NBA http://kut.org en Spurs Fans Celebrate Fifth Championship, Flood Downtown Streets http://kut.org/post/spurs-fans-celebrate-fifth-championship-flood-downtown-streets <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kstx/audio/2014/06/SpursWIN-JP.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>San Antonio Spurs have brought a fifth NBA title to the Alamo City after beating the Miami Heat last night 104-87. Following the win, downtown filled with Spurs fans reveling in the continuation of a dynasty.<p>San Antonians crowded Alamo, Market, Commerce and Houston streets following last nights win so well that SAPD had to divert honking traffic down side streets. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:17:49 +0000 Joey Palacios 10614 at http://kut.org Spurs Fans Celebrate Fifth Championship, Flood Downtown Streets In San Antonio, Spurs Beat The Heat Twice In One Game http://kut.org/post/san-antonio-spurs-beat-heat-twice-one-game The first game of the NBA finals was a scorcher. Yes, it was played indoors – but the air conditioning in San Antonio's arena broke down, leaving the host Spurs and the Miami Heat sweating in 90-degree temperatures. The Spurs overcame the heat, and the Heat, 110-95.<p>Miami star LeBron James was unable to play late in the fourth quarter, as he was hobbled by severe cramping. Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:13:50 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 10553 at http://kut.org In San Antonio, Spurs Beat The Heat Twice In One Game The International NBA: How Hiring Outside the Box Builds Better Teams http://kut.org/post/international-nba-how-hiring-outside-box-builds-better-teams <p>The San Antonio Spurs face the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight in Game Two of the NBA's Western Conference playoff.</p><p>While the game's on the Spurs' home court in the AT&amp;T Center in San Antonio, several Spurs players don't hail from San Antonio&nbsp;– or Texas –&nbsp;or even the United&nbsp;States for that matter. In fact, the Spurs are <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_foreign_NBA_players">the most international team&nbsp;</a>in the NBA.</p><p>Other teams are on their way. In the 2013 NBA draft, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_NBA_draft">the number one pick</a>&nbsp;was a Canadian. This year,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/basketball/cavaliers-win-no-1-pick-in-nba-draft-for-second-straight-year/article18770376/">the number one pick&nbsp;</a>may well be another Canadian.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150632248&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 21:20:20 +0000 David Brown & Emily Donahue 10468 at http://kut.org The International NBA: How Hiring Outside the Box Builds Better Teams How to Manage Your Team Like the San Antonio Spurs http://kut.org/post/how-manage-your-team-san-antonio-spurs <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.nba.com/spurs/playoffcentral">San Antonio Spurs</a> may not have rock star players like LeBron James – they don't have the resources. They might not have the youngest lineup, either (to say the least).&nbsp;And no, they're not flashy.</span></p><p>But the Spurs succeed so often – both on and off the court – they're now considered the top ranked team in the NBA, picked by many to win a&nbsp;fifth championship this year. They must be doing <em>something</em> right.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 14:01:38 +0000 David Brown 10402 at http://kut.org How to Manage Your Team Like the San Antonio Spurs From NBA All-Star to Austin Toro, Josh Howard Shoots for a Comeback http://kut.org/post/nba-all-star-austin-toro-josh-howard-shoots-comeback <p>Not even four years ago, Josh Howard was making more than $10 million a year playing in the NBA. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">T</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">oday, he plays for the Austin </span>Toros<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in the NBA's Development League (or "D-League"), with a salary of $25,000. &nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:30:00 +0000 David Brown 9409 at http://kut.org From NBA All-Star to Austin Toro, Josh Howard Shoots for a Comeback Lebron James Leads Heat To Back-To-Back NBA Titles http://kut.org/post/spurs-fall-nba-finals-game-7 Lebron James, who evokes <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2013/06/20/193835625/lebron-james-up-up-and-away">strong feelings on either side of the emotional spectrum</a>, has led the Miami Heat to its second NBA title in a row.<p>After a heart-pounding, seven-game series that vacillated between teams, the Heat prevailed over the San Antonio Spurs 95-88 on Thursday. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:17:32 +0000 8188 at http://kut.org Lebron James Leads Heat To Back-To-Back NBA Titles Ginobili Awakens, Leads Spurs To Game 5 Win http://kut.org/post/ginobli-awakens-leads-spurs-game-5-win With a 114-104 victory against the Miami Heat last night in San Antonio, the Spurs are just one win away from their fifth NBA title.<p>NPR's Tom Goldman filed this report for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"Manu Ginobili's NBA Finals slump is over and at the best possible time for his team. The Spurs' All-Star shooting guard scored a season-high 24 points and had 10 assists to help lead San Antonio to the brink of another championship.<p>"Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich decided to start the struggling Ginobili, who normally comes off the bench. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 12:16:41 +0000 8137 at http://kut.org Ginobili Awakens, Leads Spurs To Game 5 Win With Game 4 Win, Heat Even Championship Series Against Spurs http://kut.org/post/game-4-win-heat-even-championship-series-against-spurs With a 109-93 win, the Miami Heat evened their championship series against the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.<p><a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/06/14/3450499/miami-heat-evens-series-with-spurs.html#storylink=cpy">As <em>The Miami Herald</em> put it</a>, the game served as a dazzling display for Miami's Big Three:<p><blockquote><p>"Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and LeBron James combined to score 85 points on Thursday in the Heat's 109-93 victory against the Spurs at San Antonio's AT&T Center to tie the NBA Finals at 2-2. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:30:10 +0000 8121 at http://kut.org With Game 4 Win, Heat Even Championship Series Against Spurs Spurs Blow Out The Heat, Take 2-1 Lead In NBA Finals http://kut.org/post/spurs-blow-out-heat-take-2-1-lead-nba-finals The Spurs were red hot Tuesday night, not the Heat.<p>San Antonio blew out Miami in Game 3 of the NBA finals, winning 113-77 and taking a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.<p>Led by Danny Green and Gary Neal, the Spurs went on a tear — hitting a Finals record 16 shots from beyond the three-point arc. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 13:04:25 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 8089 at http://kut.org Spurs Blow Out The Heat, Take 2-1 Lead In NBA Finals After Igniting In 2nd Half, Heat Easily Beat Spurs In Game 2 http://kut.org/post/after-igniting-2nd-half-heat-easily-beat-spurs-game-2 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7hHcrm7xlc</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 12:18:49 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 8053 at http://kut.org After Igniting In 2nd Half, Heat Easily Beat Spurs In Game 2 Spurs Beat The Heat In Game 1 Of NBA Finals http://kut.org/post/spurs-beat-heat-game-1-nba-finals So much for a Heat sweep:<p><blockquote><p>"Tim Duncan overcame a slow start to finish with 20 points and 14 rebounds, Tony Parker banked in a desperation jumper on a broken play with 5.2 seconds left and the San Antonio Spurs withstood LeBron James' triple-double to beat the Miami Heat 92-88 on Thursday night in a thrilling Game 1 of the NBA finals." (<a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=189366113" target="_blank">The Associated Press</a>)<p></blockquote><p>The defending champion Heat had been, and may still be, the favorite to win the best-of-seven series. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 13:01:28 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 8035 at http://kut.org Spurs Beat The Heat In Game 1 Of NBA Finals NBA's Jason Collins Is First Active Player To Come Out As Gay http://kut.org/post/nbas-jason-collins-first-active-player-come-out-gay "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport," National Basketball Association center Jason Collins <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/20130429/jason-collins-gay-nba-player/?sct=hp_t11_a1&eref=sihp" target="_blank">writes in a <em>Sports Illustrated</em> essay posted Monday</a>, "but since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation."<p>With that, the 34-year-old veteran of 12 NBA seasons and six pro teams becomes the first active player in the four major American team sports to come out.<p>Why now? Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:19:01 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 7543 at http://kut.org NBA's Jason Collins Is First Active Player To Come Out As Gay AM Update: Cesar Chavez Closure, a Slew of Quirky Festivals, Heat Take NBA Finals http://kut.org/post/am-update-cesar-chavez-closure-slew-quirky-festivals-heat-take-nba-finals <p><strong>Cesar Chavez Traffic Closures</strong></p><p>Traffic on Cesar Chavez Street will be disrupted this morning as crews repair a broken water main.</p><p>Early this morning, the water main that serves businesses on Cesar Chavez between&nbsp;Brazos&nbsp;Street and Trinity Street burst.&nbsp;Eastbound traffic between Congress Avenue and Red River Street is down to one lane. Westbound traffic will be detoured northbound on&nbsp;Brazos&nbsp;Street, then westbound on&nbsp;Second&nbsp;Street. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 12:29:11 +0000 Kelly Connelly & Olivia Gordon 4532 at http://kut.org AM Update: Cesar Chavez Closure, a Slew of Quirky Festivals, Heat Take NBA Finals AM Update: Texas Earthquake, Juneteenth Celebrations, Heat Burn OKC http://kut.org/post/am-update-texas-earthquake-juneteenth-celebrations-heat-burn-okc <p><strong>North Texas Tremor</strong></p><p>An earthquake shook part of North Texas early this morning.</p><p><a href="http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/usb000agbp.php">The U.S. Geological Survey</a> says the 3.1 magnitude earthquake happened about 16 miles south of Fort Worth and just over 150 miles north of Austin.</p><p>The local sheriff&rsquo;s office says so far there are no reports of injuries or damage.</p><p> Fri, 15 Jun 2012 13:06:41 +0000 Laura Rice, Olivia Gordon & Kelly Connelly 4485 at http://kut.org AM Update: Texas Earthquake, Juneteenth Celebrations, Heat Burn OKC AM Update: Austin Ties in Zetas Arrests, Millions of Latinos Not Registered to Vote, OKC Wins Game 1 http://kut.org/post/am-update-austin-ties-zetas-arrests-millions-latinos-not-registered-vote-okc-wins-game-1 <p><strong>Fourteen Indicted for Alleged Ties to Drug Cartel</strong></p><p>A Central Texas&nbsp;<a href="http://www.justice.gov/usao/txw/press_releases/2012/Trevino%20LZ%20indictment%20release.pdf" target="_blank">grand jury indicted</a>&nbsp;14 people with alleged ties to the Mexican drug cartel Los&nbsp;Zetas.&nbsp; The cartel&rsquo;s leader, Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, and two of his brothers were among those indicted.</p><p>Federal investigators say the defendants were involved in a money laundering scheme for the cartel involving the horse racing business.</p><p>Authorities arrested seven of the indicted individuals on Tuesday. One person was arrested in Austin.</p><p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 13:24:37 +0000 Margaret Nicklas & Laura Rice 4469 at http://kut.org AM Update: Austin Ties in Zetas Arrests, Millions of Latinos Not Registered to Vote, OKC Wins Game 1