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San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan has settled his courtroom drama after allegedly losing over $20 million in investments through his former adviser.

Duncan has reportedly come to a $7.5-million settlement with ex-financial adviser Charles Banks IV, according to Guillermo Contreras of the San Antonio Express-News.

“I wouldn’t say this makes him whole,” said one of Duncan’s attorneys, Richard C. Danysh. “But given the amount of time expended by Mr. Duncan and his lawyers and the courts, the amount of money spent chasing this fellow, and Mr. Banks’ statements that he doesn’t have any (more) money, it seemed like the wise thing to do – bring it to a conclusion.”

Banks pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years in federal prison in June 2017. He’s currently appealing the sentence.

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Gregg Popovich continues to use his platform to call out injustice and racism.

The San Antonio Spurs head coach started on a positive note Monday by praising the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ahead of his team’s MLK Day matchup with the Atlanta Hawks.

“Dr. King, he was truly a person who was interested in making America great for everyone,” Popovich told New York Daily News’ Carron J. Phillips.

“He understood that racism was our national sin, and if everybody didn’t come together it would bring everybody down, including white people. That promise that he basically demanded for America to fill from way back then is what put us on the road to make America great.”

The former U.S. Air Force officer noted the country has made progress, but not enough.

“We all know the situation now,” Popovich continued. “And I think (King would) be a very, very sad man to see that a lot of his efforts have been held up and torn down. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking at the Voting Rights Act or the ridiculous number of people of color who are incarcerated. …

“(Racism) is insidious and it’s still our national sin that we have to work on.”

Popovich has long been critical of President Donald Trump, and it was no different Monday. The future Hall of Fame coach took issue with Trump reportedly referring to Haiti and some African nations as “shithole countries” and then dubbing himself “the least racist” person.

“You can argue that he is or he isn’t (racist), but … he certainly is willing to wield race like a weapon and use it for his own purposes, whether it’s Charlottesville, or whether it’s the comment he just made, or that you can’t believe what they’re finding in Hawaii about Obama’s birth certificate,” Popovich said.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri also spoke out against Trump’s crude immigration remarks. Golden State Warriorscoach Steve Kerr said earlier in the day that Dr. King would be “less than inspired” by the nation’s current leadership.

Steve Kerr and Stephen Curry have both spoken out against President Donald Trump and his policies, and agree on who would be a better fit to run the United States.

That person is none other than San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.

“I truly would vote for Pop. He would make a great president,” Kerr said Wednesday of the bench boss with a military background, according to ESPN.com.

“All jokes aside. I would vote for him.”

The Golden State Warriors coach, who played four seasons and won two championships with the Spurs under Popovich, elaborated on why the 68-year-old would make a good POTUS.

“Honesty and integrity,” Kerr said. “Those would be two really key components for any person that wants to become president. Honesty and integrity would be fantastic to see. He would provide that.”

Curry agreed, saying Pop is “great for the NBA and would be even better for the country, probably.”

Trump withdrew the defending champs’ invitation to visit the White House this year in response to Curry’s reluctance to go. Like the Dubs duo, Popovich has been openly critical of Trump, most recently calling him a “soulless coward.”

There’s a mock presidential campaign pushing for Popovich and Kerr to run together in the next election.

The San Antonio Spurs have reached an agreement with LaMarcus Aldridge on a contract extension, the team announced.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was first to report the deal Monday.

While terms of his contract were not disclosed, league sources told Wojnarowski that Aldridge will earn $72.3 million over three seasons on top of his current deal that runs through 2019. Aldridge will pick up his $22.3-million player option for 2018-19, then continue into his extension that includes a partial guarantee for the third year.

Although their union was first hailed as a rousing success, Aldridge’s time with San Antonio has been fraught with ups and downs. He struggled to transition into a secondary role behind Kawhi Leonard after being the featured player for several seasons in Portland, and came up woefully short for the Spurs in the playoffs.

Reports soon surfaced that both sides were unhappy, but a revealing conversation between Aldridge and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich seemed to have repaired the relationship. That meeting evidently led to this new contract that will see Aldridge remain in San Antonio until 2021.

The 32-year-old averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds last season while shooting 47.7 percent from the field. San Antonio was 4.6 points per 100 possessions better with him off the floor, with the bulk of that difference tracing back to Aldridge’s defensive deficiencies.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich hasn’t minced words in the past over his opinion of president Donald Trump, and won’t be starting now.

Pertaining to an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4 which killed four U.S. soldiers, Trump said the following as to why he hadn’t issued a public statement on the matter, as transcribed by The Nation’s Dave Zirin: “President (Barack) Obama and other presidents, most of them didn’t make calls, a lot of them didn’t make calls. I like to call when it’s appropriate, when I think I’m able to do it.”

Popovich – a military man who served five years in the United States Air Force – reached out to Zirin so he could vent his frustrations over Trump’s comments, insisting that whatever he said be on the record:

I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this President had said, and his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never-ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and Bush never contacted their families, is so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.

This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner – and to lie about how previous Presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers – is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House: unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this President should be ashamed because they know it better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.

When it was announced that Trump had won the presidency back in November, Popovich mentioned that he was “sick to his stomach” because of the “xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic” things Trump had uttered prior to being elected.

Popovich has also called America “an embarrassment” to the rest of the world, if only because of Trump’s residence in the Oval Office. He’s even questioned how Trump’s supporters could possibly continue to support a man who continuously crosses moral and ethical boundaries.

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Manu Ginobili has been a cornerstone of the San Antonio Spurs organization since 2002, yet when his career inevitably comes to an end, the now 40-year-old guard won’t allow himself to dwell on the legacy he’s left behind.

“I’ve been asked about my legacy and I really don’t care much about the legacy,” Ginobili said during a recent appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio, according to Spurs Zone’s Jeff Garcia.

“Earlier or later I want to be remembered as a good person, a good dude, that I was here around in town, and fun to watch, and good to hang out with but after a few years it’s going to be forgotten. The legacy thing is very overrated.”

Entering his 16th season with the Spurs, Ginobili – who re-signed on a two-year, $5-million contract back in August – has pretty much accomplished everything he set out to do. He has four championships on his resume, has made two All-Star teams, was an All-NBA Third Team member twice, and former Sixth Man of the Year.

His mindset is that the Spurs will carry on without him, and that no matter how great he is or was, someone will eventually step up in his place, and he’ll simply be an afterthought. Because of that, Ginobili chooses to look forward and avoid fretting about how people will look back on his playing days.

“We’re going to be gone soon and somebody better is going to come up, always! There’s always somebody better than you. If you live your life thinking about your legacy or what you’re going to leave, you don’t worry than you add another concern,” he added. “Just live your life every single day, do the best you can and that’s more of my motto than leaving a legacy.”

Ginobili played 69 games last season for San Antonio, averaging career lows in minutes (18.7), points (7.5), and field-goal percentage (39 percent).

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Rudy Gay hasn’t been part of a winning organization since he left the Memphis Grizzlies in 2013.

So when he had his pick of the litter in free agency this summer, Gay chose to join the San Antonio Spurs on a bargain two-year deal because he wanted to get back to winning following four miserable years in Sacramento.

“I think it was a do-or-die point in my career,” Gay told Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express News. “I wanted to be with an organization that was known for winning and can help me raise my game to the next level.”

Gay was rather candid in his introductory interview on Wednesday. The 31-year-old rediscovered his motivation for playing basketball while rehabbing his torn Achilles. Sharing conversations with Kobe Bryant – who suffered the same injury – helped Gay get back into the right mindset.

“I kind of lost that. This injury really made me train like that. I was mad. I trained mad. I trained like an animal,” Gay said.

His only goal is to help the Spurs win another championship. Gay says he’s even willing to change his game and come off the bench if that’s what Gregg Popovich asks of him, even though he’s started nearly every game of his career since his rookie season.

“Whatever it takes. If I’m a sixth man, I’m going to be the best sixth man in the league. If I’m a starter, I’m going to try and be one of the best small forwards in the league. That’s just the type of player I am.”

Gay averaged 18.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists last season connecting on 37.2 percent from deep while splitting time between small and power forward.