Tag:Gregg Popovich
Posted on: December 11, 2010 1:25 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:26 pm

Spurs' Manu Ginobili claims to have seen UFO

San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili claims to have seen a UFO in Los Angeles, and there's video to prove it. Posted by Ben Golliver u-f-o San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili claims to have seen a UFO, and it wasn't Eva Longoria throwing one of her shoes at Tony Parker. File this one under strange-but-sort-of-true. Take it away, MySanAntonio.com.
On the night of Dec. 1, while the Spurs were in Los Angeles for a game against the Clippers, Ginobili saw what he thought was a single-engine plane in the process of crashing outside the team’s Santa Monica, Calif., hotel. He tweeted about it. He posted video. He forgot about it.
Then, Friday morning, TMZ.com picked up on the story, posting video of the moment shot by fans waiting for autographs near the Spurs bus. In it, you can see Ginobili, a Spurs’ security officer and what appears to be a strange light in the California sky.
“It was a pretty strange flight pattern,” Ginobili said. “I thought it was falling, not landing. I thought it was like a plane crash. We were expecting to see it on the news the following day, and there was nothing. That’s when we got a little curious, ‘What the hell was that?’ ”

Here's a link to the TMZ video, so you can determine exactly how insane Ginobili is for his claim.

We can also rule out Tim Duncan as the UFO, because aeronautical experts have confirmed that he hasn't been able to jump since 2004.

Dollars to doughnuts, this is all an elaborate mental test from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

Posted on: November 17, 2010 9:02 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:51 pm

Parker, Popovich address Eva Longoria divorce

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker and coach Gregg Popovich addressed Parker's divorce with Eva Longoria. Posted by Ben Golliverparker-pop There's a reason that the San Antonio Spurs have been a model NBA franchise and a model of consistent success for more than a decade: a no drama, work-first ethic that starts at the top of the organization and reaches all the way down to the last guy on the bench.  Power forward Tim Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich are the public face, providing reliable  statistical production and a level-headed calm, respectively. So it's no surprise that the Spurs are greeting the explosive tabloid headlines that surround point guard Tony Parker and a Tuesday divorce filing made by his wife, actress Eva Longoria, in typical, buttoned-down, tight-lipped fashion. Said Popovich before Wednesday's game against the Chicago Bulls, according to NBA.com.
“This is a difficult situation for everyone obviously. But Eva and Tony are two people that we love and care about, and we wish them both the best as they move through this. That’s really all I have to say about it.”
Parker didn't elaborate much past that, except to express his right to privacy.
“It’s a difficult time right now for me and Eva. Everything else is our private life.” When asked to comment on reports that Parker was involved with the wife of a former teammate, Parker said “That’s my private life. I’m having great support from my teammates and my coaches, and I’m focused 100 percent on the Spurs and trying to win basketball games.”

This is really a perfect play from Popovich and Parker, who at once acknowledge the situation and express a personal touch by using the world "difficult," but also keep focus on the bigger basketball picture. 

It's quite possible that a situation such as Parker's could cause serious chemistry issues in a number of NBA locker rooms.  The Spurs aren't any old NBA team, though, and their initial response to a potentially chaotic situation was right on the money.

Posted on: November 7, 2010 12:37 pm

Video: Manu Ginobili helps Spurs send Rox to 0-5

Posted by Matt Moore

The Rockets can't win for losing. After hanging with the Spurs and mounting a double-digit comeback, the Rockets had the lead inside a minute against the Spurs. But missed free throws haunted them, as the Spurs forced rookie Ishmael Smith to shoot, he was unable to convert, and even after an offensive rebound by Chuck Hayes, Courtney Lee missed two free throws that would have made the lead three. You give the Spurs an opening, you give Manu Ginobili an opening? He's going to hurt you.

Poo God . Money. The Spurs would go on to win in overtime, knocking the Rockets to 0-5.

The Rockets are now the worst team in the league, having failed to secure a victory before the Pistons, Timberwolves or Raptors. Not exactly the start Daryl Morey envisioned.

The thing on that game-tying Ginobili shot is the behind the back. It's such a flash maneuver, but used for such practical purpose. By going behind his back, he keeps his momentum moving back for the step-back, instead of trying to reverse his momentum. That's why Ginobili is so great at making flash functional. And for the win.
Posted on: October 13, 2010 12:21 am
Edited on: October 13, 2010 1:26 am

Coach Manu leads Spurs to win in Mexico City

Posted by Matt Moore

It was crunch time. Even in the preseason, you need your team focused, ready, able to execute in high pressure situations like this one. Down by two with less than ten seconds left in an exhibition game in Mexico City, Coach Gregg Popovich called timeout, huddled his men, and...

Gave the keys to Manu Ginobili. Ginobili took over the huddle for the Spurs' final shot, coaching through the timeout. No seriously. Look, there's even evidence, courtesy of the infamous @Jose3030 on Twitter and NBATV:

As Kelly Dwyer noted on Twitter, he even coaches left handed .

The result? A Gary Neal three-pointer to win it for the Spurs after Chris Kaman tried to take a dribble with just over a second left on the ensuing possession. Why? Because they're the Clippers, and that's pretty much how they roll.

It was just a fun sequence and a fleeting glimpse of the regular season's intensity, which is less than two weeks away now. We're in the stretch run. And in the meantime we get fun things like Manu Ginobili, X's and O's man. And when a dude with that kind of goatee (and multiple championship rings and international greatness) talks, you listen.

The Spurs: smart and disciplined from the top on down.

If you're wondering who Neal is, he was an undrafted rookie who went to Europe for a few years and then was brought over for Spurs' Summer League. After a fantastic showing there, he was given a contract for this season. In Summer League he dispalyed tremendous perimeter speed and uncanny shooting ability from the arc... much like the game winner he dropped on the Clips tonight. Keep an eye on him, might be yet another find for R.C. Buford and the Spurs organization from the nether reaches of Europe.

Posted on: September 30, 2010 9:41 am

Shootaround 9.30: D-Howard makes children's music

Posted by Royce Young
  • Dwight Howard has a children's CD coming out. The album is called "Shoot for the Stars" and some of the tracks on it include: "Whoop There It Is," "U Can't Touch This," "Banana Boat" and "ABC." I smell Grammy.
  • The trade rumors aren't bothering AK-47: "First of all, there's not much I can do," Kirilenko told the Deseret News. "Secondary, I don't really care what the people (are) thinking. My job is to play basketball, and it's as simple as that ... I don't really care about rumors," Kirilenko added. "I spoke with (Jazz general manager) Kevin (O'Connor) and Jerry (Sloan), and they said, 'Look, we don't have any intentions' ... So, I'd rather believe them than the rumors."
  • Tom Moore of PhillyBurbs.com: "At Doug Collins' request, Reggie Miller delivered a message to the 76ers on the second day of training camp Wednesday. As the NBA's all-time leader in made 3-pointers (2,560) and one of the best clutch shooters in league history before retiring in 2005, Miller would seem to have plenty of cache with today's players because of his on-court accomplishments. And he more than held their attention as he talked and demonstrated what he was saying, according to those in the gym at the time."
  • Jeff Pearlman of SI writes that he wants his kids to watch Eddy Curry so they won't be like him: "That's why, as Curry collects $11.3 million for sitting on the bench this season, I'll tell my kids all about him. "See that guy," I'll say. "The one in street clothes eating the hoagie. His name is Eddy Curry. He's young, he was wealthy, he's gifted -- and he's invisible."
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