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Popovic Plan to Rest Parker Reaping Rewards

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As the Spurs’ charter touched down in Boston late on the night of Feb. 10 after a loss at Detroit, (Coach Gregg) Popovich corralled (Tony) Parker and told him not to bother to unpack.

The All-Star point guard would be headed back to San Antonio in the morning.

“I thought he was more mentally tired than physically tired,” Popovich recalled. “He needed time away. No more shootarounds, no more game plans, the whole ball of wax. He just needed to shut down from it all.”

At the time, Parker wasn’t so sure. Popovich shut him down for 19 days straddling the All-Star break, a drastic plan of action he never considered with Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili, veterans even older than the 32-year-old Parker.

“(I thought) it was too long,” Parker said. “At the same time, I trust Pop. He did a great job with me, with Timmy, with Manu, managing us during the year to make sure we stay fresh for the playoffs. You can see the results.”

via Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News

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Sources: Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge Agree on Extension

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San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge has reached agreement on a contract extension, league sources tell ESPN. The deal includes a partial guarantee in the third year.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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LeBron James Still Uncertain for Season Opener

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LeBron James tested his injured left ankle during a portion of practice Sunday, but it’s still not known if he’ll play in Cleveland’s season opener.

James has been slowed since spraining his ankle in practice on Sept. 27. The three-time NBA champion sat out the Cavaliers’ first three exhibition games before making his debut last week against Chicago. He played 30 minutes but may have aggravated his ankle while making a spin move in the loss.

Source: USA Today Sports

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Rodney Hood and the Utah Jazz will not come to an agreement on a contract extension, barring a last minute change, sources tell The Salt Lake Tribune, clearing the way for Hood to become a restricted free agent next summer.

Source: Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune

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