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- Notes on a practice: Duncan honored by 15th All-Star selection January 30, 2015Tim Duncan admitted he might not have minded getting the entire All-Star break off. But he's also honored to have been selected to the NBA's annual showcase game for the 15th time.Dan McCarney
- Belinelli to defend 3-point title January 30, 2015Defending All-Star Weekend 3-point champion Marco Belinelli said he has gotten the invitation from league officials to defend the long ball championship he won in New Orleans last year.Mike Monroe
- Duncan named All-Star for 15th time January 30, 2015Tim Duncan has been named to the All-Star Game for the 15th time, the NBA announced on Thursday.Dan McCarney
- Report: Iceman praises Thompson, but still claims record January 29, 2015While impressed with Klay Thompson's recent scoring feat, Spurs legend George Gervin stills claims the NBA record for most points in a quarter thanks to the addition of the 3-point line.Dan McCarney
- Spurs come alive in fourth, cruise past Charlotte January 28, 2015Four starters scored in double-figures, led by Tony Parker's 17, and the bench outscored its counterparts 29-15 as the Spurs won for the 11th time in 14 outings Wednesday at the AT&T Center.Dan McCarney
- Spurs veteran Tim Duncan headed to All-Star Game (The Associated Press) January 31, 2015At 38, Tim Duncan admits a few more days' rest might be better for him rather than playing in the All-Star Game. The San Antonio Spurs forward will make the 15th All-Star appearance of his 18-year career after being selected as a reserve for the Western Conference. He loves playing practical jokes on teammates and teasing them, comparing his wicked sense of humor to that of Will Hunting in ''Good Will Hunting.'' Get ready for that, Steve Kerr. Kerr and Duncan were teammates in San Antonio for four seasons, winning NBA championships in 1999 and 2003.
- Clippers-Spurs Preview (The Associated Press) January 31, 2015The San Antonio Spurs are finding consistency, something they've had plenty of the last six years against the Los Angeles Clippers. Tim Duncan has been a big reason for that this season. After being named to his 15th All-Star game, Duncan will try to keep the Spurs surging by continuing their home dominance of the Clippers on Saturday night. San Antonio (30-17) has won 11 of 14 games after losing nine of the previous 13 while giving up an average of 106.2 points.
- Spurs star Duncan sues financial adviser for fraud in Texas court (Reuters) January 30, 2015By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - NBA superstar Tim Duncan has filed a lawsuit seeking at least $1 million in damages against a longtime friend and financial adviser the basketball player says cheated him in his investments. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday in a Texas court against Atlanta businessman Charles Banks, who Duncan said he met during his 1997-98 rookie season in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs.
- The 10-man rotation, starring Tony Parker's troubling play (Ball Don't Lie) January 30, 2015A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : Gothic Ginobili . Tony Parker hasn't looked very much like himself this season. What gives, and is this a "give it a minute, it'll be fine" kind of thing, or a "maybe TP's on the decline" kind of thing? Aaron McGuire investigates. PF : Nylon Calculus . An exhaustive, statistical-context-heavy and very good review of Kevin Garnett's career as he nears its end. SF : NBA.com/Stats . How much are this year's Atlanta Hawks like last year's San Antonio Spurs? SG : FOX Sports . How much are this year's Golden State Warriors like the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls? (For more on the West-leading Dubs, check out this cool feature from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com ). PG : ESPN.com . Interesting stuff from Tom Haberstroh on the decline of home-court advantage in the NBA over the past couple of seasons. 6th : Mavs Outsider Report . Bobby Karalla offers a really good overview of the myriad small issues that have ailed the Dallas Mavericks of late, leading Rick Carlisle's club to drop four straight to sink to seventh in the West. 7th : Bucksketball . Jeremy Schmidt considers the development of Brandon Knight, who didn't make the Eastern Conference All-Star team, but who has come far enough for some fans to think that he might just be the long-term solution at the point for the Milwaukee Bucks. 8th : DraftExpress . A SportVU-based look at how Duke phenom center Jahlil Okafor's work on the block and in the paint on both ends compares to that of some of his NBA counterparts. 9th : Wall Street Journal . Chris Herring with a fun investigation of the "knuckleball-like unpredictability" of New York Knicks center Cole Aldrich's hook shot. 10th : Sole Collector . NBA players discuss why they would or would not wear another player's signature sneakers. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
- The Chicago Bulls are at the crossroads (Ball Don't Lie) January 30, 2015Nobody’s winning, here. The Chicago Bulls lost again on Thursday, two nights after they’d won again. This is the Jekyll and Hyde nature of a team caught in the midst of both a crisis of conscience and a crisis of confidence. The team fell to the lowly and tanking Los Angeles Lakers, working without Kobe Bryant, 48 hours after downing the mighty Golden State Warriors on GSW’s home floor. That win was far from encouraging , though, and it came on the heels of a loss to Miami that followed two impressive wins over San Antonio and Dallas. The Spurs and Mavericks conquests almost felt like gifts, in a way, handed to Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau by the two most-esteemed members of his coaching brethren: Gregg Popovich and Rick Carlisle. Thibodeau’s work in Chicago has long been both praised and questioned in equal amounts for good reasons, but his employment status was never in question until the days before those two wins over Texas teams. Popovich and ABC/ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy spoke up on Thibodeau’s behalf last week, leading to an angry Bulls vice president in John Paxson firing back in local papers, calling Van Gundy “pathetic” and demanding an apology in ways that were just as pathetic. Following another report in the Chicago Tribune that summarized league sources as declaring the relationship between Thibodeau and the front office to be “beyond repair,” Gar Forman then responded to those allegations with a prepared statement without actually throwing a sentence of support Thibodeau’s way. Meanwhile, Chicago can’t guard anyone, they needed desperate shots toward the end of the Golden State and Los Angeles game just to make things competitive, Derrick Rose is shooting 36 percent over his last four games (while averaging over six turnovers a contest), and the rampaging Cleveland Cavaliers are just 2.5 games in back of the Bulls in the Central Division. The season is slipping away, even if the team does topple Phoenix on Friday and Houston and New Orleans in the games after. They’ll probably lose to Orlando next Sunday just to drag things down again. Taking sides in this situation is pointless, as the coaching staff, front office, ownership group and cast of players are all to blame for this frustratingly bloated amount of wasted potential. If the front office is upset with Tom Thibodeau because he works players too many minutes, and practices too often , then their concerns are valid. For years Thibodeau has been rightly criticized for limiting his rotations, working with intractable rules regarding court time that he only strays from due to injury and/or foul trouble. I used the phrase “and/or” there because Tom Thibodeau plays injured players. Constantly. And he shames players who don’t suit up – witness his sloughing off of Luol Deng’s spinal tap as “flu-like symptoms” in 2013, or his exasperation at learning that Mike Dunleavy Jr. (who was and still might be weeks away from returning) would be out of a Bulls game earlier this month. Thibodeau defenders should and will point to his team’s sterling record with a fully-healthy starting lineup. They will point out that a 30-18 record is no small feat, considering the injuries and cadre of new faces (including, if we’re honest, Derrick Rose) while pointing out that the Chicago Bulls have 34 games to go as of this writing, and the ability to unleash Tom Thibodeau on an opponent’s head coach in a seven game series this spring. They’re right to do that, and also wrong to tell you that Chicago’s head coach doesn’t deserve some of the blame, ‘ere. Tom Thibodeau has at his disposal the biggest basketball brain in the NBA. He is also, as is the case with most geniuses, flawed. There are things about his approach that he has to change if he wants to work as a head coach in June for the first time in his career. The front office has enabled Tom Thibodeau’s lack of touch with minutes for years prior to 2014-15, but Jeff Van Gundy is correct in pointing out that they have undermined him in several ways. Declining to re-sign super-assistant Ron Adams merely because Adams was open about Chicago’s awful spate of personnel moves in the months following Derrick Rose’s 2012 ACL tear was a needless move. Companies aren’t required to keep personnel around if that actual person can’t stop complaining about the company, but losing a talent like Adams (and upsetting your top-flight coach) merely because of insecurity speaks volumes about the front office and ownership’s own approach. When you ride with Tom Thibodeau, though, you have to know what you’re getting into. No other coach is going to come in this summer and save things for Chicago. Name any well-regarded assistant or well-heeled NBA lifer that could be brought in to keep the dream alive – none of these potential hires are going to be any better at coaching the Chicago Bulls than a happy and sated Tom Thibodeau. This bountiful roster is also eating its own. At some point the focus has to come back to the players. If Tom Thibodeau’s unending pressure means that the coach has lost his players, well, then it’s on the players to get found again, ‘kay? At the risk of delving into sportswriter’ese, this squad is too precious. Pau Gasol is too nice, so nobody is calling out his horrific defense. Derrick Rose has been through too much so nobody is challenging his just-as-terrible defense and miserable shot selection. Joakim Noah, despite stellar recent stats, is still not himself on either end due to injury, so he’s tempered his own voice. Kirk Hinrich is too respected for Thibodeau to note that he stops the ball offensively and can’t be trusted to hit open jumpers. The team routinely declines to dive into offensive sets with alacrity, and this is carrying over to the defensive end. Flush with options, the squad walks through offensive sets early in ballgames, and it continually puts its defense behind the eight-ball due to Rose’s initial poor perimeter D, and Gasol’s inability to check anything save for those two blocks per game he gets. Taj Gibson, never much of a rebounder despite his status as a defense-first big man, has seen his own usefulness on the defensive end dip a bit. And for the bulk of January, with the exception of his 35-point (in 49 minutes, Thibs) outburst on Thursday, Jimmy Butler has looked unsure of how to get back to those 20-some points per game he’s now charged with averaging. The players are afraid of stepping on each others’ respective toes, and as a result all the would-be killer attributes (Gasol’s low post wizardry, Noah’s still-brilliant passing, Butler’s throwback post-up game, Rose’s sustained ability to drive into the paint) are lost as the Bulls act hesitant offensive in ways that carry over to the defensive end. Tom Thibodeau ran a top-five offense in 2011-12 with Rose and Luol Deng combining to miss 39 games and C.J. Watson (36 percent from the floor) and John Lucas (just under 40 percent) firing away, and yet the Bulls are only ranked 10th this year despite a multitude of gifts. This team has championship potential. When healthy, it has a deep and versatile roster that should be able to navigate the obstacles that a (potential) seven and a half month season creates. As Gasol declines, as he should do after playing a significant amount of early season minutes, Noah should ascend. Rose will grow confidence in his drive to match the undeserved confidence he has in his long jumper. The heightened focus that a seven-game playoff series provides should play right into the team’s hands. They’ll need to play bigger than the sum of their parts, though, for this to happen. So far in 2014-15, Tom Thibodeau hasn’t been the coach to work up this compelling equation. Before parting ways with Thibodeau, however, Chicago’s front office and players should take a deep breath and ponder if such an available coach even exists. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops
- N.B.A. Game of the Week: Clippers at Spurs January 26, 2015San Antonio and Los Angeles each got off to a bumpier start than expected. The Spurs can blame Kawhi Leonard’s absence. The Clippers have no such excuse.
- Derrick Rose Leads Bulls Past the Spurs January 23, 2015Rose scored 22 points on Thursday as the Bulls beat the San Antonio Spurs, 104-81, in Chicago.
- Unselfish Hawks Resemble Winners, Namely, the Spurs January 18, 2015Atlanta, with the best record in the Eastern Conference, has no superstars, but like San Antonio, the Hawks have skilled, smart players committed to making the game easier for one another.
- One-Name Stars Can’t Outshine All-for-One Teams December 26, 2014Thursday’s games demonstrated that a league long driven by a shoe-company, me-first agenda has continued to lean toward the long-underplayed joy of collective achievement.
- N.B.A. Game of the Week: Thunder at Spurs December 22, 2014San Antonio, which has been missing some of last season’s key contributors, has lost five of its last six. Oklahoma City is also looking to get healthy.