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November 14, 2014 Updates
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For all their shared greatness, Bryant and Duncan do not share much of a relationship. There is mutual respect, to be sure, but Bryant said they have never dined together or interacted much at all beyond the court. Their most intimate time spent together, Bryant said, came during all those annual appearances at All-Star weekends. "I would say we're – friendly sounds really weak – but whenever we get a chance to be around each other, we always looking forward to talking," Bryant said. "All-Star games were always a good time. We'd always find time to talk when we're near each other, and Tony and Manu as well. Pop (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich) too. I always make a point to spend about 15, 20 minutes with Pop just talking to him. I've learned quite a bit from him." USA Today Sports

According to an internal league memo which ranked the projected profitably of each team for last season on the basketball side of their business, the Lakers - who have a local television deal with Time Warner that is worth up to $5 billion and could last up to 25 years – led the league at $100.1 million. The Chicago Bulls were a distant second at approximately $61 million, and the Spurs – who were among the 21 teams projected to be profitable – were in sixth place. According to a person who has the memo which was first revealed by the web site, Grantland, the Spurs' profits were projected at $26.1 million. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the memo was private. USA Today Sports

November 12, 2014 Updates

Yet in this era in which the "Big Three" model is hailed as the only path to championship prominence, the more subtle role of a sixth man can often make or break a team's title hopes as well. "It's not as common as you may think, given the success we've had," Ginobili told USA TODAY Sports. "But I understand when 20- to 23-year-old guys don't want to do it. They think they can take the NBA by storm. They want to (get) their numbers. They want to get paid. So I can imagine why they don't want to do it early in their career." USA Today Sports

But as 30-year-old Iguodala sees it, there's more to it than money. The simple desire to start and attain that status, Iguodala said, is something that starts early in most players' lives and never seems to leave. "Guys are wired like that from a young age," he told USA TODAY Sports. "I mean I've been playing basketball since I was five, and you're just so used to just starting the game. Even when you're young, it's 'Starters vs. Scrubs.' That was kind of the (mentality). "If a guy is in front of you, then it's like, 'Well the guy is in front of me so I've got to go get his job.' Really, in the NBA, it's 'I need to get paid like a starter.' A team is not going to say, 'I'm going to spend $10 million for a guy to come off the bench.' A team is not going to do that. Or it's very, very rare." USA Today Sports

Spurs center Tiago Splitter underwent a battery of new tests on his back Monday in Los Angeles. On the surface, the results appeared positive. “They didn’t find anything,” Splitter said. “There’s no surgery they can do or no injection I can have.” San Antonio Express-News

November 11, 2014 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves will make their second attempt to play a regular-season game in Mexico City, after last year's game with the San Antonio Spurs was canceled because of smoke inside Mexico City Arena. The Timberwolves will face the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in the same venue where a short circuit in a generator room sent fumes inside the building during warmups. NBA Mexico director Raul Zarraga says "stricter measures" have been taken to "prevent this from happening again." ESPN.com

"I don't think I'm going anywhere," Leonard said. "I mean they love me here. I like the organization, and if it was up to me, I want to finish out with one team like a lot of great players have done, to stay with one organization their whole career and just be loyal to that. You never know. We'll see what happens next summer, but I'm pretty sure I'll be in a Spurs jersey for my whole life." USA Today Sports

 

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