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June 23, 2013 | Associated Press
Tony Parker refused to consider it, though it can't be ruled out. Those last, agonizing moments of the NBA Finals may have been the last we see of these San Antonio Spurs. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Parker have been together for more than a decade, through more than 100 postseason victories. They are proud winners who have endured some crushing defeats, but nothing ever hurt like this NBA championship that got away. "It's tough to come so close," Parker said. "Those last two games are tough, especially Game 6. " San Antonio officially lost its chance for a fifth NBA title with its 95-88 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 7 on Thursday night.
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July 23, 2010
The San Antonio Spurs have signed former La Salle guard Gary Neal to a contract. A team statement says terms aren't being disclosed. The 6-4, 210-pound Neal led the Spurs' summer league team in scoring with 16 points in 25.8 minutes per game in five games. He went undrafted in the 2007 NBA draft after playing at La Salle and then at Towson. Since then, he has played one season of pro basketball in Spain and two in Italy.
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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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May 8, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Getting the bulk of their offense from an unlikely source - defensive specialist Bruce Bowen - the San Antonio Spurs trounced the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, 114-95, last night to take a 2-0 lead in their second-round series. The Spurs led by 33 in the third quarter. Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal (27 points each) watched the entire fourth quarter from the bench. Bowen finished with a career playoff-high 27 points, including 7-for-8 on three-pointers. Game 3 is tomorrow in Los Angeles.
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April 9, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
Even after squandering much of their 19-point lead, the San Antonio Spurs weren't worried. "We don't panic because we've got a veteran team," Mario Elie said last night after the visiting Spurs held off the Houston Rockets, 92-83, for their sixth straight victory. "We know how to close a game out. " Sean Elliott scored 19 points as the Spurs ended Houston's nine-game home winning streak. "This was a very strong game for us," Elliott said. "It was as good as we've ever looked in stretches.
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May 18, 2013
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and the San Antonio Spurs are back in the Western Conference finals for the second straight season with the same style that has carried them to four NBA titles. Don't call these guys old just yet. After wearing down the younger Golden State Warriors in a grueling six-game series, the Spurs look as spry as ever. And they already know what to expect when they open the conference finals at home against Memphis on Sunday. "It's going to be a rough one," Duncan said.
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May 27, 2013 | Associated Press
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Go ahead and call the San Antonio Spurs old. They're also experienced enough to know what to do only a win away from their first NBA Finals berth since 2007: Finish off the Memphis Grizzlies. "Absolutely, absolutely," Spurs center Tim Duncan said Sunday before a short practice. "We know they're not going to lay down. We're going to have to beat them. We understand what we have going here, and we understand that we want to finish is as quickly as we can. " The Spurs wasted a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference final a year ago when Oklahoma City won four straight games.
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May 29, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE SAN ANTONIO Spurs are back in the NBA Finals for the first time since they won their last championship back in 2007. Tony Parker scored 37 points in his best game this postseason, and the San Antonio Spurs finished off a sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies with a 93-86 win last night in the Western Conference final. The Spurs now have won six straight in these playoffs, handing two straight losses to a team that had been undefeated on their own court in their best postseason in franchise history.
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April 26, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
The San Antonio Spurs nearly headed to Denver down, 0-2. After squandering a 15-point fourth-quarter lead, the Spurs held on for a 97-88 victory over the visiting Denver Nuggets last night to even the Western Conference quarterfinal series. Manu Ginobili had eight points in the fourth quarter and Tim Duncan added seven points in the final 12 minutes to save the Spurs from losing two home games against sixth-seeded Denver. Duncan led San Antonio with 22 points and five blocked shots.
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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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January 9, 2015 | By BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer
SOMETIMES you get the feeling Brett Brown would love to get that phone call at an ungodly hour. You wonder how much he would rather be able to concentrate on elbow placement, follow-throughs and footwork. Those were the old days of the NBA, when he was with the San Antonio Spurs, first as director of player development. Steve Kerr, Bruce Bowen, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, to name a few, would call the always energized Brown at all hours, looking to put in some extra time at the team's extravagant practice facility.
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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 memories really began to stir in Brett Brown's head as he took his afternoon jog around the Riverwalk in the downtown where he was an assistant coach for 12 years. Four of those seasons ended with Brown riding in a boat along the Riverwalk as hundreds of thousands of fans cheered their newly crowned NBA champions. The San Antonio Spurs faithful got to do it again after last season, but Brown was knee-deep in preparing for his second season as the 76ers head coach.
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October 30, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
ON THE MORNING of games, NBA teams will hold about an hourlong shootaround to prepare for that night's contest. It is more to get the bodies moving than anything else, perhaps work up a little sweat and go over the different schemes that have been put in place for the game. After a recent shootaround, before the last preseason game in Detroit, Brett Brown wandered over to the media gathered at the high school gym and couldn't contain himself. He excitedly talked about the current state of the organization, not an easy task when you looked at the talent on the court behind him. He was brutally honest in talking about the future and how far down the road the sunny skies are. He drifted back, as he often does, to how things were run during the mind-boggling success he experienced during his 12 years with the San Antonio Spurs, his voice rising as one story drifted to another.
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October 17, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
LIKE MANY basketball fans his age, 76ers rookie K.J. McDaniels grew up watching the San Antonio Spurs flirt with dominance in the NBA year in and year out. The 21-year-old admired the obvious stars, such as David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. He probably focused a little less on the team's defensive stopper and surely never paid much attention to the wild-eyed, hyper assistant coach. But Bruce Bowen and Brett Brown probably will figure prominently in the career of Daniels, whom the Sixers selected in June with the 32nd overall pick.
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June 18, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
'MONEY-MAKING time. " That is what Brett Brown calls this offseason, his first full one as the Sixers' head coach. He doesn't mean that he is going to make some extra cash on top of his 4-year, multimillion-dollar salary. What he is saying is that in order for this organization to rebuild to where it wants to be, the work done away from the gym is just as important as the sweat that is dropped in it. Last month the Sixers learned they had the third and 10th overall draft picks, to go along with the five second-round selections they already had. Since then, Brown has been quite busy, spending some time with his family in San Antonio (they will be moving here shortly)
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June 18, 2014
THE CONVERSATION started in our Sunday seats up in the scoreboard porch at Citizens Bank Park. Seeking a topic more exciting than yet another punchless outing from the once-mighty local nine, my adult son, the most intense basketball fan in the family, was bemoaning the talk of using Thaddeus Young as trade bait to move two places in the upcoming draft, his heart-before-head reasoning that the pile of young talent about to be stockpiled by your Philadelphia...
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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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November 13, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a perfect world, Tony Wroten would prefer to start. A scorer by trade, he would love to get the green light and fire away from the opening tip. But with the 76ers' starting backcourt consisting of Michael Carter-Williams and James Anderson, Wroten finds himself in a reserve role. And the 20-year-old is just fine with that. "Everybody wants to start," said Wroten, who scored 13 points Monday in a 109-85 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. "But I love the role I'm in. I love being able to come off the bench and bringing energy, keeping the tempo up and do whatever it takes to help the team win. " The 6-foot-6 second-year guard is listed as the Sixers' sixth man. He was averaging 10.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists heading into the game.
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