 PM EDT

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    The NBA’s competition committee met Wednesday in San Antonio, and is making recommendations on expanding instant replay to include a few more potentially critical situations, according to a report from the Associated Press. The bigger news, however, is that this is the first time that the league would allow plays that are judgment calls made by…

  24. Grizzlies reportedly set to interview Alvin Gentry for head coaching job

    Jun 12, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

    Alvin Gentry

    After parting ways with Lionel Hollins earlier this week, there won’t be a shortage of candidates interested in the Grizzlies now vacant head coaching position. Memphis has a solid roster and reached the Western Conference Finals for the first time in team history this season, and the organization is looking at both veterans of the…

  25. Spurs appreciate Kawhi Leonard’s quiet confidence

    Jun 12, 2013, 7:21 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    SAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard is in only his second NBA season, but he’s already an extremely important part of the Spurs and their championship aspirations. Leonard’s defense on LeBron James has helped limit the league MVP to 18 points or less in each of the first three games of the Finals, and when he’s…

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