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17 apps that will help you become a more productive person

I've spent most of my life in awe of early birds. You know the type: People who can jump out of bed at 5:00 a.m., run a mile, actually eat breakfast, and still make it to work on time.<p>As a night owl, I often struggle to be productive during the day. I've tried productivity hacks to no avail, and I …

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The San Antonio Spurs don't do transition years

As the final minutes ticked away on the San Antonio Spurs' 2016-17 season - and possibly the career of one Emanuel Ginobili with it - on Monday …

NBA

Kelsey Plum Is About to Take the WNBA By Storm

Kelsey Plum was second-guessing her commitment.<p>University of Washington head coach Kevin McGuff had abruptly left for Ohio State, leaving Plum unsure …

Basketball

Gregg Popovich says he changed Manu Ginobili's role for the Spurs' final game of the season to pay tribute to his 'selflessness'

The San Antonio Spurs season ended Monday night at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, and speculation about Manu Ginobili's future immediately began.<p>Ginobili, at 39 years old, will be a free agent this offseason and has said he would consider retirement, though he doesn't have his mind made up.<p>…

Basketball

The Spurs Way May Be Endangered Unless Kawhi and Co. Find Their Voices

SAN ANTONIO — For a moment, you could see signs of the old silver and black standard.<p>This was last Thursday, and Tim Duncan was on the practice court in a "SAN ANTONIO BASKETBALL" tank top and black Adidas high tops, a brace protecting one knee while he used the other to pretend to nail guys in the …

NBA

Manu Ginobili was one of the greatest draft picks of all time

When the San Antonio Spurs lost to the Golden State Warriors on Monday, it may have marked the end of Manu Ginobili's Hall of Fame career. If Ginobili does retire, it will also mark the end of what was one of the best draft picks of the last 30 years.<p>In the late '90s, the San Antonio Spurs …

Basketball

The future of the Spurs in the Golden State age

For nearly twenty years, the San Antonio Spurs have measured the rest of the league. When they won their first title in 1999, the NBA was finding a …

NBA

The NBA's culture warriors

<b>CRISIS IS A RELATIVE TERM</b> when a team is 31-5, but on a Friday night in January, the Warriors are struggling with issues of identity. Having watched …

NBA

Lone Star: Jonathon Simmons Emerges As Silver Lining For Spurs

Bright spots have been few and far between for the Spurs since Kawhi Leonard went down with an ankle injury in the opener of the Western Conference …

NBA

Was Monday night the final flight for San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili?

SAN ANTONIO — It’s Sunday afternoon at the San Antonio Spurs’ practice facility, the day before they are set to take the court for what would become the last time this season in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. With Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and David Lee sidelined by injuries, the Spurs …

NBA

Daniel Gibson Tells Us Why Life After Basketball Was So Hard, And What LeBron Means To Him

Daniel Gibson was hand-picked by LeBron James to become the 42nd pick in 2006 NBA Draft. Coming out of Texas, James saw what Gibson could bring, a ball-handling, gutsy shot maker with lots of potential. As a second-round draft pick, the chances of sticking and staying in a location for a …

NBA

LaMarcus Aldridge Is Built to Fit in with the Spurs, Not to Save Them

SAN ANTONIO — When LaMarcus Aldridge had his pick of teams two years ago, the choice was telling.<p>He didn't want to go somewhere they'd ask him to play too physically. He didn't believe in himself enough to think he was going to earn major endorsement deals anyway. He wanted to go home to be near …

NBA

The NBA's 'Slide Under' Epidemic Claims Kawhi

​OAKLAND, Calif. — On an afternoon that featured one of the most debated fouls in recent memory, these facts should be indisputable: The Spurs were …

Basketball

5 takeaways from Spurs-Warriors Game 1

Only Draymond Green would have the audacity to call Game 1 "perfect" for the Golden State Warriors, because the San Antonio Spurs gave them …

Basketball

Steph Curry explains the secret to his basketball 'dominance'

Without any hint of exaggeration, David Feherty’s Golf Channel show “Feherty” is probably the best sports interview show on television. It’s not just the slate of guests he lands on the show — which range from George W. Bush and Condoleezza Rice to Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier — it’s the quality …

Basketball

Three Sports Performance Companies Combining Technology & Science To Build Superior Athletes

In today’s sports, the difference between winning and losing, success and failure, is small.<p>Football is said to be “a game of inches.” In baseball a player has “less than the blink of an eye” to hit the ball.<p>The bar is constantly being raised as athletes build upon the foundation that the prior …

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Busy brain not letting you sleep? 8 experts offer tips

Some nights, it's like you can't get your brain to shut up long enough for you to fall asleep.<p>You're mentally reviewing the day you just completed while also previewing the day ahead; sometimes, your mind may even reach way back into the archives and pull up something embarrassing you did back in …

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Manu Ginobili Career CLUTCH Blocks!

Manu Ginobili is adding to his stellar resume! He now has four career blocks of a game-tying/go-ahead shot in the final 10 seconds (Ray Allen, Kobe …

NBA players loved Manu Ginobili’s epic performance in Spurs-Rockets Game 5

Manu Ginobili’s turn-back-the-clock performance in Tuesday’s Spurs-Rockets playoff game didn’t just excite his teammates or the frenzied crowd at San Antonio’s AT&T Center. Plenty of NBA players watching the game from afar were cheering for the 39-year-old guard, who made several key plays in his …

Basketball

Manu Ginobili outsmarted James Harden

And outsmarting opponents is the Spurs’ way.<p>James Harden has an extraordinary basketball IQ. He’s athletic and has a perfect physical profile for a modern guard, but what really sets Harden apart as a scorer and creator is his mind. He sees angles most other players don’t. He finds the most …

Basketball

Diana Taurasi: A part of her still thinks 'I’m not a good basketball player'

PHOENIX — There isn’t much Diana Taurasi hasn’t accomplished on the court as an individual and with a team, or between college, the pros and overseas.<p>…

Basketball

John Wall, getting the superstar treatment, shakes off a slow start to play like one

On Sunday night, a line of fans formed in the Verizon Center hallway near the entrance to the Washington Wizards‘ locker room. In the front stood Stephen Jackson, who played for eight teams over his 14-year NBA career. He never played for Washington, but there he was adorned in a “dc” cap and a …

Basketball

Ryan Zimmerman was one of MLB’s worst hitters in 2016. Here’s why he’s now the best.

Ryan Zimmerman’s bounce-back season is truly stunning.<p>The 32-year-old first baseman for the Washington Nationals was underwhelming in 2016, to say the least. His batting average (.218) and on-base plus slugging (.642, 21 percent lower than the league average) were career lows and his minus-1.3 wins …

Baseball

Despite the Fading of Star Players, the San Antonio Spurs’ Future Remains Bright

Go ahead, knee-jerk basketball critics, have your doomsday reaction to the San Antonio Spurs’ stunning loss of Tony Parker. Write them off at your reputational risk.<p>“To think that would be nuts,” P. J. Carlesimo said when asked if Parker’s potentially career-threatening injury, combined with the …

NBA

Aldridge steps up to help Spurs down Rockets 103-92

HOUSTON (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had been criticized through two games of the Western Conference semifinals for not doing enough for the San Antonio Spurs.<p>On Friday night, with the Spurs now without Tony Parker, he shook off his slow start to this series with a huge game that propelled his team to …

Basketball

NBA playoff scores 2017: The Spurs defense was the real MVP of Game 3

San Antonio beat Houston on Friday, and they did it with sensational defense.<p>You didn’t need a discerning, basketball eye to see something was wrong with the Houston Rockets on Friday. Early on in Game 3, it seemed very clear that the Rockets weren’t getting their usual looks, and that their …

NBA

The Real-Life Diet of Jeremy Lin

Professional athletes don’t get to the top by accident. It takes superhuman levels of time, dedication, and focus—and that includes paying attention to what they put in their bellies. In this series, GQ takes a look at what athletes in different sports eat on a daily basis to perform at their best. …

NBA

As Game 2 showed, Spurs-Rockets might well come down to Kawhi vs. Harden

San Antonio evened the series on Wednesday, thanks in large part to Leonard's total domination<p>SAN ANTONIO-- The MVP debate is over, regardless of who you believe should win. The votes are cast, the games that counted towards it are done. The NBA's premier award for the regular season should not …

Basketball

The NBA's most stable franchise might be at an unexpected crossroads

The San Antonio Spurs rebounded on Wednesday from a Game 1 loss to tie their second-round series with the Houston Rockets at 1-1.<p>However, along the way, the Spurs also suffered a big setback when Tony Parker injured his leg on an awkward landing while attempting a floater. Parker had to be carried …

NBA

A New Obsession

I’ve never been a writer before, but you know what?<p>Before this season I’d never really been a point guard, either. So let’s do this.<p>The other day …

NBA