Becky Hammon interviewing with NBA teams; Spurs free agency rumors; Barkley’s shaming of San Antonio women might stop
The Spurs may not be in the playoffs, but there is still a ton of Silver and Black-related news and notes. Yes, some of it includes Charles Barkley and Kawhi Leonard. Welcome to this week’s <a href="http://ksat.com/" target="_blank">KSAT.com</a> Spurs newsletter.
Leonard, George each score 31, Clippers tie series with Jazz
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George each scored 31 points — the second straight game they have both had over 30 points — and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Utah Jazz 118-104 in Game 4 Monday night to even their Western Conference second-round series at two games apiece.
Clippers beat Mavs 104-97, force Game 7 in another road win
Kawhi Leonard tied his playoff career high with 45 points and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Dallas Mavericks 104-97 on Friday night, forcing a Game 7 in the first postseason series in NBA history with the road team winning the first six games.
Leonard leads Clippers past 76ers in Rivers' first game back
Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, right, shoots as Philadelphia 76ers forward Danny Green defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES – Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points, Terance Mann added a season-high 23 and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 122-112 on Saturday night in their first game against former coach Doc Rivers. Our mindset was right,” Los Angeles coach Tyronn Lue said. The star forward had 19 points in the first half, including 12 in the second quarter. Los Angeles led by five at halftime, but took command with seven straight points to open the third quarter.
Jackson, George lead short-handed Clippers past Spurs, 98-85
Los Angeles Clippers' Paul George (13) loses the ball as he is fouled by San Antonio Spurs' Derrick White during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Thursday, March 25, 2021, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO – Reggie Jackson scored 28 points, Paul George had 24 points and 13 rebounds and the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers rallied in the second half to beat the San Antonio Spurs 98-85 on Thursday night for their fourth straight victory. The Spurs outscored the Clippers 28-19 in the second quarter in taking a 55-49 lead at the half. “Coach Albeck wasn’t just important to the Spurs, he was what I call a lifer,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. … San Antonio acquired Marquese Chriss and cash from Golden State for the rights to Cady Lalanne.
Clippers dominate Spurs for 4th straight victory, 134-101
(AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO – Kawhi Leonard had 25 points and the Los Angeles Clippers never trailed in beating the San Antonio Spurs 134-101 on Wednesday night. The teams meet again Thursday night in the finale of the two-game set in San Antonio. … G Patrick Beverley missed his sixth straight game with a sore right knee. … C Serge Ibaka missed his fifth straight game with tightness in his lower back. If they cannot trade LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio will make him an unrestricted free agent by buying out his remaining contract.
Kawhi's Clippers will tangle with the Spurs Wednesday in San Antonio
click image Twitter / spursThe Spurs will face off with the Clippers on Wednesday. Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers tip off a two-game stint against the Spurs on the eve of the NBA trade deadline.The former Spur recently expressed concerns about his current team’s continuity emphasizing, “it’s all about consistency, from teams to players to coaches. That’s what makes a team great, players great, coaches great. A consistency of being, wanting to win, and doing pretty much the same habits of winning.”After starting the season with a 21-8, the Clippers have cooled significantly, yet remain an elite Western Conference opponent. Johnson’s ascendance as a starter and tremendous upside has been a gamechanger for San Antonio in Leonard’s absence.sacurrent.com
NBA players oppose All-Star Game, but the league knows there's a lot of money on the line
The National Basketball Association wants to play the All-Star Game, which it has held since 1951, in Atlanta next month. The NBA released its voting results on Jan. 27 and said "discussions surrounding a potential NBA All-Star Game are ongoing." LeBron James #2 of Team LeBron celebrates after beating Team Giannis during the 69th NBA All-Star Game at the United Center on February 16, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. The NBA audience is "twice as likely to engage with All-Star Game ads," according to Krim. That is one of the allures to advertising in the Oscars, the Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Game, and Finals," he added.cnbc.com
Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard joins energy drink company X2 Performance in an equity deal
Kawhi Leonard has arrived in the equity deal space. The Los Angeles Clippers superstar has agreed to an equity stake agreement with energy drink maker X2 Performance. The terms of Leonard's equity stake were not made available, but company CEO Mark French told CNBC that Leonard is a "significant shareholder." "There isn't a more perfect partner for this than Kawhi," French said. X2 products are sold on Amazon and now available at CVS.cnbc.com
NBA advises teams to prep contingency plans for games without fans due to coronavirus
The National Basketball Association sent a memo to teams on Friday night, urging officials to prepare game contingency plans should the coronavirus continue to spread. Teams were also advised to consider payroll and benefit implications for "non-essential staff" who would not work games closed to the public. The memo also stated teams should have plans in place to communicate with ticketholders and corporate partners should games be played privately. Earlier Friday, Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta rejected the idea of playing games without fans in attendance, while also suggesting fans should stay calm. But you don't want to play games with no fans.cnbc.com
Kawhi Leonard wins first NBA All-Star MVP award named after Kobe Bryant
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announces NBA All-Star Game MVP Trophy will honor Kobe Bryant during NBA All-Star Saturday Night Presented by State Farm as part of 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend on February 15, 2020 at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard is the first recipient of the Kia National Basketball Association's All-Star Game Kobe Bryant Most Valuable Player award, which the league officially named after the late Bryant. "Kobe Bryant is synonymous with NBA All-Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game," Silver said. Sunday's All-Star game commenced with words from Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, who requested an 8-second moment of silence for Bryant, who started his 20-year career with the Lakers wearing the No. Bryant played in a record 18 consecutive All-Star games, the second-most appearances behind Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who made 19 appearances.cnbc.com
San Antonio Spurs to Take on Reigning NBA Champs Toronto Raptors at AT&T Center Ahead of Rodeo Road Trip
A recent increase in the teams three-point field goal percentage has opened up the offense for DeRozan, who responded with remarkable efficiency.As a brutal Rodeo Road Trip looms on the horizon, San Antonio is in no position to squander victories. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com
Spurs Will Bring Their Best When They Play Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers This Saturday
The last time the Spurs and Clippers clashed, back in November, San Antonio secured a 107-97 victory, keeping Kawhi Leonard winless inside the AT&T Center as an opponent. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture.sacurrent.com
Paul George Says San Antonio Has "Small Town" Mentality for Still Booing Kawhi Leonard at Spurs Games
click to enlarge Instagram / laclippersNBA star Paul George has some strong opinions about San Antonio.In a recent article from The Athletic , writer Michael Lee discussed the reception Kawhi Leonard faced in Toronto. He faces boos in Indianapolis when the LA team faces the Pacers, where he played for seven seasons. George said the jeers he and Leonard receive when playing against their former teams is due to "small town" mentality. "Many Spurs fans who have an issue with Leonard say it's not solely due to him leaving the team. "It's worth pointing out that Spurs fans' attitude is reserved just for Leonard.sacurrent.com
'It's ridiculous': ESPN analyst rips Kawhi Leonard for missing high-profile games
This is the second consecutive week the Clippers have ruled Leonard out for a high-profile game on ESPN. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the league looked into Leonard missing games, and believes the Clippers are compliant with their injury report. Leonard has not played in back-to-back games since the 2017 season with the Spurs. During his final season in San Antonio, Leonard played only nine games. Wojnarowski reported the Clippers have no intention of playing Leonard in back-to-back games during the regular season.
Clippers beat Spurs as Leonard scored 38 against former team
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kawhi Leonard scored 38 points, Montrezl Harrell added 24 and the Los Angeles Clippers beat San Antonio 103-97 on Thursday night, handing the Spurs their first loss. Leonard also has scored 30 or more in three of his first five games with the Clippers, who he signed with as a free agent during the offseason. San Antonio got within five (80-75) at the end of the third quarter before the Clippers scored 11 of the first 13 points in the fourth quarter with nine coming from Leonard. The Spurs scored six straight points to get within 97-93 with 2:34 left, but could not get closer. Clippers: Doc Rivers, who is two wins shy of 900 as a coach, improved to 7-0 on Halloween and 5-0 with Los Angeles.
Spurs Taking on the Los Angeles Lakers at the AT&T Center
After pairing 26-year-old superstar Anthony Davis with a motivated LeBron James, expectations are sky-high for the Lakers in Los Angeles. Along with the Kawhi Leonard-led Clippers, the Lakers entered the new season as favorites to capture the NBA crown despite a six-year playoff drought. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current.sacurrent.com
12 of the biggest games for the San Antonio Spurs 2019-2020 season
SAN ANTONIO - It's like Christmas in August. The NBA schedule makers did not give San Antonio many gifts with four long road trips, including a brutal Rodeo Road Trip. Road game at LA Clippers on HalloweenThe Spurs get to see Kawhi Leonard and his new cast of Clippers early. LeBron and the Lakers at home on Nov. 3LeBron James and his new running mate, Anthony Davis, make their first visit to San Antonio early in the season. This will be the only time the Nuggets visit San Antonio and both teams will most likely be jockeying for playoff position.
Report: NBA star's sister charged in deadly robbery of 84-year-old
(CNN) - The sister of Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard is one of two women charged in connection with an assault that left an 84-year-old woman dead, according to a report. On Aug. 31, authorities found Afaf Anis Assad unconscious in a California casino bathroom, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said in a news release. Assad was transferred to a hospital near the Pechanga Resort Casino where she died of her injuries days later, the sheriff's department said. Williams' aunt, Denise Woodard, confirmed Williams' connection to the NBA star to The Press-Enterprise, speaking through a window at the Williams family home in Moreno Valley. Earlier this year, Leonard helped lead the Toronto Raptors to the NBA Finals, where the team took home its first championship.
NBA star Kawhi Leonard's sister charged in deadly robbery
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Associated Press) - A relative of NBA star Kawhi Leonard has confirmed his sister is one of two women accused of robbing and killing an elderly woman at a Southern California casino. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports the aunt of 35-year-old Kimesha Williams confirmed Saturday that Williams is the sister of the Los Angeles Clippers forward. Authorities say Williams and an accomplice followed an 84-year-old woman into a bathroom at Pechanga Resort Casino on Aug. 31, broke her skull and stole her purse. A Riverside County sheriff's investigator is asking a judge to keep Williams held without bail, saying she may flee and "has family that are well-off and could post her bail." He led the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA championship during the 2018-19 season before signing with the LA Clippers.
Spurs open season at home; get early games against Kawhi's Clippers, LeBron's Lakers
SAN ANTONIO - The NBA released its 2019-20 schedule Monday, which features several key early games for the Spurs. San Antonio will open the upcoming campaign with a three-game homestand starting Oct. 23 against the New York Knicks. Davis Bertans will return to San Antonio with the Washington Wizards on Oct. 26. The Spurs will face LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 3 at the AT&T Center. The Spurs play the Milwaukee Bucks back-to-back in early January with MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo visiting the AT&T Center on Jan. 6.
NBA opens investigation into free agency process amid Kawhi Leonard rumors
The NBA has started to investigate several issues that occurred during this summers free agent frenzy. According to ESPN and The New York Times, the investigation will likely focus on player tampering and the start of free agency. Player tampering has been problematic for years and difficult to police, but this year, several deals were reported within seconds after the official start of free agency. Another part of the investigation entails rumors linked to former All-Star Spurs and Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, who recently signed with the Los Angeles Clippers. The investigation stemmed from concerns by NBA owners and agents, ESPN reported.
Spurs' DeMar DeRozan reportedly withdraws from Team USA to focus on upcoming season
SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio Spurs star DeMar DeRozan has withdrawn from Team USA to focus on the upcoming season, according to Shams Charania, of the Athletic. The shooting guard's withdrawal comes a day after the team named Spurs legend Tim Duncan and summer league coach Will Hardy an assistant coaches. Sources: San Antonio Spurs DeMar DeRozan was added onto the original USA Basketball roster for World Cup one month ago, but the four-time All-Star has withdrawn from Team USA play this summer to focus on upcoming NBA season. Sports, reported that more and more players are "prioritizing staying home to get better acclimated with teammates in an upcoming season without a clear-cut title favorite." But this summer of World Cup, players prioritizing staying home to get better acclimated with teammates in an upcoming season without a clear-cut title favorite.
Kawhi's camp, Uncle Dennis made unreasonable' requests in free agency, report says
Any team would love to have him on the roster, but dealing with his uncle, Dennis Robertson, is another story. Reports of the difficulty in dealing with Uncle Dennis throughout Leonards free agency surfaced again Wednesday. Josh Lewenberg, the Toronto Raptors beat reporter for TSN, cited sources in an article that said Leonards camp, namely Robertson, made several requests that were unreasonable during the Raptors negotiations with the former Spurs all-star forward. When asked if he felt Leonard and his camp were up front during the process, Ujiri replied, I think he was. Uncle Dennis is also a sore and tired subject in San Antonio.
NBA MVP Antetokounmpo sues artist over alleged 'Greek Freak' knockoffs
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, the 2019 National Basketball Association most valuable player, sued a Pennsylvania man on Monday for allegedly selling Greek Freak t-shirts and other clothing without permission. Milwaukee Bucks forward and NBA's MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo speaks during an official presentation event of a Nike Shoe, in Athens, Greece June 28, 2019. REUTERS/Costas BaltasAntetokounmpo accused Jinder Bhogal, who sells clothing inspired by NBA players on his website, of trying to piggyback off his Greek Freak trademark, which was registered last year, and profit from the Bucks stars success. Antetokounmpo is seeking at least $2 million of damages, including unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, and an injunction against further infringements. The case is Antetokounmpo v. Bhogal, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No.feeds.reuters.com
THE SPORTS GUYS: Clippers get Kawhi, Spurs' moves & more!
Greg Simmons and Jake Kobersky break down all of the weeks biggest sports headlines, including Kawhi Leonard going to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Spurs signing Marcus Morris and DeMarre Carroll, Russell Westbrook potentially moving on from the Thunder, and NBA champions predictions. Copyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
THE SPORTS GUYS: Clippers get Kawhi, Spurs' moves & more!
Greg Simmons and Jake Kobersky break down all of the week's biggest sports headlines, including Kawhi Leonard going to the Los Angeles Clippers, the Spurs signing Marcus Morris and DeMarre Carroll,... Copyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
Clippers trading for George, signing Leonard
And Leonard made his decision to sign with the Clippers after the team swung the deal to land George, the person said. Leonard going to the Clippers means that for the first time, a reigning NBA Finals MVP will be changing teams before the following season. Leonard was also being pursued by the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors, the team he led to last season's NBA title. The most the Clippers can offer Leonard is $142 million over four years, which is the deal he is expected to sign. and providing a link to a story noting Clippers coach Doc Rivers was a big winner landing Leonard and George.
NBA stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are joining the LA Clippers
And Leonard made his decision to sign with the Clippers after the team swung the deal to land George, the person said. Leonard going to the Clippers means that for the first time, a reigning NBA Finals MVP will be changing teams before the following season. Leonard was also being pursued by the Los Angeles Lakers and the Toronto Raptors, the team he led to last season's NBA title. and providing a link to a story noting Clippers coach Doc Rivers was a big winner landing Leonard and George. "Obviously, we have the best player in the league and the best player in these playoffs in Kawhi Leonard," Raptors forward Pascal Siakam said after Toronto won the title.cnbc.com
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George reportedly joining Los Angeles Clippers
NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard is reportedly headed to the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers also reportedly traded for Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Yahoo Sports first reported news of Leonard's decision, which solidifies the Clippers as one of the top contenders in the league. Meanwhile, ESPN reported that the Clippers are sending five first-round draft picks and swapping two picks for George, who was a finalist for the league's 2019 MVP award. The move helps renew the rivalry between the Clippers and LeBron James' Los Angeles Lakers, who recently traded young stars and picks for super star forward Anthony Davis.cbsnews.com
Kawhi watch: Toronto news helicopter follows Kawhi Leonard's SUV
Kawhi Leonard is no longer a player with the Spurs and sometimes that can be a good thing. The Kawhi free agency frenzy went to another level Wednesday when a Toronto news station began to follow him with its helicopter. Images were posted on social media of the chopper following an SUV reportedly carrying Leonard. MLSE plane just arriving at Pearson Airport watch @CP24 pic.twitter.com/XEmTJOLatF Stephanie Smyth (@stephaniesmyth) July 3, 2019A CP24 news helicopter following two black SUVs. pic.twitter.com/dE6qn3NBv3 Rob Gillies (@rgilliescanada) July 3, 2019A black SUV believed to contain Kawhi about to turn onto Bloor Street.
Dejounte Murray's return offers hope for Spurs, fan base still reeling over Kawhi
It featured a photo of Murray and made reference to the Spurs young point guard anxiously looking ahead to next season after a lost one. Its the whole team, Murray said. "There's 15 guys, not just three young guys to win a championship.The Spurs recently marked 20 years since the franchises first championship in 1999. His goal is to bring glory back to the silver and black and in the process, possibly become the next young Spurs star and leader. I want the championship bad, Murray said.
THE SPORTS GUYS: Kawhi's next team, Dundon's refund & more!
Greg Simmons and Larry Ramirez discuss all of the week's biggest sports headlines, including Kawhi Leonard's free agency future and the possibility of teaming up with LeBron James in Los Angeles, the... Copyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
NBA Finals 2019: Toronto Raptors win first NBA title with 114-110 victory over Golden State
The Toronto Raptors won a wild game 114-110 against Golden State Warriors in Oakland for their first NBA title.Toronto won the series 4-2, finishing it off a few minutesafter Klay Thompson used crutches to hobble out of Oracle and into perhaps an uncertain future. The leading team switched throughout the game, with the Raptors clinging to a one-point lead with 18 seconds left. Serge Ibaka pulled his head up through the hoop by the Golden State bench as the crowd chanted "Warriors! Kyle Lowry finished with 26 points, seven rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Raptors. Thompson led the Warriors with 30 points, and Andre Iguodala chipped in 22 points.cbsnews.com