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  1. Spurs’ players in fantastic H-E-B commercials (VIDEO)

    Oct 25, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

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    These are amazing. Indubitably. Spurs players Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan are part of these ads, eating steak and doing laundry. And they are vintage Spurs in the classic campy, understated way. By the way, that is the most words I’ve heard Kawhi Leonard string together in a row. And I’ve…

  2. Spurs sign Josh Howard to non-guaranteed contract

    Oct 25, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

    Josh Howard

    The Spurs were looking for a veteran, reliable backup to play behind Kawhi Leonard. They went first with Corey Maggette, but that didn’t work out. So now they are trying Josh Howard — the Spurs just signed him to a non-guaranteed contract, reports the San Antonio Express-News. This is a roll of the dice by…

  3. PBT Extra: Southwest Division Preview

    Oct 23, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    SPO-BASKET-NBA-FINALS-SPURS-HEAT

    Last year the Southwest Division sent a team to the NBA Finals — San Antonio had shifted over the years from a defensive to offensive team, got a renaissance season out of Tim Duncan and a breakout season from Kawhi Leonard. Kay Adams and I talk about if the Spurs can make a repeat trip…

  4. NBA.com GM survey predicts another big season for Heat, LeBron James

    Oct 22, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    The annual NBA.com GM survey is pretty much a spot check on the conventional wisdom around the NBA. It’s not the place you see daring picks or gain deep insight. It’s generally a lot of guys picking the favorite. This year’s survey shows the conventional wisdom is “good luck beating LeBron James the Heat.” In…

  5. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: San Antonio Spurs

    Oct 21, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    Last season: The Spurs finished with the second best record in the Western Conference, and blew through the playoffs with a 12-2 record (including sweeps against the Lakers in the first round and the Grizzlies in the Conference Finals) before facing the Heat in the NBA Finals. The series was one for the ages, with…

  6. Andrea Bargnani playing a lot of small forward? Bad. Idea. Jeans.

    Oct 3, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Andrea Bargnani

    Carmelo Anthony thrived last season on offense for the Knicks playing the four, the power forward spot — he could take bigger guys outside and beat them off the dribble, if teams went small against him he could post up. But that creates some roster challenges for Mike Woodson this season because Andrea Bargnani, Amar’e…

  7. Corey Maggette, Sam Young try to earn last Spurs roster spot

    Oct 1, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Corey Maggette

    The San Antonio Spurs have 14 guaranteed contracts on their roster and they may go into the season with just that many. But they can add a 15th guy. They have identified a need — a physical three who can play limited minutes off the bench in certain matchups as a backup to Kawhi Leonard…

  8. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was disappointed in his play last season

    Oct 1, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

    Bobcats Spurs Basketball

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had an okay rookie season — he averaged 9 points and 5.8 rebounds a game but his shot from outside five feet was a disaster (29.6 percent from the midrange and he just doesn’t shoot threes, nor should he). He had the ugliest jump shot in the NBA. He  brings the intangibles of…

  9. Tony Parker after EuroBasket: “I’m very tired now”

    Sep 23, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

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    In case you ever wondered why Gregg Popovich doesn’t love it when his players spend the summer playing for their national teams, here is Tony Parker’s quote from after leading France to the EuroBasket title: “It was very hard for me physically. I am very tired now. It’s been a long season, so it’s hard…

  10. Indiana signing Paul George to max deal is a no-brainer

    Sep 23, 2013, 12:06 AM EDT

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    Well, we all saw this coming. Paul George burst onto the scene last year for the Indiana Pacers, won the Most Improved Player award, carried the Pacers deep into the playoffs, and established himself as the future of the club. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Pacers rewarded George tonight with a nice…

  11. Report: MRI to Tony Parker’s knee shows “nothing serious”

    Aug 27, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

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    Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford can exhale now. After tweaking his right knee playing with the French national team against Spain in preparation for EuroBasket (the European championships that start Sept. 7), Tony Parker got an MRI on his knee Monday. It’s was nothing, the French team announced, via Basket USA. Nothing to see here,…

  12. Kobe Bryant receives most votes from rookies asked to name their favorite player in the league

    Aug 27, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    Kobe Lakers black uniform

    Each year when the NBA’s freshly drafted rookies gather for the offseason photo-shoot during the summer, NBA.com surveys the group to get their thoughts on the league’s current players, as well as predictions for the future of this year’s incoming class. While several topics were covered, one of the more interesting questions posed to the…

  13. George Hill says he ‘probably messed up his chances’ of playing for USA Basketball

    Aug 24, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    George Hill

    Listening to Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski speak to reporters during USA Basketball’s recent mini-camp in Las Vegas, the one thing that was made clear was that they want guys on the team that want to be there, and who will sacrifice to make playing for the national team a priority rather than treating it like…

  14. Joe Dumars hopes Josh Smith-Greg Monroe-Andre Drummond frontcourt can take cues from Hawks and Grizzlies

    Aug 7, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT

    Josh Smith, Andre Drummond

    Which team has the best starting frontcourt in the NBA? Depending on how you value the top player compared to the depth of the trio, there are several contenders including: Nets (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez) Bulls (Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah) Nuggets (Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee) Warriors (Andre Iguodala, David…

  15. First guess at who makes Team USA for 2014 World Championships

    Jul 27, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    USA Basketball Men's National Team Blue And White Game

    The FIBA World Cup – the basketball World Championships coming to Spain next summer — don’t play as big in the United States as the Olympics. It can get overlooked… unless Team USA loses, then newspaper columnists who hadn’t given the thing a sideways glance will pontificate on how this is some kind of disaster.…

  16. Sprained ankle to keep Taj Gibson out of Team USA mini-camp

    Jul 19, 2013, 3:53 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    Chicago’s Taj Gibson’s blend of size and athleticism makes him an interesting fit for what Team USA likes to do — press on defense, create turnovers then get out and run. Play to your strengths, and with the USA that is the level and depth of athleticism. But a sprained ankle is going to keep…

  17. Kawhi Leonard to skip USA Basketball mini-camp; George Hill, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added to the roster

    Jul 16, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs - Game Three

    USA Basketball will hold a four-day mini-camp in Las Vegas following the conclusion of Summer League beginning on July 22, and while the roster was originally set to include Kawhi Leonard, that will no longer be the case. Leonard will miss the mini-camp “while rehabbing from a long season,” USA Basketball announced on Tuesday via…

  18. Manu Ginobili reaches two-year deal to stay with Spurs

    Jul 3, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

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    Thrilled to announce that as I always hoped, I'm gonna stay with the @spurs for two more years. #gospursgo. — Manu Ginobili (@manuginobili) July 3, 2013 Did you really expect any other outcome? This is a two-year deal worth $14 million total reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. That is a half his salary of…

  19. LeBron calls his title-clinching jumper his “Michael Jordan moment”

    Jun 26, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    You remember the play: There were :39 seconds left in Game 7, Miami was up 90-88 and of course LeBron James had the ball out at mid-court. He let the clock run down then drove right around a Mario Chalmers pick, bullied past Tony Parker who switched on to him, pulled up at the elbow…

  20. Ginobili writes in Argentinian paper he doesn’t plan to retire

    Jun 25, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

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    Manu Ginobili is not the biggest sports star in Argentina — hello Messi — but he is up there near the top. His fans in Argentina are wondering the same thing his fans in San Antonio (and there are a lot of them) are: How much longer is he going to be playing? He wants…

  21. Heat beat Spurs in epic Game 7 to win 2013 NBA title

    Jun 21, 2013, 1:46 AM EDT

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    MIAMI — The Miami Heat are the 2013 NBA champions. And the Spurs made them earn every last bit of that second straight title. In a game fitting of what we’ve come to expect from these two teams in this series, LeBron James put on a jump-shooting display that resulted in his scoring 37 points,…

  22. Old-school Spurs earn extra measure of respect in defeat.

    Jun 21, 2013, 1:43 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 7

    Youth may ultimately have been served, but age earned a lot of respect. Yes, the younger and more athletic core of the Miami Heat won another NBA title, but the older core of the San Antonio Spurs reminded everyone just how beautiful well played team basketball can look like. And how far it can take…

  23. NBA Finals Game 7 Spurs vs. Heat: Miami earns repeat title in dramatic Game 7

    Jun 20, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

    Heat's James and Wade pause during a break in play against the Spurs during Game 7 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    The Miami Heat are back-to-back NBA Champions, but the San Antonio Spurs made them earn every last bit of it. It was a hard-fought if not always pretty Game 7, but LeBron James finished with 37 points and 12 rebounds to lead Miami to a 95-88 win. LeBron was rightfully named NBA Finals MVP. He…

  24. Which role player is going to step up and be the Game 7 hero?

    Jun 20, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

    Danny Green ,Mike Miller

    Remember back to the last Game 7 of the NBA Finals: 2010, Celtics at Lakers. Kobe Bryant was tight. Paul Pierce was tight. The game was played fairly cautiously. Who were the two best players on the court? Probably Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace) and Rasheed Wallace. The two guys hardwired not to feel…

  25. Breaking down the Heat’s Game 6 comeback over Spurs

    Jun 19, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat - Game 6

    MIAMI — For all intents and purposes, the game was over. Except that it wasn’t. The Heat trailed Game 6 of the Finals by five with under 30 seconds to play, and fans in Miami began streaming for the exits. Arena staffers in yellow shirts lined the baselines and the court across from the team…

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