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January 6, 2015 Updates

After a pair of aborted attempts at a return last month, Parker is targeting Tuesday’s game against the Pistons as the stage for his latest comeback. The Spurs have not ruled that out, officially listing Parker as questionable for the game at the AT&T Center. Having been without the services of their six-time All-Star for all but three of the past 16 games, the Spurs would welcome Parker against a Pistons team that has won five in a row since jettisoning disgruntled forward Josh Smith on Dec. 22. “Whenever we can get an All-Star point guard back in the lineup, we’d love to have him,” said reserve Patty Mills, four games into a return of his own after offseason shoulder surgery. “It’s just going to be up to him and how healthy he is.” San Antonio Express-News

January 5, 2015 Updates

That is long enough, it turns out, for Ginobili to learn this much about the Spurs’ lone rookie: That “Slow-Mo” nickname Anderson has been saddled with since high school is no joke. “He makes Bobo (Boris Diaw) look fast,” Ginobili said. “So yeah, he’s really slow.” San Antonio Express-News

Citing Leonard’s inability to grab or shoot a basketball, Popovich said his perimeter defensive ace would remain sidelined “for weeks.” Nevertheless, Green said Leonard remains relatively upbeat about his situation despite missing 10 consecutive games and 12 of the past 14. “I talked to Kawhi,” Green said. “He seems like he’s in better spirits because he said he got some good news. I don’t think he has to get surgery. I think he might be back sooner than (the media) or Pop expects. He’s a tough kid.” San Antonio Express-News

January 4, 2015 Updates

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich declared Saturday that it will be weeks before Spurs starting small forward Kawhi Leonard’s right hand regains enough basketball function to allow him to suit up for a game. Sidelined since Dec. 15 with a torn ligament near the base of the hand, Leonard is unable to grasp a basketball or make a normal shooting motion. “It’s going to be weeks,” Popovich said. “More weeks. That’s the way it is.” San Antonio Express-News

January 3, 2015 Updates

"When you have limitations and you understand your limitations and you stay within yourself, you can be great," Kobe Bryant said. "You know what you can do and what you can't do. In America, it's a big problem for us because we're not teaching players how to play all-around basketball. That's why you have Pau and Marc [Gasol], and that's the reason why 90 percent of the Spurs' roster is European players, because they have more skill." ESPN.com

January 2, 2015 Updates

Marco Belinelli spoke with La Gazzetta dello Sport also about his future. The Italian guard will be free agent from July 1. "We will see. My contract will expire after this season. I am happy in San Antonio but during the free agency anything can happen. The contract is the last thing I am thinking of. I just want to win this season with San Antonio" said Belinelli. Sportando

All that is what Karasev hopes to provide. He wants only to be a part of winning, to continually grow. He got his chance. Now he wants to keep contributing in any way, much like his idol, another lefty: San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili. “He’s my favorite player. When he came here, I can’t say he was a big star. But because of his work he became one of the main guys in San Antonio, one of the three who win a lot of championships. He’s just a high IQ basketball player who every time plays hard,” Karasev said. “That is the way. Every day you should improve everything.” New York Post



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