Breaking: Tony Parker announces retirement

Spurs legend Tony Parker announced early Monday morning that he has retired from the NBA after 18 years.

The 6x All-Star won four championships with the Spurs before leaving in Free Agency and playing his final year with the Charlotte Hornets. The 2007 NBA Finals MVP averaged 15.5 points and 5.6 assists throughout his long and impressive career. The Belgium-born Parker also played a number of years overseas in Europe where he captured a Euro-league Championship and the MVP award.

 

 

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Watch: DeRozan and company defeat Nuggets, force Game 7

Behind DeRozan’s 25 and Aldridge’s 26 and 10, the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Denver Nuggets in a crucial Game 6. With this win over the second-seeded Denver Nuggets, the Spurs have officially forced a Game 7. The win-or-go-home matchup will be played on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET.

Check out all the highlights from the crucial Game 6 matchup below!

Courtesy of House of Highlights on Youtube!

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Spurs’ superstar DeMar DeRozan fined $25,000

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Spurs’ superstar DeMar DeRozan has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing a ball in the direction of a referee during the Spurs’ 117-103 loss versus the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night.

The incident, for which DeRozan was fined, occurred with 5:01 remaining on the clock in the fourth quarter. DeRozan was upset after official Scott Foster called an offensive foul on him, prompting the Spurs’ superstar to recklessly throw the ball across the court and in the direction of the official. DeRozan was originally assessed a technical foul, but was ultimately thrown out. Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Kiki VanDeWeghe also announced that the league was not only concerned about the ball hitting official Scott Foster, but the ball also flying recklessly out into the spectator stands.

Below is a look at the incident in question. 

 

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NBA Playoffs: Harris, Jokic not enough as Spurs down Nuggets in Game 1

Going into this series, many analysts had raised questions about whether or not the Denver Nuggets were ready to become playoff contenders. Last night’s game did not go as planned for the Denver Nuggets. The game was a thriller, with stars from both teams battling it out on the court. The Spurs’ DeRozan and White led the way for the legendary franchise, with the pair scoring 18 and 16 respectively. Other Spurs’ players, such as Rudy Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Bryn Forbes, provided a much needed boost from the bench and, ultimately, helped the Spurs capture Game 1 in Denver. As for the Nuggets, guards Gary Harris and Jamaal Murray led the way in scoring as superstar center Nikola Jokic owned the paint, finishing with a triple-double. In the end, the past playoff experience of the Spurs helped them steal Game 1 from the two-seeded Denver Nuggets on the road.

Final: Spurs 101, Nuggets 96

 

Courtesy of House Of Highlights on YouTube!

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Breaking News: Pau Gasol set to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks

According to league sources, ex-Spur Paul Gasol is set to sign with the Milwaukee Bucks. There is no information yet on what the contract will look like, but the six-time all-star will be eligible to play in the playoffs for the Bucks after having his contract bought out by the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.

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Kawhi Leonard traded to Raptors

Kawhi Leonard has been traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a 2019 first round pick which is protected 1-20. In the deal, the Raptors also received a solid role player in Danny Green.

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The two stars involved in the trade were notified before the news went public. 

This page will be updated when more information becomes available.

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Reports: Portland actively involved in Kawhi trade deals

According to multiple reports, the Portland Trailblazers have expressed interest in San Antonio Spurs’ superstar Kawhi Leonard after a phone call between the two parties took place. A report written by Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN states that the Trailblazers enter their name on the list of teams that have contacted the Spurs via phone calls, joining teams like the Clippers, Nuggets, Suns, Raptors, and Wizards on that list.

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Kawhi has made his intentions clear with the Spurs: He would like to be traded to LA

While the phone call reportedly generated little to no promise, it does say something about the Trailblazers as an organization for reaching out to the Spurs. The Trailblazers haven’t had much success in the playoffs as of late, despite having solid regular seasons. In a universe where the Trailblazers are able to offer and receive Kawhi Leonard, the teams value and potential would skyrocket, not to mention the fact that a player like Kawhi would help them succeed in the playoffs. This outcome seems highly unlikely though, as the Blazers don’t seem to be willing to break up their young core and the offer didn’t seem to be to serious towards the Spurs.

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Spurs’ rookie gives back to his hometown in special way

San Antonio Spurs’ rookie Lonnie Walker IV found his own special way to pay homage to his hometown over the weekend by donating 300 pairs of basketball shoes to local hoopers playing in Reading PA’s Blacktop Basketball league. The rookie managed to hand out 30,000 dollars worth of basketball shoes with the help of Adidas executive Eric Wise, who is also native to Reading.

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The shoe Walker IV was reported to have donated is the Adidas “Crazy BYW” model pictured above.

Walker IV was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs as the 18th pick in this years draft class, while many analysts believed he had the potential to be a lottery pick. The 19-year-old played basketball at the University of Miami where he averaged 11.5 ppg, 1.9 apg, 2.6 rpg, and .9 spg while playing in a Hurricanes’ jersey.

When asked about the generous donation, a member of the Blacktop Basketball League’s Board said this:

“Lonnie has been nothing but genuine in being a role model and carrying himself the right way. That’s what he has done from the beginning. He’s everything we knew he would be, in terms of how he carries himself. He’s been nothing but a perfect role model.”

Eric Wise attended Reading High School, which is the same school Lonnie went to,  and played basketball when he was younger. Since becoming an executive at Adidas, Wise has advised the company to try and sign Walker IV to be a representative of the brand. In the months before this years NBA draft, Walker IV was signed by Adidas to an endorsement, and its likely Wise had a huge part in pushing for the signing.

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San Antonio Spurs’ guard Lonnie Walker IV (18) drives to the rim against Memphis Grizzlies guard Jevon Carter (3) during a Summer League game in Salt Lake City.

Lonnie Walker IV averaged double-digits during the Summer League in Las Vegas, which further strengthens the idea that he can become a solid player in the league. If Walker IV can keep up his high level of play, he will be representing his state and hometown very well in league.

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The Kawhi Report: The latest buzz surrounding the Spurs’ Superstar

The mystery surrounding San Antonio Spurs’ superstar Kawhi Leonard during the NBA season has seemingly made a perfect entrance into free agency as numerous reports have surrounded the 27 year-old and his failing relationship with his organization.

The young superstar has long been deemed mysterious, but nothing previously said about him would compare to what could be said about him after this season. In a season that was full of chaos, mystery and “betrayal”, Kawhi has kept his focus in the same place: going to LA.

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To better understand the situation, you must first understand what led to the issues. Kawhi suffered a quad injury early in the year and, later on in the year, the Spurs’ medical team deemed him “ready for action.” Kawhi felt as if his injury was not being understood by the team doctors and was being mishandled by them. People in Kawhi’s “circle” convinced him to seek several opinions from different doctors until they found one who agreed with them. Teammates and former players commented on the severity of the situation, some taking different views than others, causing tension between Kawhi and the Spurs.

When free agency finally knocked on the Spurs’ door this summer, Kawhi’s demand was clear: trade me to LA.

So that about brings us to the present, where trade talks between Magic Johnson and the Spurs are rumored to have failed thus far, unfortunately for Kawhi. In recent days though, a report has surfaced saying that San Antonio was willing to trade Kawhi to the Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, two first round picks and two draft pick swaps. The most likely reason the Lakers have yet to bite on this offer is because Magic Johnson has said he would like to keep his young core together. He also stated that Kyle Kuzma will not be involved in any trade talks this off-season.

The next report that is leading Lakers’ fans to believe Kawhi may not play in the purple and gold states that he would rather play on teams such as the 76ers or the Clippers, simply because he would rather not play on a LeBron-led team. The most likely reason for his thinking is because he would rather not play along side LeBron as a second-option on offense, being that he has yet to play that role on a team in his career. Another possible reason Kawhi would think this way is that if he believes that the Lakers will not change their minds in trade talks, then he can still join the Clippers, another LA team, and could still be the first option on that squad.

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One of the latest reports released about him is possibly the strangest one the NBA world has heard thus far. It came from ESPN’s Michael Wright on his “Back to Back” podcast and it runs like this:

“There was a point during [Kawhi’s] rehab process in New York that some of the Spurs [associates] went out to see him in New York. As soon as those guys arrived at the building, Kawhi’s people grabbed him and sequestered him to another part of the building. And so the Spurs’ people couldn’t even see him”

This report only adds to the mixture of mystery surrounding the dysfunctional relationship between Kawhi and the Spurs organization.

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When reading these reports, you must keep in mind that the Spurs hold a certain amount of leverage in this situation as Kawhi does not become a free agent until next summer, meaning that the Spurs do not have to deal him immediately. Although it does put a bit of pressure on the Spurs to deal him now because if they wait until next season, they run the risk of letting him walk as a free agent.

This situation will likely be the most polarizing story to follow as the NBA’s free agency period continues to roll on.

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