Spurs news briefs: Free Spurs tickets, Karl fined, Pop motivates, and more


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• After the dramatic ending to the Spurs-Denver Nuggets game which ended in Manu Ginobili drawing the offensive foul on Carmelo Anthony, Nuggets coach George Karl was obviously upset with the loss but was fined $25, 000 for public comments he made about the refs:

NBA vice president Stu Jackson announced the punishments Saturday.

Karl was fined for public comments about the officiating following the Nuggets’ 113-112 home loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.

Kind of don’t blame Karl. It was an emotional loss for his team. Though as a Spurs fan, I loved how the game ended.

• Speaking of the dramatic ending to the recent Spurs-Nuggets game, seems Ginobili and the Spurs rather not win games like that:

(video courtesy of woai.com)

• Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich is considered a great NBA coach and knows how to get the best out of his players. Case in point, the constant reminder about how close the Dallas Mavericks are in the standing:

On display in the San Antonio locker room at its training facility is a board that lists the league’s standings and offers a reminder that despite the Spurs’ gaudy early-season record, the Mavericks continue to nip at their heels. Coach Gregg Popovich was asked if he ever ran out of ways to motivate his team considering its success.

“Coaches are sick people,” said Popovich. “Whether you win or lose, there are always many mistakes made. They’ll never all be corrected, but that’s why we have jobs.”

• Express News’ Tim Griffin talks about how the injuries to Houston Rockets’ Yao Ming and Phoenix Suns’ Steve Nash should benefit the Spurs.

• Though the Spurs got the win over the Nuggets, everyone was talking about the insanely nasty dunk Nuggets’ JR Smith did on Spurs’ Gary Neal. But it seems some people thought it was Spurs’ George Hill who was on the receiving end of Smith’s dunk. Hill made it clear it was not him via Twitter:

• The NBA has been running big-head commercials during the NBA season. For their holiday big-head commercial, Spurs’ Tim Duncan made a cameo.