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Category: San Antonio Spurs

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An abrupt firing leaves San Antonio Spurs dance team hurt and suspicious

The Spurs announced they will be replacing their longtime dance squad with a ‘family-friendly’ co-ed ‘hype team’, but the dancers are left to wonder the true reason behind the decisionThe fear was first incited by an email: an 18 May 2018 message from …

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Kawhi Leonard’s weird trade to the Raptors saw everybody and nobody win

The All-Star’s move from San Antonio to Toronto leaves both of the main players in the deal dissatisfied but it could work out in the long runOne of the most bizarre storylines in NBA history has almost, sort of, come to an end. And you know what’s ext…

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Raptors set to make risky blockbuster trade for Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard

2014 NBA finals MVP to move north in return for DeMar DeRozanLeonard could end up staying in Toronto for short timeMove comes after tension between Leonard and San Antonio The Kawhi Leonard saga in San Antonio looks close to ending, with the Spurs reac…

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Tony Parker signs with Hornets while Carmelo Anthony splits with Thunder

Spurs legend signs two-year deal with Charlotte HornetsCarmelo Anthony and Thunder mutually agree to part waysTony Parker’s heralded stint with the San Antonio Spurs is over after 17 seasons and four NBA championships.The six-time All-Star point guard …

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LeBron’s Lakers to competitive balance: NBA free agency winners and losers

A look back at the wildest few days of free agency in recent history: the winners (the Warriors, again), the losers (the Cavaliers, again) and all things King JamesAfter the Golden State Warriors swept to this year’s title, the joke was that the real N…

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NBA end of season awards: LeBron’s brilliance to the mystery of Markelle Fultz

JR Smith runs out of time while Bryan Colangelo (allegedly) spends too much time online in our highlights and lowlights of the 2017-2018 seasonIt may be hard to appreciate now after its rather abrupt ending, but it was a fun NBA season. While the “real…

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Spurs star Kawhi Leonard reportedly eyeing splashy move to Lakers

Star forward ‘wants out’ of San Antonio per multiple reportsInjury limited two-time NBA All-Star to nine games last yearLeonard, 27, reportedly desires trade to hometown LakersTwo-time All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard “wants out” with the San Antonio Spu…

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Which team will LeBron James head to after defeat in the NBA finals?

Following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ loss to the Golden State Warriors, the best player in basketball is facing free agency. Where will he end up next?In some respects you should feel sorry for the Golden State Warriors. They’ve just won a second straigh…

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Is it the end of the San Antonio Spurs’ remarkable era of NBA success?

Gregg Popovich’s team, the most consistently successful in the NBA, faces an uncertain future after elimination at the hands of the Golden State WarriorsEven things that seem like they will last forever, like the reign of the NBA’s most consistently su…

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Starbucks and the San Antonio Spurs: a tale of two misguided boycotts

The emerging movements against Starbucks and the Spurs are not only unnecessary and doomed to failure, they manage to dilute the power of boycotting as an instrument of changeIn 1971’s Inner City Blues, Marvin Gaye gave voice to every marginalized and …

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Kevin Durant reacts to death of Erin Popovich, wife of San Antonio Spurs coach – video

Golden State Warriors player Kevin Durant, reacts to news of the death of Erin Popovich, wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Durant told reporters that, ‘the whole NBA family is supporting him, got his back through it all … feel so bad fo…

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Cleveland Cavaliers launch investigation after fan racially abuses Patty Mills

Australian taunted with references to Jamaican bobsleigh teamCavs are reviewing video footage of game to identify fanThe Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to identify a fan who racially taunted San Antonio guard Patty Mills. Mills, who is Australian and o…

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Spurs’ Gregg Popovich: Black History Month vital in ‘racist country’ like US

San Antonio coach endorses NBA’s promotion of Black History MonthFive-time NBA winner has spoken about social issues in the pastThe San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has endorsed the NBA’s promotion of Black History Month, and offered a searing in…

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Gregg Popovich calls Donald Trump a ‘soulless coward’ after Obama comments

San Antonio Spurs coach has been long-time critic of US presidentTrump said Obama and other presidents ignored families of military deadOn the opening day of the NBA season the San Antonio Spurs coach, Gregg Popovich, has launched his latest broadside …

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From Least Valuable Player to non-play of the year: our NBA season awards

Find out who the big winners of the 2016-17 NBA season were. Note: the Golden State Warriors may make a few appearances

On Monday night, the NBA finally handed out its regular season awards, roughly 3m years after the last game of the 2017 finals. But why trust the league when you have us here at the Guardian? OK, sure, we will admit that some of the categories that follow are not official. In fact, a few of these “awards” might be more accurately classified as “insults,” but we assure you that they will combine to give you a perfect picture of the 2016-17 NBA season.

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From Least Valuable Player to non-play of the year: our NBA season awards

Find out who the big winners of the 2016-17 NBA season were. Note: the Golden State Warriors may make a few appearances

On Monday night, the NBA finally handed out its regular season awards, roughly 3m years after the last game of the 2017 finals. But why trust the league when you have us here at the Guardian? OK, sure, we will admit that some of the categories that follow are not official. In fact, a few of these “awards” might be more accurately classified as “insults,” but we assure you that they will combine to give you a perfect picture of the 2016-17 NBA season.

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Gregg Popovich’s finest coaching season with the Spurs ended in a 0-4 sweep

The San Antonio coach has led the team to five NBA championships but taking a team depleted by injuries and a retirement to the Conference finals was something else

The San Antonio Spurs’ season is over eight wins short of the franchise’s sixth championship, swept by the Golden State Warriors and outscored by 84 points over the final three and one half games of the Western Conference Finals. So concludes the finest coaching performance in Gregg Popovich’s 21 seasons leading the Spurs.

San Antonio’s line-up for their Game 4 defeat showed how little Popovich had to work with at the end. Patty Mills, Danny Green, Jonathon Simmons, what’s left of LaMarcus Aldridge and then Manu Ginobili getting an honorary start for what may have been his final game in a remarkable NBA career. On the sidelines was MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard, out with an ankle injury since late in the first half of Game 1 when Golden State’s Zaza Pachulia accidentally undercut him (or committed basketball “manslaughter”, depending on your point of view).

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Ruthless Warriors complete sweep of Spurs to reach third-straight NBA finals

Stephen Curry scores 36 points in 129-115 victory for Golden StateWarriors will face either Cavaliers or Celtics for shot at NBA titleGolden State are first team ever to go through playoffs with 12-0 recordStephen Curry scored 36 points and the Golden …

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Kevin Durant pours pain on Spurs as Warriors take 3-0 Conference finals lead

San Antonio on brink of elimination after 120-108 lossGolden State appear set for NBA finals rematch with Cleveland CavaliersKevin Durant had 33 points and 10 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors beat the injury-riddled San Antonio Spurs 120-108 on S…

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Kevin Durant pours pain on Spurs as Warriors take 3-0 Conference finals lead

San Antonio on brink of elimination after 120-108 lossGolden State appear set for NBA finals rematch with Cleveland CavaliersKevin Durant had 33 points and 10 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors beat the injury-riddled San Antonio Spurs 120-108 on S…