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  1. Spurs Popovich: “Winning is boring as hell”

    Feb 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Gregg Popovich has been coasting this year. He has rolled out the same starting five for 53 of the team’s 54 games (Manu Ginolbili had to miss a game so George Hill started). His rotations have been pretty much the same every night. He’s given the same speeches to the same players so many times…

  2. Yao Ming again voted an All-Star starter, cue outrage

    Jan 27, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    In Yao Ming’s election as a starter for the Western Conference All-Stars, there’s no heart-warming consolation to be had; Yao Ming’s season is gone, and his inclusion in this event — which will give him the eighth All-Star berth of his career — is really just a reminder of why using a popular vote as…

  3. Jerry West says he wasn’t calling those Lakers old

    Jan 26, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

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    A couple of days ago Jerry West — in what seemed a low-key venue in front of a bunch of car dealers in Southern California — questioned the Lakers defense, how long they could remain on top and used a favorite phrase of your grandparents, “long in the tooth.” But he wasn’t talking about those…

  4. Gregg Popovich is your West All-Star Game coach

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

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    One side is official — Spurs coach Greg Popovich will coach the West in the NBA All-Star Game Feb. 20. With the Spurs win over the Warriors Monday they clinched having the best record in the West on the Feb. 6 cutoff date. He’ll probably be on his best behavior, but we can hope that…

  5. Celtics, Spurs prove the antidote to the L.A./Miami show

    Jan 6, 2011, 1:57 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

    This was a basketball’s fan’s matchup. It wasn’t about the hype or the reality shows, it was about the game. With all the focus on Los Angeles and Miami, too many have missed that Boston and San Antonio have played the best basketball and have the best records in the league. It is far too…

  6. Gregg Popovich played for the long term, not the win Tuesday

    Jan 5, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan

    Be clear about this — the Knicks earned their victory over the Spurs. For the first time seemingly in memory, the Knicks pushed an elite team into their game. The Knicks hit their shots (ones provided by unusually poor defense from the Spurs, but the Knicks hit them). They made the plays. It’s a signature…

  7. What happened to Tiago Splitter?

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Tiago Splitter

    Remember how certain people were really hyping Tiago Splitter before the season as the big man the Spurs really needed to balance out the front line with Tim Duncan? Remember how people were saying he was going to be a difference maker for the Spurs this season? Okay, that was me. I admit it. And…

  8. Tiago Splitter understandably a bit frustrated with his lack of playing time

    Dec 7, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    Tiago Splitter

    When Tiago Splitter joined the Spurs in the off-season, he was touted as one of the summer’s most subtle and influential additions. He didn’t have the price tag nor the talent of LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire, or Carlos Boozer, but his position and specific skill set made him a perfect fit for San Antonio. Only…

  9. San Antonio is back — and interesting this time

    Nov 24, 2010, 12:52 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan

    The San Antonio Spurs, even at their peak, felt like your father’s favorite team — quiet and efficient. Good defense, methodical pace, the backboard is your friend. Fundamental. Controlled. That’s not bad, I love my father — I wish I were more like him in a lot of ways — but that doesn’t mean I…

  10. Tony Parker comments on his divorce; pulls curtain between public, private life

    Nov 17, 2010, 9:01 PM EDT

    Eva Longoria Parker, Tony Parker

    A divorce scandal has no place in a basketball headline, yet here we are. The story isn’t likely to go away soon considering the nature of the rumors being circulated and the profiles of both Tony Parker and his soon-to-be ex-wife Eva Longoria Parker, but the Spurs’ point guard did what he could to make…

  11. The evolution of Tony Parker

    Nov 12, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

    Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich

    The Tony Parker that kept opposing coaches up at night because of his scoring is still out there. He can still hit the accelerator coming around a high pick, be in the lane in a flash and even though your help defender recognized it in time he is helpless as Parker puts up a pretty…

  12. Spurs rookie James Anderson has foot surgery, out eight weeks

    Nov 11, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

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    Whenever the phrase “pin inserted in foot” and “NBA player” are in the same sentence, it’s not good. Spurs rookie James Anderson underwent foot surgery today to repair a stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal and will be out two months because of it, according to tweets from Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News. Anderson,…

  13. Hornets’ defensive success cast from the Spurs’ mold

    Nov 8, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    Emeka Okafor, New Orleans Hornets

    In the last decade of basketball, there have been few forces more power than the San Antonio Spurs’ defense. That vaunted defense has regressed in recent years, but from 2000-2007 (and, for that matter, from 1997-2000), San Antonio never allowed more than 99.7 points per 100 possessions, a mark that routinely put the Spurs’ defense…

  14. Tiago Splitter has blue collar first night in the NBA, expect more of that

    Nov 2, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

    Splitter_Gordon

    After seemingly years of hype, Tiago Splitter got a very cold reception to the NBA. He was trying to cover Blake Griffin on the right low block when Griffin put a lighting-quick spin move on him, went baseline and threw down a monster dunk that brought the crowd to its feet. There’s talent in Europe,…

  15. Checking in with the new Richard Jefferson

    Nov 1, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    Richard Jefferson

    Though Tiago Splitter was San Antonio’s big off-season addition, it’s an improved Richard Jefferson that could really give the ’10-’11 Spurs some teeth. San Antonio was a fine team last season, but with Splitter bolstering the Spurs’ depth and Jefferson revamping his approach, Duncan and company could conceivably improve enough to sniff the West’s top…

  16. Tony Parker signs multi-year extension with the Spurs

    Oct 30, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

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    Tony Parker is going to stay a Spur. Parker has signed a four year, $50 million deal to remain with San Antonio. Parker is in his 10th NBA season but is just 28 years old. The point guard has been part of the core of the Spurs title teams, but there was speculation that he…

  17. It’s official: DeJuan Blair is your starting center in San Antonio

    Oct 22, 2010, 2:25 PM EDT

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    We told you it was coming, and now that day is here: DeJuan Blair is the starting center for the San Antonio Spurs. ACLs are over-rated. Gregg Popovich made it official talking to the Express-News. Blair gets the nod in just his second season, at age 21, on a team with big aspirations this season.…

  18. This year the Spurs are going to run… no, Popovich means it this time. Really.

    Oct 18, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    The Spurs were not the slowest team in the NBA last season — actually they were 19th, tied with the Bucks. They were faster than the Celtics, Cavaliers, Haws and the dead-last Blazers. It just never feels like it. They feel slow, methodical. This year is going to be different. Sure, 29 other coaches said…

  19. Manu Ginobili, DeJuan Blair look like starters in San Antonio

    Oct 13, 2010, 6:22 PM EDT

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    It just feels wrong. It’s not going to change things really; the Spurs will be the Spurs. Maybe even a little better version of the Spurs. But this starting five just feels weird: Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan, DeJuan Blair. Coach Gregg Popovich has not settled on that yet according to the…

  20. Manu Ginobili plays coach, draws up Spurs game-winning shot

    Oct 13, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

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    Manu Ginobili has notched his first win as a coach. Who cares if it is preseason? With the Spurs down two to the Clippers and less than 10 seconds on the clock, Gregg Popovich stepped aside and handed the clipboard to Manu Ginobili, according to the San Antonio Express-News. Nobody wants to play overtime in…

  21. Gregg Popovich being Gregg Popovich

    Sep 29, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    And you thought all NBA coach interviews were as fun as interviewing Charles Barkley in Tahoe…. (via 48 Minutes of Hell) Coach Pop being Coach Pop from 48 Minutes of Hell on Vimeo.

  22. Richard Jefferson has the nerve to go back to the basics

    Sep 27, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    I’m not sure where Richard Jefferson learned how to be a professional athlete, but I’m pretty sure he’s doing it wrong. First, he abandoned huge short-term financial gains in favor of a more practical long-term deal. Well-played certainly, but to give up a $15.2 million single-year salary along with a chance to play his way…

  23. Jacque Vaughn moves up the bench, goes from rotation afterthought to assistant coach

    Sep 25, 2010, 7:24 PM EDT

    Jacque Vaughn made a career out of backing up the backup and stepping in as a stopgap during times of crisis. He averaged just 9.8 points and 5.5 assists per 36 minutes for his career, which are both less than exemplary marks to say the least. Regardless, Vaughn will take that pedigree (if we can…

  24. Popovich says don't leave Spurs out of title mix

    Sep 16, 2010, 10:25 PM EDT

    The Spurs won 50 games last season, something you barely noticed because it’s expected of them, and they should be better this season. Tony Parker should be healthy, George Hill’s game should take another stride forward, Tiago Splitter will be a boost. Yet you do not hear “San Antonio Spurs, Western Conference contenders.” In part…

  25. Spurs trying to bring Danny Ferry back to their front office

    Aug 11, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    Danny Ferry is no Pat Riley. Ferry spent years in Cleveland trying to build a team around LeBron James that would make the superstar happy. He built some very good teams — teams with the best record in the NBA the last two years — but not ones that could win it all. So Cavaliers…

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