Popovich: LaMarcus Aldridge Asked to be Traded before the Season

LaMarcus Aldridge San Antonio Spurs

But Pop and  LMA came to an understanding. Eventually.
Gregg Popovich has been connected with some of the greatest legends to ever play the game. Greats like David Robinson, Tim Duncan and now, Kawhi Leonard has seen their respective games improve on a tremendous rate ever since they came over to the San Antonio Spurs and play under the guidance of one of the greatest coaches in the NBA.
Nowadays, with both David Robinson and Grandpa Tim Duncan both long retired and Kawhi Leonard who only recently returned is dealing with another injury, the attention shifts to LaMarcus Aldridge. To give credit to this man, LMA has been leading the Spurs this season, averaging 22 points, 8 rebounds and 1 blocks while playing 41 games- starting all 41 games. This has helped the Spurs who despite playing most of the current season without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, holds the 3rd best record in the Western Conference at 28-15. And frankly, LMA deserves the praises that he is getting nowadays.
However, did you know that LaMarcus Aldridge was almost traded prior to the season?
Almost.
According to none other than Gregg Popovich himself, he revealed that LMA asked to be traded during the summer prior to this season. The usually-too serious Popovich even joked that if an LMA trade can get the Spurs a Kevin Durant, he would even help Aldridge pack his bags, drive him to the airport and will even make sure that LMA is well seated in the plane. Fortunately, the two eventually agreed to figure things out and LMA wasn’t traded, for now.
To Gregg Popovich, the moment Aldridge requested for a trade was for him, the main catalyst for the two gentlemen to come to a better understanding which eventually helped LMA have a resurgent season. Mind you, folks. his numbers this season are way better compared to his first two seasons with San Antonio when he averaged 18 and 17 points per game respectively.

Conclusion

Imagine if LaMarcus Aldridge was traded before the start of the season, the Spurs would have been in a much worst situation because it would have meant that the Spurs would only have Manu Ginobili and Pau Gasol to start the season. Fortunately, LMA stuck around and the Spurs are gunning for another deep run come the playoffs.  Despite his struggles, LaMarcus is still among the league’s elite power forwards. 

OMG! Watch Tim Duncan Training MMA, Will he be Fighting Anytime Soon?

Tim Duncan, one of the best basketball players in the world is trying a different sport.

A Hall of Famer and a champion, Tim only started playing basketball as a 9th-grade student. He was a swimmer when he was a boy and had to switch to basketball because the only swimming pool that he practices in the U.S. Virgin Islands was destroyed by a hurricane.  Now 4, and after a number of recognitions and accomplishment in the NBA, he could be trying another sport.
It is never too late to start and Tim Duncan towering at 6’11 is training Muay Thai and could be fighting soon?  Not really, Tim Duncan like a lot of people uses the art to stay fit and condition. Besides, no novice in the right mind would even challenge the big fundamental.


Check out Tim Duncan throwing kicks and punches. Should Tim Duncan compete in MMA?
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Should Tim Duncan Compete in an amateur MMA event?

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Kobe, Duncan and KG are gone, however there are a few players from 1990s as yet granulating without end

Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett may be gone, but let’s take a look for some players from 1990s that are still grinding away.

1) Paul Pierce (10th pick, 1998 draft)

After winning one championship and the Finals MVP in Boston, Pierce is now a Clipper. This is now his second year in Los Angeles after spending his 20142015 season with the Wizards. On September 26, 2016, the 10-time All-Star announces via the Players Tribune that he will retire after the 2016–2017 season, his 19th in the league.

“This is it, my final season,” Pierce wrote. “It’s time to move on from the game of basketball. Just like any difficult decision, I think you’ve got to be at peace with yourself. I’m at peace with retiring, but I’ve got one more ride left. One more season. One more opportunity.”

2) Dirk Nowitzki (9th pick, 1998 draft)

Nowitzki is known for his signature skill, the one-legged fadeaway shot. The 13-time All-Star has no plan no retire yet, that’s why on July 27, 2016, he re-signed a two-year deal contract with the Mavs.

No doubt, the 7-foot tall shooting big man from Germany is the best Dallas Mavericks player of all-time and could be a hall of famer in the future. On 2011, he led his team to a championship title against LeBron James and the Miami Heat; and also won the Finals MVP award on that championship series. Nowitzki is also a member of 50–40–90 club and the all-time Dallas Mavericks leading scorer.

3) Ray Allen (5th pick, 1996 draft)

Allen is currently a free agent. There are a lot of rumors that the two-time NBA Champion will sign with the Bucks, Cavaliers, Celtics, Clippers, Heat, Knicks, Pacers or Warriors, although there are a lot of teams showing some interest on the 41-year old shooting guard.

On July 2016, Allen began mulling a comeback and conceded he was interested by the possibility of competing for another championship title. The next month, Allen had converses with the Boston Celtics and the Milwaukee Bucks in regards to a possible return.

4) Manu Ginóbili (57th pick, 1999 draft)

Ginobili is one of the greatest international player ever, couple of players taken so low in the Draft appreciate even a large portion of the vocation as Ginobili. On July 14, 2016, the former Sixth Man of the Year re-signed another one-year contract with the Spurs and he isn’t closing the door at returning for 2017–2018 season.

The 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Argentina had won four titles with the Spurs and appeared two times in the All-Star game.

5) Vince Carter (5th pick, 1998 draft)

Steve Nash is the most loved child of Canadian ball, but Carter is the person who developed the game Up North. Carter is known for his moniker “Half-Man, Half-Amazing”, because of his brutal dunks, especially when he performed a memorable dunk called “The Dunk of Death” where he jumped over a 7-foot-2 French center Frederic Weis during the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

On July 12, 2014, the athletic swingman out of Florida signed a multi-year deal contract with the Grizzlies. Carter never won a title and any MVP award yet, but he is the 1999 Rookie of the Year, appeared in the All-Star game eight-times and the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest champion.

6) Metta World Peace (16th pick, 1999 draft)

World Peace was known as Ron Artest before lawfully changing his name on September 2011. The former Defensive Player of the Year was famously known for being a bad boy and dirty player on the court; and he was also one of the main man in the Pacers–Pistons brawl on November 19, 2004.

On September 4, 2014, World Peace returns for the Los Angeles Lakers for the second time, he signed a one-year deal contract with the team. In the 2016–2017 season, the 16-year veteran decided to sign again to the team, where he re-signed another one-year deal contract.

7) Jason Terry (10th pick, 1999 draft)

Terry is now officially a member of Milwaukee Bucks. He signed a one-year deal contract with the team on August 22, 2016.

The championship run of the Dallas Mavericks on 2011 would be not that successful without the help of the former Sixth Man of the Year, he is one of the big contributors in their Finals series against the Heat.

8) Jermaine O’Neal (17th pick, 1996 draft)

O’Neal is currently a semi-retired player. On February 17, 2015, he tweeted on his Twitter account that he’s not sure if he will retire or not.

O’Neal is a 6-foot-11 tall that can play both power forward and center position. In terms of his size, the six-time All-Star is also a good perimeter shooter and a great rim protector as well. He won the Most Improve Player award on 2001–2002 season.

9) Andre Miller (8th pick, 1999 draft)

Miller is a great playmaker, he is the 2002 Assists Leader. According to sources, the 40-year old point guard from California is 80, 90 percent sure that he’s retiring. He has no team yet for the upcoming 2016–2017 season.

In Miller’s 17-year career, he is the only player in the league to have 16,000 points, 8,000 assists and 1,500 steals without making an All-Star team.

10) Elton Brand (1st pick, 1999 draft)

Brand was the top pick way back in the 1999 Rookie Draft selected by the Chicago Bulls, where he shared the 2000 Rookie of the Year award with Steve Francis of the Houston Rockets. He averages 20.1 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game in his rookie year.

The 6-foot-9 New York native is a 2-time All-Star and the 51st player in history to reach 9,000 career rebounds. Brand has re-signed another one-year deal contract with the 76ers on September 7, 2016.

11) Nazr Mohammed (29th pick, 1998 draft)

On October 9, 2015, Mohammed officially retired from the league, but later on March 2016, he left retirement with a specific end goal to come back to the league. He signed a contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 5, effective for the rest of 2015–2016 season.

The 6-foot-10 big man was a member of the 2005 San Antonio Spurs championship squad.

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Gregg Popovich’s message about Tim Duncan

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After Duncan announced that he’s no longer playing in the NBA for the next season, San Antonio Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich said Tuesday his message about the future Hall of Famer.

“He’s irreplaceable. It can’t happen,” Popovich said. “We’re all unique. I guess each one of us is unique. But he’s been so important to so many people, it’s just mind boggling. To think that he’s going to be gone makes it really difficult to imagine walking into practice, going to a game, getting on the bus, taking him a piece of carrot cake — whatever it might be.
“You don’t see Timmy beating his chest as if he was the first human being to dunk the basketball, as a lot of people do these days. He’s not pointing to the sky. He’s not glamming to the cameras. He just plays, and we’ve seen it for so long it’s become almost mundane. But it’s so special that it has to be remembered.”
Coach Popovich commended Duncan for being humble throughout his career in the NBA. He is really different from other NBA players. He just do what he does, just go out there and get the W. You’ll never see Tim do a stare down after he posterizes someone. That’s why it’s really hard for everyone to accept the fact that one of the greatest journeys in the NBA has come to an end.

Although Duncan will no longer be in the court playing, Popovich don’t think that he’ll see Tim going up and down the sidelines much. Popovich said that he will do everything to keep Duncan around the Spurs as long as he possibly can, because Duncan means that much to everyone in the Spurs organization.

BREAKING: Tim Duncan Announces Retirement

Tim Duncan officially called it quits. The 19-year NBA veteran, who is considered the best power forward of all time announces today that he will retire after playing 19 seasons in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs.

Duncan, a five-time NBA champion (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)  has career season averages of 19 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.2 blocks in 34 minutes per game and averages of  20.6 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3 assists in the postseason.

 A two-time NBA MVP (2002, 2003), three-time NBA Finals MVP (1999, 2003, 2005), ten-time all NBA first team (1998-2005, 2007, 2013), three-time all NBA second team (2006, 2008-2009), fifteen-time NBA all star (1998, 2000-2011, 2013, 2015), eight-time NBA all defensive first team (1999-2003, 2005, 2007-2008), seven-time NBA all second team (1998, 2004, 2006, 2009-2010, 2013, 2015) and an NBA rookie of the year (1998).

Tim Duncan along with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili is part of the trio with the most wins in the regular season (575) and postseason (126).

Two superstar legends were already announce their retirement, the first one is Kobe Bryant who announced that he is retiring in the early part of the season last year.

FIVE-TIME NBA CHAMPION TIM DUNCAN RETIRES FROM THE NBA

SAN ANTONIO (July 11, 2016) – Five-time NBA champion and San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan announced retirement after 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs.

Tim Duncan was drafted first overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft and became a key player which brought success in the San Antonio Spurs franchise. He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabber as the only players to at least record 26,000 points, 15,000 rebounds and 3,000 blocks in his career.

Along with five NBA championship trophies, Duncan’s achievements includes winning the 1998 Rookie of the Year,  Two NBA MVP trophies and three NBA Finals MVP.

Duncan ties Kobe Bryant with five championships. With Tim Duncan’s retirement, an era has really ended. Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant are two of the most iconic players during the 2000 era. Kobe Bryant announced his retirement during the mid-season last year. Sadly there would be no Duncan tour like Kobe.

Spurs Hold off Cavs 8th game win streak 99-95! to bump theirs to 10 straight wins!



This was a battle that everyone wanted to find out and it was all worth the hype. The Cavs led pretty much all the way until halfway through the 3rd quarter where everyone in the Spurs stepped up to their game Duncan, Aldrige and Leonard who struggled in the first half, all of them scored less then 10 points it was only Tony Parker who led them in with 18 points to end the half. 

3rd quarter came and it has became a game with a playoff atmosphere trading basket after basket, it was very exciting that I felt the beat of my heart loud and clear even if the volume on my TV is almost maxed. That quarter ended with a buzzer beater from Matthew Dellavedova to give the Cavs a 1 point lead with 73-72.

4th Quarter both teams started with their bench players only TP and Irving are the starters who stayed after the 3rd quarter. It was a great display of team work both on offense on defense for both teams but it was the Spurs who excelled with excellent plays from Patty Mills, Kawhi Leonard with the emphatic putback slam and Kyle Anderson who played exceptional both ends off the floor even if he was only given 5 minutes, I would have wanted for him to stay on the floor but I am not Pop.

Tim Duncan also contributed with a couple of vintage moves to keep them on the lead. with .57 minutes remaining he took a semi fade away. The Cavs were down 93-99 with 9.1 seconds remaining Ginobili played great defense to block Irving’s shot and after the play Lebron had a word with Irving who took the shot with 3 defenders on him, they were able to maintain possession of the ball with 6.4 seconds remaining. Cavs inbound the ball to Thompson and it was JR Smith who took the shot but missed badly. 

The Spurs Big 3

Duncan – 9 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks
Leonard – 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocks
Parker – 24 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assist and 3 steals

Cavs Big 3

James – 22 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists 
Love – 10 points, 12 rebounds and 1 assist
Irving – 16 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists.

Here is the highlight of this exciting game:



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Spurs’ Streak Remains; Wins Game Versus Cavaliers

San Antonio Spurs‘ winning streak remains, after hosting Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers and came up victorious 95-99, January 14th 2016. This is the Spurs’ 32nd home game winning streak, and yes, they are yet to lose in 2016 at their very own AT&T Center

The Spurs’ defense played an important role in this game, as they forced Cavaliers to make 18 turnovers. Trailing by 15 in the opening quarter, Spurs eventually came together and played effectively on both offense and defense and as a result, they won the tight game. 
Tony Parker was the star of the night, noting 24 points for the winner, while Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 10 boards plus performed a stellar defense on Lebron James all game. Lebron was only 9 out of 17, and finished with 22 points at the game. 
Cavaliers’ center, Tristan Thompson scored 18 points and 14 boards, while JR Smith noted 17 points on his name. Kyrie Irving, who took off the last time Cavaliers visited Spurs by scoring his all-time high 57 points, only had 16 points tonight, thanks to Spurs’ effective defense.
Even with this loss, Cavaliers are still the number 1 on Eastern Conference, and Spurs remain trailing the Warriors at number 2 on Western Conference. 
On Friday, Cavaliers with play James Harden and co. at Houston, while Spurs will have Mavericks at San Antonio on Saturday.
Other NBA Results:
Raptors 106-103 Magic
Bulls 115-111 76Ers
Pistons 101-103 Grizzlies
Kings 103-101 Jazz
Lakers 98-116 Warriors

My BOY! Kawhi Leonard 18pts, 14reb, 4 BLOCKS! duel against Melo great D and helped Spurs win over NY!

Leonard denies Melo with the help of Timmy D.

Leonard is mr lock down his hands is a big factor, excellent timing and toughness proved to be the main weapon of the Spurs even after acquiring Aldridge, Leonard is surely taking strives towards guiding this team after Duncan’s retirement.

The Spurs move to 3-1 after beating the Knicks with a score of 94 – 84. Spurs led by Aldridge 19 followed by Leonard with 18 and Duncan contributed 16 pts. The Knicks dropped to 2-2, Melo led the Knicks with 19 markers, followed by Porzingis 13 and  Lopez with 10 pts.

Highlight of the Duel courtesy of FreeDawkins




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