Spurs offseason transformation; Popovich drops F-bomb on critics after Team USA wins gold; Ben Simmons-Spurs remains in rumor mill
In less than a month, we have seen a complete transformation of the Spurs. Let’s break down some of the pros and cons of this wild offseason and coach Gregg Popovich eviscerating the haters! Welcome to this week’s KSAT.com Spurs newsletter.
Spurs in mix to sign John Collins; Dejounte Murray’s cryptic tweet about trade rumors; Pop sounds off on reporter amid Team USA struggles
Whew, what a week this was for everything Spurs. From Coach Pop sounding off on a reporter after Team USA’s struggles to Dejounte Murray’s apparent displeasure with his name in trade rumors, there’s been no shortage of news when it comes to the Silver and Black. Welcome to this week’s <a href="http://ksat.com/" target="_blank">KSAT.com</a> Spurs newsletter.
Latest Ben Simmons trade rumors; Portland owner wants Hammon; Austin billionaire joins Spurs investor group
It’s been a busy week for the Spurs. They have surfaced as possible trade partners for Ben Simmons, Becky Hammon may be headed to the Pacific Northwest and there was a shakeup in the structure of the franchise’s investor group. Welcome to this week’s <a href="http://ksat.com/" target="_blank">KSAT.com</a> Spurs newsletter.
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.
Will Spurs ever win again; Becky Hammon ready to be head coach; Broadcaster Dan Patrick says Duncan not top five player
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Spurs beat Sacramento 120-105, end Kings’ 5-game win streak
San Antonio Spurs' DeMar DeRozan, left, strips the ball from Sacramento Kings' De'Aaron Fox during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO – DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points and the San Antonio Spurs snapped Sacramento’s five-game winning streak, beating the Kings 120-106 on Wednesday night. Derrick White added 18 points, Rudy Gay had 16 and Jakob Poeltl finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds for San Antonio. San Antonio held Sacramento to 53 points in the first half after allowing 41 points in the second quarter Monday. AdSpurs: C Gorgui Dieng was injured in his San Antonio debut on his initial drive to the basket with the team.
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.
Harden's triple-double helps Nets escape in OT against Spurs
Brooklyn Nets' James Harden, left, and San Antonio Spurs' Patty Mills chase the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 1, 2021, in San Antonio. “I thought they were great,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. All five starters scored in double figures for San Antonio. San Antonio is still without Rudy Gay, Keldon Johnson, Derrick White, Devin Vassell and Quinndary Weatherspoon, who are sidelined due to the league’s health and safety protocols. Spurs: The Spurs announced fans can return to the AT&T Center beginning March 12 against Orlando.
DeRozan has 30 as Spurs hold on for 111-106 win over Rockets
Kenyon Martin Jr. #6 of the Houston Rockets drives for two over Jakob Poeltl #25 of the San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center on January 14, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)HOUSTON – DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and the San Antonio Spurs held off a late charge from the Houston Rockets for a 111-106 victory Saturday night. John Wall made a layup for Houston with less than 30 seconds left, but Patty Mills hit two free throws for San Antonio to extend it to 109-104. Tucker made two free throws for Houston after that, but Rudy Gay made two for San Antonio to secure the victory. A 3-pointer by David Nwaba got Houston within eight in the third, but the Spurs scored the next five points to push it to 82-69.
DeRozan helps Spurs hold on to beat Celtics, 110-106
San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan (10) scores past Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. SAN ANTONIO – DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points, Keldon Johnson had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the San Antonio Spurs held on to beat the Boston Celtics 110-106 on Wednesday night. Tatum had 25 points, Brown added 24, and Smart and Walker had 14 apiece. San Antonio made 14 of its last 15 shots in the first half during a 29-6 run. San Antonio had a season-high 20 turnovers, including five during Boston’s 13-1 run to close the third.
Spurs drop Wizards 121-101 in Washington’s return from COVID-19 layoff
The Wizards had their previous six games postponed because they did not have enough eligible players due to the league’s COVID-19 protocols. LaMarcus Aldridge added 15 points, Devin Vassell had 14 points and Keldon Johnson had 13 for San Antonio. Washington was 14 for 42 overall on 3-pointers, helping it stay with San Antonio through three quarters. San Antonio finished 15 for 31 on 3-pointers in securing its largest margin of victory this season. Spurs: Vassell is the first Spurs rookie with four or more 3-pointers in a game since Gary Neal in 2011.
Spurs finish strong road trip with 112-102 win over Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY – Lonnie Walker IV scored 24 points and San Antonio beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-102 on Tuesday night, allowing the Spurs to finish a five-game trip with four wins. A road trip like this, we just kept fighting and staying together.”Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led Oklahoma City with 20 points while Hamidou Diallo scored 16. The Spurs led 51-43 at halftime before Oklahoma City started the third quarter on an 11-3 run to tie the game. ... Dejounte Murray received a technical foul with 9:13 left in the third quarter after the Spurs had rebounded a missed Oklahoma City shot. Thunder: Oklahoma City entered the game averaging 13.6 3-pointers per game but went 7 of 26 from behind the arc.
Lonnie Walker named to Summer League team after breakout performances
San Antonios second-year shooting guard was named to the NBA Summer League Second Team on Monday. Walker played in only two Las Vegas Summer League games, but averaged 30 points, four rebounds and 1.5 steals per contest. He is the fourth Spurs player to be named to the Summer League team since the NBA started the awards in 2005. Bryn Forbes was named to the second team in 2017. Lonnie Walker was named to the 2019 #NBASummerLeague second team today...Walker averaged 30 points per game in Las Vegas...Bryn Forbes was named to the Summer League team in 2017.
Spurs' Lonnie Walker locks self in hot car to show dangers of leaving pets in car
SAN ANTONIO - Spurs shooting guard Lonnie Walker is raising awareness about the dangers of leaving in cars. In the PSA, Walker and his dog Zola are in the backseat of a vehicle when the driver parks, shuts off the engine, grabs Zola and tells Walker they'll "be right back." San Antonio @spurs star @lonniewalker_4's dog Zola left him in the car to run into the store just for a few minutes. pic.twitter.com/Tu4BIHcP5R PETA - #EndSpeciesism (@peta) July 10, 2019After five minutes in the vehicle, the car reaches 90 degrees and Walker says, "It is freaking hot." After 10 minutes in the vehicle, Walker begins calling for someone to open the door for him, but no one comes.