Tag:Manu Ginobili
Posted on: February 19, 2011 5:50 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2011 5:51 pm
 

NBA All-Star Weekend: Gregg Popovich quotes

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is known for his wittiness, and he didn't disappoint during Friday's media availability for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game. Posted by Ben Golliver.

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Nobody delivers a barb and drops knowledge quite like San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, and he was in fine form on Friday during his All-Star media availability. Popovich is coaching the Western Conference All-Star team and took questions on a variety of subjects. Here's a quick collection of the Top Pop quotes.

On his team's 46-10 start, the best record in the league:

"You’d have to ask Manu [Ginobili]. It’s his fault. He came to training camp and said we’ve got to have a quicker start. And I said, 'OK, how?' Different drills? What does that mean? I said, 'If you want a quicker start: shoot better, go rebound more, that kind of thing. I guess he took me seriously."

On his team's recent "Rodeo Roadtrip":

"We were lost in space for nine games. Hopefully none of the players have a feeling of accomplishment. There are a lot of good basketball teams, a lot of games to be played."

On Kevin Garnett's antics: 

"I think Kevin is really unique in that regard. He really focuses on pumping himself up. It’s important to his game to talk to himself, to make sure that when he steps on the court it’s the most important thing in his life for those 48 minutes.

"Maybe it’s a function of age, but it’s …  amusing would be the wrong word because that would be too flippant. But it’s intriguing and interesting and any coach would love a player to be as focused as Kevin is."

On his team's excellent health so far this season: 

"We realize full well that one of the biggest contributing factors to our record is that we’ve been healthy. You look at the top 3 or 4 teams in the East and the top 3 or 4 teams in the West they’ve all had injuries. Honest to God, you look over your shoulder thinking something’s got to happen." 

On Phil Jackson's expected retirement: 

"Phil would be missed if he decided not to coach again. I don’t pretend to understand what people are going to do or not do, I think it’s good for the league when guys like that are there. It’s good for all of us for all of the obvious reasons."

Posted on: February 3, 2011 4:53 pm
Edited on: February 3, 2011 7:02 pm
 

NBA All-Star Reserves: West and East rosters

A constantly updated list of the 2011 NBA All-Star reserves. Posted by Matt Moore and Ben Golliver.

As the NBA All-Star reserves are inevitably leaked in advance of the 7 p.m. ET announcement, we'll have updates for you. The full rosters have now been announced.

Update 7:00 p.m. EST: Yao Ming's Replacement

Finally, Yahoo! Sports also notes that Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash is the favorite to replace Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, who is injured. 

Update 6:49 p.m. EST: Western Conference Reserves

Yahoo! Sports reports the following players have been named to the Western Conference All-Star team as reserves: 

Update 6:45 p.m. EST: Eastern Conference Reserves

Yahoo! Sports reports the following players have been named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as reservers: 

Update 6:05 p.m. EST: Kevin Garnett

Like Gasol, we found that Garnett has a page built, along with previously leaked Rajon Rondo. 

Garnett will make it at least two Celtics reserves, with more on the way most likely. Garnett's been playing at a near MVP level with the impact he has on both sides of the floor. He's been his usual dominant, crazy self on defense, and his inside post moves have returned in addition to his mid-range jumper on the pick and pop. He's arguably the biggest reason the Celts have laid waste to the league this season. 

No other prospective reserves have such pages built, as of yet. These definitely don't confirm that they've been selected as All-Stars, but considering the three posted now are locks, they look pretty legit. We'll keep you posted. 

Update 6:01 p.m. EST: Pau Gasol


Someone is either running live screen tests or they jumped the gun. Hoopshype discovered that Pau Gasol has a page built for him as an All-Star. 

Gasol's a no-brainer, as he's arguably the best player on the Lakers, and that's saying something considering, you know, Kobe Bryant. Either way he's the biggest reason for the Lakers' past two championships outside Bryant, and is widely considered to be the best active big man in the game. Odds are good he might wind up replacing Yao Ming as a starter at center, despite his power forward designation.

Rajon Rondo


Yahoo! Sports reports that Rondo will be named an All-Star Reserve. The word you're looking for is ... "duh."  Rondo leads the league in assists per game and Assist Ratio (percentage of possessions ending in an assist). He's the starting point guard for the best team in the Eastern Conference and he does things like this:



Whether the Celtics send three or four , we all agreed, Rondo needs to go. He's the obvious choice. 
Posted on: January 4, 2011 11:04 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 11:31 pm
 

Bizarre coaching events abound

Strange coaching occurrences in New York, Miami.
Posted by Matt Moore


Two strange pieces of coaching news occurred in the NBA Tuesday night, one in Miami where two techs does not equal an ejection, and one in New York, where the fat lady didn't sing, but it was over anyway apparently.

The Heat came back from a halftime deficit, again, to beat the Bucks 101-89. Scott Skiles was whistled for your run of the mill technical foul for getting all Skiles-like on the sideline in the first half. In the second half, Skiles accidentally made contact with a player on the floor, earning him a second technical. So two techs equals an automatic ejection, right? Except the officials ruled that the second technical was not on account of "unsportsmanlike conduct" which is requisite for an ejection, and therefore Skiles got to stay. Very strange all around. Not as strange as the continuing collapse of the Bucks after such a great 2010 season, but still pretty odd.

Even more bizarre, however, was Gregg Popovich's decision to pull his starters with 3:13 remaining in the 4th down by only 10 to the Knicks. The Spurs' defense was horrific all night to be sure, allowing over 100 points in three-quarters. But the Spurs were still hanging in a very Spurs way, when suddenly, apparently Popovich had seen enough from his team and pulled Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Richard Jefferson. The Spurs' offense featured Chris Quinn, Gary Neal, and Ime Udoka down the stretch. In shocking news, the Knicks hung on over that mighty lineup, 128-115 .

Some speculated that Popovich was merely resting his starters for Wednesday night's game against the Boston Celtics.  But judging from the behavior of Manu and Parker on the sideline, Pop was making a point. I guess at 29-45, Pop felt he could spare a win in order to make a point. Either way, New York managed to hold on against a playoff contender at home.

In other news, Kevin Durant missed a three-pointer to tie, the lion laid down with the lamb, and a bad moon is rising. Run for your lives!
Posted on: December 30, 2010 1:36 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2010 1:54 pm
 

The best in Texas right now? Has to be the Spurs

Posted by Royce Young

If you want to just do this all simple like, start with the standings. San Antonio is 27-4, which is the best record in the league. Dallas, while owners of a very nice 24-6 record, is two and a half games back of the Spurs.

So we're done here, right?

Actually, there's a lot more to it.

No doubt the Mavericks good. Really good. Forget that loss to the Raptors without Dirk. Every good team loses to someone they shouldn't. And when you're missing your very best player, you've got a good excuse too. But what separates San Antonio from Dallas right now is that the Spurs don't have a Dirk.

Wait, I know what you're thinking. That should make the Mavericks better , right? Not having a great, MVP-type player like Dirk Nowitzki is what makes San Antonio better than Dallas? Does not compute, right?

But it does. Because the Spurs are 27-4 despite not having a guy score 20 points a game. The Spurs are 27-4 with Tim Duncan averaging career-lows all over the place. The Spurs just whipped the defending champion Lakers with Duncan scoring two points and grabbing four rebounds. Tim Duncan, two points, four rebounds! Can you ever imagine the Spurs beating a good team five years ago with Duncan playing like that?

The Spurs are 27-4 because of Gary Neal. Because of Richard Jefferson's rebirth. Because of DeJuan Blair. Because of Matt Bonner. No team understands the role player concept and how each guy has value more than San Antonio. That team works completely in unison. It's like an engine on a 2001 Honda Civic. Nothing all that spectacular, nothing all that flashy. But everything works perfectly together.

Not to say the Spurs don't have some serious players though. You could make a legitimate case for Manu Ginobili as an MVP candidate. He's been the glue for San Antonio the past decade and when he's healthy like he is currently, he one the biggest X-factors in the league. Tony Parker is healthy again and playing at an All-Star caliber level. George Hill is one of the most underrated combo guards in the league.

And then there's the trump card for the Spurs. It starts with a "g," ends with two more "g's" and a frown. Rick Carlisle is a nice NBA coach, but he's not Gregg Popovich. Coach Pop is one of the few NBA coaches that you really know makes a difference with his team. Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan, Vinny Del Negro (just kidding)... only a handful of coaches genuinely make their team better despite who's on the roster. Popovich is the leader of that pack. His team's are always ready, always prepared and always focused. Look at the Spurs' home record this season (18-2 and undefeated in December). That shows that his team is never not ready.

Popovich wasn't afraid to make a subtle switch either. San Antonio is running more than ever despite that not being the ideal game for Duncan. But it works for the other pieces and Duncan has adapted. The Spurs are averaging almost 106 points per game, which is fourth in the league. Their point differential is an impressive +8.4 compared to the Mavs' +5.6.

Those things are tangible parts to settling this debate. But it's not always about what meets the eye with the Spurs. They're the league's best and by default, Texas's best, because they march to the company line that's carried them to four titles. There's a reason they're great, even if it's not painfully obvious.
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:00 am
 

George Karl isn't psyched about officiating

Posted by Royce Young

I've never seen a game end like the one in Denver did last night. I've never seen a buzzer-beating charge.

But that's how a classic Nuggets-Spurs game ended Thursday night. Seconds after hitting the go-ahead basket, Manu Ginobili slid in under Carmelo Anthony and Carmelo plowed over the Argentinian. The ball went through the hoop as the buzzer sounded. But under the noise of celebration was not one, but two whistles with two different referrees calling the same thing. Charge, No. 15.

Obviously, Denver people were upset. The fans were livid. They're still livid. George Karl was seen on camera saying something that started with the word "bull." So when Karl spoke ot reporters after the game, everyone braced for his comments that would surely bring a fine.

He didn't disappoint. He had questions for the officials. He hinted at a conspiracy against his team. But surprisingly, that wasn't really about the charge call that ended the game. Via Fanhouse:
"It's a play that I think goes either way a lot,'' Karl said. "It seemed like the referees, they like to hit us with tough calls. It was a tough call. Good play. Good basketball. Melo made a great play. It's close. I've seen it called both ways."
You can actually feel Karl tip-toeing around criticizing the officials. But he did imply that the officials seem to favor his opponents. Really though, Karl was more upset with three fouls called on his center Nene that led to the big Brazilian fouling out with a few minutes to play.
"If we show them on film, they don't exist,'' Karl said. "We have films that we send into the league office that (fouls) don't exist. And here's a guy that's close to an All-Star, and he just doesn't get a lot of respect. I think it affects you. We tell them to fight through it, forget it, refereeing will come back and all that stuff. It just sometimes seems that we don't get the whistles sometimes I think we earn by how hard we're playing and how well we're playing.''
Karl is a bit frustrated, and understandably so. He saw a charge called against Anthony in New York in the Nuggets 129-125 loss with 16 seconds left that proved to be big.

Against the Spurs, it was some of the calls late that irked Karl. But if you want to play the box score game, San Antonio actually out-fouled Denver 29-23 and the Nuggets attempted 10 more free throws. That doesn't necessarily mean anything, but it's notable.

Any time you lose, you feel jilted by the refs. And any time you lose the way the Nuggets did on a call that never happens, you really feel like you've got a reason to complain. But it was the right call in Denver. It wasn't like this a touch foul that you let go at the end because you want players to decide the game. This was a clear-cut charge. Even George Karl seemed (somewhat) understanding of that.

He's just mad at the other 47 minutes and 59 seconds.
Posted on: December 17, 2010 9:55 am
 

Shootaround 12.17.10: Charging to a victory

Posted by Royce Young
  • Rob Mahoney for the NYT on the style of rebounding: "Still, the problem lies in the assessment of rebounding style. We know that Griffin and Love approach their work on the boards differently, but that knowledge doesn’t really informs the way we think about rebounding. While style in itself is one of the game’s marvels, its capital value lies in how it affects function. Put another way: we know that Griffin and Love are different breeds of rebounder, but we should strive to understand the fundamental meaning and nature of that difference."
  • Lee Jenkins of SI with a terrific profile of Kevin Love: "Rebounding is half blood sport, half science. If a shot rises from the right wing, Love bolts to the left, in search of the low block on the weak side, which he straddles as though he's barricading his front door. His knees are bent, his back straight, his shoulder blades pushing into the chest of whoever is unfortunate enough to be stuck behind him. He turns his head to track the flight of the ball, gauging trajectory like a centerfielder. A low liner will smack straight against the rim. A high archer will bounce around awhile. A three-pointer could carom all the way to the elbow. A floater might not reach the charge circle. He considers the shooter. One teammate, forward Michael Beasley, tends to miss off the back rim, so Love braces for a long rebound. Another, center Darko Milicic, usually misses off the front, so he tries for a tip-in."
  • Ron Artest to the Indy Star on leaving Indiana: "A coward, I was a coward,'' Artest said before Wednesday night's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Pacers. "When you do coward stuff, you feel like a coward. I don't care if it was done intentionally or by mistake, you're still a coward. I don't care how young I was. That's not an excuse.''
  • 48 Minutes of Hell on Manu: "Manu Ginobili is not a basketball player. He’s an exhibitionist. And so far this this season what he is showing-off is worthy of MVP consideration. For the second consecutive game, Ginobili push the Spurs to victory with ballsy, buzzer-beating heroics. Wednesday Ginobili fueled the Spurs with a spectacular, legal-upon-review step back jump shot. But that was just a tease. What Manu Ginobili did last night we’ll never see again."
  • Denver Stiffs Manu's charge: "While I give the Spurs credit for climbing back in to the game after the Nuggets were up by 12 at one point in the first half, the way this "win" was "awarded" to them was nothing short of highway robbery. Regardless of where you come down on the charging issue, the fact that for maybe the first time in recorded NBA history a game winning shot was nullified by a charging call. In the 25 years I've been watching basketball I have NEVER seen this. Ever. Carmelo Anthony deserved much better."
  • I honestly don't see you DON'T call a charge in that situation. If that's what it was, then that's what it was. Taking a charge is a defensive play, just like stealing the ball or blocking a shot. It's smart. It's heady. And if it's a charge in the middle of the second quarter, why can't it be a charge with 0.4 seconds left?
Posted on: December 17, 2010 1:40 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:38 pm
 

Manu draws game-winning charge on Carmelo

Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony was called for a charge into Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs that erased a potential game-winning basket at the buzzer. Posted by Ben Golliver

It was a wild finish in Denver on Thursday night, as the Nuggets had a potential game-winning Carmelo Anthony basket wiped off by a controversial charge call in the game's final seconds, allowing the San Antonio Spurs to escape with a road win, 113-112.  The Nuggets trailed by one with 4.2 seconds and set up a side inbounds play that resulted with Anthony receiving the inbounds pass near the top of the key. Anthony was single-covered by Spurs forward Richard Jefferson, and drove hard to his left into the paint. In a blink of an eye, Spurs guard Manu Ginobili slid over from the weakside, establishing his feet outside the protected circle in the paint and kept his arms straight up. Anthony barrelled into him as he completed his shooting motion, and the ball went into the basket as the final buzzer went off.  The Nuggets celebrates as if they thought the basket counted and the game would end 114-113 in their favor. Unfortunately for the Nuggets and their Pepsi Center faithful, two referees called, without hesitation, a player control or "charging" foul on Anthony for running over Ginobili. .4 seconds were put back on the clock, but San Antonio inbounded the ball without incident and the game ended. While this is obviously a heart-breaking way to lose, it does appear the officials made the correct call here, as Ginobili established position, was outside of the circle and did not initiate the contact. The only other call, which is more often seen, would have been a no-call, which Nuggets coach George Karl and his team surely would have preferred.   Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and his troops can surely breathe a sigh of relief tonight thanks to Ginobili, who also scored San Antonio's final basket on the previous possession to provide the winning margin. His heroics on both ends tonight come just one night after he was the savior in San Antonio, downing the Milwaukee Bucks with a last-second step-back jumper on Wednesday night.
Posted on: December 16, 2010 12:06 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:37 pm
 

The Game Changer: Dirk downs Portland

The Mavericks put away the Blazers, the Celtics escape the Knicks, Nate Robinson stumbles, the Suns are elated, the Denver television reporter that blew the Carmelo Anthony story 'fesses up, and plenty more. Posted by Ben Golliver

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer. 

THE BIG ONE: DALLAS LOOKING LEGIT

On Wednesday, after the Celtics were done breaking the Knicks' heart, the Dallas Mavericks stepped onto the ESPN stage and staked their claim to the title, "legit title contender."  The Mavericks are among the league leaders in stability, we've been watching this game core group for at least 46 years now, and, in related news, they are near the top of the leaderboard in, "Well, that was bound to happen," moments for their opposition. Wednesday night was just another one to tack onto that track record. Championship-quality teams pull out wins on their off nights, and that's exactly what happened in Texas, as the Mavericks staved off a Portland rally in the fourth quarter. A struggling Dirk Nowitzki proved for the 12,000th time that he is essentially unguardable down the stretch, scoring eight of his 21 points on an array of post moves in the final 2:24, overcoming a season-best performance from Portland power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who finished with 35 points and 10 rebounds. The Mavs caught some breaks,  a crucial no-call on Jason Terry during an Andre Miller drive swung momentum late and some poor clock management and slow fouling from the Blazers made the endgame easier for Dallas.  Another key against the Blazers, and a major x-factor in assessing the Mavericks' legitimacy as a title contender, was the play of Caron Butler. He was very effective, especially going to the basket, and his solid all-around night -- 23 points, seven rebonds and four assists -- helped provide the winning margin. His production on the year is still below his career numbers, but the total output is less important than the fit. If Dallas has things clicking and Butler is able to provide an auxiliary offensive threat alongside Nowitzki, this team will be an extremely tough out come playoff time.  The Mavericks are 20-5 on the season, and NBA.com notes that is the second best 25-game stretch in franchise history. The Western Conference -- with Dallas, San Antonio and the Los Angeles Lakers all off to solid starts -- is shaping up to be a familiar three horse race.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES OF THE NIGHT:

Paul Pierce: 32 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a game-winner in 41 minutes in a Boston Celtics road win over the New York Knicks. Amar'e Stoudemire: 39 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks in 42 minutes in a New York Knicks home loss to the Boston Celtics. Carlos Boozer: 34 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block in 26 minutes in a Chicago Bulls road win over the Toronto Raptors. Blake Griffin: 20 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block in 39 minutes in a Los Angeles Clippers road loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Steve Nash: 11 points, 19 assists, two rebounds in 31 minutes in a Phoenix Suns home win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

DON'T MISS:

GET INTO IT:

The Phoenix Suns survived a crazy game with the Minnesota Timberwolves in Arizona on Wednesday night, cashing in 15 three-pointers on their way to a 128-122 victory. Check out this great shot of guard Jared Dudley, who nailed three treys himself, making it rain cheers. jared-dudley

OWNING UP:

The Denver television station that reported on Tuesday night Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony had been traded to the New Jersey Nets ridiculously "stood by its story" Wednesday, prompting CBSSports.com's Ken Berger to set them straight.  On Wednesday night, the station's sports reporter Lionel Bienvenu admitted on Twitter that the station hadn't gotten it right. "We jumped the gun with a tweet that wasn't worded correctly. we never reported the trade was done. just the tweet," Bienvenu tweeted.  As any media professional should know, a good chunk of NBA breaking news is, in fact, reported on Twitter. That imaginary barrier was crossed years ago. To attempt to distinguish between a report on television and a report on Twitter is ridiculous. At this point, we should expect nothing less.  

WHIMSY:

Via Twitter superstar Jose3030 and SB Nation, comes this hypnotizing graphic of Boston Celtics guard Nate Robinson celebrating Paul Pierce's game-winner. Robinson leaps in the air not once but twice, and then comes crashing back to Earth in painful fashion. nate-rob

FOR THE WIN:

In case you missed it, there was an epic finish in New York between the Knicks and Celtics. Paul Pierce didn't hit the only game-winner Wednesday night, as San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili took a break from seeing UFOs to down the Milwaukee Bucks.  But did he travel? Watch the video from letreeman on YouTube and decide for yourself. Rob Mahoney investigates the "Was it a travel?" question here.

FINAL THOUGHT:

The Miami Heat won again, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-95 on Wednesday, to extend their winning streak to 10 consecutive games. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh combined for 65 points, 23 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and a block. Good lord.
 
 
 
 
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