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Kawhi Leonard withdrew from consideration for the U.S. basketball team's roster for the FIFA World Cup, saying he's learned that he needs to take a break after watching the struggles of Spurs teammates Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili during the regular season after they played through last summer for their national teams. ESPN.com

One of the hardest things about reporting live is your surrounding environment. Anything can happen. Rowdy fans, background noise, planes roaring overhead - it’s all part of the business. I thought Mills and Baynes were a couple of Collingwood punters. Oops. I guess the NBA championship trophy - which has been beamed around the world countless times over the years - should’ve given it away, but my mind was fixed on reporting the latest news on Nick Maxwell, Dane Swan and the ‘Pies. I can honestly say that this is the first time I’ve been punked by a bloke with a newly-minted three-year $12 million NBA contract. And I’m pretty confident in saying that I’ve never previously been photobombed with a major US sporting trophy. Melbourne Herald-Sun

July 15, 2014 Updates

Manu Ginobili: 12ys after our last game together, we meet again! Great to have him on board for another run. Welcome to SA Ettore! http://t.co/utdOuwgxDa Twitter @manuginobili

Emiliano Carchia: Ettore Messina coached @Manu Ginobili with Virtus Bologna before the Argentinean moved to the @San Antonio Spurs. He’ll coach him again next season. Manu Ginobili back in 2012: Messina is one of the most important coaches of my career. I owe him a lot and I have great respect for him Twitter @sportando

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have hired Ettore Messina as an assistant coach. A four-time Euroleague Champion and a two-time Euroleague Coach of the Year, Messina brings over 25 years of coaching experience to the bench. "I am honored to have such an accomplished individual join our program,” Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said. “Coach Messina is an exceptional coach, a great leader and someone we can all learn from." NBA.com

Adrian Wojnarowski: Spurs assistant, Sean Marks, will return to the front office, league source tells Yahoo Sports. Marks moved down to the bench to help Gregg Popovich this season, but plan was always to return upstairs. Spurs have big plans for Marks. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

The San Antonio Spurs completed their signing of veteran forward Boris Diaw on Tuesday. The Spurs announced the contract after agreeing to terms July 6 on a three-year, $22 million deal. The contract is only partly guaranteed for the final season. The Wichita Eagle

In an interview with Fifa.com, Bryant was asked about the Lakers’ West rival and while he did say he is happy for San Antonio, he also admits the Lakers will be using the Spurs 2014 NBA title as fuel for next season. Well deserved. It really is a lesson on how you get guys to play together if they share one goal. I am very happy for the Spurs. It is a motivation for us. Hopefully we can do the same next season. ProjectSpurs.com

LeBron James gets all the attention, but the San Antonio Spurs are quietly and effectively rebuilding the team that just clobbered James to win the NBA Championship, 1200 WOAI news reports. The Spurs today announced that Boris Diaw, who was a key player in the Spurs Drive for Five, has been resigned to a new contract. As is usual for the Spurs, the terms of Diaw's agreement were not announced. WOAI.com

July 14, 2014 Updates
 

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