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As expected, reserve guard Marco Belinelli has been cleared to return for tonight’s home game against Orlando. “I really missed the court,” said Belinelli, who was officially listed as questionable on yesterday’s injury report. “I really missed my teammates in the game. I really can’t wait to play. I think tonight is going to be tough at the beginning but just play and I’m going to try to do my best.” San Antonio Express-News

So people were asking me all week why your style was considered any different than Marshawn’s. I’ve got my own opinion, but how do you see it? Gregg Popovich: The only time I’m uncooperative is the end of the first or third quarter. Other than that, I do interviews and laugh it up with everybody all the time. I just have a philosophical difference with the NBA, and I let them know it every time. But that’s like 1% of the interviews that I do. For The Win

Gregg Popovich: Have you argued to have those after-quarter interviews eliminated? A: Oh, Sure. Hell, I bring it up every year at the head coaches meeting in Chicago, when all the head coaches are there and TNT and ESPN and all the representatives. I raise my hand every year, and I say, “Well guys, you know what I’m going to say. I don’t understand why we have to do this, to subject the coaches and the questioners to this little period of idiocy. They (the TV people) are in our timeouts the entire game. They have cameras in our timeouts. They hear everything we say. They have microphones and they can use anything they want — you know, we trust them. So if they have total access like that, this end of first and third quarter actually takes us away from our job.” And that’s my philosophical difference with them. For The Win

February 3, 2015 Updates

"No matter how (the season) ends, I think Timmy is going to look at (retirement) again," Popovich told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. "And if you ask me, my guess is that he'll go for another one because he has been so consistent this season. It's just consistent stuff: another double-double, over and over and over again. Because of that, I think in his mind that if it continues through the rest of the year, I think he'll say, 'I'm going to go another year and see what happens.' Because what he has told me is that the minute he feels like he's a hindrance to his team or he's not on the positive end or helping him, he's going to walk right off the court. It might be during the third quarter of a game. He's not going to hang on to finish a contract or make the money or have the notoriety that you know he doesn't give a (expletive) about. So the way he's playing now, he's going to look in the mirror and say, 'Hey, I'm doing all right.' " USA Today Sports

If anything, Popovich said, he could wind up walking away before Duncan. Popovich signed a five-year contract extension last summer, but admitted that the length was a product of owner Peter Holt's desires more than it was his own. "It's a five-year contract, but the chances of staying for five years I don't think are very good," Popovich said. USA Today Sports

Basketball was our common ground—something we could talk about that didn’t drain him like his other daily conversations could. Basketball modified the tenor of our interactions and took us from boss and underling to something more like friends. It began with that back-and-forth during the 2007 NBA playoffs. Who was going to be right? The debate went on for years. After Paul, a Los Angeles Clippers guard, won the All-Star Game MVP in 2013, Obama reluctantly conceded, though Parker’s collection of four championship rings with the San Antonio Spurs may make the president’s case for him a little better than mine for Paul. When we started playing basketball on the campaign, Obama’s directive was straightforward: No one takes it easy on me. So we didn’t. We all played full-on, no mercy. This worked great until, after the 2008 election, the president took an elbow from another player that resulted in him getting more than a dozen stitches in the lip. Wall Street Journal

February 2, 2015 Updates

What they say is true. The Spurs have an ego you can’t see with an electron microscope. A favorite story is the time Cory Joseph, struggling with his game, called his coach and asked, “Pop, can I go back to the D-League?” I wrote: “There was, Joseph recalls, two or three seconds of silence. It isn’t often a first-round NBA pick asks to be reassigned to the D-League. It may be unprecedented for a first-rounder to make the request after four previous D-League stops in the same season.” Therein lies a secret to this team. NBA.com

Colleague Jackie MacMullan wrote this week wondering if the Patriots were the Spurs of the NBA. Stevens has embraced the opportunity to learn from Popovich when the Spurs and Celtics cross paths, and Stevens noted a desire to pick Belichick's brain down the road. Asked about those text message exchanges between Boston pro coaches, Stevens said the messages are, "More just encouragement; more just checking in and encouragement, more than anything else. First of all, it would be one-sided if it was about coaching. It would be me asking him what the heck to do. So, hopefully I’ll get a chance to sit down at some point in the future and talk to him. Obviously he’s incredible." ESPN.com

 

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