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Ginobili, Popovich, Parker, Duncan & The Spurs Outside LA Hotel (Videos)

Manu Ginobili autograph, Gregg Popovich autographLast Friday night, the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs defeated the undermanned Los Angeles Lakers, 91-85 at Staples Center in downtown LA.

During the majority of the four-time NBA champion’s visits to Southern California, the team elects to stay in the beachfront city of Santa Monica. This trip was no different, with the squad from South Texas basing themselves out of the stately Hotel Casa Del Mar.

In the hours leading up to tipoff, iFolloSports.com was on hand, chronicling the scene, as the organization boarded their buses for the 14- mile trip down Interstate 10.  Below is a look at the original pieces of video.

 

NBA good guy Manu Ginobili, per usual, providing ample time for his many fans, while also interacting with a fellow Argentine countryman.

 

Future Hall of Fame coach Gregg Popovich signing autographs.

 

All-World point guard Tony Parker exiting the hotel.

 

NBA legend Tim Duncan hopping on the bus.

 

Boris Diaw posing for photos with fans.

 

Mario Belinelli taking a second for fans.

 

Aron Baynes & Cory Joseph making a kid’s day.

 

Kawhi Leonard boarding the charter.

 

Danny Green & Matt Bonner climbing aboard.

 

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Jon Rapoport has spent his career working on all sides of the media and sports industry. He began his career at ESPN in studio production at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. While there, he won an Emmy for his contribution to "SportsCenter." Following his tenure at ESPN, Jon relocated to Los Angeles, joining the staff of the “Best Damn Sports Show” on FOX Sports Net.

Upon leaving the show, Jon worked in Web site and sports radio show development/production, with Major League Baseball in media operation logistics for the World Baseball Classic and on behalf of Los Angeles’ effort to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics back to Southern California. Jon currently writes a political blog for the Los Angeles edition of Examiner.com.

Born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota (just outside of Minneapolis), Jon is an avid sports fan, particularly for his beloved Minnesota teams. Jon graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his BA in communication and interned for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in New York City and Washington D.C. He is married and resides in Los Angeles.  

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