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Popovich: We Develop Our Players Differently

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“The way a program keeps consistency is you continue to have people in there that do things on their own. You have enough to do without trying to convince somebody they should work hard. You should focus more. We don’t have those kinds of discussions.” says (Spurs Coach Gregg) Popovich.

That’s why the Spurs have been particular with the players they draft and sign. They know they must develop players such as Leonard and Kyle Anderson, but new additions don’t stay long if they aren’t self-motivated.

“It’s still subjective,” Popovich said of evaluating players. “It’s not an empirical sort of situation. You can make a mistake and we have had some guys along the way that I did have to talk to. Our method is usually tough love and I don’t think coddling someone and blowing smoke at them really works. And beating them to death mentally doesn’t really work. So you give them a clear picture of what’s demanded and needed, that’s the first important thing, and then showing the care and concern after that of being there for them on the court, caring about what they do off the court.

“Understanding who they are on the planet, what makes them tick. You do all of that. And if that doesn’t get through, get rid of them.”

via Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe

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Adam Silver Believes Next Year’s ASG Draft Will be Televised

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he was pleased with the new format for the league’s All-Star Game and believed that next year’s player draft would be televised.

“I thought it was incredible. I can’t tell you how appreciative I am of the players,” Silver told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne following a 148-145 win for Team LeBron over Team Stephen at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Source: ESPN

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Tiago Splitter Announces Retirement from NBA

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Former Spurs center Tiago Splitter has officially announced his retirement from the NBA.

After battling a chronic hip injury the last two years, the 33-year-old from Brazil said in a post on his Twitter account that “the time to say goodbye” has come after a seven-year NBA career.

Source: ESPN

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Adam Silver: NBA Considering Playoff Restructure

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver floated the possibility of a modified playoff seeding system Saturday that could pit the league’s best two teams against each other in the Finals without changing the number of teams from each conference that make the postseason.

Silver said his concept would keep the best eight teams from each conference in the playoffs, but would seed those teams 1-16. In that scenario, if the top two teams were from the same conference, it would set up a possible Finals meeting.

“You also would like to have a format where your two best teams are ultimately going to meet in the Finals,” Silver said. “You could have a situation where the top two teams in the league are meeting in the conference finals or somewhere else. So we’re going to continue to look at that. It’s still my hope that we’re going to figure out ways.”

At this point it is just conceptual; there are no plans for a vote. However, it is the furthest Silver has gone in altering the postseason format since becoming commissioner.

Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN

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