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October 31, 2014 Updates
October 30, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Spurs just announced Kawhi Leonard is cleared to play Friday against Phoenix. Leonard missed Spurs' final six exhibition games thanks to nasty eye infection. Was only cleared to rejoin the team at Tuesday's shootaround Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

While the fourth-year player and the Spurs still have until Friday to get a deal done, all indications point to the Spurs not giving Leonard the deal he wants. Never mind that Popovich offered Leonard the highest of praise two years ago when he said "he'll be the face of the Spurs," or that Leonard went into the summer with all the momentum of being named the Finals MVP. USA Today Sports

Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo isn’t one to pour compliments on opposing players. He doesn’t tend to watch other teams play basketball either, unless it is to study film. However, San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker grabbed his attention with the way he moved without the ball in the NBA Finals, and now Rondo is incorporating some of Parker’s game into his already stacked arsenal of weapons. “He’s a guy that usually dominates the ball like myself, but in the Finals he got off the ball a lot and he never stopped moving,” Rondo said of Parker. “A guy at that age, not that he’s old, but I think he’s 31 (Ed. Note: Parker is 32), to be able to move with the young guys says a lot.” Basketball Insiders

October 29, 2014 Updates

If so, that would leave the Spurs without only starting forward Tiago Splitter, who is apparently now dealing with an unspecified back injury after the strained calf that sidelined him for the entire preseason, and reserve guard Patty Mills, expected to be out until roughly January after offseason shoulder surgery. “Don’t take this to the bank,” Popovich said, “but I’m guessing he is probable for Friday. Tiago and Mills will be out, but Kawhi might be back. We have two days to practice and get him out on the floor. We want to make sure he doesn’t infect anyone else.” San Antonio Express-News

October 28, 2014 Updates

Having joined Jordan Brand this summer, reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard will sport his own logo this season whenever he’s finally healthy enough to take the court. It’s a clever take on “The Klaw” gesture his teammates have taken to making whenever Leonard uses his 9 3/4-inch mitts to do something out of the ordinary on the court. Look carefully and you’ll notice Leonard’s initials incorporated into the logo, which will be worn on the retro Jordans that Leonard favored even before joining the brand. It also looks like there’s a small “2″ notched into the base of the index finger. Leonard signed with Jordan this summer to join Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Russell Westbrook, Victor Oladipo and Jabari Parker. San Antonio Express-News

Popovich, the ultimate no-nonsense coach, did not set out to make a statement, only to bolster his staff. "Honestly, I didn't realize it was gonna be this big of a deal," he said. "People kind of went crazy, like we've saved the world from fascism or something," he added, chuckling. "It was much more important to reward her—for who she is, what she's done and what I believe she can do, than worry about the reaction of people." Bleacher Report

After 16 years in the pros, first with the New York Liberty, then the San Antonio Stars, Hammon's bona fides are well established. "She impressed me," Spurs guard Manu Ginobili said. "Because of her size. She wasn't the fastest. You could tell she could find a way to become important. Even if she wasn't shooting great one day, but she was smart, one step ahead. The type of player that usually becomes coaches." Bleacher Report

The number of international players in the National Basketball Association has increased 10 percent from one year ago, the league said on Monday. A record 101 international players from 37 countries and territories are on opening night rosters, easily eclipsing last season's total of 92 players, according to the NBA. The champion San Antonio Spurs lead the league for the third straight season with nine international players, followed by the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Brooklyn Nets with six each. Yahoo! Sports



The big stars from the Gregg Popovich years crowd the top of the list.


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