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Spurs coach Popovich 'thrilled' by NBA stand in China row

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Amid a rift that threatens the NBA's lucrative business in China, coach Gregg Popovich praises NBA commissioner Adam Silver for coming out 'strongly for freedom of speech'

ALL PRAISE. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says Silver has been ‘a heck of a leader.’  Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFP

Popovich 'thrilled' as U.S. qualifies for Tokyo 2020 basketball

Sep 10, 2019 - 9:08 AM

Team USA secures a Tokyo 2020 Olympics berth as it chases its 4th straight FIBA World Cup crown

OLYMPICS-BOUND. Myles Turner of the Indiana Pacers leads US against the Brazilians with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Photo from FIBA

Popovich says USA 'got a ways to go' after winning World Cup opener

Sep 01, 2019 - 11:58 PM

Team USA may not have the usual NBA sparkle, but it pulls off a comfortable win just the same at the start of its title defense

GETTING BETTER. The young US squad remains a work in progress, says coach Gregg Popovich. Photo from FIBA

Popovich insists USA better for shock Australia loss

Aug 25, 2019 - 12:10 PM

'Nobody wins forever,' says coach Gregg Popovich after Australia snapped USA's 78 consecutive wins in major competitions and exhibition games

YOUNG SQUAD. No longer boasting high-profile names, the USA team lists Kemba Walker (center) as the only player in its roster to earn NBA All-Star honors. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

Australia can win basketball World Cup, says USA coach

Aug 22, 2019 - 11:31 AM

'They are one of the teams that can win the whole thing, without a doubt,' US coach Gregg Popovich says of Australia’s World Cup team

FAVORED. Things may be looking up for Aron Baynes and Australia in this year’s World Cup. Photo by Tony Ashby/AFP

Team USA tinkers with World Cup roster anew

Aug 11, 2019 - 8:49 AM

Playing minus its superstars, the US squad of NBA players adds Sacramento's Marvin Bagley and San Antonio's Derrick White

LEVEL UP. Marvin Bagley (left), initially lined up for the younger Select Team, gets picked to join Kyle Kuzma and the US World Cup team. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Celtics' Tatum shines as USA steps up World Cup prep

Aug 10, 2019 - 1:34 PM

Coach Gregg Popovich gets a good look of what remained of Team USA following the pull out of several NBA superstars

STANDOUT. Jayson Tatum (right) leads Team USA against Pat Connaughton and the USA men's select team in an exhibition game. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Nuggets rout Spurs as 'Pop' tossed

Apr 04, 2019 - 2:27 PM

The Nuggets cruise to an easy win as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich gets ejected just 63 seconds into the game

BIG WIN. Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets stay within striking distance of West leader Golden State Warriors. Photo from NBA Twitter

Spurs coach Popovich hopes Kawhi shown 'respect' on return

Jan 03, 2019 - 5:46 PM

Raptors star Kawhi Leonard returns to San Antonio to face his former team for the first time since his controversial departure

IN NUMBERS: Brogdon, Curry chase records as NBA enters new year

Jan 02, 2019 - 6:52 PM

The Bucks guard could set the highest free throw percentage in a season, while the Warriors star is 20 triples away from third place in all-time 3-pointers made

CHEF CURRY. Steph Curry keeps breaking three-point records. File photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP


NBA record watch: LeBron, Curry due for big milestones

Oct 05, 2018 - 12:13 PM

LeBron James and Steph Curry lead the NBA superstars poised to set new milestones this season

SIZZLING CURRY. Former NBA Most Valuable Player Steph Curry could crack the top 3 of the NBA’s all-time list for three-pointers made. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Spurs coach Popovich on Kawhi trade: ‘Time to move on’

Jul 19, 2018 - 8:46 AM

The San Antonio tactician wishes Kawhi Leonard well, but says he's focused on the arrival of former Raptors cornerstone DeMar DeRozan

SEPARATE WAYS. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich and Kawhi Leonard part ways, just two weeks after the Spurs let go of veteran Tony Parker. Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFP

4-time NBA champ Tony Parker leaves Spurs for Hornets

Jul 07, 2018 - 9:23 AM

The departure of the San Antonio icon leaves Manu Ginobili as the last player in the successful Spurs triumvirate

ICONIC. San Antonio point guard Tony Parker agrees to a 2-year deal with the Charlotte Hornets. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Spurs coach Popovich set to 'force his way' into LeBron recruitment

Jun 10, 2018 - 11:33 PM

A return to Cleveland remains an option, but Houston, Los Angeles and Miami may be also among Lebron James' likely destinations

GOOD RELATIONS. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has reportedly been trying to sell the ‘merits of South Texas’ to LeBron James. Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFP

Amid tough time, Spurs play spoilers in Warriors’ sweep bid

Apr 23, 2018 - 9:27 AM

(UPDATED) Manu Ginobil stars as San Antonio continues to miss coach Popovich, while Bucks edge Celtics to level own series

RESILIENT. Manu Ginobili and the San Antonio Spurs make sure that Draymond Green and the Golden State Warriors won’t take the ball – and the series – from them that easily. Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFP

Spurs play with heavy hearts vs Warriors; Embiid shines in NBA playoff debut

Apr 20, 2018 - 4:05 PM

Playing minus their grief-stricken coach, the Spurs on brink of elimination; Embiid returns from 10-game absence

SAD DAY. The Spurs play minus coach Gregg Popovich, whose wife died from a long-term illness. Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFP

Klay Thompson spurs Golden State Warriors past San Antonio

Nov 03, 2017 - 12:44 PM

(UPDATED) Thompson has a 25-point haul, Kevin Durant scores 24 with 8 rebounds while Stephen Curry fires 21 for the Warriors 112-92 win over the Spurs. Portland Trailblazers slip past LA Lakers, 113-110

ALL EYES. Danny Green #14 of the San Antonio Spurs drives under the basket against Golden State at AT&T Center on November 2, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas. Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFP

Popovich pokes fun at Warriors coach Brown for getting stopped by cops

May 17, 2017 - 5:41 PM

Mike Brown tells reporters he is pulled over after ignoring a request to stop at a red light while following the Spurs convoy towards the Oakland Arena

FUNNY STORY. Acting head coach Mike Brown of the Golden State Warriors shares a funny story just before Game 2 when he was nearly arrested by traffic cops on his way to the game. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Popovich furious at Pachulia as Leonard ruled out for Game 2

May 16, 2017 - 11:53 AM

This particular individual has a history with that kind of action Gregg Popovich says

FURIOUS. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich isn't satisfied with Zaza Pachulia's explanation, calling his move against Kawhi Leonard "dangerous" and "unsportsmanlike." Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors clobber Clippers again, milestone win for Spurs' Pop

Feb 03, 2017 - 3:30 PM

In other action the Lakers fall to the Wizards who win again at home

HOT SPUR. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich devotes nearly half of his pre-game press conference to expressing support for the women's marches across the United States and bashing US President Donald Trump for his incendiary rhetoric. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Spurs coach Popovich pops off at 'racist' Trump

Jan 22, 2017 - 2:31 PM

it s hard to be respectful of someone when we re watching him be misogynistic and xenophobic and racist and make fun of handicapped people says Popovich

HOT SPUR. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich devotes nearly half of his pre-game press conference to expressing support for the women's marches across the United States and bashing US President Donald Trump for his incendiary rhetoric. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Bulls send Spurs to first road loss of season

Dec 09, 2016 - 5:31 PM

The Spurs were one road win short of the record to start a season before running into the Bulls

RAGING BULLS. Rajon Rondo (R) finished just short of a triple double with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists. Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP

Spurs coach Popovich decries Trump election victory

Nov 12, 2016 - 2:47 PM

Popovich says he is still getting to grips with the fact that Trump was elected despite the disgusting tenure and tone and all of the comments that have been xenophobic homophobic racist misogynistic

NO HOLDING BACK. Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs, seen here in a game against the Sacramento Kings, airs his thoughts about Donald Trump winning the US election. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Popovich unhappy as Spurs suffer first defeat at hands of Jazz

Nov 02, 2016 - 2:52 PM

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich bemoans his team s slow start that leads to their first loss of the season against the Utah Jazz

UNHAPPY. Head coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs, seen here in the game against the Sacramento Kings, is unhappy with his team's slow start against the Utah Jazz. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

Tim Duncan to stay on with Spurs – Popovich

Sep 28, 2016 - 12:12 PM

His position is he is the coach of whatever he feels like says Pop

BIG FUNDAMENTAL. Tim Duncan saw his minutes dip to 25 a game in the 2015-15 season as he accepted a lesser role with the franchise he had spent his entire career with. Photo by Paul Buck/AFP

Spurs coach Popovich bids farewell to Duncan

Jul 13, 2016 - 12:00 PM

He s the most real consistent and true person I ve met in my life Gregg Popovich talks about Tim Duncan in a press conference

FAREWELL. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich (L) bids farewell to his legendary center Tim Duncan. The pair is seen in this file photo talking on the bench during a game in March 2010. EPA/CJ GUNTHER

Spurs coach Popovich admits Warriors are 'unsolvable'

Feb 17, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Gregg Popovich says the Warriors combination of talent and intelligence creates open shots and headaches for opposing teams but that he d buy a ticket to watch them

DUBBED. Klay Thompson and the Warriors beat up the Spurs in their first meeting of the season. File photo by EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO

Spurs' Popovich named West coach for NBA All-Star Game

Jan 28, 2016 - 3:06 AM

Gregg Popovich head coach of the West s second best team will lead his conference s All Star squad on February 14 in Toronto

It'll be Gregg Popovich - and not Steve Kerr or Luke Walton - leading the Western All-Stars. Photo by Paul Buck/EPA

Golden State Warriors inch towards historic unbeaten start

Nov 21, 2015 - 4:19 PM

The 14 0 Warriors can match the best ever start to a season of 15 0 achieved by Washington in 1948 49 and the Houston Rockets in 1993 94 when they play Denver

WARRIOR SPIRIT. Golden State's Steph Curry (L) scored 27 in the victory. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Aldridge boosts San Antonio Spurs as aging Big 3 makes last stand

Oct 26, 2015 - 4:33 PM

Tim Duncan Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli haul their aging bodies back for another punishing NBA season with the San Antonio Spurs

ONE LAST HURRAH. Former Portland Trail Blazer LaMarcus Aldridge joined the aging San Antonio Spurs in a big off-season pick-up. File photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images/AFP

Knicks upset Spurs while Pistons tame Grizzlies

Mar 18, 2015 - 2:04 PM

The Spurs slides to 41 25 seventh in the Western Conference while Memphis stays atop the Southwest division despite falling to 47 21

New York Knicks forward Lou Amundson (C), who finished with 12 points and a career-high 17 boards, grabs a rebound in front of San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (L). Photo by Jason Szenes/EPA

Popovich captures 1,000th win as Spurs edge Pacers

Feb 10, 2015 - 2:56 PM

Popovich needed 1 462 games to reach the milestone the third fewest of those to win 1 000 trailing only Phil Jackson 1 423 and Pat Riley 1 434

REMEMBER THE ALAMODOME. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich hasn't won less than 50 games in a full season during his 18-year tenure with the team. File photo by Paul Buck/EPA

Raptors beat Spurs to deny Popovich 1000th win

Feb 09, 2015 - 2:02 PM

Trailing 82 79 with 1:49 remaining Toronto scored the last eight points of the game to end a run of seven straight losses to the Spurs

DeMar DeRozan scores 18 points in the Raptors win over the Spurs. Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images/AFP

NBA wRap: Wiggins battles LeBron to a draw, but Cavs win

Feb 01, 2015 - 3:05 PM

Rajon Rondo gets knocked out Josh Smith gets booed in Detroit and Coach Pop gets hit in the head by a ball This and more on today s NBA wRap

Andrew Wiggins more than held his own against the team that traded him shortly after drafting him. Photo by David Sherman / NBAE / Getty Images / AFP <span class="attribution"></span>

Obama toasts, teases NBA champion Spurs

Jan 13, 2015 - 2:07 PM

If you guys need any tips on winning back to back you know where to find me second term president Obama tells the Spurs

US President Barack Obama (R), with Tim Duncan (L), Manu Ginobili (2L) and Tony Parker (2R) accepts a jersey during a ceremony to honor the 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs. Photo by Shawn Thew/EPA

Spurs shine brightest in 2014

Dec 20, 2014 - 8:00 AM

The San Antonio Spurs wins its 5th NBA title in 2014 showing the secret to long term success is strong leadership and developing young talent

BIG THREE. The Spurs' big three (L to R) Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili have brought multiple titles to the franchise. Photo by Andy Lyons/AFP

LeBron’s 29 leads Cavs past Wizards, Popovich-less Spurs beat Indiana

Nov 27, 2014 - 2:14 PM

LeBron James produced game highs of 29 points 10 rebounds and eight assists to lead the Cavs past Washington

LeBron James and Dion Waiters celebrate during their win over the Wizards. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Popovich assures Spurs won't be complacent in title defense

Sep 27, 2014 - 4:21 PM

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich has no fear of complacency from his veteran trio of Tim Duncan Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili as they embark on their NBA title defense

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich doesn't think his team will suffer an NBA title hangover. Photo by Paul Buck/EPA

NBA schedule for 2014-15 offers several early presents

Aug 18, 2014 - 7:17 PM

August is usually the most boring month on the NBA calendar unless you re the kind of hoops fanatic who builds up anticipation for key match ups when the schedule is released

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade won two championships together but will now resume their rivalry on opposing teams. Photo by Andrew Gombert/EPA

Holding Court - Is Kawhi Leonard the NBA's next big star?

Jul 21, 2014 - 1:10 PM

At 23 the San Antonio Spurs Kawhi Leonard has exceeded expectations and overcome personal tragedy to become the toast of the NBA scene

FRANCHISE CORNERSTONE. Kawhi Leonard's defensive prowess and consistent contributions earned him the MVP Award of the most recent NBA Finals. Photo by Andy Lyons/AFP

Holding Court - Spurs trump individual talent with teamwork

Jun 18, 2014 - 7:48 PM

Columnist Bert Ramirez breaks down how the San Antonio Spurs were able to dismantle the two time defending champion Miami Heat with ease

CLASS OVER FLASH. Tony Parker (L), Tim Duncan (C) and Manu Ginobili celebrate another championship won with simple fundamentals and prioritizing the team concept over individual performances. Photo by Ashley Landis/EPA

Popovich wins third NBA Coach of the Year award

Apr 23, 2014 - 9:15 AM

Gregg Popovich who guided the San Antonio Spurs to the league s best record this season was named Tuesday as the NBA Coach of the Year for the third time in his career

POP ON TOP. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich hasn't won less than 50 games in a full season during his 18-year tenure with the team. Photo by Paul Buck/EPA

Holding Court - The best of the NBA season part II

Apr 15, 2014 - 12:32 PM

Columnist Bert Ramirez offers his selections for the All NBA and All Rookie teams for the 2013 2014 season

RAGING BULL. Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls is arguably the best defender in the sport, earning him a spot on this writer's All-NBA First Team squad. Photo by Tannen Maury/EPA

Holding Court: The best of the NBA season

Apr 10, 2014 - 11:42 PM

As NBA regular season comes to a close columnist Bert Ramirez gives his picks for the season s top individual awards

Holding Court - Is Kobe better than Mike?

Mar 17, 2014 - 3:46 PM

The debate over whether Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant is the greater player was recently reignited by Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder Columnist Bert Ramirez seeks to settle the issue

BE LIKE MIKE? Thunder star Kevin Durant recently brought up a topic of much debate: Is Kobe Bryant better than Michael Jordan?

Holding Court - Gregg Popovich is NBA's best coach

Mar 12, 2014 - 12:48 PM

There’s little question that Gregg Popovich the coach of the San Antonio Spurs is regarded by most observers as the best coach in the NBA today Columnist Bert Ramirez analyzes how he has risen to that distinction

REMEMBER THE ALAMODOME. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich hasn't won less than 50 games in a full season during his 18-year tenure with the team. Photo by Paul Buck/EPA

NBA: Parker returns from injury to score 22 in Spurs win

Mar 03, 2014 - 1:05 PM

San Antonio point guard Tony Parker made a seamless return from a six game injury absence on Sunday scoring 22 points to lead the Spurs to a 112 106 NBA win over Dallas

PARKER IS BACK. Spurs point guard Tony Parker scored 22 points and dished out 7 assists after returning from injury. Photo by Larry W. Smith/EPA

Holding Court: Trade deadline not so big a splash

Feb 24, 2014 - 9:23 PM

There were many deals that transpired at the NBA s trade deadline last week Columnist Bert A Ramirez analyzes which teams won out on each deal

SWAPPED. Danny Granger (left) and Evan Turner (right) were traded in the biggest move at last week's deadline. Photos from AFP

NBA: Spurs' Ginobili to miss 3-4 weeks

Jan 30, 2014 - 1:42 PM

Argentinian guard Manu Ginobili joined the San Antonio Spurs growing injury list on Wednesday as the NBA team said he would miss three to four weeks with a hamstring strain

INJURY LISTED. San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Manu Ginobili reacts to a foul call during the Spurs-Atlanta Hawks game last week. Photo by Erik S. Lesser/EPA

Spurs let NBA title slip, slide and away

Jun 21, 2013 - 9:58 PM

The San Antonio Spurs almost had it in Game 6 but had their hearts broken as LeBron and the rest of the Heat won the NBA title in do or die Game 7

DEFEATED. San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich almost led his boys to another NBA title if not for that late meltdown in Game 6. Photo by EPA/Larry Smith.