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Team: San Antonio Spurs
Age / DOB:  (66) / 1/28/1949

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Gregg Popovich had some choice words for his team after they were embarrassed in an overtime loss to the Knicks on Tuesday.
"We didn’t respect the game, we didn’t respect our opponent," said Popovich. "It was a pathetic performance and I hope that every player is embarrassed. Not because we are supposed to win the game, but it is about how you play the game." The Spurs will have to quickly bounce back vs. the Bucks on Wednesday night, and there is still no indication that any players will be rested. Owners should check back prior to tip-off just to be safe, but it's a good bet that the Spurs roll out their stars in an effort to avoid slipping further down the standings. Mar 18 - 10:25 AM

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A frustrated Gregg Popovich told the Spurs to "figure it out" after losing their fourth consecutive game on Wednesday.

After losing to the Jazz on Monday, Popovich gave his message to the team and left the locker room, but was forced to repeat the message after Wednesday's loss to Portland. "The players have to participate in their own recovery," Popovich said after the game. Pop's tactic may not work with other teams, but he'll have to hope the veteran presence of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker will help turn the team's fortunes around.
Feb 26 - 11:27 AM

Updating a previous report, Gregg Popovich is on the Spurs' team plane headed for Charlotte after dealing with chest pain earlier on Tuesday.

Pop reportedly left the team bus due to "sharp pain in his chest," but fortunately it seems to have been a minor issue. We'll update his status as more details surface, but for now it sounds like he'll coach the Spurs as usual on Wednesday.
Jan 13 - 10:35 PM

Gregg Popovich admitted during a recent interview that the Spurs' current roster of aging veterans is a constant concern for him.

"People have been calling us old for, like, 10 years, it seems like, but it’s true," said Popovich. "We are getting older and those injuries take a toll the older you get. You don’t come back the same way. It’s not just, 'If we’re healthy, we’re fine.’" It sounds like some rest days will be coming up for the Spurs' veterans, so keep an eye out during back-to-back sets if you own Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, or Manu Ginobili.
Jan 2 - 11:09 AM

Coach Gregg Popovich will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Celtics.

It's great to hear after his minor medical procedure. Popovich and his Spurs are rolling with a six-game winning streak look like they're ready to contend after a slow start.
Sat, Nov 29, 2014 05:12:00 PM

Gregg Popovich will miss Wednesday's game and possibly a few more due to a "minor medical issue."

Spurs assistant Ettore Messina will take over as head coach in Popovich's absence, and it will be interesting to how he handles San Antonio's ever-changing rotations. The good news is that Pop's condition isn't serious. Fantasy owners should deploy their players as usual.
Wed, Nov 26, 2014 06:51:00 PM

Following Wednesday's win over Cleveland, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said he thinks the Cavaliers will get much better as the season progresses.

Despite the win, Pop expressed confidence in the fact that the Cavaliers will only improve from here on out. "I’m glad we played them now," Popovich said. "The Cavs, what you see now you can multiply by two or three. They’re going to be a hell of a team." Cleveland fans panicking over the Cavs' 5-5 start to the season should take solace in the words of the defending NBA Champions' head coach.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 11:57:00 AM

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said his young superstar Kawhi Leonard is a coach's dream.

Despite the lack of a contract extension for Leonard, the Spurs' head coach made it sound like Leonard is in San Antonio to stay. "You know, he's the future. I don't think Timmy [Duncan] and Manu [Ginobili] are going to play any more than maybe six or seven more years. So we've got to let somebody else do something." Popovich said in jest before turning serious. "He just is unbelievably coachable and does whatever we ask him to do. He's a coach's dream, very honestly." All jokes aside, fantasy owners are quickly finding out that Leonard is more than just a coach's dream.
Source: USA Today
Tue, Nov 11, 2014 12:20:00 PM

When asked about Suns owner Robert Sarver's apology for the Spurs benching players on Thursday, coach Gregg Popovich said "the only thing that surprises me is that he didn’t say it in a chicken suit."

Oh, man. Pop is referring to Sarver flapping his arms like a chicken back in 2005 when the Spurs rested Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan. Yes, this is on the short list for quote of the year.
Sat, Oct 18, 2014 07:22:00 PM

Suns owner Robert Sarver apologized for the Spurs benching their players against the Suns on Thursday.

During the game, he grabbed the microphone and made an announcement. "This is not the game you paid your hard-earned money to watch," Sarver said. "I apologize for it. And I want you to send me your tickets if you came tonight with a return envelope and I've got a gift for you on behalf of the Suns for showing up tonight. Thank you." Sure, only really dedicated fans care about preseason, but missing out on Kawhi Leonard handle the ball more was probably a big letdown for a lot of folks in Phoenix.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 10:25:00 AM

Gregg Popovich will not travel with the Spurs for Thursday's road game in Phoenix.

Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, Tiago Splitter and Patty Mills are also staying home, and the Spurs' assistant coaches will take over in Pop's absence. This is par for the course for the defending champion Spurs, who have already logged plenty of travel miles after opening the preseason in Germany and Turkey.
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 01:12:00 PM

Gregg Popovich admitted it's "very possible" that he'll continue coaching the Spurs after Tim Duncan retires.

"I always said that [I'd leave with Duncan], because it’s kind of a funny line," Popovich said. "I know where my bread is buttered ... But I basically made the same commitments to Manu [Ginobili] and to Tony [Parker] that when they signed contracts, they wanted to know if I’m going to be here, and I tell them I am, so it’s pretty tough to go ahead and leave." This is terrific news for Spurs fans and the NBA in general, as Pop is one of the most successful and entertaining coaches in league history.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 03:54:00 PM

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."
Source: ESPN
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 01:20:00 PM

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.
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 05:24:00 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.
Wed, Jul 9, 2014 04:42:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Tony Parker
2Cory Joseph
3Patty Mills
SG1Danny Green
2Marco Belinelli
3Manu Ginobili
4Reggie Williams
SF1Kawhi Leonard
2Kyle Anderson
PF1Tim Duncan
2Boris Diaw
3Jeff Ayres
C1Tiago Splitter
2Matt Bonner
3Aron Baynes