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Veteran NBA writer JA Adande recieved his first sideline reporting assignment Friday night working for ESPN. While that sounds like a great opportunity for someone expanding their presence on television, Adande was faced with one of the most fearsome, frightening, intimidating tasks in all of sports.
Interviewing San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.
Having your first sideline interview with Gregg Popovich is like taking your first major league at bat against Randy Johnson. Nah, it's worse than that. It's like being a small bird flying in front of a Randy Johnson fastball. In the face of this monumental task, Adande tried to psyche himself up for the occasion...
So how did it go for the rookie sideline reporter?
Umm... uhh... not so good.
It could have been worse. Pop could have bitten Adande's head off or something. Welcome to the NBA sidelines!!!
BEST OF MAXIM
This is actually the ultimate compliment in my opinion.
While in L.A. to take on the Lakers Friday, Popovich was asked about Kawhi Leonard as a defender compared to Bruce Bowen who played for the Spurs from 2001-09 and was a part of three different championship teams.
Popovich told Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles that “Leonard is much better than Bowen, and that Bowen couldn’t...
Gregg Popovich has no problem making things difficult for the media if you have ever watched any interview or news conference with the San Antonio Spurs coach.
Friday night, as the Spurs where taking on Lakers in Los Angeles, Popovich got a chance to take a jab at the 'new guy,' ESPN's J.A. Adande, who was working as a sideline reporter for the first time.
According to Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News, Kawhi Leonard has joined rookies, Victor Oladipo, Otto Porter and Cody Zeller as the latest NBA players to sign with Jordan brand.
The 22-year-old signed a deal to sport the Air Jordan shoes — the line produced for and made famous by Hall of Famer Michael Jordan since 1985 — and other Jordan Brand apparel.
Nothing wrong with some DM diving on Twitter, but when you’re a professional athlete, you might want to be a little more careful about your approach. New San Antonio Spurs guard Marco Belinelli apparently was interested in a particular young lady and decided that this was the best approach.
It appears Spurs forward Marco Belinelli has been studying at the J.R. Smith School Of Pickup Artistry. Nice try, Marco, but maybe @g0ldbluntz just doesn’t like her meatballs spicy.
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I used to refer to Twitter as dine and deliver for athletes. Their Twitter followers were like the menu and to place an order, they simply dived into an attractive followers DMs. With that, came the exposing. Leaked or accidental DM’s from athletes can be quite amusing. Who can forget Ray Allen’s accidental DM turned into a tweet when he was just looking for a little oral stimulation...
J.A. Adande interviewed Gregg Popovich for his first assignment as an ESPN NBA sideline reporter. Considering the challenge, it went pretty well.
Penn State Head Coach Bill O’Brien gave a halftime interview today to ESPN’s Paul Carcaterra that was…extremely relevant, meaningful and added so much value to the broadcast of the Nittany Lions overtime win over the Illini.
A game that was pretty much the college football equivalent of emo music; very consumable yet extremely depressing all around. Bill O’Brien was obviously...
With the San Antonio Spurs sitting at two wins and one loss on the season, point guard Tony Parker spoke about the start to the season on his French radio show and also weighed in on Nicolas Batum's late three pointer which gave him a triple-double as the Blazers handed the Spurs their first lost of the season.
Parker on beating the Lakers:
In an effort to hopefully lengthen his career, San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili decided against playing in international play over the summer after suffering nagging injuries that affected him, especially in the NBA Finals where it seemed like Ginobili was on his last legs.
It seemed chances were slim that he’d consider playing with Argentina in the World Cup in Spain...
Nicolas Batum hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in the Portland Trail Blazers' 115-105 home-opening victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.
Damian Lillard had 25 points, seven assists and seven rebounds, and LaMarcus Aldridge added 24 points for the Blazers, who led by as many as 13 points.
Duncan sat out the...
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Opening night may not have gone the way the Portland Trail Blazers have wanted but the team has really turned it around since, winning their past two games while making quite the early statement in the process.
Taking on a San Antonio team that narrowly missed out on taking home the NBA Championship last year, the Blazers used their home court advantage to jump out to...
As Gregg Popovich well knows, it’s one thing to sit a veteran player, but it is wholly another when it's a close game in the fourth quarter. That's what happened with Steve Nash in the Lakers’ 91-85 loss to Popovich’s Spurs on Friday night.
Last season’s Lakers train wreck was already humbling for ring-less Nash. He was marginalized in training camp by Mike Brown’s...
Portland has won their second game as they defeated the San Antonio Spurs. If you want see a full review, click here. Stats Portland stopped San Antonio to just 14 points in the paint in first two quarters. Since halftime, Spurs made 38 points in the paint. Spurs had only 2 fast break points. ...The post Trail Blazers against Spurs: Stats, Facts, Grades appeared first on The League News.
His team down by a point at half after trailing by as many as 15 on Friday night against the Lakers, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dispatched an altered lineup to start the second half.
In for Danny Green was Manu Ginobili. In for Boris Diaw was Matt Bonner.
“We sent some messages to people who weren’t playing good D,” Popovich said. “In the second half, we got that straightened...