How important is getting the No. 1 overall seed to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich?
“No team would turn it down, but it’s not necessary to win a championship,” Popovich said Sunday before his team went out and lost to the Lakers. “Teams win championships with the best record, with not the best record. If you’re the best team you win on the road and become the champion.”
After the loss to the Lakers the Spurs chance of getting the top seed in the West became very slim (San Antonio would have to win its last to, Oklahoma City lose theirs), so his move Monday night against Golden State should not be a surprise.
Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard are all going to sit out for the Spurs Monday in Golden State.
Outside of Duncan, the Spurs seemed off their game against the Lakers — Los Angles played with far more energy and the Spurs didn’t knock down shots they normally hit. Parker was even missing his patented rainbow floater in the lane. A little rest to get their heads right might help. But the Spurs need to do something because they are 5-5 in their last 10 games and generally have not looked like a title contender the last couple weeks. We’ll see if they turn that around when the games matter.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.