– Diaw finally finds comfort zone (from Sekou Smith, NBA.com):
Read it here: http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2014/06/11/diaw-finally-finds-comfort-zone/
– Spurs swing and attack (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):
Read and view it here: http://hangtime.blogs.nba.com/2014/06/11/film-study-spurs-swing-and-attack/
– Popovich’s learning process: Less is more (from Mike Monroe, expressnews.com):
“Asked to describe his evolution as a coach over 17-plus seasons with the Spurs, the reigning coach of the year astounded a room full of cynics. The essence of his answer: Learning that less is more. In that spirit, here he is, unfiltered:
“I think I’ve learned to shut up more, and that probably is due to Manu Ginobili. When he first came, I was going to make him a heck of a player. And after 20 minutes, I realized that he didn’t need me to do that. He was already a heck of a player. Sometimes being quiet and letting the player play is much more important than trying to be Mr. Coach and teach him this or teach him that.
“So I think as time evolves and you get older in the business, you figure out what’s really important, and you don’t waste time trying to make people what they’re not going to be. I didn’t make him a competitor, and there is no way I could make him a non-competitor, so you’ve just got to figure out who people are and what they can give you and take advantage of their positives.”
Read it here: /sports/spurs/article/Popovich-s-learning-process-Less-is-more-5546021.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=f49d2d7b4de4660723
– Spurs Set Records, and Their Shooting Guru Offers Only a Shrug (from Scott Cacciola, NYTimes):
” The San Antonio Spurs were well on their way to obliterating all kinds of records for shooting proficiency, and the one man who might have allowed himself to delight in what was happening Tuesday night at American Airlines Arena instead seemed completely unaffected by it all.
Chip Engelland, an assistant coach for the Spurs, is also the team’s designated shooting guru. He counsels and instructs, dismantles and reassembles. His work with individual players is sometimes painful: fixing a squeaky (or downright broken) jump shot often means that things get worse before they get better. But such is the price that must be paid in pursuit of consistency.
“The objective is just to be solid,” Engelland said Wednesday afternoon, “so when the coach calls your name, he knows he’s going to get a consistent performance from you, which is hard to do.””
Read it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/12/sports/basketball/spurs-set-records-and-shooting-guru-offers-only-a-shrug.html
– How the Spurs’ offense helped Kawhi Leonard to a career night (from Coach Nick, SBNation):
” On 10-of-13 shooting, Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 29
points in the San Antonio Spurs‘ Game 3 victory against the Miami Heat, but it was pushes in transition and patience thereafter that allowed him to get solid looks. The Spurs also had a strong showing defensively against Miami.”
Read and view it here: http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2014/6/11/5800038/nba-finals-2014-spurs-kawhi-leonard
– Secret to Spurs’ system? Selfless stars (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):
Read and view it here: http://nba.si.com/2014/06/11/spurs-heat-nba-finals-offense-system-tony-parker/
– Heat Trying to Restore Chalmers’ Confidence (from Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders):
Read it here: http://www.basketballinsiders.com/heat-trying-to-restore-mario-chalmers-confidence/
– Dr. Jack Ramsay: Coach, mentor, friend (from Michael Wallace, ESPN):
” Hubie Brown still cherishes Dr. Jack Ramsay’s memory to the point of choking up when he talks about him.
There aren’t many highlights in Brown’s decorated career as an NBA coach, ambassador and broadcaster that rival the April day in 2005 when he received a call from the Basketball Hall of Fame informing him of his induction.
But the occasion meant just as much to Brown because of the man with whom it was shared.
The official from the Hall of Fame had a routine request for all new inductees.
“By the way, we’re going to send to you a list of the Hall of Fame people that are still alive, and that you would prefer to have one walk you up [for presentation],” Brown said Wednesday as he recalled what he was told by the representative from the Hall. “I said, ‘You don’t have to send that list. If Jack Ramsay is available, he’s the only one I want to walk [me] up.”
Read it here: http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/68907/dr-jack-ramsay-coach-mentor-friend
– 43 percent of the NBA is getting left behind on the D-League (from Caleb Nordgren, Hardwood Paroxysm):
” With news breaking yesterday that the Utah Jazz and Idaho Stampede have entered into a one-to-one affiliation agreement, the NBA finds itself on the brink of a new era. 17 NBA teams now have their own exclusive D-League franchises, which is good. 17 NBA teams — the Jazz, the Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder, Boston Celtics and Sacramento Kings — are now primed to take full advantage of everything the Development League has to offer.
The other 13 get — for all intents and purposes — nothing.
Right now, there are 18 D-League franchises. As those of you who can do
basic math may notice, that leaves exactly one D-League franchise — the Fort Wayne Mad Ants — to serve as the affiliate of the other 13 NBA teams. This strikes me as less than ideal, and it’s why those 13 teams need to pull their heads out of the sand and do something about it before they get left behind.”
Read it here: http://hardwoodparoxysm.com/2014/06/11/nba-getting-left-behind-d-league/
– Bradley Beal took next step in meeting his great expectations (from Brandon Parker, Washington Post):
Read it here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wizards-insider/wp/2014/06/10/bradley-beal-season-in-review-wizards-guard-took-next-step-in-meeting-his-great-expectations/
– Isaiah Austin brings ‘inspirational’ story to NBA Draft (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne,com):
” Every player you talk to leading up to the NBA draft has a story.
Some had a tough home life growing up that was filled with both physical and mental abuse.
Others play with a ginormous chip on their shoulders after putting up big numbers at a small school few outside the high school-sized student body, have ever heard of.
And then you hear former Baylor center Isaiah Austin tell you his tale, the kind of narrative that speaks to the human spirit of perseverance and faith that provides this 20-year-old the kind of clarity to keep doing what few in his size 18 shoes would ever think was possible.”
Read it here: http://www.csnne.com/boston-celtics/austin-brings-inspirational-story-nba-draft
– 2014 Basketball Prospects Putting Canada on Basketball Map (from Jonathan Santiago, cowbellkingdom.com):
Tyler Ennis and other 2014 NBA Draft prospects putting Canada on basketball map – See more at: http://cowbellkingdom.com/2014/06/12/tyler-ennis-and-other-2014-nba-draft-prospects-putting-canada-on-basketball-map/#sthash.Hcjv3umC.Ob3s09i6.dpuf