Earlier this month, San Antonio Spurs' DeJuan Blair was the first key Spurs player to make the move overseas and sign in Russia with BC Krasnye Krylya Samara due to the NBA lockout.
Blair was motivated to sign so he can play meaningful minutes and stay in shape.
With that being said, Blair recently made his debut in Russia for Krasnye in typical fashion with a double-double.
Blair recorded 23 points and 11 rebounds in a win for Krasnye.
Playing in Russia is a good thing for Blair. Sure, Spurs fans may be nervous about Blair or any other Spurs playing overseas suffering injuries but for Blair, this gives him an opportunity to keep in shape, and sharpen his skills on the court.
I'm sure seeing Blair post these numbers should put a smile on Spurs fans and the coaching staff.
And with the upcoming season still to be determined, Manu Ginobili (who has stated he will play in Italy if the lockout continues) and Tony Parker (who has stated he will play for his team ASVEL during the lockout) might be the next Spurs to play overseas.
Thoughts Spurs fans? What do you think about Blair's debut and Ginobili and Parker possibly heading overseas during the lockout?
I understand that russia isn't as great a league as the nba but I really like this double double because it shows blair isn't just being a presence on the boards, but also an offensive threat. Whenever blair gets double doubles its usually about this many rebounds matched with points in the teens so I think this shows that he might be working on his offense some. Out of curiousity though, is there any way to find a picture of his shot selection? Cause I'm really curious to know if any of these shots were jumpers
These are great number.. It's very good to see.. I have to admit after seeing his latest rap video I was completely fine with trading him... Any cance you can provide the box score?