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  1. Coach K says he is done, so who coaches in Rio in 2016?

    Aug 13, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Popovich, Rivers

    Mike Krzyzewski says he is done. He came in as USA Basketball restructured following the 2004 bronze medal in Athens, and he has coached two World Championships and two Olympics. USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo says he is going to try and talk Coach K into staying, but Kobe Bryant couldn’t talk him into coming…

  2. Who should be the next Team USA coach? Popovich? Rivers?

    Aug 1, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    Popovich, Rivers

    Mike Krzyzewski has said this will be his last Olympics as the head coach of Team USA. Personally, I wouldn’t turn down a free trip to Rio but Krzyzewski apparently wants out. You can bet USA Basketball President Jerry Colangelo will try to talk him out of leaving, and sometimes those pitches work. But if…

  3. San Antonio Spurs: Time is not on their side. No it isn’t.

    Jun 7, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    For a stretch of 20 games, 10 of those in the playoffs, no team has played a more pure, more beautiful brand of basketball in recent years than what the San Antonio Spurs did. It was Hall of Fame talent being selfless — Tony Parker would get in the lane and score or kick to…

  4. Thunder-Spurs Game 6: Oklahoma City proves it’s ready, advances to finals

    Jun 7, 2012, 12:16 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs' Ginobili and Parker during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    Since the 1999 season, only three teams have represented the Western Conference in the NBA finals — the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs. In the first round of the 2012 playoffs, the Thunder crushed Dallas. In the second round they showed they were well ahead of the Lakers. And…

  5. Video: Russell Westbrook’s monster first half dunk

    Jun 6, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    San Antonio owned the first half of Game 6 in Oklahoma City — except for this play. Nobody on the Spurs stopped the ball and so Westbrook went all the way in and played Superman. Monster dunk.

  6. Thunder-Spurs Game 6: Spurs know what to do, but it may not matter

    Jun 6, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Five

    It’s not that the Spurs don’t know what they have to do to win — this is a smart, veteran team with the best coach in the land. Intellectually, they know what they need to do. But there comes a point where athleticism trumps that plan, and for three games in a row now the…

  7. Thunder-Spurs Game 5: Oklahoma City won like battle-tested veterans

    Jun 5, 2012, 12:41 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    The conventional wisdom coming into this series was that the younger, less experienced Thunder might well not stand up to the level of play the battle tested Spurs were at. But the Thunder have plenty of experience, too. We thought all season they were the team to beat in the West, that didn’t change until…

  8. Rivers says if Chris Bosh is back Miami’s offense improves

    Jun 4, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Miami may have Chris Bosh back on Tuesday for Game 5. It’s huge in a series where the Heat offense has struggled against a good Boston defense, because the Heat’s pick-and-roll is about to become a lot more dangerous. Right now the Heat have shown limited respect for the damage Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem…

  9. Thunder-Spurs Game 5: San Antonio needs to find its offense

    Jun 4, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    San Antonio needs to find its offense to win Game 5 tonight, or this series will be over in a couple days. It falls to the Spurs’ big three — Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili need to get free and penetrate the lane to break down the Thunder defense, Tim Duncan just has to play…

  10. Video: Reaction to Thunder blowout from Popovich, Durant

    Jun 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    It was a blowout Thunder win in Game 3, sparked by their defense. Here are the reactions from Gregg Popovich — who said more than seven words in this press conference, a bit of a surprise to me — and scott Brooks, as well as players like Kevin Durant. Game 4 is going to be…

  11. Thunder remind Spurs, everyone they are contenders with rout

    Jun 1, 2012, 12:22 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Thunder, Spurs, Tim Dunan

    The Oklahoma City Thunder would like to remind you that they are a very, very good basketball team. For days now the buzz had been about the Spurs’ 20-game win streak, how they played like the old man at the YMCA that schools the more athletic kids with the extra pass and smart positioning. But…

  12. Thunder need to get defensive Thursday or this series is over

    May 31, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    Spurs point guard Tony Parker celebrates his three-point basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder

    Scott Brooks doesn’t seem to have any answers. Neither did Vinny Del Negro or Ty Corbin. Nobody has for 20 games now. The San Antonio offense over the last month is as efficient a machine as the NBA has ever seen and unless the Thunder can find a way to slow Tony Parker and the…

  13. Quote of the Day: “I want some nasty”

    May 28, 2012, 8:02 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz fans cheer as San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich watches the action during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City, Utah

    The best part of this Gregg Popovich in-game pep talk to his team is really the way he snarls that last line. He started the speech (before that video clip above) with the line “Are we having fun yet?” His Spurs were down 9 going into the fourth and he hadn’t seen the fight from them…

  14. Thursday And-1 links: Dirk Nowitzki thinks Popovich is the best

    May 24, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Tradition says you say your coach is the best in the league, but…

  15. Gregg Popovich named NBA Coach of the Year

    May 1, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    The announcement came Tuesday afternoon with a press conference to follow where Gregg Popovich will be uncomfortable answering media questions. Spurs headman Gregg Popovich has been named NBA Coach of the Year. Mike Monroe of the Express-News was first with the report but the league has now confirmed it. And it’s a good call. When…

  16. Doc Rivers is coach players most want to play for. Stan Van Gundy, not so much

    Apr 19, 2012, 10:36 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches his team in Boston

    Across the board, players say they like playing for coaches who once played in the NBA. It’s not a requirement, but players feel it gives the coach an understanding of what they go through. So it shouldn’t be a shock that Doc Rivers tops Sports Illustrated’s annual poll of players on the question of coach…

  17. Don’t expect Kobe back for Lakers vs. Spurs Tuesday

    Apr 16, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Normally, this kind of game — the two seed Spurs vs. the three seed Lakers — is the kind of contest where we try to gain clues about what would happen if they met in the second round of the playoffs. But this time, the game may be hard to read. For one, Kobe Bryant…

  18. Why don’t more stars want to be like Tim Duncan?

    Apr 15, 2012, 1:17 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    In Saturday’s New York Times, Harvey Araton has a piece on Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich, comrades in court action, and how different they stand from the modern generation of market-chasing, self-aggrandizing drama queens that currently permeate the landscape. Let’s start here: I’m an NBA modernist. I don’t go for the “back in my day…”…

  19. Mike Brown still gets advice from Gregg Popovich

    Apr 11, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike Brown watches as his team loses in the fourth quarter during their NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Phoenix

    A lot of Lakers fans like to remind Mike Brown he doesn’t have a ring — except that he does. He was an assistant on the Spurs when they picked up their 2005 ring. Brown comes out of the Gregg Popovich coaching tree in the NBA. And before his Lakers team takes on the Spurs…

  20. Millsap calls Spurs resting big three “slap in the face”

    Apr 10, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    Note to Paul Millsap: It was nothing personal. He would do this against anyone. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich rested his big three — Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili — on Monday night when the Spurs took on the Jazz. Popovich didn’t care about the Spurs 11-game winning streak or the paying fans in…

  21. Popovoch decides to sit Duncan, Parker, Ginobili Monday vs. Jazz

    Apr 9, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    Not one. Not two. But three. In a very Gregg Popovich move, the Spurs coach will set all of his big three — Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili — Monday night when San Antonio takes on Utah in the second game of a home-and-home and back-to-back, according to a tweet from Mike Monroe…

  22. Report: Spurs frontrunners to land Diaw as free agent

    Mar 21, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Milwaukee Bucks

    The San Antonio Spurs locker room culture and Boris Diaw  — on the surface that seems like oil and water. But Gregg Popovich may get to see if he can mix the two for the rest of the season. Diaw agreed to a buyout with Charlotte and now just has to clear waivers — which…

  23. Spurs decline third-year option on James Anderson

    Jan 28, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    DeJuan Blair, James Anderson

    Although the final public analysis of any NBA roster move is usually distilled to a few lines of explanation, every single decision that an NBA front office makes is a complicated one. Salary, fit, production, potential, age, redundancy, personality, character, experience, flexibility — all of these factors — and more — come into play, and…

  24. Quote of the Day: Wine is good for Popovich, Spurs

    Jan 26, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich

    “As he gets older and drinks more wine, he gets more patient.” —Tony Parker, talking about San Antonio coach coach Gregg Popovich and discussing how he doesn’t erupt in anger like he used to. Popovich did snap finally as the Spurs struggled against the Hawks Wednesday night. Popovich is quite the oenophile, by the way.…

  25. Spurs to retire Bruce Bowen’s No. 12 jersey

    Jan 23, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

    Bruce Bowen

    Bruce Bowen was the guy asked to cover Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Richard Jefferson — whoever was the best perimeter player on the other team. Night after night, playoffs after playoffs. His elite defense, as well as his reliable corner three, were key parts of three San Antonio Spurs titles, so the team is going…

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