Manu Ginobili is in the house. Pop said he wants Ginobili around the team as much as possible.
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The Spurs entered camp without stalwarts Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker or Manu Ginobili.
Pop on Manu Ginobili attending last week's coaches retreat: “He wanted to know no less than 14 things that I do, and he wanted to know why I did them. He thought they were baloney the whole time he was here, but he was too respectful to say. He was a great addition [at the coaches retreat] because he was smart enough to listen in the beginning. It's like a new job in a way. You listen, and you figure out the lay of the land. He did that. Then as it went along and we got to dinner on the first day, he started to open up. By the second, third, fourth day, he was right in the middle of arguing about everything. It was great to have him because his insights are so good.”
Pop also shared his thoughts on Manu Ginobili's retirement: “It was a complicated thing. When you're dependent upon someone for a lot of different reasons, not just his play on the court, but just his combination of understanding people and being as curious as he was about everybody on the team and everything in the world, whether it's politics, religion, it didn't matter. He was like a partner in that respect. We'd be talking on buses and airplanes. So you know that's going to be gone. Once I realized he wasn't going to play anymore, we've been talking with him about hanging around and being at practices every now and then like Timmy. We actually took him on our coaches retreat this past week. He spent time with us, trying to develop strategies for the season. So we want to keep him around as much as we can, just like Timmy. And Matt Bonner. But we don't listen to Matt. We just tell him to do his jokes.”
Pop's opening remarks from media day: “This has been my first opportunity to thank a lot of people for their support and kindness over the last six months. The NBA and its staff was fantastic in reaching out and helping myself and the family work through a difficult situation. The coaches and players in the league that reached out in so many different ways, whether it was emails, the phone or notes, it's indescribable to think about how that helped us through. The fans across the country we don't even know that wrote. Of course, the San Antonio people who were unbelievable sending notes and making their support known. It was very very much appreciated and was a huge help. I want to thank all those people for that magnanimity and kindness.”
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Dan Le Batard, Papi and Michael Smith question if Stephen Jackson is right to be so critical of the Wiggins brothers, if Jimmy Butler is smart to be most interested in the Clippers, if the NBA let Mark Cuban off too easily and much more.
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The Spurs have signed forward Chimezie Metu, the team's second-round draft pick out of Southern California.
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The San Antonio Spurs have signed Quincy Pondexter, adding a forward in the same week veteran star Manu Ginobili announced his retirement.
Manu Ginobili always thought this past NBA season would be his last, he wrote in a column for the Argentine newspaper La Nación. Despite announcing his retirement on Monday, Ginobili wrote that he still plans to be involved with the team.
The Spurs legend is leaving the game, but his legacy will live on in the Hispanic community in San Antonio
A fully healthy Quincy Pondexter has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Spurs, league sources told ESPN.
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