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

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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. Nov 29 - 5:12 PM

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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.
Nov 26 - 6:51 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.
Nov 20 - 11:57 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
Nov 11 - 12:20 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.
Oct 18 - 7:22 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.
Oct 17 - 10:25 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.
Oct 15 - 1:12 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.
Oct 5 - 3:54 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
Aug 5 - 1:20 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.
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

Depth Charts

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