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Video / Oct 28, 2014 / 8:30 pm

Watch San Antonio Spurs Receive Championship Rings, Raise Banner

Spurs Championship Rings

Spurs Championship Rings (photo. Spurs.com)

The San Antonio Spurs open their title defense against the Dallas Mavericks tonight. Before they can get to business of this season, though, they had a final chance to reflect on their crowning achievement of the last one. Watch the Spurs raise a fifth championship banner, receive championship rings, and get a detailed look at San Antonio’s bling. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / Oct 28, 2014 / 2:30 pm

Kawhi Leonard’s Sick New Jordan Brand Logo Is Based On “The Klaw”

Kawhi Leonard

If this is the year Kawhi Leonard truly becomes a superstar, a signature logo for the reigning Finals MVP was released just in time. Riffing on the notoriously giant hands of the precocious San Antonio Spurs wing, Jordan Brand came up with a slick new symbol that will serve as Leonard’s calling card going forward. Read More »

Smack / Oct 27, 2014 / 9:00 am

Report: Kawhi Leonard Seeks Max Extension, But No Progress In Spurs Talks

Kawhi Leonard

Tim Duncan famously signed for less than he could command on the open market a few years back in an attempt to free up more room for the Spurs to get him some help. Conversely, 2014 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, who will be a restricted free agent next summer if he doesn’t sign an extension by Friday, is looking for a max extension. According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, no agreement has been reached and the sides haven’t made any progress during talks in recent weeks. Read More »

NBA / Oct 25, 2014 / 6:30 pm

Gregg Popovich On Spurs’ 2-5 Preseason After Loss Last Night: “We Look Very Poor”

Gregg Popovich

The defending champion San Antonio Spurs haven’t had the best preseason. They’re 2-5 after losing at in-state rivals Houston last night, 96-87, and their pithy coach didn’t pull any punches when asked how they’re coming together for Tuesday’s regular season opener in Dallas. “We look very poor,” Gregg Popovich told the San Antonio Express News‘ Jeff McDonald. Read More »

Latest News / Oct 19, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Report: Kawhi Leonard May Miss Start Of Regular Season With Eye Infection

Kawhi Leonard

This is awful news. An infection in Kawhi Leonard‘s right eye that’s kept him out of all but one preseason game has spread to his left eye and he’ll miss the rest of the preseason. His return for the start of the regular season against Dallas (Oct. 28) is now in jeopardy. Leonard played 29 minutes in San Antonio’s preseason opener in Berlin, but afterwards complained about an eye infection when the team arrived in Istabul for their second overseas game. He hasn’t played since. Read More »

Video / Oct 11, 2014 / 3:15 pm

A Kobe Bryant, Kawhi Leonard Hybrid? Gregg Popovich Would Take It

Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich (Soobum Im, USATODAY)

The San Antonio Spurs won their second round of competition in the NBA’s Global Games on Saturday, beating Fenerbahce Ulker 96-90 in Istanbul. As a result, Gregg Popovichwas in a bit more affable post-game mood than he was two days ago after his team lost on a buzzer-beater. Asked after today’s game by a foreign reporter why “Kobe Leonard” didn’t play for the Spurs, an initially confused Popovich offered the perfect response. Read More »

NBA / Aug 18, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Kawhi Leonard Is Too Busy Working Out To Celebrate With Championship Trophy

Kawhi Leonard

Until the 2014 NBA Finals, casual NBA fans likely knew the San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard as much for his almost pathologically measured personality as his rare and developing two-way, on-court influence. Winning Finals MVP changed that, of course, thrusting Leonard from local and niche favorite to nationwide star. Such a rapid ascent to the spotlight would change most 23 year-olds, but not Leonard. Read More »

Baller's Blueprint, NBA / Aug 8, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Our All-Star Soccer Squad Starring NBA Players

Steve Nash

The games are similar, basketball and soccer. Both are contact sports with little protective equipment; both have goals (or baskets) on the two sides of the field (or court) where a player must put the ball in to score points. Both have situations where a costly turnover could quickly turn into a counterattack or fast-break and cost a team points. Both games require elite athleticism, and players from both sports get paid tons of money to play their game at an elite level.

That’s where the similarities end between soccer and basketball, but that hasn’t stopped us from compiling a full soccer team with NBA stars. Read More »

Smack / Aug 6, 2014 / 11:45 am

Video: Kawhi Leonard Beats Michael Jordan At Hot Shot

Michael Jordan

Fresh off nailing 11 successive jumpers at his basketball camp, Michael Jordan faced off against Jordan Brand athlete and 2014 NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard in an impromptu game of Hot Shot yesterday. Both players partnered up with a camper, and both knocked down a three-pointer from the top of the key, but only one would come out the winner. Read More »

NBA / Jul 4, 2014 / 2:15 pm

10 Players On The Rise In NBA Fantasy Next Season

Anthony Davis

As the 2013-14 NBA season has come to a conclusion, it’s never too early to look ahead to next year for fantasy owners. Finding value is crucial in keeper leagues and is a big part of building a championship roster. Drafting fresh each year becomes a daunting task of finding players who are ready to break out and have a bigger impact than they did the year before. Below is a list of 10 players who should be selected earlier than they probably went in your fantasy draft last year. These players had impact seasons this year and should take the another step next year to become big time fantasy studs. Read More »