Latest Gregg Popovich News

Summer League winds down, and now, maybe, some NBA rest

Jul. 15, 2019 2:19 AM EDT

They'll hand out T-shirts to the Summer League winners following the championship game between Memphis and Minnesota in Las Vegas on Monday night, and then things will finally slow down a bit in the NBA. Maybe. And probably not for long. It's been a hectic month since Toronto won the NBA championship and the...

Spurs take teens Samanic, Johnson to open NBA draft

Jun. 21, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have a long and successful history of drafting European players and stashing them overseas until both parties are ready. Croatian power forward Luka Samanic does not plan on waiting and neither does San Antonio. The Spurs selected Samanic with the 19th overall pick...

'Gosh!' Cult comedy 'Napoleon Dynamite' turns 15

Jun. 15, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The cult comedy Napoleon Dynamite turns 15 years old this month, a milestone for a movie that became an early breakaway hit in today's era of pop-culture geek celebration. The movie created the "Vote for Pedro" T-shirt and made Napoleon's disgusted version of "gosh!" into a 2004...

Tony Parker says he's retiring from NBA after 18 seasons

Jun. 10, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker's impressive career is over. Parker announced Monday he's retiring from basketball after 18 seasons in the NBA. The 37-year-old guard said on Twitter it was an emotional decision. "It's with a lot of emotion that I retire from basketball, it was an...

With Leonard leading way, Raptors on cusp of 1st NBA title

Jun. 8, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — There was a moment, not long before the postseason started, when Toronto coach Nick Nurse learned all that he really needed to know about Kawhi Leonard and what makes the man of few words tick. The conversation was about the 82-game regular season. Leonard shrugged and described...

From the NBA Finals: Kerr, Nurse break down title series

May. 30, 2019 11:21 AM EDT

Toronto coach Nick Nurse says his team expected to be in the NBA Finals all along, and Golden State coach Steve Kerr discusses the motivation level of his team on the latest episode of PodcastOne Sports Now . Nurse details how he knew Raptors star Kawhi Leonard had another gear for the playoffs when he heard the...

Column: Raptors one-and-done gamble on verge of paying off

May. 24, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

This is what the Toronto Raptors had in mind all along. When they went all-in with the trade for Kawhi Leonard, they knew his time in the Great North was likely to be short. But this one-and-done gamble will certainly be worth it if Leonard can lift his team to five more wins. Don't bet against him. Leonard is...

Timberwolves retain Ryan Saunders, 33, as head coach

May. 20, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have chosen Ryan Saunders as their full-fledged head coach — and the first millennial to hold the job in the NBA. The team announced Monday that the 33-year-old Saunders will stay in the post he held on an interim basis during the second half of this...

Not every NBA player will put body on line to take a charge

May. 17, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Toronto guard Kyle Lowry squarely planted his feet and braced for contact with Milwaukee Bucks athletic big man Giannis Antetokounmpo barreling down on him. Lowry, one of the best in basketball at taking a charge, absorbed the punishment and drew a foul against the 6-foot-11...