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Bruce Bowen doubles down on Kawhi Leonard and then takes aim at the Clippers

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 1 day ago.

Bruce Bowen served as an NBA analyst for the Los Angeles Clippers until he criticized Kawhi Leonard. Not only did Bowen confirm that the Clippers informed him directly that his firing “was because of my comments toward Kawhi,” he doubled down on Leonard in an appearance on Dan Patrick’s radio show.

Report: After making Kawhi Leonard comments, Bruce Bowen will not return as Clippers TV analyst

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 5 days ago.

Bruce Bowen will not return as the Los Angeles Clippers television analyst after his comments on Kawhi Leonard, according to ESPN. Weeks ago, former San Antonio Spurs forward Bruce Bowen sounded off about Kawhi Leonard on Sirius XM Radio. Now, because of the comments, he will not be renewed as the Los Angeles Clippers television analyst, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Tony Parker calls Tim Duncan 'the most coachable great player of all time' in thank you letter to Spurs

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 11 days ago.

Spurs guard Tony Parker and coach Gregg Popovich shared 17 seasons in San Antonio. Tony Parker wrote a heartfelt “thank you” letter to the San Antonio Spurs for The Players’ Tribune. After a 17-year career with the Spurs that included four NBA championships and the 2007 Finals MVP award, Parker signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets earlier this summer.

Tony Parker with heartfelt ‘thank you’ to San Anontio

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 12 days ago.

Tony Parker is going to be wearing the teal of the Charlotte Hornets next season. On his way out the door, Parker published a classy goodbye letter to San Antonio in the Players’ Tribune. Thank you to the Spurs organization, from top to bottom, for the most amazing opportunity of my life — and for 17 years of the greatest job on earth.

An abrupt firing leaves San Antonio Spurs dance team hurt and suspicious

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 15 days ago.

The San Antonio Spurs announced in May they will be replacing their dance squad with a ‘family-friendly’ co-ed ‘hype team’. The fear was first incited by an email: an 18 May 2018 message from the San Antonio Spurs staff to members of the Spurs Silver Dancers squad, less than a month after the team’s season ended with a first-round playoff loss to the Golden State Warriors, asking them to attend a meeting that same day about a new ‘hype team’ they were introducing.

Raptors coach said Kawhi Leonard ‘lit up like a Christmas tree’ during first meeting

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 21 days ago.

The public perception of Kawhi Leonard has always been that he was extremely quiet, even timid, speaking mostly through his actions on the basketball court. A quiet, moody player influenced by his handlers to an extent where he would be willing to leave the best franchise in the NBA has perhaps not sat well with many fans. Leonard is now a member of the Toronto Raptors, and eventually we were going to have to hear about him sitting down with members of their staff other than general manager Masai Ujiri.

DeMar DeRozan sits down with Popovich, ready to be leader for Spurs

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 21 days ago.

DeMar DeRozan is still mad about the trade that shipped him from Toronto — a city he had repped like no other NBA star — to San Antonio. He’s not talking to Raptors GM Masai Ujiri. On the final day of Team USA workouts in Las Vegas, DeRozan talked about sitting down with coach Gregg Popovich and being a leader for the Spurs next season, speaking to Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News.

Rumor: Kawhi Leonard told Spurs teammates, ‘I’ll do anything for all you guys in this room, but not this organization’

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 22 days ago.

After Kawhi Leonard repeatedly told the Spurs he’d play then didn’t, his teammates held a players-only meeting imploring him to play. Leonard stood his ground and said, despite his desire to return, he wouldn’t guarantee playing again that season. Tony Parker, who had already returned to the lineup, said his quad injury was “100 times worse” than Leonard’s and went out of his way to say he never considered getting a second opinion from outside the Spurs.

Report: Kawhi Leonard was jealous of star treatment received by other 2016 NBA All-Stars

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 23 days ago.

What soured Kawhi Leonard on the Spurs? With Leonard heading to the Raptors, answers still remain elusive. Not long ago, Leonard looked like a perfect fit in San Antonio – a seemingly low-maintenance superstar committed to winning.

DeRozan felt disrespected by Toronto Raptors following trade

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 23 days ago.

DeRozan, 28, was one of the central figures in a huge deal that saw the guard – a four-time NBA All-Star – swap places with 2014 Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. It was a trade that also surprised DeRozan, who felt Raptors president Masai Ujiri did not inform him that his time in Toronto would be coming to an end after nine seasons with the Canadian franchise. "I felt like I wasn't treated with what I sacrificed for nine years, with the respect that I thought I deserved," DeRozan told ESPN.

Dirk Nowitzki Set To Make History For Most Seasons With One Team

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 25 days ago.

After 1,471 games, 31,187 points and one NBA Championship with the Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki will set an NBA record in 2018-19 by appearing in his 21st season with Dallas. Nowitzki inked a one-year, $5 million contract to remain with Mark Cuban and Co., according to Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania, making him the first player in NBA history to spend more than two decades with one franchise. Bryant has defined the Lakers in the 21st century, from Los Angeles' three-peat through the Dwight Howard era (or error).

David Robinson on reaching out to Kawhi Leonard: 'Never hear anything back from him'

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 25 days ago.

David Robinson’s account of his relationship with Kawhi Leonard provides some insight into how the relationship between the Spurs and their star broke down. NBA fans are well aware that Kawhi Leonard doesn’t say much. San Antonio Spurs icon and two-time NBA champion David Robinson shed some light on Leonard’s private persona Monday in a chat with “The Jump’s” Rachel Nichols.

France's Parker makes switch to Charlotte official

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 25 days ago.

Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker officially became a member of the Charlotte Hornets on Monday, joining the Eastern Conference team after 17 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. "We are thrilled to add a player of Tony's caliber and experience to our roster," said GM Mitch Kupchak. The move allows the 36-year-old Parker to rejoin coach James Borrego who was an assistant coach with the Spurs for much of Parker's career.

DeMar DeRozan gives game-worn sneakers to Raptors fan sporting his jersey

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 26 days ago.

New San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan still has love for fans who followed him in Toronto. Following a Drew League game, DeRozan spotted a fan wearing his jersey, and decided that fan could use a pair of his game-worn shoes to go with it.

Raptors GM apologises to DeRozan after Spurs trade

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 27 days ago.

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri apologised to All-Star DeMar DeRozan after he was traded to the San Antonio Spurs. DeRozan was dealt to the Spurs along with Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 NBA first-round draft pick as the Raptors received two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. Four-time All-Star DeRozan was less than impressed with the trade, posting to Instagram: "Be told one thing & the outcome another.

Report: Spurs annoyed some in Kawhi Leonard’s camp by not giving him 2014 contract extension

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 29 days ago.

Kawhi Leonard proved to be a burgeoning star while leading the Spurs to the 2014 championship. Leonard’s cap hold in the summer of 2015 was just $7,235,148 until he signed. The Spurs used the resulting $9,172,352 in cap flexibility toward signing LaMarcus Aldridge.

Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors Is a Loss for Just About Everybody

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 29 days ago.

In the blockbuster trade that sent to Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a protected first-round pick, we all sort of lose. Leonard, who hits free agency next summer, reportedly has no interest in playing in Toronto. DeRozan lands with a Spurs team that, even with all those San Antonio intangibles going for them, is at best middle-of-the-pack.

Spurs' announcement of the Kawhi Leonard trade omits ... lots of stuff

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 30 days ago.

The Spurs traded Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors on Wednesday morning, and here's what San Antonio's press-release announcement of the deal said about him:"Leonard spent his first seven seasons in the NBA with the Spurs, appearing in a total of 407 games

Report: Spurs wanted to declare Kawhi Leonard out for the season, but he wouldn’t let them

Source sports.yahoo.com. | 30 days ago.

In February, Gregg Popovich said he’d be surprised if Kawhi Leonard played again during the 2017-18 season. Leonard didn’t, but the Spurs never followed Popovich’s doubt with a clear statement on Leonard’s status. Privately, officials within organization had hoped Leonard would let the Spurs declare him out for the season due to his injury, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.