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Team: San Antonio Spurs
Age / DOB:  (65) / 1/28/1949

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The Spurs have hired WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach.
The Spurs will once again serve as innovators in hiring Hammon as the first female assistant in NBA history. Hammon is set to retire from the WNBA after the 2014 season ends and will join Gregg Popovich's bench for the 2014-15 NBA season. "I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "Having observed her working with our team this past season, I'm confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs." Aug 5 - 1:20 PM
Source: ESPN

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The Spurs have hired Ettore Messina as an assistant coach.

Messina is internationally respected and he makes an impressive addition to the Spurs' already-stellar staff -- the Spurs have been proficient in finding overseas players, and now they're doing the same with coaches. In a related move, Spurs assistant Sean Marks will leave the bench to work in the team's front office.
Jul 15 - 5:24 PM

Spurs announced on Wednesday that head coach Gregg Popovich has agreed to a multi-year contract extension.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but he'll certainly be one of the highest-paid coaches in the league. We'll get a few more years masterfully designed offense and classic sound bites from one of the best coaches in the history of the NBA. The Spurs were ridiculously efficient last season and his system has boosted the fantasy values of countless players.
Jul 9 - 4:42 PM

The Spurs organization will hope to bring back the same cast of players for the 2014-15 season.

"One would think it's logical not to make major changes to the group," said Gregg Popovich. "We usually don't make major changes anyway; so I wouldn't anticipate anything." Many expect Tim Duncan to pick up his player option worth $10.36 million to remain with the team for one more year, so the bigger question marks are Boris Diaw and Patty Mills. Diaw is 32-years-old and this summer could represent Diaw's last time to sign a more lucrative deal as a free agent. While Patty Mills, at 25-years-old, has never played for more than $1.13 million, and with the performance he had during the Spurs run to the title, he is certainly due for a pay raise. Both Diaw and Mills made noncommittal, deflecting statements when pressed about their upcoming decision during exit interviews, so it remains to be seen how this situation will shake out.
Jun 22 - 9:37 AM

Data tracking by SportVU showed Spurs players covered 17.6 miles on the court in Game 4, compared with 16.7 miles by the Heat.

The Spurs also made 106 more passes than Miami in Game 4, showing that they are both moving the ball and their bodies. "When you exert that much energy versus a team like this," LeBron James said, "who continues to move, who continues to get into their sets, continue to use the 24 seconds and move the ball, and move the ball, and move the ball, and they make those shots at the end of the shot clock, it takes a lot of energy from you doing that." San Antonio's brilliant ball movement has dissected Miami through four games, and that partnered with an overall lack of energy from Miami's side has lead to a 3-1 deficit in favor of San Antonio. The Spurs will look to closeout the series at home for Sunday's Game 5.
Source: ESPN
Jun 15 - 11:46 AM

Coach Gregg Popovich said he has no plans on retiring and will be back next season.

While it's unclear which player will be named Finals MVP, there's no doubt Popovich may be the most valuable piece to the Spurs puzzle. His offense has been as efficient as it gets and the Spurs continue to set the standard for how to be an elite franchise for three decades.
Jun 14 - 1:24 PM

The Spurs are expected to hire CSKA Moscow coach Ettore Messina as an assistant for Gregg Popovich this summer.

Messina's name frequently surfaces in NBA coaching searches and he was an assistant under Lakers coach Mike Brown during the 2011-12 season. He has copious experience internationally, having coached premier franchises in Italy, Spain and Russia, and he's often praised for his inventive offenses. The Spurs' staff is frequently culled by rival franchises and it's somewhat refreshing to see them add a high-profile coach like Messina.
Jun 10 - 6:47 PM

Gregg Popovich was not pleased with San Antonio's ball movement during Game 2.

"The ball stuck," Popovich said. "We didn’t do it as a group. We tried to do it individually, and we’re not good enough to do that. You move it or you die." A lot of little things led to the Spurs loss in Game 2, but you can bet that Popovich will do everything in his power to have his team ready to take back home court advantage during Tuesday's Game 3 in Miami.
Jun 9 - 6:11 PM

The AT&T Center's air conditioning is working properly prior to Sunday's Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

There was never any doubt that the issue would be resolved in time for Game 2, but it's worth mentioning after the infamy of Thursday's sweltering game. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra slyly joked that the Spurs would use the temperature to their advantage in Game 2, saying, "We anticipate we’ll play in a very cool gym – so we’ll have to deal with that now. I don’t know if guys will be playing in tights under their shorts or long sleeve shirts. I don’t know." We'll find out when the game tips off at 8pm ET.
Jun 8 - 5:49 PM

One thing that Gregg Popovich preaches to his Spurs team is to play defense without fouling, and they're one of the best teams in the league at doing this.

Some food for thought: Miami shot just 11 freebies in Game 1 on Thursday, the fewest amount of free throw attempts by a team in Game 1 in 50 years. In last year's Finals, the Heat shot a combined 118 free throws, which was the fewest ever in a seven-game series. Conversely, San Antonio committed the fewest fouls in a seven-game series (118) during last year's Finals. Only once in the past 10 seasons have the Spurs ranked lower than five in fewest fouls committed, or six in most free throws allowed. "Not fouling is what we try to do every season," said Popovich. "We’re usually first or second, I believe, in that category of fewest fouls."
Jun 8 - 9:41 AM

Coach Gregg Popovich said he hates 3-pointers in his press conference on Saturday.

"I hate it," Popovich said. "To me, it's not basketball. But you gotta use it." Perhaps no team is better at using the 3-pointer than the Spurs. He added "it feels like cheating," and that all shots should be worth two points. Thanks to 3-pointers, the Spurs had three of the top 10 qualifiers in effective field goal percentage during the regular season.
Jun 7 - 2:42 PM

AT&T Center's air conditioning is now fully functional, according to a Spurs operative.

The air conditioning going out was caused by an electrical problem, which has led to a lot of criticism. The Spurs and Heat have practice at another facility, so there wasn't a rush to get this issue rectified. This hasn't been a routine issue for the arena and things should go off without a hitch in Game 2 on Sunday.
Jun 6 - 12:54 PM

The air conditioning at AT&T Center has gone out for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

It's going to be awfully hot in there with a capacity crowd. The higher temperatures shouldn't affect the rotations of coaches Gregg Popovich and Erik Spoelstra, but obviously hydration and conditioning become more important. Chances are the arena staff won't be able to fix this issue tonight, and a more realistic goal would be before Game 2 on Sunday. For what it's worth, fans will get rally towels for Game 2, so at least that may help them should the A/C go out again.
Jun 5 - 10:11 PM

Coach Gregg Popovich said he can't explain why the Western Conference Finals has included five blowouts.

"You're serious? You really think I can explain that?" Popovich said. "Good Lord. And they pay you, don't they?" This isn't really news and it's more of just a testament to how Pop is a sound bite waiting to happen. Fantasy owners will lose their minds trying to figure him out, but it's a little easier to forgive him due to all the laughs. The video of the conference is attached in the link below.
May 30 - 9:13 AM

Gregg Popovich said he will make a change to his starting lineup on Thursday night.

In traditional Pop fashion, he did not say what the change is going to be. He's obviously not going to move Tim Duncan, Tony Parker or Kawhi Leonard, so that leaves Danny Green or Tiago Splitter. Considering how Serge Ibaka has been a superstar on defense, adding a stretch four makes sense in place of Splitter. That said, Pop could really do anything.
May 29 - 7:28 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Tony Parker
2Cory Joseph
3Bryce Cotton
4Patty Mills
SG1Danny Green
2Marco Belinelli
3Manu Ginobili
4Austin Daye
SF1Kawhi Leonard
2Kyle Anderson
PF1Tim Duncan
2Boris Diaw
3Jeff Ayres
C1Tiago Splitter
2Matt Bonner