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As Craig Sager undergoes treatment for leukemia, his son Craig Sager Jr. filled in for him on the sidelines for Game 1 of the Spurs vs. Mavericks in San Antonio Sunday and interviewed Gregg Popovich after the third quarter. Known for their history of hilarious interviews, Pop offered a heartfelt message to Sager to get well soon, “We want your fanny back on the court and I promise I will be nice!” beyondthebuzzer.com

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Adelman, meanwhile, believes Popovich should be in line to claim his third Red Auerbach trophy this summer. “He should be coach of the year,” Adelman said. “Even though he probably doesn't want it, I think he deserves it. They've had guys out, they've got 60 wins again, they've got the best record. It says a lot.” San Antonio Express-News

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich doesn't think Tony Parker's latest stay on the injury list will be a long one. The 31-year-old point guard did not travel with the team for Tuesday's 110-91 loss at Minnesota, and he will not be on hand for Thursday's game in Dallas. But Popovich says Parker, who is dealing with a sprained facet (pronounced fuh-SET) joint in his back, should be healthy enough to return at some point before the end of the regular season. “I don't think it's that serious,” Popovich said. “He got a (painkiller) shot in there, and he's got to let it calm down. For sure this week, the next couple of games, he's not going to be able to go.” San Antonio Express-News

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It was a comment Spurs fans have been clamoring to hear since, oh, about five games into Kawhi Leonard’s rookie season. Gregg Popovich, speaking last Sunday before Leonard would enjoy perhaps the best game of his young career, is finally ready to unleash his third-year small forward. “We want to up his minutes,” Popovich said. “He’s going to play more minutes (in the playoffs) than Tim Duncan does probably, more minutes than Manu Ginobili probably. This is his stretch run and he needs to be in shape for it. He’s never really been able to do this because it was a lockout season or we had to limit his minutes last year. This is the first time he’s been able to lay it out there.” San Antonio Express-News

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Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich admits that he watches the NCAA Tournament to steal things from NCAA coaches: Gregg Popovich is one of the best basketball coaches on the planet, but that doesn't mean he isn't open to learning new things from other coaches. Popovich recently admitted that he watches NCAA Tournament games to find things he can steal from college basketball coaches. "There is always something," Popovich said. "Not just necessarily a play, maybe it's the way they substituted or managed, what kind of a wrinkle they've put into their team defense." Sulia

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Add Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to the growing list of those who believe Joakim Noah should draw votes for the NBA Most Valuable Award. Recognizing that Noah has zero chance to take home the hardware — not with Kevin Durant and LeBron James around — Popovich said he was nonetheless delighted to hear the versatile Chicago center’s name could up in the conversation. “They won’t choose him as the MVP, but I think it’s great that he’s in the conversation and he should be,” Popovich said after shootaround this morning in preparation for tonight’s game against the Bulls. But it’s just not the way it works, from my experience. It’s got to go in the basket for you guys (media) to pay attention to somebody. But he’s pretty damn valuable in my opinion.” San Antonio Express-News

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