There's been a lot written about San Antonio Spurs guard Gary Neal recently.
I covered his storybook journey to an NBA career in a feature this week, Jeff Garcia talked to him about the rookie game and several other media outlets covered Neal and the adversity he faced when he was accused of rape and how far he's come since then.
It was only fitting that after Neal scored 20 points (including six in the final minutes) in 26 minutes at the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge, ESPN chose to feature him in this morning's edition of "Outside The Lines."
The "Outside the Lines" crew spoke to Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, R.C. Buford and Gregg Popovich about Neal and his journey from his initial workout with 20 plus other guards.
Luckily for Spurs fans and Neal, his shots did fall that day whether the coaches knew his name or not. If not, as Buford noted, he might be back overseas.
I saw Outside the Lines, and once again RC found a diamond in the rough. So far, we are batting a thousand with players that are passed over, or not recognized (i.e. Blair, Parker, Manu, and now Neal). RC has a good eye for talent, and Neal is definitely a keeper.
@TP9Mom yeah i got a chance to talk and meet with him at vegas in the summer league. he was happy when he got signed.