Pens and Erreything Else: May 19th, 2015

  Here is what you might have missed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the NHL, and Erreything Else.  It’s more fun than having no experience and being given a terrible coaching job. View image | THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS –  Not much on the news front.  Some wild rumors were flying around yesterday. –  How about a trade for Andrew Ladd column???  Sounds...
Via The Pensblog
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Are Spurs responsible for 'Hack-a-Shaq' controversy?

The San Antonio Spurs are notorious for intentionally fouling players who're incompetent at the charity stripe. They did it to Shaquille O'Neal over a decade ago, and last week resumed the practice with DeAndre Jordan.     But are they more responsible for popularizing "Hack-a-Shaq' than any other team? Here's more on the situation, courtesy of the Spurs blog Project Spurs: ...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Spurs Responsible For “Hack-A-Shaq” Uproar

One of the most heated topics of the NBA season and playoffs has been the “Hack-A-Shaq” technique and what should be done with it. At the hands of head coach Gregg Popovich, the polarizing tactic gained much attention whenever the San Antonio Spurs employed it throughout the season. Were the Spurs’ exploiting an NBA rulebook loophole […]
Via Project Spurs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Popovich Has A Softer Side

We’ve all come to know San Antonio Spurs’ Head Coach Gregg Popovich as the stoic fixture on the sidelines with the engrained frown that never seems to leave his face. His poker face is something of legend. Some say he beat Chuck Norris in a staring contest, but no reports can confirm it. It seems […]
Via Project Spurs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Professional Wrestling Heels in the NBA

Personality. Hate. Catchphrases. Hand gestures. Dirty. Intense. Funny – All words that can be used to describe a great heel in professional wrestling. Sure, they need the in-ring skill, but that’s barely half the battle. Although rare, a heel can get over without stepping foot in the ring (see: Heyman, Paul), but how they work a crowd is far more important. Make no mistake about...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Gregg Popovich reportedly makes $11 million per year

Gregg Popovich is one of the best coaches in basketball history, having led the San Antonio Spurs to five NBA championships since 1999. He is apparently compensated accordingly. In a recent piece about the future of the Spurs, ESPN’s March Stein noted that Popovich is rumored to be making somewhere in the range of $11...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Spurs Expect To Make Considerable Roster Changes In Offseason

Gregg Popovich expects the San Antonio Spurs to have a different look next season, as the team will have free agents in Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green and others. "We’ve got a pretty good number of free agents," Popovich said, "so with R.C. [Buford] and the coaches and the group we’ve talked about what we want to do going forward with the makeup of the team but the team...
Via RealGM
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Gregg Popovich Covered Night on the Town For His Team After Spurs Eliminated in Los Angeles

It is not unusual to see pictures of NBA players out after wining a big game or getting knocked out in the playoffs. You just won/lost a big game, you have plenty of money in your bank account, and no where you have to be tomorrow. Why not let loose?The San Antonio Spurs did just that after losing Game 7 to the Clippers in LA over the weekend. As it turns out they were ordered by...
Via FatManWriting
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Spurs facing most uncertain future ever under Popovich

SAN ANTONIO (AP) The Spurs are facing their most uncertain future ever under Gregg Popovich. San Antonio has only five players under contract for next season. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have not decided whether they will return or retire from their Hall of Fame careers. Potential franchise cornerstone Kawhi Leonard is expected to be back, but he is a restricted free agent coming...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

San Antonio Spurs: What’s Next for the Spurs?

(Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America) By Myles Stedman: Staff Writer/Hoopstuff… “The last time a team lost round one game seven to the Clippers, their coach was sacked,” joked Mark Jackson, making light of the circumstances that led to his own sacking. However, that is exactly the set of circumstances that Gregg Popovich and his San Antonio Spurs face right now. And...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Gregg Popovich defends 'Hack-a-Shaq' tactic as only he can

If it's not against the rules, it's not against the rules. That's Gregg Popovich's stance on intentional fouls, aka "Hack-a-Shaq" (or, in the case of the Los Angeles Clippers, "Hack-a-DeAndre-Jordan"). When asked Monday about the increasing use of the tactic during the playoffs, the Spurs coach defended it from a strategic standpoint, while acknowledging that it's an eyesore for...
Via Fox Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Spurs' coach Pop furious over early buzzer on final play

Game 7 of the Spurs vs. the Clippers was a fitting ending to a classic series. Almost. The final minutes featured two questionable foul calls that negated each other, then a last-second circus shot by Chris Paul to give the Clippers the lead. With one second left, the Spurs ran a play to get off the final shot —€” except the buzzer went off instantly, a mistake that gave the...
Via Fox Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

At least one of Spurs' Big Three already talking retirement

After the San Antonio Spurs' gut-wrenching loss to the Clippers in Game 7 of their first-round series Saturday night, it wasn't too early for at least one of their Big Three to talk retirement. "(Retirement) could happen, easily. I still don't know what I want to do, and I don't want to make big decisions after a disappointment like this," Manu Ginobili told the San Antonio Express...
Via Fox Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking for the Spurs’ ‘Softness’

After the San Antonio Spurs lost Game 6 in their series against the Los Angeles Clippers, forcing a decisive Game 7 in Los Angeles, head coach Gregg Popovich repeatedly ripped his team for being “soft.” Did the Spurs get blown off the floor? Well, not exactly: they lost the game by the final score 102–96, and they were within two points of the Clippers with just 10 seconds...
Via The Sports Post
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Gregg Popovich rips Spurs for playing ‘soft’

The Spurs failed to finish off the Clippers on Thursday night, and as a result the two teams will travel to Los Angeles for Game 7 on Saturday. After San Antonio’s 102-96 loss at home, head coach Gregg Popovich ripped the defending champs and said they should be “embarrassed.” “We lost because the Clippers were...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Looking at Gregg Popovich over the years

Gregg Popovich is arguably the greatest coach in NBA history. He's won five championships in 19 seasons, only once finished a season fewer than nine games above .500 (1996-97, the year before Tim Duncan was drafted) and has three Coach of the Year trophies embossed on his resume.He's great. And the San Antonio Express-News did the living legend right by putting together a photo gallery...
Via Fox Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

While The San Antonio Spurs Come Through Again, The Atlanta Hawks And Chicago Bulls Remain Trapped

When a cycle repeats itself, the value of that process of repetition isn’t inherently good or bad. What counts is the substance of what’s being repeated. In the 2015 NBA Playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs — though hardly home-free in their first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers — have already replayed one of their greatest hits. (We’ll explain shortly.) The Atlanta...
Via Crossover Chronicles
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Clippers host Spurs in crucial Game 5 Tuesday night

If Gregg Popovich has a recipe for the continued playoff success of his 19-year tenure with the San Antonio Spurs, it seems closely guarded. One of the ingredients, however, is undeniably winning Game 5s, and the Spurs can return home with a 3-2 lead if that trend continues Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Dating to the Spurs' first championship in 1999, they've gone...
Via Fox Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Spurs-Clippers Preview

If Gregg Popovich has a recipe for the continued playoff success of his 19-year tenure with the San Antonio Spurs, it seems closely guarded. One of the ingredients, however, is undeniably winning Game 5s, and the Spurs can return home with a 3-2 lead if that trend continues Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Dating to the Spurs' first championship in 1999, they've gone...
Via AP on Fox
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Current Spurs assistant could be dark-horse candidate for Magic coaching job

There are some pretty big names floating around the Orlando Magic's head coaching job. Billy Donovan has naturally been mentioned, though his name is linked to the Thunder's open job more often lately. After his dismissal from Oklahoma City, Scott Brooks seems like a natural fit in Orlando. Scott Skiles was a hot name in the last couple weeks of the season, but that rumor has tapered...
Via Fox Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

When should the Spurs hack DeAndre Jordan?

San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich is notorious for intentionally sending opponents who can't shoot free throws to the free-throw line. For the most part, it's a useful tactic that's also terrible for everyone who's watching the game. Popovich obviously doesn't care about that last part. All he wants is a win; if you can't execute one of the game's most simple routines, you're...
Via Fox Sports
April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Stevens respecting the best

Spurs legendary coach Gregg Popovich finished fifth in this season's Coach of the Year voting, but fourth-place finisher Brad Stevens thinks that's a mistake.
Via Fox Sports
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Budenholzer learned of COY award from Popovich

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is known for his rather brief sideline interviews on national television. However, underneath that hard exterior is a kind-hearted and down to earth man. A man who always wants to see others succeed on and off the court. Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer was named the 2015 NBA Coach […]
Via Project Spurs
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Nets not the Hawks' focus heading into Game 2

The Brooklyn Nets showed in Game 1 that the Atlanta Hawks would be foolhardy to take the 8-seed lightly, hanging tough in a 99-92 loss. Yet the Hawks, cut from the same cloth as the San Antonio Spurs, weren't exactly concerned with the Nets during practice on Tuesday, according to the New York Daily News. In fact, Brooklyn was hardly a topic of conversation for the vast majority...
Via Fox Sports
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Gregg Popovich broke Coach of the Year news to Mike Budenholzer

Mike Budenholzer was named NBA Coach of the Year Tuesday, and he learned of the news in a wonderful way. The Atlanta Hawks organization reached out to Bud’s former mentor Gregg Popovich and asked the San Antonio Spurs coach if he wanted to call his former pupil to inform him of the good news. Pop...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
April 21, 2015  |  Discuss
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