Basketball

Gregg Popovich of San Antonio Spurs — ‘Still have work to do’

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich expressed appreciation Monday for the NBA’s annual promotion of Black History Month before his squad’s game at Utah, saying “it’s important to bring attention to it, even if it angers some people.” Popovich was asked about why it’s important for the league to promote Black History Month. “I think […]

Basketball

Gregg Popovich says San Antonio Spurs, Kawhi Leonard are not mired in ‘soap opera’

SAN ANTONIO — Spurs coach Gregg Popovich shrugged off a local reporter’s suggestion that his team is mired in a “soap opera” one day after ESPN reported on the strained relationship between the club and its star forward, Kawhi Leonard. Multiple league sources described Leonard and his representatives as being “distant” and “disconnected” from the […]

Basketball

Kawhi Leonard of San Antonio Spurs has ‘partial tear’ in left shoulder, says coach Gregg Popovich

PORTLAND, Ore. — San Antonio Spurs star forward Kawhi Leonard has a “partial tear” in his left shoulder, according to coach Gregg Popovich. According to a league source, at this point the organization doesn’t think the injury is serious following the initial diagnosis. Leonard has been ruled out of Sunday night’s game at the Portland […]

Basketball

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says charitable endeavors important because ‘we’re rich as hell and we don’t need it all’

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich offered a simple reason Tuesday before the team’s 109-97 win over the Brooklyn Nets when asked why charitable endeavors are important to him. “Because we’re rich as hell, and we don’t need it all, and other people need it,” Popovich said. “Then, you’re an ass if […]

Basketball

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says Kawhi Leonard to make season debut against Dallas Mavericks

DALLAS — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich spoke succinctly Tuesday afternoon in announcing that star forward Kawhi Leonard will make his season debut against the Dallas Mavericks. “Kawhi is back tonight,” Popovich said. San Antonio plans to handle Leonard’s debut similarly to how it brought back Tony Parker, who was returning from a ruptured […]

Basketball

Gregg Popovich of San Antonio Spurs disputes Tony Parker’s timeline for Kawhi Leonard

SAN ANTONIO — Spurs coach Gregg Popovich disputed Tony Parker’s assertion that star forward Kawhi Leonard would return to action “in a couple weeks, three weeks,” but Popovich said that Leonard is making significant strides in his recovery from quadriceps tendinopathy. “He’s getting very close and making progress,” Popovich said. “He’s having contact now, and […]