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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 »

NBA Draft / Jun 26, 2014 / 2:30 pm

2014 Draftees TJ Warren And Jerami Grant Could Be The Next Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

As we count down the final hours until the 2014 NBA draft, the doubt that existed about last year’s draft class – arguably one of the worst in league history – simply doesn’t exist this time around. What I can promise you about this year’s crop of prospects is that it will bring the excitement back to the NBA draft. As almost anyone who follows basketball will know, this class is loaded with young talent and star power. We’ve seen how high Zach LaVine can jump after many questioned his decision to leave school early, and will likely see 18 year-old phenoms Aaron Gordon and Dante Exum get drafted as top-10 picks. Read More »

NBA / Jun 18, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Kawhi Leonard Talks Increased Expectations & Contract Extension

Kawhi Leonard

It’s been a surreal couple of days for Kawhi Leonard. He was named Finals MVP, his teammates paid tribute to him on the podium, and now all everybody wants to talk about is how he’s ready to become the next superstar in this league. Well, almost everyone. Yesterday, Leonard spoke about the increased expectations and his potential contract extension this summer with the Spurs. Read More »

NBA / Jun 18, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Why The Champion Spurs Are Impossible To Duplicate

Tim Duncan

The 2013-2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs made you believe. In experience, in persistence, in togetherness, in quality depth, in pounding the rock, in the value of adhering to a strict set of organizational ideals from top-to-bottom. More than anything, these Spurs just made you believe in basketball. Not just any brand of basketball, either, but this amazing game as it was explicitly meant to be played. There’s never been anything like it, and unless they can somehow repeat it over the next couple years, there never will be again. Read More »