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The Dream Team documentary produced by NBA TV is the best thing I have seen in a long, long time....

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The Dream Team documentary produced by NBA TV is the best thing I have seen in a long, long time. Watch it now.

Latin_D, abusing the fanshots system

When asked what teams off the Top 5 radar want to meet with him, former UConn center Andre Drummond...

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When asked what teams off the Top 5 radar want to meet with him, former UConn center Andre Drummond said the Celtics and Spurs.

via Marc Spears' twitter. So, uhhh, that's interesting.

Gregory Popovich ‏@FakeCoachPop Relax. Even the Germans had a good couple of days at Stalingrad.

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Gregory Popovich ‏@FakeCoachPop Relax. Even the Germans had a good couple of days at Stalingrad.

Fake Coach Pop

"Though I shouldn't say that; I have to threaten them that I'll leave," Duncan joked. "No ... I'm...

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"Though I shouldn't say that; I have to threaten them that I'll leave," Duncan joked. "No ... I'm not going anywhere. You can print that wherever you want to. I'm here and I'm a Spur for life."

ESPN.com

Watching ton of video of SAS vs OKC reminds me that, sometimes, League Pass isn't the greatest...

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Watching ton of video of SAS vs OKC reminds me that, sometimes, League Pass isn't the greatest thing.

-- Zach Lowe @ SI I thought originally that Zach was making a negative comment about team-oriented, 'beautiful' basketball. But he clarified later that his complaint is about the Spurs and Thunder announcers. I guess he's not as enamored of Sean Elliot as I am.... and imho, Clippers announcers are among the worst as far as banality and homerism are concerned.

Tim Duncan is not only not known just as Tim, he is not even known as Duncan. In fact, he is always...

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Tim Duncan is not only not known just as Tim, he is not even known as Duncan. In fact, he is always called "Tim Duncan," to make sure we remember who he is. Tim Duncan just doesn't get it. He is happy playing down there in San Antonio. He never tries to get his coach fired. He even likes his coach, Gregg Popovich, who everybody just calls "Pop." Pop doesn't get it either. He's been quietly coaching the Spurs since 1996, and even though he is coach of the year again, he doesn't think he is either a genius or a guru. Tim Duncan has himself been hiding in San Antonio since 1997, after he graduated from college with honors. He is so weird he never gets in the columns.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/frank_deford/05/23/Tim-Duncan-NHL/index.html#ixzz1vjRzN9qy

The last NBA team that said to itself, "We're playing for something beyond just a title here" was...

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The last NBA team that said to itself, "We're playing for something beyond just a title here" was the 2001 Lakers — the best Shaq/Kobe team, as well as the last time those two guys were fully invested in each other's success. It hasn't happened since. It's happening right now, it happened at Staples Center, and it's going to keep happening through next month's Finals (and yes, they're going to win, barring an injury).

Simmons has now totally bought into the Spurs...we take over the last section of his "Playoff Eclipse" Chronicle.

Ginobili allows for this amorphous quality more than any other player on the Spurs. Duncan is...

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Ginobili allows for this amorphous quality more than any other player on the Spurs. Duncan is framework, the rock the pillar, Parker is the speed, the fire, the dominance. Ginobili is the enigma, the mystery, the magician. Never pick against the magician. - Scott Leedy, in HP's SAS/OKC preview

(Source)

ESPN Fact or Fiction: OKC is the team to beat in the West. Adande: Fiction. Gotta go with the team...

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ESPN Fact or Fiction: OKC is the team to beat in the West. Adande: Fiction. Gotta go with the team that no one has beaten in these playoffs, the Spurs. They match up well with the Thunder and also would have home-court advantage if they played. Could the Thunder beat the Spurs possession-for-possession? Not the way the Spurs looked this weekend. Gutierrez: Fact: It's probably a coin toss between the Thunder and Spurs, but the slight edge goes to the team with the more unstoppable scorer in Durant and the game-changing rim protector in Serge Ibaka. OKC can match San Antonio's scoring runs, whereas the Clippers and Jazz had no chance. A. Kamenetzky: Fiction. I haven't verified this with ESPN Stats & Info, but the Spurs are currently riding a 753-game winning streak, right? They're also ridiculously deep, with one helluva Big Three and the NBA's best coach. Maybe the Thunder will be the ones to alter this perception, but for now, the Spurs look unbeatable. B. Kamenetzky: Fiction. The Spurs haven't lost in 17 years. They were the better team down the stretch of the regular season, have dominated the postseason and will have home-court advantage. OKC has a great chance to win a title this year, but right now San Antonio has to be considered the favorite. McMenamin: Fiction. Last I checked, San Antonio is still undefeated in the postseason and has the best coach in basketball on their side. God I hate this Gutierrez guy....Can't wait to prove him wrong when we get to the Finals !

http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2012/story/_/page/5-on-5-120521/nba-playoffs-los-angeles-lakers-oklahoma-city-thunder-game-5-questions

As expected, Orlando has fired coach Stan Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith.

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As expected, Orlando has fired coach Stan Van Gundy and GM Otis Smith.

Per Woj's twitter.
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