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After two years at San Diego State, Kawhi was drafted by the Pacers and immediately traded to San Antonio, and Kim moved in with him. His bedroom was upstairs, hers down. They played Jenga. They ate enchiladas. During the Western Conference finals last May they went to dinner in Oklahoma City and bumped into Popovich. “Tell your son to be more aggressive,” the coach said. “He needs the green light,” Kim replied. “He has it,” Popovich said. Sports Illustrated

​A month later Kawhi won Finals MVP as Kim stomped her suede platform boots, sparkling with the Spurs’ rhinestone logo. “You see mothers of entertainers who don’t treat their kids like kids,” she says. “They treat them like stars because they don’t feel they can mother them and discipline them anymore. Kawhi is not a star to me. I treat him the same way I did when he was growing up.” In January, at 23, he finally moved out. He found a smaller house, 10 minutes away, and let his mom keep the bigger one. “I was like, ‘Really? Why don’t you stay one more year?’” Kim says. “He wanted his own space. It was kind of sad. But it’s part of maturing. I came here to make sure he was O.K., and I did that.” Sports Illustrated

The Spurs, predictably, are more than smart enough to know they can't let this 23-year-old get away. As such, Leonard will likely agree to stay in San Antonio for the long-term quickly once July 1 rolls around (a five-year, $95 million deal would be the expected max). The question from there, of course, is whether or not San Antonio can convince another young star to come join him. The dream scenarios would include either Aldridge or Gasol heading for the Alamo City, but keep your eyes on Jordan as a sleeper candidate. His athleticism and defensive prowess would work well on a Spurs team that was already the league's third-best defensive team this season, and he would work extremely well with Tim Duncan if — as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich predicted in an interview with USA TODAY Sports back in early February — he decides to return for another season. USA Today Sports

And so the Spurs’ future, as it has so many times before, all comes back to Duncan. There are those close to him who can’t envision the Spurs captain walking away just yet. Daniels, now 40 and co-host of a local radio talk show on KZDC-AM 1250, first met Duncan when the two were roommates at the 1997 NBA draft combine. San Antonio Express-News

Game 7 of the Spurs/Clippers NBA playoff series drew 4.8 million viewers on TNT Saturday night, down 18% from Grizzlies/Thunder last year (5.8M) but up 7% from Bulls/Nets in 2013 (4.4M). Keep in mind last year’s game was the second part of a rare Game 7 tripleheader. The Clippers’ last-second win earned the fourth-smallest audience for an NBA Game 7 in the past five years — since Bucks/Hawks in 2010 (3.1M) — ahead of only Clippers/Grizzlies in 2012 (4.6M), Bulls/Nets in 2013, and Hawks/Pacers last year (3.6M). There have been 15 NBA Game 7s over that span, including nine in the first round. Spurs/Clippers was likely impacted by the Floyd Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao boxing fight. While the fight did not begin until well after the game’s conclusion, the lead-up potentially stole away a few viewers. Sports Media Watch

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Ginobili has discussed his future with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who — not surprisingly — says he wants both him and Tim Duncan back next season. If Duncan does indeed return, Ginobili’s decision could be that much tougher. “I don’t think San Antonio can feel the blow with one of us leaving. Now, if they were preparing themselves for a total reconstruction … that Pop would leave, that Tim would retire, that Tony (Parker) wouldn’t play any more, that would change the situation a lot. I understand it is time to change things on the team for the makeup of the group. But if Pop continues and Tim can continue, everything is different. I suppose we will have to talk a little bit with Tim, who appears to be on the same ledge as I am. We’ll see what happens.” San Antonio Express-News

When Gasol was being courted by the Bulls and Spurs in free agency, he says he spoke to Thibodeau and Popovich at length before he made his decision to leave the Lakers and sign in Chicago. He connected with both coaches in different ways. He loved everything about Pop. They share a taste for the good life. But he worried about longevity with the Spurs. There was no guarantee Popovich, Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili would be there by the end of the three seasons he was signing up for. ESPN.com

 

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