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October 27, 2014 Updates

As Kawhi Leonard holds firm on his desire for a maximum contract, extension talks with the San Antonio Spurs have failed to gather traction despite a looming Friday deadline, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Leonard, the 2014 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, would become a restricted free agent in July without an extension agreement by midnight Oct. 31 – the deadline for eligible extensions for the NBA's draft class of 2011 Yahoo! Sports

October 26, 2014 Updates

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich pulled no punches after his team completed a lackluster preseason in Houston, where the Rockets led by as many as 18 points before settling for a 96-87 victory Friday at the Toyota Center. “We look very poor,” he said. “We look like we’re not very interested.” The Spurs will have 82 games to sort things out starting on Tuesday with their season opener against Dallas, before which they will receive their championship rings and raise banner No. 5 at the AT&T Center. San Antonio Express-News

NBA superstar Tim Duncan is used to being the center of attention in front of an adoring crowd. This was a little different than his usual environment — the Halloween Comic Fest at Heroes and Fantasies, where Duncan was on hand Saturday to unveil the custom Punisher-themed car styled by his BlackJack Speed Shop. San Antonio Express-News

October 25, 2014 Updates

As a teammate, I'd put him in an exclusive club of two when it comes to on-court leadership over these past two decades. Nash and Tim Duncan are the two finest star players I've ever seen when it comes to the rare art of positive reinforcement, making everyone around them feel good about themselves and galvanizing a group. On his own several years back, well aware of the critics who argued so loudly that Shaquille O'Neal should have won the MVP award that went to the little Canadian in 2005, Nash volunteered that the honor, in his case, was really a Best Teammate trophy -- in a nod to the dramatic impact he had on the 2004-05 Suns -- more than a Best Player trophy. ESPN.com

October 24, 2014 Updates
October 23, 2014 Updates

But I make no excuses. I posted my best personal numbers last season, and we still didn’t make the playoffs. Some of the backlash was pretty hard to take — I learned that there is apparently such a thing as an “empty stat” (I’ll try to remember the importance of that the next time I am boxing out for a rebound against Tim Duncan). In the end, I was given the opportunity to move on, and I took it. My decision was about wanting to win. When I think back to being a kid shooting on an eight-foot hoop in my Shawn Kemp jersey, I never dreamed about putting up a triple-double or signing a max contract. I dreamed about holding up a championship trophy. In order to get to that place, I knew that I needed to move on. The Players' Tribune

On what he does when he’s not playing basketball: Monta Ellis: “During the season I usually go home and play with my kids. With the time that I have in the offseason, I’m going to fish at least four or five times a week. That’s what I love doing. That’s my second love besides basketball because it relaxes me. It gives me a time to think and reflect on what I need to do for next season. Seeing the Spurs win the championship after we gave them the toughest run; it’s a time where I can think and evaluate myself as a person and a player and see what I can do to get better and better. I don’t too much mess with the catfish. If I’m with my uncle or granddaddy, I let them take it off. [If I’m not with them] I’ll cut the line. I don’t do catfish. They’re slimy and too wiggly. They got the pointy things on the side and on the top that’ll stick you. I hate that. Fishing is like going to court. You don’t know what to expect. I go out there to just ease my mind and be on the water to relax. If I’m catching fish, that’s good. If I’m not catching fish, it’s not bad for me because I’m still getting that relaxation that I’m looking for. It takes your mind off everything else around you.” Dallas Morning News

October 22, 2014 Updates

The league's GMs voted Aldridge the best power forward in the league, along with the Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin. Aldridge and Griffin both got 25 percent of the vote in by far the tightest race among the five positions. Aldridge finished fourth in the category the last three seasons. Last year, Aldridge got 6.9 percent of the vote, with Tim Duncan finishing No. 1 at 31 percent. In 2012, he got 10 percent of the vote, which was topped by Love at 30 percent. In 2011, Aldridge got 10.7 percent, with Dirk Nowitzki finishing No. 1 at 41.1 percent. Oregonian

 

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