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April 3, 2015 Updates

Watson, 35, now serves an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs' Development League franchise in Austin. He makes $30,000, a far cry from the $1.7 million veteran's minimum he could have made this season had he continued to play. The Spurs had initially called Watson in July about a coaching opportunity, but he was still undecided about retiring from playing. After helping bury his brother on Sept. 6, he finally called the Spurs and arranged to interview for the position. Yahoo! Sports

April 2, 2015 Updates

Jackson shared a good Duncan yarn — as well as why he still dislikes Oklahoma City’s Serge “Ain’t About This Life” Ibaka — on a paint-ball outing that went awry in a lengthy sit-down interview with Grantland’s Bill Simmons. Enjoy the unfiltered glory that is Captain Jack. “I got a good story. We were playing paint ball. Tim likes to play paint ball. It’s hard to believe that a guy that tall is the best hider in paint ball. We were not supposed to be playing paint ball. We were in training camp and we snuck out. Pop told us not to go, and we went anyway. It was Tim’s idea to go against Pop. So we go. San Antonio Express-News

“I’m one of those guys, I’m not afraid to get shot at. I’ve been shot at many times in real life, so a paint-ball bullet didn’t bother me at all. It was a game of grab the flag, so you had to run up the (hill). I was new to the game, and I didn’t know you could have the actual mask that doesn’t fog up. I didn’t know. I’m just an action junkie, so I’m running up there to get the flag and my mask fogs up. So I’m running up the steps, I slip on the first step and hit my mouth. Blood starts shooting everywhere. I put my mask down, and I’m trying to run up the field and I’m just getting shot. And I’m yelling, ‘Stop! Stop!’ and I’m getting shot the whole way. “So as I get there…Tim’s like, ‘Oh, how am I going to tell Pop?’ My lip is just huge. I’m talking about, huge. And Tim’s like ‘How I’m going to tell Pop?’ We made up something. I was at the club or something. I took one for the team. That’s more believable, me being at the club then falling and hitting my lip playing paint ball.” San Antonio Express-News

April 1, 2015 Updates

In Tuesday’s 95-81 win at Miami, the 32-year-old Parker joined Tim Duncan as the second Spurs player to appear in 1,000 NBA games. The 14-year veteran is the third-youngest player in NBA history to achieve that milestone, following Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant. “He was here when he was 19,” said Duncan, the Spurs’ career leader in games played at 1,323. “That’s a lot of years, a lot of games, a lot of seasons. I’m blessed to have had him for so long.” Having won 719 of those 1,000 games, Parker’s 71.9-percent winning clip ranks second to teammate Manu Ginobili (.722) among active players. San Antonio Express-News

After missing last year’s FIBA World Cup after undergoing offseason rotator cuff surgery, Spurs guard Patty Mills says he plans to resume work with the Australian national team in this summer’s Olympic qualifier. “It was rough sitting out last year,” Mills said. “It was a major tournament, and it was hard knowing that I wasn’t there. Having sat out last year, I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing with the guys.” San Antonio Express-News

March 31, 2015 Updates

``I think about him every time I step on that floor,’’ Borrego said candidly of Popovich’s influence. ``And I constantly refer to him, think back to him and wonder what he would do – while still trying to be my own coach. I have to find my own way through that, but I do often think about him.’’ In his nearly eight weeks on the job as the Magic’s interim coach since taking over for the fired Jacque Vaughn on Feb. 5, Borrego has faced off against former coaching colleagues in Monty Williams (New Orleans), Brett Brown (Philadelphia) and Mike Budenholzer (Atlanta). While those meetings were certainly packed with emotion for Borrego, this is entirely different. This is the pupil against the master; the former intern against the living legend; interim against incomparable. NBA.com

``I was so fortunate to even get a few minutes with him my first year, and he didn’t even know my name,’’ said Borrego, who quickly became known as `J.B.’ to Popovich. ``But as the year went along, we spent more time in the film room together, just Pop and I one-on-one watching film. I would say nothing. He would watch. And slowly but surely, he’d begin to ask me questions. We’d talk basketball. Our relationship just continued to grow. He put me in great positions to grow as a coach, as a basketball individual.’’ NBA.com

March 30, 2015 Updates
March 29, 2015 Updates

Kawhi Leonard said he is 100 percent healthy again, giving the Spurs their most versatile player back for the stretch run. Leonard will be a restricted free agent this summer and will receive his share of offer sheets, likely including one from the Celtics. Boston coach Brad Stevens gushed about Leonard's defensive prowess Boston Globe

Could Pop envision Hammon eventually becoming a head coach? “I don’t think about expectations or where anybody is going to go,’’ Popovich said. “I never thought I’d be doing what I’m doing. I’m still wondering what I’m doing here. I don’t know how I got here. I don’t know why I am here. I don’t know why I should continue to be here and here I am. “So I’m not going to try and figure out what’s going to happen to somebody else in their life. I mean all of us have taken different turns. We’re going this way and then all of a sudden we’re going that way. It’ll be the same for her. “Who knows? Maybe she’ll become a doctor. I don’t know.’’ Or maybe a newspaper reporter? “God forbid.’’ Racine Journal-Times

March 28, 2015 Updates
March 27, 2015 Updates

According to Team Argentina head coach Sergio Hernandez, San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili will not play for his home country at the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship this summer in Monterrey, Mexico. “Ginobili is not going to be in Monterrey. I have the authority to say that he will not be part of this tournament. He is going through a long season in the NBA and it is an important moment in his career.” said Hernandez during an interview with the radio program” One on One.” This will be the second summer in a row Manu will not suit up for Team Argentina. Last summer, he held himself out due to injury. Considering Manu has been banged up a few times during this NBA season and his age, it is not too surprising he will not play in Mexico. ProjectSpurs.com

March 26, 2015 Updates

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have assigned forward Kyle Anderson to the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League. In four stints with Austin this season Anderson has appeared in 21 games, averaging 22.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.81 steals and 1.19 blocks in 40.6 minutes. The former UCLA Bruin has appeared in 30 games for San Antonio this season, averaging 2.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in 11.5 minutes. NBA.com

 

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