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Smack / Jan 28, 2015 / 1:45 pm

Gregg Popovich Calls NBA Team’s All-Star Pandering “Embarrassing”

Gregg Popovich

Tomorrow night on TNT at 6 p.m. ET the NBA will announce the 14 reserves selected for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. The deadline for coaches has already passed, but in the lead-up to the coach vote, teams have started to employ marketing doodads to sell coaches on the worth of their players for inclusion. Predictably, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich finds the “little political packages of propaganda” both “humiliating” and “embarrassing.” Read More »

Smack / Jan 24, 2015 / 11:45 am

Gregg Popovich ‘Enjoys’ Thinking Of Kobe Bryant’s Clutch Heroics VS Spurs

Gregg Popovich, Kobe Bryant

Gregg Popovich, basketball masochist? Nah. Pop and the reigning champion San Antonio Spurs were haunted enough by their heartbreaking loss to the Miami Heat in the 2013 NBA Finals that we know that’s not the case. Like all of us, though, San Antonio’s long-time coach says he gleans a strange sort of enjoyment from Kobe Bryant’s crunch-time heroics – even those that come against his own team. Read More »

Smack / Jan 23, 2015 / 3:00 pm

D-Rose & Popovich Dismiss Rumors Tom Thibodeau Has Lost The Locker Room

Tom Thibodeau, Derrick Rose

This seemed ridiculous, which is why we didn’t report it earlier this week. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and Bulls point guard Derrick Rose think so, too. Earlier this week reports flitted to the surface that Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau had lost his locker room and his overbearing, almost militaristic zeal for working his players had disenchanted some members of the Bulls, who had started to tune him out. That was the explanation for Chicago dropping six of their last eight games. Last night, after Rose and the Bulls beat up the Spurs, Rose came to his coach’s defense and so did Popovich. Read More »

Smack / Jan 13, 2015 / 10:15 am

Video: Kawhi’s Stone Face After Prez Obama Cracks Bonner Blogging Joke

Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Marco Bellinelli, President Barack Obama

Yesterday the Spurs visited the White House to accept congratulations from President Barack Obama after winning the 2014 NBA Finals — the most lopsided win in NBA Finals history. Obama gave a speech, naturally, and even mentioned the Red Mamba’s sandwich blogging side gig. But even a Presidential zinger couldn’t get Kawhi Leonard to crack a smile. Read More »

Video / Jan 9, 2015 / 11:15 am

Watch This Tongue-In-Cheek Animated Short: “Spurs Special Forces”

Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan

We’d always assumed the San Antonio Spurs were really a rag-tag band of elite Special Forces. Gregg Popovich is obviously a spy after earning a Soviet Studies BA from the Air Force Academy and flirting with the C.I.A. Plus, there’s no way they can pass so well without some serious training usually reserved for the Green Berets. That’s what makes Matt Hill‘s animated spoof: Spurs Special Forces for BallerBall so on point. Come check out Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Pop as the Spurs Special Forces. Read More »

Latest News / Jan 4, 2015 / 12:00 pm

Gregg Popovich Says Kawhi Leonard Is “Weeks” Away From A Return

Kawhi Leonard

It appears that Gregg Popovich – shocker! – was right about the extent of Kawhi Leonard’s right hand injury. 12 days after player and coach offered drastically disparate timelines on the reigning Finals MVP’s prospective return to the floor, Popovich said that Leonard is still “weeks” away from playing again. Read More »

Video / Dec 26, 2014 / 10:45 am

Watch “Inside The NBA” Salute Craig Sager On Christmas Day

Craig Sager

It’s been months now since Craig Sager was diagnosed with Leukemia, robbing NBA fans of one of the most colorful personalities ever, and an NBA lifer whose sideline reporting has become synonymous with the game itself. Despite missing his presence during a quintuple header on Christmas Day, the people at “Inside the NBA still brought his ongoing — though winning — battle against cancer into our homes last night. Read More »

Latest News / Dec 23, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Kawhi Leonard Out Indefinitely; Popovich Calls Injury “Very Problematic”

Kawhi Leonard, Gregg Popovich

Kawhi Leonard seemed unconcerned when he was diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right hand last week. The reigning Finals MVP even said that he “should be back soon” – simply once swelling subsided. But Gregg Popovich isn’t so sure. Before his team beat the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, the San Antonio Spurs coach said his young star’s injury is “very problematic” and that Leonard’s assessment of his recovery is inaccurate. Read More »

Smack / Dec 8, 2014 / 8:45 pm

Kevin Durant: “I Really Don’t Give A Damn What People Got To Say”

Kyle Singler, Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant is the baddest, and after encountering some of the first critiques of his future Hall-of-Fame career, he’s weary of the crescendoing catcalls. After a summer that saw him encounter some backlash after bowing out of the FIBA World Cup and a foot injury that kept him out of the Thunder’s first 17 games, he made it clear he doesn’t “give a damn what people say” to the Washington Post‘s Michael Lee. Read More »

Smack / Dec 4, 2014 / 10:15 am

Video: Popovich Tells Danny Green To “Shut The F**K Up” After Boneheaded Foul

Gregg Popovich

The Nets snapped San Antonio’s eight-game winning streak with a 95-93 overtime win at Barclays Center last night, but they were gift-wrapped the win in the closing seconds of the extra session after a Danny Green blunder. Gregg Popovich became irate and can be seen telling Danny to “Shut the f___ up” as he’s coming towards the sideline to explain. Read More »