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August 5, 2014 Updates

“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. “Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.” WNBA.com

The duo they were a guest on an Australian Fox Sports News show, speaking on winning the title, their experience with the Spurs, Mills learning from Tony Parker, Baynes’ future in the NBA, Team Australia’s chances at the 2014 FIBA World Cup and much more. But Mills and Baynes get video bombed by none other than the reporter they first video bombed (and shoved Mills near his surgically-repaired shoulder no less) during their interview. ProjectSpurs.com

August 4, 2014 Updates

The Larry O'Brien Trophy returned to South America this weekend when it visited Spurs center Tiago Splitter in his home country of Brazil. Making appearances in the cities of Rio and São Paulo, Larry reconnected with his friends from the neighboring continent. On Saturday, Larry joined Tiago at the Brazil vs. Argentina basketball game in Rio, a warmup for the upcoming World Championships. In front of thousands of fans and the NBA trophy, Tiago registered a team-high 15 points and 12 rebounds. While he was doing work on the court, Larry was doing his thing on the concourse, taking photos and selfies with fans. At halftime, Tiago was honored with the trophy in front of the sell-out crowd, who stood and applauded for the first Brazilian to ever win an NBA title. Also congratulating Tiago were his teammates as well as team members from Argentina. A great way to start off this trip! NBA.com

Tony Parker tied the knot with fiancée Axelle Francine at a ceremony in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday, a source tells PEOPLE. The 32-year-old San Antonio Spurs point guard and his French journalist bride – who have been dating since 2011 – welcomed their first child, Josh, in April. People

August 2, 2014 Updates

The veteran guard wrote about his side of the saga in his latest column for Argentina’s La Nacion, describing himself as “sad and disappointed” at being unable to represent his country for what might have been the last time. I very much regret the bad news. I wanted to say goodbye to the team on the court and be with my friends, but it cannot be. I’ll be with the team as long as possible, trying to add from the outside and supporting at all times. San Antonio Express-News

Ginobili wrote in detail about the disappointment of receiving word from the Spurs that they would not allow him to play despite improvement with the stress fracture in his lower right fibula. But Ginobili, despite considering options to circumvent the Spurs’ wishes, said he finally realized the risk was too great upon experiencing persistent soreness in the injured area. For the bone to be well sealed and not remain any doubts, I had spent 42 days without being able to train as usual, no jumping or running, so as not to put stress on the fibula. And that made me reach the training camp in a painful physical condition. When one is 37 years old, it is not easy to return and start from nothing, so we tried to accelerate a little at a time. I started the physical work in the pool acceptably, but when I went to the treadmill there began to emerge some pain, mostly in the right ankle and left foot. San Antonio Express-News

It wasn’t until Ginobili experienced pain in his injured right leg during workouts after a lengthy layoff that reality finally sank in: His international career, after a pair of Olympic medals, is likely over. The veteran guard wrote about his side of the saga in his latest column for Argentina’s La Nacion, describing himself as “sad and disappointed” at being unable to represent his country for what might have been the last time. San Antonio Express-News

August 1, 2014 Updates

“I’m very happy and I want to play for the Spurs my whole career and be a Spur for life,” Parker, who will be 36 upon the expiration of his extended deal, told the Express-News. “I love San Antonio and want to live here when my career is over. I love the city, I love the people and our great fans. I couldn’t be happier.” San Antonio Express-News

Marc Stein: For those asking why Tony Parker did NOT get a no-trade clause in his new deal, it's because no-trade clauses can't be added to extensions. This is Tony Parker's third successive extension w/Spurs. Third successive time, in other words, San Antonio has kept him off open market. All six NBA players who have full no-trade clauses had to opt out and get to the open market to get them: Kobe, Duncan, Dirk, KG, Wade, Melo. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

San Antonio Spurs All-Star guard Tony Parker has signed a three-year contract extension worth $43.3 million, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Parker will earn $12.5 million in the 2014-15 season, and his extension will start in the 2015-16 season. He will make $13.4 million, $14.4 million and $15.4 million during the extension, a league source said. Parker, 32, played a pivotal role in the Spurs' fifth championship this season. He averaged 16.7 points a game for the Spurs, with whom he's played his 13-year NBA career. Parker has been an All-Star six times. Yahoo! Sports

July 31, 2014 Updates

Spurs guard Manu Ginobili, suffering from a stress fracture in his right leg incurred during the recent NBA championship run, has been officially ruled out for the upcoming FIBA Basketball World Cup, the Argentine Basketball Federation (CABB) confirmed via statement on Thursday. The CABB cited a clause in the agreement between the NBA and FIBA that prohibits players from participating with their national team when there is “reasonable medical concern” for the player’s health. Such is the case for Ginobili, who has yet to recover from the injury in his lower right fibula with the tournament set to begin on Aug. 30. San Antonio Express-News

July 30, 2014 Updates

It was a reception and Italian dinner, and probably well worth every penny given that Popovich stood, acknowledging his discomfort from his postseason hip replacement surgery, and said a few words to the crowd about wines. Also, Popovich pledged that he'd match everyone's donations from the evening. Popovich told the group he likes a great pinot noir. He's also enthusiastic about some of the offerings from Spain. Also, a day earlier during that "sighting" at the winery he spent his Saturday privately tasting some of the components that could potentially go into the next offering of Rock & Hammer. Oregonian

July 28, 2014 Updates

The Spurs have sent Manu Ginobili a letter denying permission to participate in the FIBA Basketball World Cup later this summer, Express-News columnist Buck Harvey reported on Monday. Spurs general manager R.C. Buford cited an eight-week recovery span for the injury, which was discovered during exit physicals after the team crushed Miami in the Finals to clinch their fifth championship. With the Spurs playing their last game on June 15, that would have come perilously close to the start of the World Cup, which runs from Aug. 30 through Sept 14 in Spain. San Antonio Express-News

 

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