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Coach Carlisle on Kawhi Leonard: "He's developing into a great young player." Said Kawhi is learning to do it all on both sides of floor.
Pop says Spurs will be "offensively challenged" to open season. Mavs a scoring juggernaut. Spurs missing two top defenders. Bad combo.
But not just false modesty with two starters and a key reserve out. Could be a long -- but still great -- night for Los Spurs.
Pop was legit surprised to hear Spurs are 4-0 on ring nights. Probably would have blown his mind to hear they're 16-1 in openers with TD.
Pop's game plan is set: "It's the first game of the season. You get your rings, you get beat by 30, you go get a glass of wine."
Kawhi Leonard just came in from shooting around on the court, he was wearing his new claw/Klaw shoes.
Pop, on Duncan's vow to savor ring ceremony: "He's not going to be around for five more, so he wants to make sure he appreciates this."
Spurs v Mavs 8pm eastern...TNT tune in
Pop: "It's the first game of the season. You get your rings, you get beat by 30, you go get a glass of wine."
Tiago Splitter, originally out with a calf strain, is now dealing with some sort of back ailment, Pop says. Leonard closer to returning.
Kawhi Leonard has been cleared to start practicing and playing, per Pop, but he won't play tonight.
Pop reiterated last yr's championship being greatest experience of athletic career. "Although I did hit a shot one time to beat Gary East."
Belinelli and Bonner will start tonight for Spurs. Can't believe I actually guessed that.
Starters for tonight's game on Spurs' side: Tony Parker, Danny Green, Marco Belinelli, Matt Bonner, Tim Duncan
Says Pop, Tiago has the calf injury, but for some reason he's getting word about a back injury. Said he's a little confused.
So in sum: The NCAA already agreed to a $75M concussion settlement. This apparently is about football players wanting piece for themselves.
On Tiago Splitter, Pop: "He's just out until they tell us he's ready to play."
Pop says Kawhi Leonard has been cleared to participate in practices, just wasn't ready by tonight.
That's one heck of a typo. Whittier really is represented by Dr. Evil, apparently.
The banner is ready to be unveiled. http://t.co/FmgRwz3wNw
Pop: "You get your rings, you get beat by 30, you have some wine, and then the season starts."
Spurs starters: Parker, Green, Belinelli, Bonner, Duncan
Per Pop, Marco Belinelli, Matt Bonner will start in place of Kawhi and Splitter.
Whittier was Texas' first black football letterman. He hadn't been doing many interviews lately. Now we see a possible reason why.
East predictions: 1. Cleveland 2. Chicago 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
West predictions: 1. Spurs 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
FWIW, TNT is broadcasting the championship ring ceremony at 6:30 p.m.
Ring ceremony will be part of TNT's broadcast tonight.
Once more, with feeling: AT&T Center doors open -- 5 p.m.; Ring ceremony -- 6:30; Game tips -- 7:08 p.m.
Per NBA, international player pool continues to grow; Spurs lead with most international players for 3rd season. http://t.co/bMgktkXSFJ
"Last I checked" is a lie. I've never actually asked the NBA if bubble boys are legal. Maybe they are.
Last I checked, the NBA still outlawed bubble boys from participating in a game. Which seems unnecessarily discriminatory if you ask me.
Kawhi Leonard being cleared to be in the same gym with the team is an important first step in returning to the floor, I'd think.
Danny Green with what amounts to a Kawhi Leonard health update: "He's cleared to be around us."
First name Green mentioned as a potential Dirk slower downer, obviously, was Boris Diaw.
Asked Danny Green who guards Dirk with Tiago Splitter out tonight. Second name he mentioned was Matt Bonner, so there's that.
It should be noted neither myself nor the TV guys own medical degrees, or else we wouldn't be myself or TV guys.
Can't get close enough to Kawhi to really see his eyes, but those with zoom lenses (ie TV folks) say there's still detectable redness.
Such a great photo from last year's Finals. Everybody happy for Leonard as if they'd won the MVP themselves. http://t.co/dW3dOUR6jV
Kawhi Leonard on the floor at end of practice, taking FTs with real, live teammates for 2nd straight day. Guess he's not contagious anymore.
You know you've made it when you get your own logo.
Not shoe nerd. Like at all. But those Kawhi Leonard "kicks" (as I hear the kids are calling them here in 1993) are pretty sweet.
NBA sets record with 101 players from 37 countries/territories on opening night rosters, Spurs lead the way individually with nine.
Its time ! Are you ready ? GO SPURS GO !!!!
There's some not-so-nice stuff in there too ... Highly recommend the click.
On Tony Parker: "He and Gregg Popovich are almost like one now, and that's scary."
On Boris Diaw: "MVP of the entire playoff run ... took the most unselfish team to an even higher level of unselfishness."
Some of my favorite excerpts from that afore-tweeted "scout's take" piece ... on Matt Bonner: "Best non-player in the NBA ..."
I warned you Tuesday's paper was going to be chock-full of more Spurs preview stuff. Time for another edition of The Morning Constitutional:
Reminder for folks attending tonight's Spurs game: Doors open at 5 PM CST, ring/banner ceremony begins at 6:30. Tip-off at 7 PM.
"But they'll never see the pass coming, considering our QB is a corpse a la Weekend At Bernie's." -- Jason Garrett, probably
Throwing three straight passes there made sense considering how sharp and not nearly paralyzed Romo was.
That PR guy just yelled "No means no!" at a TV guy and that was by far my favorite part of the night.
Gotta admit: Cowboys picked a strange time to take wear and tear off Murray. You know, 2nd and 3 in overtime.
How soon before Mack Brown just suggests Jay Gruden move Robert Griffin to safety?
I knew you couldn't resist, ESPN.
Cowboys fans calculating what has to happen to get Garrett Gilbert in there for Washington ...
Murray needs a little work on his pass blocking, huh?
Shouldn't you stick with Weeden here, is something I didn't expect to be asking three hours ago?
Romo is trying to get back in the game. Unless he plays safety, he might not get a chance.
I just know Pop McCoy stripped off his shirt and whirled it over his head after that 4th-down conversion.
Seriously. If that ball floated just a tiny bit higher, we'd be remembering McCoy like we do Chris Webber.