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November 16, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 24, 2015 | By Bob Cooney, Staff Writer
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.
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May 8, 2001 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
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.
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February 13, 1999 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
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?
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December 11, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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December 9, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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November 14, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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November 12, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 22, 2014 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
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.
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June 18, 1999 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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December 24, 2015 | By Bob Cooney, Staff Writer
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.
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November 16, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 24, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs turns 39 on Saturday, and the aging process for the best player on the best team of his generation has been gradually catching up with him. Coach Gregg Popovich says he believes Duncan will come back for another season, and that might be true, but it has become a popular theme among the national media to cover the Spurs during this postseason in the same way the Italian press chronicled the advance on Rome by the...
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January 16, 2015 | By Bob Cooney, Daily News Staff Writer
THE MODEL WAS, is and always will be based in San Antonio. That is where 76ers coach Brett Brown learned the NBA game. It is where he witnessed four championship seasons. It is where he helped grow players who were important peripheral pieces into superstars. Twice a season now, Brown gets to see his former team play. And each time his team goes against the perennial power, the lessons are right there for his young team to absorb. The problem is that San Antonio still boasts superstars, namely Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, each a pretty sure bet to be a Hall of Famer.
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January 15, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
ATLANTA HAWKS coach Bud Budenholzer could only roll his eyes and shrug his shoulders when he heard the question yet again about how his team tries to emulate the system of the San Antonio Spurs. It's a fair, and obvious question, as the Hawks have elevated themselves to Eastern Conference elite status and have done it with the type of play Budenholzer witnessed as an assistant for 17 years under Gregg Popovich - good ball movement, unselfish play and a desire to make good things great.
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December 3, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
SAN ANTONIO coach Gregg Popovich looked like a schoolteacher watching his students take a test for most of the night at the Wells Fargo Center. For a good part of the game, even when his team's lead fell as low as five late in the fourth quarter, he sat with his arms crossed, his bearded face carrying a look of limited interest. Occasionally he rose, as if to make sure no cheating was taking place. Once in a while, he applauded what his team had just done. Plays rarely had to be called, and on a night when Popovich gave two of his big stars a rest, he had a pretty easy one himself as the Spurs coasted to their eighth straight victory, 109-103, improving to 13-4.
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December 3, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
THE SAN ANTONIO Spurs played their third game in 4 days last night at the Wells Fargo Center, so it wasn't a question of whether any of their players would get the night off; it was more of who it would be. Your answers: Tim Duncan and Tony Parker. There was no hiding the reason Duncan sat, as the report before the game was listed as rest. Parker has a rib injury, which coach Gregg Popovich said a doctor "said something about being broken. " Brett Brown knows all about the Spurs' penchant for sitting players, but certainly didn't look at it as an advantage for his team.
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December 3, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers never really had a serious opportunity to win against Brett Brown's former team. The tanking Sixers are not even close to being on the same level as the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs proved that by posting a 109-103 victory Monday at the Wells Fargo Center on a night when Tim Duncan and Tony Parker took the game off. But there was one lingering question afterward: Will the Sixers tie the NBA record for consecutive losses to start the season on Wednesday in Minneapolis?
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December 3, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
The team at the top of the mountain showed up at the Wells Fargo Center Monday night to play the team digging a hole so deep that it may eventually reach the planet's inner core. Fortunately for the coach of the team digging the historic hole, the man in charge of the team at the top of the mountain is one of his best friends. If nothing else, the coach of the woebegone winless basketball team from Philadelphia was going to get some quality time with his mountaintop mentor before the evening's proceedings began and another game was added to the 76ers' loss column.
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November 18, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
SAN ANTONIO - The San Antonio Spurs will face LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers tomorrow night in one of the NBA's most anticipated early season matchups. So it would have been understandable if the defending world champs had their eyes set a little bit past the winless Sixers going into last night's game at the AT&T Center. Yeah, and the Green Bay Packers overlooked the Eagles. Like the home team Sunday at Lambeau, the Spurs took command early, building a 17-point lead after the first quarter with their precision offense while methodically wearing down the young Sixers, who dropped their 10th straight game to open the season.
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