Why Dejounte Murray will make All-Star game; Patty Mills takes Nets teammates out in SA; Pop watch in effect
The NBA regular season is more than halfway done and for the Spurs, it’s been a season of some ups, but many more downs. San Antonio is currently 12th in the Western Conference standings (yikes!). On Dec. 26, the Spurs were four games under .500 at 14-18. Since then, they have lost 12 of 16 games.
Patty Mills leaving Spurs after 10 seasons in San Antonio; DeMar DeRozan headed to Chicago in sign-and-trade
It’s the end of an era as Patty Mills, the longest tenured Spurs player, is headed to Brooklyn. Mills is reportedly set to sign a 2-year deal with the Nets worth $12 million, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Mills is leaving San Antonio after 10 seasons with the franchise. Mills was the last remaining player on the Spurs 2014 championship team and the squad that made back-to-back NBA Finals in the mid-2010s.
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 KSAT.com 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 KSAT.com 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 KSAT.com Spurs newsletter.
WATCH: Patty Mills fights with Pacers forward JaKarr Sampson leading to technical fouls, ejection
Patty Mills, one of the most easy going Spurs players in history, was involved in a heated scuffle that led to multiple technical fouls and an ejection during San Antonio’s win over Indiana on Monday night.
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.
Spurs unveil limited-edition ‘Coffee Gang’ collection with shirts, novelty items for fans
SAN ANTONIO – Fans can now be a part of the famed Spurs “Coffee Gang” started by longtime guard Patty Mills. The Spurs unveiled a limited-edition apparel collection in celebration of the team’s coffee connoisseurs. The collection launches Thursday at the Spurs Fan Shop inside the AT&T Center and online at SpursFanShop.com at 7:30 p.m.Full Screen 1 / 13 (Images of Spurs "Coffee Gang" Apparel Collection courtesy of Spurs.) Mills started the “Coffee Gang” along with former Spurs players Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw and Tiago Splitter. Any remaining pieces after the launch will be sold at the Spurs Fan Shop location at La Cantera beginning Friday at 11 a.m.
Becky Hammon’s trailblazing journey from South Dakota to San Antonio Spurs
SAN ANTONIO – The moment was years in the making and all Becky Hammon wanted to talk about was the final result of a regular-season NBA game in late December. “The moment for me was just trying to come up with stuff to help us win the game,” Hammon said. They see her as a leader and simply as Coach Hammon. “One of the reasons why I decided to take the job was because I was going to inherit Becky Hammon,” said Collen. I’ve been in San Antonio, part of the Spurs organization with the Stars and everything for 13 years,” said Hammon.
Spurs officially buyout LaMarcus Aldridge, trade for Warriors forward
SAN ANTONIO – After more than five seasons in San Antonio, veteran power forward LaMarcus Aldridge will be playing for a new team in the near future. MORE ⤵️ — San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 25, 2021Aldridge appeared in a total of 376 games for the Spurs and averaged 19.5 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.25 blocks for San Antonio. While the Spurs were not able to trade Aldridge, they made a deal with the Golden State Warriors before the deadline. San Antonio reportedly traded for forward Marquese Chriss, however, the third-year player was injured earlier this year and has been ruled out for the season. San Antonio sent Cady Lalanne, a 2015 second-round draft pick, to the Warriors and received some cash compensation.
Spurs players honor women’s greats, NCAA tournament in San Antonio with iconic jerseys
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Spurs players honored some of the greatest women’s college basketball players on Monday evening before their game against the Charlotte Hornets. Patty Mills honored his wife, Alyssa Levesque Mills, who played at St. Mary’s College. March Madness is in San Antonio so you know our guys had to rep 🔥 pic.twitter.com/napskp5OgD — San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 22, 2021“It was a good little touch obviously with the women’s NCAA March Madness here in San Antonio. AdMills said he had to get his wife’s jersey flown into San Antonio. The 2021 NCAA Women’s Tournament in San Antonio runs through early April.
Spurs team selfie brings back shades of 2014 championship team
SAN ANTONIO – The Spurs celebrated Wednesday night’s huge comeback win over the Chicago Bulls in classic Spurs style, with a team selfie. Good Vibes Only 🍀🤟 pic.twitter.com/gUZkLffAy9 — San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) March 18, 2021Many Spurs fans replied to the pic saying the photo brought back shades of the Spurs team selfie that was taken during San Antonio’s last championship season in 2014. The stalwart guard in the longest-tenured Spurs player and his impact on this young Spurs team has been felt on and off the court. AdCheck out this team selfie posted on the Spurs official Twitter account after Wednesday's 23-point comeback win over Bulls. And if the Spurs keep winning, we could see more smiling team selfies in the future.
Spurs reportedly have ‘significant interest’ in trading for Orlando Magic all-star center Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic, left, has the ball knocked away from San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills (8). The sports website reported San Antonio has “significant interest” in trading for Orlando All-Star center Nikola Vucevic. Orlando would likely never make a direct Aldridge for Vucevic trade without some other form of compensation, whether it would be draft picks or one of the Spurs young players. Keldon Johnson might be the only Spurs young player who is un-tradable at the moment. San Antonio is 18-14 and currently in seventh place in the Western Conference standings.
Lyles, Murray lead Spurs to victory, snapping Knicks’ streak
San Antonio Spurs forward Trey Lyles (41) shoots over New York Knicks guard Immanuel Quickley (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO – Trey Lyles scored a season-high 18 points, Dejounte Murray added 17 and the San Antonio Spurs used a balanced effort to beat New York 119-83 on Tuesday night, ending the Knicks’ three-game winning streak. San Antonio had eight players score at least eight points, with Patty Mills and Luka Samanic each adding 14 points in the Spurs' seventh straight home victory over New York. Coming off a 124-113 overtime loss to Brooklyn on Monday night, San Antonio got off to a slow start but was aided by New York’s own troubles. … The Knicks have not won in San Antonio since Jan. 2, 2014.
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.
Spurs announce second-half schedule for 2020-21 season
(AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday announced the second-half schedule for the 2020-21 season. The Spurs will play 40 games in 68 days, including 17 games at the AT&T Center. Following the NBA All-Star break, the Spurs will tip off the second half of the season in Dallas Mavericks for the first time this year on Wednesday, March 10 on NBA TV. San Antonio currently has eight different players averaging double-figures in scoring for the first time in franchise history. Visit Spurs.com or download the Official Spurs App to view the full schedule.
Spurs-Pistons postponed due to positive COVID-19 test
(AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)SAN ANTONIO – The Rodeo Road Trip is officially on hold. The positive test and resultant contact tracing meant San Antonio did not having the “league-required eight available players to proceed” with the game as scheduled. This marks the 25th game postponed by the NBA this season due to COVID-19, and it is the second time the Spurs have had a game postponed. San Antonio has won five of their last six games after Sunday night’s 122-110 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. They are currently scheduled to resume their road trip on Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
DeRozan leads Spurs to strong start, 125-114 win over Hawks
(AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)ATLANTA – DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points and the San Antonio Spurs capitalized on a dominant finish to the first half to beat Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks 125-114 on Friday night. Young and other Atlanta starters sat out most of the second half after San Antonio stretched its lead to 39. San Antonio led the full game and pulled away with 16 straight points late in the first half. San Antonio led 57-44 before starting the 16-0 run. The Spurs led 77-48 at the break after scoring their most points in any half this season.
Russell, Timberwolves snap 7-game skid with win over Spurs
Russell and Malik Beasley, who added 24 points, helped the Wolves get their first win since Dec. 26. Sunday’s win was Minnesota’s first without Towns this season. Lonnie Walker IV picked up the scoring slack with DeRozan out, with a season-high 25 points to lead the Spurs. LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 points for the Spurs, and Patty Mills scored 18 points off the bench. … Mills scored 13 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter.
DeRozan, Spurs beat Towns, Wolves 125-122 in overtime
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)MINNEAPOLIS – DeMar DeRozan scored 38 points, helping the San Antonio Spurs beat Minnesota 125-122 in overtime on Saturday night in Karl-Anthony Towns’ return to the Timberwolves. Dejounte Murray (22 points) and Patty Mills (21 points) knocked down plenty of timely 3-pointers. Minnesota made three go-ahead 3-pointers over the last 2:14 of regulation, by Edwards, Towns and D’Angelo Russell, but DeRozan relentlessly answered with nine points in the last 1:29. He had 12 points in a nine-minute stretch of the third quarter. ... Edwards had 13 points, half of the career high he posted on Thursday at Portland.
They love LA: Spurs snaps Lakers 4-game winning streak
(AP Photo/Darren Abate)LOS ANGELES – A trip to Los Angeles proved to be just what the San Antonio Spurs needed to snap out of an early-season slump. Two nights after beating the Clippers to snap a four-game losing streak, the Spurs picked up another win at Staples Center on Thursday, this time defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 118-109. LaMarcus Aldridge led San Antonio with a season-high 28 points and was one of five in double figures. LeBron James scored 27 points and Anthony Davis added 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers, who had their four-game winning streak snapped. San Antonio scored the first nine points and led the entire way.
Kawhi Leonard misses game-tying 3-pointer as Spurs beat Clippers to snap losing skid
He had 11 points in the third, when Patrick Beverley made three 3-pointers, and the Clippers closed within one. “We knew they couldn't get an open 3 off.”The Clippers scored 40 points in the third to pull to 85-84. Leonard had 11 points and Beverley hit three 3-pointers to help them rally from 19 down at halftime. Leonard scored the Clippers’ final 11 points. UP NEXTSpurs: Stay in Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Thursday.
DeRozan, Spurs rally past Raptors 119-114 in home opener
NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)SAN ANTONIO – DeMar DeRozan had 27 points and the San Antonio Spurs rallied in the final minute to beat the Toronto Raptors 119-114 on Saturday night. Fred VanVleet had 27 points and Chris Boucher added 22 points for the Raptors in their first road game. San Antonio was playing its first home game since March 10 prior to the league imposing a four-month layoff due to the pandemic. ... Aron Baynes made his San Antonio debut as a member of the Raptors.
Spurs newsletter: Season predictions, Vegas odds, Spurs fans reject Tim Duncan slander
SIGN UP FOR THIS FREE SPURS NEWSLETTER HEREAt this moment, many experts and the oddsmakers in Las Vegas do not have much faith in San Antonio. If San Antonio struggles, he or possibly Aldridge could be traded by the deadline. Last season, the bubble Spurs went 5-3 providing some genuine hope for this season. I think San Antonio can finish with about a .500 record, but they can’t afford to lose to bad teams. San Antonio Spurs reveal Fiesta jerseys for 2020-2021 season.
Latest Spurs rumors: DeRozan, Aldridge, Patty Mills on trading block
SAN ANTONIO – With the NBA Draft and free agency around the corner, the Spurs trade rumor mill is in overdrive. DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge and stalwart guard Patty Mills have all been linked to possible deals with other teams. If DeRozan wants a new deal, he can do a sign-and-trade with the Spurs and another team. It’s been reported that the Philadelphia 76ers and the Milwaukee Bucks have expressed interest in trading for Mills. NBA free agency starts on Nov. 20.
City wants you to join its first ever Domestic Violence Symposium, beginning Thursday
SAN ANTONIO – In 2019, there were 21 family violence-related murders in San Antonio. The city has publicly prioritized domestic violence this year to deal with this raging epidemic. The division has put together the first Domestic Violence Symposium ever hosted by the City of San Antonio. “In public health, we know the risks of diabetes, we know the risks of heart attacks, but do we know the risks for domestic violence? You can find the agenda on the Collaborative Commission of Domestic violence website.
Patty Mills love of coffee fuels Spurs bond, fundraiser to help domestic violence victims
One of San Antonios most well-known coffee connoisseurs and advocates for locally owned coffee shops is Spurs guard Patty Mills. Mills started the famed Spurs Coffee Gang as a way to bond with teammates on the road or at home. With the help of eight local coffee shops, Mills organized the Give Mama Coffee Campaign on Mothers Day. The campaign also helped bring business to San Antonio coffee shops hurt by the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/nRDNxxISRR San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) May 14, 2020Mills Give Mama Coffee Campaign raised nearly $104,000 for the shelter.
How did coffee become so trendy in San Antonio? KSAT Explains
Coffee used to be just a morning beverage or the drink people needed to start your day. Now it seems coffee is ingrained in our daily lives. In this week’s episode of KSAT Explains, we take a deep dive into the coffee culture in San Antonio.
Spurs Popovich talks NBA restart, racial injustice: We have to get to the reparations discussion
SAN ANTONIO Gregg Popovich discussed a myriad of topics, from race to social injustice to reparations, on Saturday afternoon during his first media session from the Spurs hotel in Orlando, Fla. The Spurs are part of the 22 teams that will participate in the resumption of the NBA season in late July. He believes the NBA can use this opportunity to put race and social injustice at the forefront of a national discussion. Related: Spurs Patty Mills donating $1 million to fight racismPatty is, without doubt, the spiritual leader of our team, Popovich said. Here's the video of Gregg Popovich discussing generational social inequities, a lack of education when it comes to reconstruction and reparations.
Spurs Patty Mills donating $1 million to fight racism
The exact amount, Mills said, for the Spurs' eight remaining regular-season, or seeding, games will be $1,017,818.54. Mills isn't the only player that has announced he will be donating his salary for the eight games to charity. Mills is the longest currently tenured player on the Spurs. This is not the first time Mills has tried to shine a light on race-related issues this season. Mills was to have earned about $12.5 million this season, had the season not been interrupted and some games been canceled because of the pandemic.
Spurs overcome shaky finish to beat Magic, 114-113
Trey Lyles had 20 points and the Spurs overcame a shaky fourth quarter to beat Orlando 114-113 on Saturday night, snapping the Magic’s three-game winning streak. “They don’t tell you how you won, they just show how many you got,” San Antonio guard Derrick White said. San Antonio led by as many as 16 points in snapping a two-game skid but came within seconds of another defeat. The Magic outscored the Spurs 60-53 in the second half to overcome a dismal start. … The Magic swept the season series against the Spurs last season but have lost 16 of 21 overall and nine of 11 in San Antonio.
Spurs finally back home after rodeo road trip
They only have 26 games left and for the moment, they need to make up 3 1/2 games on the Memphis Grizzlies. “It’s a massive game for us tomorrow [Wednesday], and hopefully that can kick start a good home stretch," Spurs guard Patty Mills said. We don’t have a lot of time left, so we have to be ready to go from the jump," Spurs guard Derrick White said. We got to go out, we got to just compete and play hard as a team,” Spurs guard Dejounte Murray said. “It was a satisfying trip, personally, and it was only that because we were able to make a positive impact for other people that were in desperate need,” Mills said.
Spurs newsletter: Author Shea Serrano dishes on state of team, Kawhi-hate, SA fanbase; Why Pop is greatest ever
We switched gears this week on the KSAT.com Spurs newsletter. RJ Marquez recently interviewed San Antonio native, best-selling author, Ringer staff writer and unabashed Spurs fan Shea Serrano. Here's what Shea had to say about the current state of the team.
Patty Mills aims to raise awareness of Indigenous cultures
San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills (8) dribbles the ball against Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn (25) in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)MIAMI, Fla. – Patty Mills stood in the corner of the court, looking at the rest of his San Antonio Spurs wrapping up a recent practice. Different races, different countries, different cultures were all represented. The significance was not lost on Mills, who has been in San Antonio longer than any player on the roster. “Coming to San Antonio, being able to share my story, I’ve been accepted as another person who has a different culture to share,” Mills said.
DeMar’s 30 not enough in Spurs’ 106-100 loss to Heat
MIAMI (AP) – Kendrick Nunn scored 33 points, Goran Dragic added 17 and the Miami Heat held on to beat the San Antonio Spurs 106-100 on Wednesday night and move back into the No. DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points on 12-of-14 shooting for San Antonio, while Patty Mills added 21 for the Spurs. San Antonio had won three of its last four games, all those wins coming against top Eastern Conference teams Milwaukee, Boston and Toronto. TIP-INSSpurs: This is the first season since 1996-97 that San Antonio will have a losing record at the midway mark. RESPECTThere has long been respect between the Heat and Spurs, born in part from their NBA Finals matchups in 2013 and 2014.
Mills hit winner, Spurs outlast Suns in OT in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Patty Mills made a jumper from the free throw line with 0.3 seconds left and the San Antonio Spurs outlasted the Phoenix Suns 121-119 in overtime Saturday. DeMar DeRozan pulled the Spurs even with a drive and fling — after a foul by Mikal Bridges — down the right side of the lane, but missed the free throw. The ball went out of bounds on a scramble after the missed free throw, and San Antonio kept the ball after a replay review. Mills led the Spurs with 26 points. DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge and Dejounte Murray each added 18, and Lonnie Walker IV had 16.
Spurs drop 7th in row, longest skid since Pop’s 1st season
San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills, left, tries to get past Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans (42) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON, DC – Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs are in the midst of a seven-game losing streak, their longest skid since he took over as the team’s coach more than 20 years ago. “All in all, if you score 132 points, you should probably have a pretty good chance to win a game. In the ensuing draft, the Spurs took Tim Duncan, who starred for the team and now is an assistant to Popovich. San Antonio has made the playoffs in each of the past 22 seasons, claiming five NBA championships in that time.