November 16, 2015 |
SAN ANTONIO - Gregg Popovich called close friend and former assistant Brett Brown the most positive person he knows. Then the San Antonio Spurs coach admitted that he couldn't hold Brown's job as the 76ers coach. "I'd last about a month," Popovich said. "And he, honest to God, loves coaching that team. " Leading a franchise for a third consecutive tanking season has indeed been a tough task for Brown. Hours after Popovich's comments, the undermanned Spurs held off the Sixers, 92-83, Saturday night at the AT&T Center.
December 24, 2015 |
WHEN BRETT BROWN gets a dose of what his professional life in basketball used to be like, he gets a little more philosophical about the game and how it should be played. Brown spent Monday night watching his former team, the San Antonio Spurs, dismantle the visiting Indiana Pacers by 106-92. In the process the Spurs improved to 24-5, including 16-0 at home. It was also the 21st time this season they've won by double figures. The pass is king in Gregg Popovich's offense, where good shots need to become great ones with the extra pass.
May 8, 2001 |
Derek Anderson was not present in the Alamodome last night. His presence, however, was everywhere. Facing the Dallas Mavericks two nights after Juwan Howard's flagrant foul left Anderson with a separated shoulder, the San Antonio Spurs won an emotion-filled game, 100-86, to take a two-games-to-none lead in the Western Conference semifinals. The best-of-seven series shifts to Dallas for Game 3 tomorrow. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 25 points and 22 rebounds. The Spurs took the lead for good shortly after their coach, Gregg Popovich, was ejected late in the first half.
February 13, 1999 |
Larry Brown says the San Antonio Spurs "are probably the best team" in the NBA. Gregg Popovich, one of Brown's closest friends, coaches the Spurs. See a trend there? "Larry sees the potential in our team, and potentially he could be right," Popovich said before the Spurs squeezed out a 98-94 victory last night. "But it's not a fact, not a reality as we speak. " Not even with David Robinson and Tim Duncan, the best one-two big man punch in the league? Not even with Sean Elliott healthy and hungry?
December 11, 1996 |
The San Antonio Spurs did not give coach Bob Hill the chance to turn things around with David Robinson back in the lineup - not that it made any difference. The Spurs, reeling from a 3-15 start, fired Hill yesterday, the day Robinson joined the lineup for the first time this season after suffering with a back problem. Spurs general manager Gregg Popovich replaces Hill. In a matchup last night between sickly teams, the 5-14 Phoenix Suns proved they're getting well faster than the visiting Spurs.
December 9, 1994 |
Dennis Rodman stood up the Spurs again, but has been spotted in San Antonio - with bright green hair. The team's hopes that the truant forward would show for last night's game with Utah were dashed when Rodman didn't contact the team during the day and missed a shootaround, then later missed the Spurs' 117-114 double-overtime loss to the visiting Jazz. Rodman was discovered later, with his new hair color, at a San Antonio health club, where he said he would attend a meeting today with Spurs management.
November 14, 1994 |
Dennis Rodman, the San Antonio Spurs' problematic forward, has taken a leave of absence from the team but will continue to be paid, the Spurs said. "It has been mutually agreed upon by both the Spurs and Dennis Rodman that he will be granted a leave of absence for personal reasons," Spurs general manager Gregg Popovich said before Saturday night's game against New York. Popovich didn't specify what Rodman's personal reasons were and said the leave was for an undetermined period.
November 12, 2013 |
Brett Brown spent the last 11 seasons as a San Antonio Spurs assistant before taking the 76ers head coaching job in August. "That's my benchmark," Brown said of the Spurs. "That's my background. " The rookie head coach's past and present will meet at 7 Monday night when his Sixers (4-3) host the Spurs (6-1) at the Wells Fargo Center. One can only imagine what the pregame conversation between Brown and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will be like. Popovich has to be proud of his former assistant and close friend's accomplishment.
April 22, 2014 |
GREGG POPOVICH, the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs, is known for his reticent ways with sideline reporters. His one-word answers and his "can we get through this please because I have a game to coach" attitude have become almost legendary. But that changed yesterday. Between the third and fourth quarters of the Spurs-Mavericks playoff game, Popovich was interviewed by Craig Sager's son, Craig Sager Jr. The younger Sager, who is a sports reporter in Atlanta, was subbing for his dad, who revealed on Friday that he has leukemia and will be undergoing treatment.
June 18, 1999 |
When Tim Duncan struggled through San Antonio's Game 3 victory over Portland in the NBA's Western finals, Larry Brown never blinked. "There are certain guys," the 76ers coach said, "that when they're on the court, even if they're having a poor game, they give the rest of the team unbelievable confidence. "We won games when Allen Iverson shot 5-for-25. Sometimes just the sheer presence of a player like that opens up opportunities for others. You can't measure the effect of those players with statistics.