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February 20, 2015 Updates

Saying he was “shocked” to learn of the death of former NBA forward Jerome Kersey, coach Gregg Popovich remembered the one-time Spur as “a warrior” who was instrumental in helping establish the team’s culture of professionalism. Kersey, a member of the Spurs’ first NBA championship team in 1999, died Wednesday at 52 of pulmonary thromboembolism related to a blood clot in his lung. “For us, he was a warrior,” Popovich said before Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. “He shot it pretty good, he was a decent scorer, but mostly he was a heck of a teammate. He was a rough-and-tumble guy on the court. He gave every body confidence with his physicality. He was something else.” San Antonio Express-News

“I was absolutely floored when I heard it,” Duncan said after Friday’s game. “I can’t believe it. I talked to him the last time we were in Portland, had a good 5 of 10 minute conversation, just talked to him. It was good to see him and good to see him back with the Blazers. He was a veteran who brought a real energy to our team, and helped us get a championship. It’s unbelievable at that age that you’d hear that he’d die.” San Antonio Express-News

February 19, 2015 Updates

In a new ad set to debut during Friday’s Spurs-Warriors game, the NBA is honoring the Chinese New Year. The commercial features James Harden and Jeremy Lin visiting a fan’s house to honor the holiday, which begins this week. The commercial is colorful and entertaining but is also a bit strategic for the league — as they point out on their YouTube page, China has the largest international NBA fan base. Another video posted to the league’s YouTube page shows a variety of “bloopers” that happened in the filming of the ad, including Dwyane Wade and Steph Curry having a bit of trouble with their lines. For The Win

February 18, 2015 Updates

Most seasons, the NBA trade deadline is but a rumor in San Antonio. Typically light on tradeable assets, and with an organization-wide ethos that values continuity above all, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and general manager R.C. Buford are generally content to let the day come and go without making a splash. Expect Thursday’s deadline to be one of those. “The chances we get anything done are probably zero-point-four,” Popovich told the Express-News after the Spurs practiced Wednesday in Santa Monica. In that, it will fit with most Spurs’ trade deadlines. Their most recent significant deadline-day deal came in 2012, when they dealt starting small forward Richard Jefferson to Golden State for Stephen Jackson. San Antonio Express-News

Recently, Mills opened up about the injury and said he had to exercise a lot of patience since returning to the court and is looking for a big push after the All-Star break in the video below. Mills also touched on getting opponent’s A-game being the defending champs and who the team relishes in it as well as the competitive Western Conference. ProjectSpurs.com

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In 2012, he signed a contract that cut his salary in half in order to stay in San Antonio, one of the smallest markets in the NBA, and keep the roster together. “I can imagine what it would’ve been like (to play in New York), yeah,” he said, looking around at the camera lights and horde of reporters. “I don’t think I would’ve enjoyed it.” New York Daily News

Mike Richman: Sounds like Tim Duncan will start for the west. LaMarcus Aldridge said "I'm not starting, but I can't say" while glancing at TD. Twitter @mikegrich

February 13, 2015 Updates

Mills attended college in the United States at Saint Mary’s College of California, viewing the move to the West Coast as a better pathway to the NBA. His accent, pronunciation and terminology made it difficult at times to communicate. “‘Ketchup’ for example — we don’t call it ‘ketchup,’ we call it ‘tomato sauce,’” Mills said. “If you say tomato sauce to someone, first of all they don’t understand your accent so they don’t know what you’re saying. Even when you say ‘tomato,’ they can’t quite understand you. Although it’s English, there are a lot of things that you still struggle to understand.” Basketball Insiders

He has heard the speculation about his playing next season and beyond. His basketball future beyond July 1 remains on permanent hold. “Not even thinking about it,” he said. “We wait for the summer, just like always.” San Antonio Express-News

 

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