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Due to some last-minute shuffling, sources said, exactly when and where James will launch his second stint as a Cavalier is still being finalized. But sources insist that it will not be in San Antonio after considerable speculation in recent weeks that Cleveland would open the new season against the NBA's reigning champions. Ring Night for the Spurs, sources said, is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 28 at home against the Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio's opponent for seven games in the first round of last spring's playoffs. ESPN.com

August 11, 2014 Updates

That generated questions about whether the relationship, so strong since his arrival in 2002, had been strained, if not damaged. But Ginobili put them to rest in his recent interview with La Cancha, as translated by Pounding the Rock’s J.J. Gomez. As much as he held out hope for one last swan song with the Argentine national team, Ginobili said he knew playing at the World Cup was out of the question after he experienced pain in his injured leg even after a month of rest and mild rehab. If it had gotten to that point (mediation), it might have (hurt my relationship with the Spurs) because I would have been basically disobeying orders. But I was willing to do it if I felt well and in a condition to play. But when the moment came to start playing and doing impact workouts, the pain was still there. I know myself, this is the third time this has happened to me. I know that when the pain starts, it doesn’t stop; taking a day off wasn’t going to solve it. The bone has to heal and it hadn’t or something else was wrong. During the first training session in which I felt pain, I knew there was no way I could play. San Antonio Express-News

Hammon's mastery of Xs and Os impressed the Spurs organization. If you give it 10 seconds of thought, it's not a heavy lift; do women run a pin-down any differently than men? But no one pulled the trigger until now. "I think it's great," said Theresa Grentz, the former University of Illinois and Rutgers coach. She, along with her Immaculata University teammates that won AIAW titles from 1972-74, were enshrined in Springfield last week. "I salute Popovich and the Spurs for doing what they're doing," Grentz said. "Now, she has to step it up, and she will. And I think that's going to open up some doors." NBA.com

Although men have coached women’s teams for decades, there has been an unhealthy line separating women’s coaches and men’s teams. Capable women’s coaches have either stayed in the women’s game by choice or by force. The NBA may some day be the first major sport to embrace a female head coach, and Hammon’s hire is a significant step in that direction. “I think this happens to be a situation where they have been observing me for years playing down here,” Hammon said. “They decided this can work. There’s a lot of things that go into it besides ‘This would be a cool idea.’ It’s got to fit and it’s got to be the right fit and it just so happens that it is down here — and the environment they create. “It is big and I definitely hope little girls can say, ‘Hey look people can do whatever they put their mind to.’ It’s exciting and honestly it’s too early to tell what kind of [future] impact it is going to have.” Boston Globe

August 10, 2014 Updates

San Antonio Spurs forward Austin Daye appears to be enjoying his offseason as a member of the reigning NBA champions. While deep-sea fishing, the 26-year-old caught a monster sailfish but made sure to let everyone know that he threw the fish back in. Bleacher Report

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Indeed, he already considered Hammon an unofficial member of the staff after she spent last season observing the Spurs, sitting in on games, practices and meetings and chipping in with her input when asked. Said Green: It wasn’t a big shock to me, being that she was with us the previous year. She’s been around the organization for some years now, but she’s was with us pretty much full-on last year. I don’t think things will change much. We’re used to being around her, she’s a coach, we respect her. It will be an adjustment, but not much of one. I think we have the guys who are very professional enough to handle it. San Antonio Express-News

August 6, 2014 Updates

Just yesterday we checked in with Michael Jordan at his eponymous basketball camp, where we saw that he still has a sweet shooting stroke. Well, today video has emerged of MJ at that same camp, teaming up with a camper and playing a two-on-two game of hot shot against another camper and his partner, gulp, NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. It really gets going around the four-minute mark… NBA.com

August 5, 2014 Updates

Michael Scotto: Becky Hammon has been hired by the Spurs as an assistant coach. Hammon ranks 4th in assists, 6th in games and 7th in points in WNBA history. Twitter @MikeAScotto

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that Becky Hammon has been hired as an assistant coach. Per club policy terms of the contract were not announced. Hammon, who is currently in her 16th WNBA season, announced on July 23 that she would retire as a player at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Named one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All-Time in July of 2011, Hammon ranks seventh in WNBA history in points (with 5,809), fourth in assists (1,687) and sixth in games (445). NBA.com

“I’m kind of just there, a fly on the wall soaking up how they run things over there in the film sessions,” Hammon told the Express-News’ Mike Monroe. “I get a lot out of their film sessions, just listening to the coaches go back and forth on what they think is happening on certain plays. San Antonio Express-News

 

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