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- Championships DVD out tomorrow July 28, 2014The Spurs 2014 championship DVD will be released tomorrow.Dan McCarney
- Spurs could open season on road, and folks are ticked July 28, 2014The Spurs could be the first defending champion since the Lakers in 2000 to start the season on the road, with a rumored date against LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Cleveland.Dan McCarney
- Witness the glory of 14-year-old Manu Ginobili via grainy videotape July 28, 2014Even at 14, you could see glimpses of the greatness Manu Ginobili would display in the NBA.Dan McCarney
- Chance meetings leads to Pop’s foray into winemaking July 28, 2014A fast friendship with an Oregon wine-making couple led to Gregg Popovich's involvement in A to Z Wineworks, which makesDan McCarney
- Elliott: Spurs will be a target next season July 28, 2014Former Spur Sean Elliott recalled the challenges the Spurs faced after winning their first NBA championship in 1999. He expects the Spurs to be targeted next season, too.Jabari Young
- As Team USA beckons, Davis not worried about rest (The Associated Press) July 25, 2014Getting enough rest during the NBA offseason is the least of Anthony Davis' concerns. Coming off his first All-Star campaign with the New Orleans Pelicans in only his second NBA season, Davis is now looking forward to starting Team USA training camp in Las Vegas on Monday and the likelihood of joining the club for the FIBA World Cup in Madrid in August. ''Of course, I'm a young guy, so all I want to do is play basketball right now,'' Davis said Friday in a conference call hosted by the Pelicans. I love the game so much.'' Pelicans head coach Monty Williams will be an assistant to Mike Krzyzewski on the national team.
- Joakim Noah on LeBron James' return to Cleveland: 'I really hope that we can kick his ass' (Ball Don't Lie) July 25, 2014In a league that’s getting smaller and quicker, the need for a knockout low post presence at center and power forward has been minimized. The NBA, more than ever, values spacing and sharing, and less of the low post hoggery that dominated the league’s first few decades or dull two-man game’ry that dominated the 1990s and early aughts. The Chicago Bulls boast what is probably the league’s deepest frontcourt, but it hardly reminds of the sluggo outfits from days of NBA yore. With Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol, Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic up front, the team is able to field four players with fabulously versatile games that could produce a ferocious array of passing, finishing, shooting from the outside and the ability to make life hell for opposing offenses. The one problem? None of these guys should be playing small forward, and there are only 48 minutes in a game, and just two positions to fill. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau discussed as much in an interview with Chicago-area 87.7 The Game on Thursday morning , via Pro Basketball Talk : "I'm not sure on who's starting and who's finishing yet," Thibodeau told the Kap & Haugh Show on 87.7 FM The Game on Thursday morning. "Here's the thing, I know all three are going to have a significant role. I have 96 minutes there and I look at all three of those guys as starters. We'll see how it unfolds when we get to training camp and we let them play together." Regardless of how the minutes are divided up, Thibodeau only has one goal in mind. "We're always going to do what's best for the team and make us function at the highest level." Thibs went on to confirm that his current situation is “a great problem to have,” and he’s not wrong in that regard. The question that most Bulls fans fear, however, is whether or not Thibodeau will actually be faced with this “problem.” Joakim Noah missed just two games last season and in 2012, but he ended this year limping with a knee injury (that eventually required surgery) the Chicago medical staff allowed him to play through, and he had to gut through severe plantar fasciitis in 2012-13 when Thibodeau played the spindly center too many minutes. Pau Gasol recently turned 34, and he’s missed a combined 55 games over the last two years with a variety of injuries and sicknesses. If history is any indication, this lovely litany of capable big men could spend some time on the shelf this season. Luckily, that’s where Gibson and Mirotic come in. Neither are facsimiles of the players that they back up off the Chicago bench, but they’re not far off. Gibson isn’t the rebounder or passer that Noah is, but some Chicago observers believe that Gibson (and not Joakim, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year) is the best defender on the Bulls. Mirotic has yet to prove anything at the NBA level, he isn’t as tall nor as composed as Pau Gasol (who is?), but he does bring shooting and a fantastic and creative offensive touch. Longtime readers are aware of my Chicago affiliations, but fandom isn’t the reason behind my giddiness in the face of this frontcourt’s prospects. As an NBA fan above all, to me this is the most fascinating lineup of any crew in the league. As someone who adores high and low post passing and offense initiated by big men, the thought of Noah and Gasol whipping the ball around the court (and Gibson and Mirotic acting as the finishers on some of those passes) is incredibly compelling. And that’s without getting into the eventual return of Derrick Rose. For real this time. We swear. The overriding question, launching ahead of worries about health and minutes, has to do with this roster’s fit in the modern NBA. We just watched the San Antonio Spurs win a title based around spacing and the extra pass, and are the Bulls attempting to emulate that, or just sign as many darn good players as it can in the wake of Carmelo Anthony choosing money and security in staying home in New York ? Whatever the impetus, Joakim Noah digs the advancement. From a talk with K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune : "Pau is somebody who is very, very smart," Noah said. "He’s somebody who comes with a lot of experience. He’s not just a great player. He’s somebody who cares about the community as well. I’m excited to see him help us as well in trying to slow down the violence and help the kids out here in Chicago. It’s very humbling to play with somebody who has won championships with his pedigree. He’s somebody I can really learn from. […] "I’m happy for LeBron James," Noah said Friday. "He gets to go home. People are happy over there. But I really hope that we can kick his ass as many times as possible." With LeBron’s return to Cleveland, the Central division just perked up with another contender, a contender that still has a chance to improve were it to add Kevin Love in exchange for two rather raw (though promising) prospects. Indiana lost Lance Stephenson, but if it can return to its defensive-heavy ways , it should battle to defend its Central crown. Milwaukee and Detroit are rebuilding with youth and appear to finally have their collective heads on straight. Can Chicago battle each of those outfits with a smartly placed bounce pass and subsequent lay in? Can one of the more miserable offensive teams to behold, that 2013-14 squad was brutal, turn into the Eastern Conference’s prettiest offense? Can the big men hold up? It’s a fun set of problems to have. October can’t get here soon enough. - - - - - - - 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
- Manu Ginobili and the final stand against the Argentine Basketball Federation (Ball Don't Lie) July 25, 2014With the foundation they've laid for the future of basketball in their country crumbling around them, the final chapter penned by the historic core of Argentina's national team may be its most important. At the 2002 FIBA World Championships, an Argentine team featuring a 25-year-old Manu Ginobili, 23-year-old Andres Nocioni and 22-year-old Luis Scola handed the U.S. its first post-Dream Team international basketball defeat on the way to a silver medal. A cohesive and complementary bunch, they went on to win 2004 Olympic gold, creating the model to which even Team USA ultimately aspired . In more than a decade since, basketball's popularity has grown immensely in Argentina, ultimately becoming the nation's second most prominent sport behind only soccer. Throughout, Ginobili, Nocioni and Scola remained, proudly wearing their white and blue jerseys on courts around the globe. In their mid-30s now, entering what could very well be their last international competition as a trio, they should be leaving behind a legacy that lasts long after they're gone. But the widespread corruption that has poisoned many of the nation's government programs has apparently infected basketball, too. According to reports translated from Spanish in the San Antonio Express-News and the great Spurs blog Pounding the Rock , the Argentine Basketball Federation has fallen roughly $20 million in debt and has at times forced national team members to train uninsured for free under less than ideal travel conditions. Complaints from the Argentine players have since resulted in the ousting of ABA head Germán Vaccaro, but doubts about new president Daniel Zanni and the remaining board members reportedly persist. As a result, Scola declared in a blunt interview with Argentine newspaper Clarín , "The crisis is more important than the World Cup. If I don't play, the horrendous management of the basketball association will be to blame." Soon afterwards, both Ginobili and Nocioni pledged their support on Twitter. "The captain got angry and I’m great with that," Ginobili wrote . "Well said." "Embarrassment!" added Nocioni . "I apologize because Argentine basketball does not deserve this!" As relayed expertly by SB Nation's Jesus Gomez in recent days, that triumvirate's demands of a thorough audit looking into the alleged corruption have gone unanswered, but a meeting between Zanni and the Argentine players on Friday seems to have put an end to a potential World Cup boycott for now. Scola: "there's not risk of us not playing as long as the things that the Secretary of Sport promised us are delivered. We'll see" — Jesus Gomez (@JejeGomez_PtR) July 25, 2014 Scola: "we want deep changes in the association. Changing just one name at the top is not enough" — Jesus Gomez (@JejeGomez_PtR) July 25, 2014 Manu: "the easiest thing for us to do would have been to just play or stay at home. We are getting our hands dirty because we care (1/2) — Jesus Gomez (@JejeGomez_PtR) July 25, 2014 (2/2) "We are getting muddied by this. But we care about the future. We are on our way out." — Jesus Gomez (@JejeGomez_PtR) July 25, 2014 All these years later, Ginobili, Nocioni and Scola are still laying the groundwork for Argentina basketball. As for Ginobili's health, he has reportedly been cleared to play following an MRI by the Argentine national team's doctor on Friday, but the Spurs have final say on whether the stress fracture in his right leg is healthy enough for competition. Naturally, Ginobili wants to take the floor, since next month's FIBA Basketball World Cup might be his final opportunity to represent Argentina — on the court, at least.
- National Basketball Association roundup (Reuters) July 25, 2014(The Sports Xchange) - First overall pick Andrew Wiggins signed a four-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his future with the team remains in doubt. Wiggins, who receives $5.5 million under the terms of the deal, is the subject of ongoing trade talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves centered around All-Star forward Kevin Love. The Cavaliers have not officially confirmed Wiggins is part of the deal, but sources around both teams imply the former Kansas star is indeed available if the Love trade can be consummated. Per NBA rules, rookies cannot be traded for 30 days after signing a contract.
- NBA roundup: Cavs sign No. 1 pick Wiggins (The SportsXchange) July 24, 2014First overall pick Andrew Wiggins signed a four-year deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his future with the team remains in doubt. Wiggins, who receives $5.5 million under the terms of the deal, is the subject of ongoing trade talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves centered around All-Star forward Kevin Love. The Cavaliers have not officially confirmed Wiggins is part of the deal, but sources around both teams imply the former Kansas star is indeed available if the Love trade can be consummated. Per NBA rules, rookies cannot be traded for 30 days after signing a contract.
- Jeter, Like Duncan, Makes the Routine Extraordinary July 20, 2014It is not surprising that Derek Jeter speaks admiringly of Tim Duncan, because the two understated stars have much in common, including five championships.
- How Good Are Cavaliers Now? And Four Other Questions July 12, 2014With LeBron James joining a young roster in Cleveland, should the Spurs be worried? And what becomes of the Miami Heat?
- Spurs’ Popovich Receives Extension July 10, 2014Gregg Popovich, one of five coaches to have won at least five N.B.A. championships, agreed to a multiyear contract extension with the San Antonio Spurs.
- Ginobili Suffers Stress Fracture July 5, 2014Manu Ginobili has a stress fracture of the lower fibula of his right leg, the San Antonio Spurs said.
- Keeping the Heat’s Big 3 Intact Will Be a Priority, Riley Says June 20, 2014Pat Riley, Miami’s president, says the team needs to retool, not rebuild, and will do what it can to keep LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.