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December 30, 2013 Updates

Popovich said teams do their best to find players in the draft who fit, but there is no way to predict who will succeed after the draft simply based on where they are selected. “Having busts in the top 10 and having guys like Isaiah come through on the other end makes it great,” Popovich said. So why did the Spurs pass on Thomas twice in that draft? “Ask (general manager) R.C. (Buford),” Popovich said. “My guess is we already had Tony Parker here so I don’t think we had a need at the point.” Sacramento Bee

The Knicks and Nets both visit the San Antonio Spurs this week, where the story could be more serious than just a tale of two bad teams facing a title contender. Spurs star guard Tony Parker came under fire on Sunday for his alleged use of an anti-Semitic gesture described as a “reverse” Nazi salute. Parker was asked by the Simon Wiesenthal Center to apologize. New York Daily News

The "quenelle" gesture is a very serious one that is not taken lightly. The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) refers to the gesture as "anti-Semitic" and "the Nazi symbol in reverse," according to The Algemeiner. In the Algemeiner's report, the Wiesenthal Center is reportedly requesting an apology from Parker, calling it "disgusting and dangerous." Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean of the SWC, called for the apology and told the Algemeiner that he should not associate himself with the gesture: As a leading sports figure on both sides of the Atlantic, Parker has a special moral obligation to disassociate himself from a gesture that the government of France has identified as anti-Semitic. Bleacher Report

December 19, 2013 Updates
December 18, 2013 Updates

All-Star point guard Tony Parker will miss road games at Phoenix (Wednesday) and Golden State (Thursday) with a right shin contusion, the Spurs announced Tuesday. Parker, 31, will be re-evaluated when the team returns to San Antonio, at which point his status for Saturday’s home game against fellow Western Conference power Oklahoma City will be determined. San Antonio Express-News

December 17, 2013 Updates
December 15, 2013 Updates

Spoelstra: Ray did what he’s done for so many years. Ginobili: Bad, very bad. Parker: We all have scars in our careers. That one is pretty deep. Duncan: It was painful. Popovich: I’ve thought about it every day. I’m anxious for it to go away. It hasn’t happened yet. For The Win

December 10, 2013 Updates

The hidden impact of the Gay deal is that we're suddenly down to just 10 names in the entire league who are even eligible to be released via the amnesty clause next July. And when you read those 10 names you'll understand why Boozer and Perkins, now that Salmons has been dealt, are realistically the last two who can generate any legitimate amnesty speculation until the next collective bargaining agreement. They are: Atlanta's Al Horford; Boston's Rajon Rondo; Chicago's Boozer and Joakim Noah; Memphis' Mike Conley and Zach Randolph; Oklahoma City's Nick Collison, Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins; San Antonio's Tony Parker. ESPN.com

December 3, 2013 Updates

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili played in their 469th regular-season win for the Spurs on Monday, giving them the third-highest total for any trio of teammates in NBA history. The Spurs' big three had been tied with Bill Russell, K.C. Jones and Sam Jones (468 for Boston). The two higher totals were by Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish for the Celtics (540); and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and Michael Cooper for the Lakers (490). ESPN.com

November 29, 2013 Updates

Having joined the Spurs as a 19-year-old in 2001, Parker already is in his 13th season in silver and black. With the recent announcement of the two-year contract extension that will take Bryant to a 20th season with the Lakers, Parker has envisioned a similar run. “Why not?” Parker said before the Spurs departed Oklahoma City for Friday's game against the Magic at the Amway Center in Orlando. “The way I play, I think I can definitely play that long.” “When I see (Lakers point guard) Steve Nash being an All-Star at 38, I feel like I've got the same kind of game,” he said. “Neither one of us jumps that much. We're sort of like the kings of layups and great pick-and-roll players, so I can see myself playing that long, too.” San Antonio Express-News

October 31, 2013 Updates
October 29, 2013 Updates

France has the most international players, including the Spurs' Tony Parker, with 10. Canada has eight representatives while Australia and Spain each have five. Argentina, Brazil, Italy, Russia and Turkey each have four. Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

From the earliest days of the fabled Zarko Paspalj era in the late 1980s, the Spurs have been at the forefront of international scouting. No surprise, then, that they once again have the most players born outside the continental United States, breaking their own NBA record with 10: Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands), Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Tony Parker (France, by way of Belgium), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Boris Diaw (France), Marco Belinelli (Italy), Nando De Colo (France), Patty Mills (Australia), Cory Joseph (Canada), Aron Baynes (Australia, by way of New Zealand). San Antonio Express-News

October 25, 2013 Updates
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Spurs point guard Tony Parker left Saturday’s 121-96 preseason loss to Miami in the third quarter after banging a finger on the camera of a photographer seated on the baseline. Stephen Jackson sprained an ankle last season at MadisonSquareGarden tripping on a courtside waitress. In 2010, George Hill sprained an ankle after landing on a baseline photographer in Dallas. “It’s kind of like when you’re in your neighborhood. You keep telling people you need a stop sign, and they don’t change it until a kid gets killed and then they put up a stop sign,” Popovich said. “Somebody of stature is going to get seriously hurt by one of those guys, and then all hell will break loose.” San Antonio Express-News

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