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October 28, 2014 Updates

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

October 27, 2014 Updates

The Spurs have until Friday to reach a contract extension with small forward Kawhi Leonard, lest he become a restricted free agent next summer. Barring significant movement in the final week of negotiations, the Finals MVP appears headed in that direction. The Express-News can confirm the gist of this morning’s Yahoo! Sports report: Leonard is seeking a maximum extension, and the Spurs are balking at giving it to him. San Antonio Express-News

As Kawhi Leonard holds firm on his desire for a maximum contract, extension talks with the San Antonio Spurs have failed to gather traction despite a looming Friday deadline, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Leonard, the 2014 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, would become a restricted free agent in July without an extension agreement by midnight Oct. 31 – the deadline for eligible extensions for the NBA's draft class of 2011 Yahoo! Sports

October 26, 2014 Updates

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich pulled no punches after his team completed a lackluster preseason in Houston, where the Rockets led by as many as 18 points before settling for a 96-87 victory Friday at the Toyota Center. “We look very poor,” he said. “We look like we’re not very interested.” The Spurs will have 82 games to sort things out starting on Tuesday with their season opener against Dallas, before which they will receive their championship rings and raise banner No. 5 at the AT&T Center. San Antonio Express-News

NBA superstar Tim Duncan is used to being the center of attention in front of an adoring crowd. This was a little different than his usual environment — the Halloween Comic Fest at Heroes and Fantasies, where Duncan was on hand Saturday to unveil the custom Punisher-themed car styled by his BlackJack Speed Shop. San Antonio Express-News

October 25, 2014 Updates

As a teammate, I'd put him in an exclusive club of two when it comes to on-court leadership over these past two decades. Nash and Tim Duncan are the two finest star players I've ever seen when it comes to the rare art of positive reinforcement, making everyone around them feel good about themselves and galvanizing a group. On his own several years back, well aware of the critics who argued so loudly that Shaquille O'Neal should have won the MVP award that went to the little Canadian in 2005, Nash volunteered that the honor, in his case, was really a Best Teammate trophy -- in a nod to the dramatic impact he had on the 2004-05 Suns -- more than a Best Player trophy. ESPN.com

October 24, 2014 Updates
 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN SPURS HISTORY

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

   

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