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February 14, 2015 Updates

Mike Richman: Sounds like Tim Duncan will start for the west. LaMarcus Aldridge said "I'm not starting, but I can't say" while glancing at TD. Twitter @mikegrich

February 13, 2015 Updates

Mills attended college in the United States at Saint Mary’s College of California, viewing the move to the West Coast as a better pathway to the NBA. His accent, pronunciation and terminology made it difficult at times to communicate. “‘Ketchup’ for example — we don’t call it ‘ketchup,’ we call it ‘tomato sauce,’” Mills said. “If you say tomato sauce to someone, first of all they don’t understand your accent so they don’t know what you’re saying. Even when you say ‘tomato,’ they can’t quite understand you. Although it’s English, there are a lot of things that you still struggle to understand.” Basketball Insiders

He has heard the speculation about his playing next season and beyond. His basketball future beyond July 1 remains on permanent hold. “Not even thinking about it,” he said. “We wait for the summer, just like always.” San Antonio Express-News

Duncan certainly seems to be having as much fun as he ever has. He says he enjoys mentoring raw-boned big man Aron Baynes, and delights in tormenting broadcaster Sean Elliott whenever he can during game telecasts and pestering guard Cory Joseph by conducting postgame interviews in front of his locker stall. “I am having fun, enjoying it,” Duncan said after helping the Spurs earn their second win of the rodeo road trip on Wednesday night against the Detroit Pistons. “I’m going game by game, enjoying the ride,” San Antonio Express-News

Aware his hamstring isn’t fully healed, Parker is taking one of the Spurs’ physical therapists on holiday with him to continue rehabilitation work. “I have a whole rehab thing I’m going to do,” Parker said. “I’m taking one of the physical therapists with me and make sure I do all the treatment on my hamstring. I want to stay on it because I feel like I’m getting better and getting more confident with it. I want to make sure I don’t lose all the good progress I’ve been making, so I’m taking her with me — a free vacation for her.” San Antonio Express-News

February 11, 2015 Updates

"I've watched them more than I've watched us, I think, because I've enjoyed it so much," he said. "He's doing a fantastic job, and it has very little to do with O's and X's. It's about putting a program together. All coaches know O's and X's. We all know that. There's no secret plays. He's not running anything secret that nobody's seen before or anything like that. It's about the program, it's about the process, it's about putting a group together that believes in each other, plays for each other, feels responsible for each other and gotten over themselves. It's all those things he's instilled. They've bought in, and they walk the walk." USA Today Sports

"There are a lot of things that I enjoy in the world, and basketball is probably not the No. 1 thing," Popovich revealed. "It's my job, but I don't bleed it like a lot of people. I don't think I'm a lifer. (ESPN analyst and former coach) Hubie Brown is a lifer. He's a real basketball guy. For me, it's my job. I try to do it well. I love basketball. I'm from Indiana, but I'm just not a lifer. "There's a nuance there, but ... I can win a game and be fine, (and) I can lose a game and be fine. And I move on. I don't get excited for the win, or deflated because of the loss. I just move on to the next day." USA Today Sports

February 10, 2015 Updates

Popovich was asked pregame by Mark Montieth of Pacers.com if a rumor he had heard was true, that he had to be talked into drafting Tim Duncan ahead of former Pacer Scot Pollard. (Full disclosure: Pollard, who has done some television and radio work for team broadcasts this season was right there, not five feet from this conversation.) The Spurs held the first pick in the 1997 NBA Draft and taking Tim Duncan out of Wake Forest shaped the future of the Spurs organization. From David Robinson to Tim Duncan. But it didn’t come without a fight, Popovich explained. “You know, you say that sarcastically but it’s a true story,” he said. “It’s a true story. I loved the way Scot played. Timmy was really smooth and all that and so I wondered, ‘Is that going to translate. Is he going to be tough. Is he going to do what he did … he’s long and he’s lengthy and he’s thin. Scot Pollard was out there kicking you-know-what and taking names. “It was actually a conversation. Now, I have to also say that that notion didn’t last real long. Vigilant Sports

The San Antonio Spurs gave coach Gregg Popovich quite the gift on Monday night, and the Indiana Pacers were unwilling party favors. In a thrilling fourth-quarter comeback, San Antonio defeated Indiana 95-93 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and secured Popovich's 1,000th career win, all earned with his Spurs dynasty. However, the night could have been quite the victory for the Pacers, who led by 14 points entering the fourth quarter and still led 89-79 with 6:46 remaining. USA Today Sports

"I've been here a long time and I've had good players. That's the formula," Popovich said. "Getting the players is difficult, but I've been fortunate to have good ones. The time, that's the most important element. You have to be around for a while I guess." "A thousand wins, that's a lot of wins and I feel very lucky that I've been with him for a lot of them," Tony Parker said after scoring 19 points. "We've experienced so much stuff together. I'm just very happy for him." USA Today Sports

But there were also plenty of other positive moments, most notably the signing of a massive new media deal that will triple the NBA’s revenue. Then there was the Spurs’ hiring of Becky Hammon as the first full-time female assistant coach in NBA history, a moment Silver singled out in a video interview with USA Today. “I think the hiring of Becky Hammon is a wonderful step for the league,” Silver said. “The fact it was done by the NBA champions makes it all that much more special, and done by R.C. Buford and Gregg Popovich for basketball reasons. Becky Hammon is someone I’ve known for a long time, when she was a WNBA player. San Antonio Express-News

February 9, 2015 Updates


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


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