San Antonio Spurs draftee Erazem Lorbek gave Slovenia just the extra edge they needed to get past Finland today and into the Eurobasket quarterfinals.
Lorbek has been consistent in the post for Slovenia through eight games, but led Slovenia in scoring today with 14 points along with six rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes.
Finland made a run at Slovenia in the second half, getting within six points before Lorbek chipped in six consecutive points to give Slovenia the final lead and eventual 67-60 win.
Through eight games, Lorbek is averaging 11.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
Slovenia has a huge challenge ahead as they play Spain on Wednesday as Eurobasket moves to Kaunas. Spurs fans will be able to get a good look at how Lorbek would perform against NBA centers. He'll likely spend some time defending both Gasol brothers.
The game of basketball has evolved into game of brute force, strength and height. The spurs mgnt and coaching staff may have missed this transition. Watching Bob Cousy and his like is a beauty to behold but it does not work in today's environment anymore. What the spurs are players like the Gasol bros.,A. Bynum, M. Gortat, Z. Randolph, K. Love, D. Howard and their like. In short the spurs is a very sick team needing a doctor and medicine. Just look at the lineup. It is composed mostly of 6'7" or shorter players. Hey, every year there are more than enough 6'11 or taller players entering the draft. These are rookies, young men needing guidance.For what else is the coaching staff? One alibi given this the spurs can;t draft early enough to choose a big man with upside. Every team is expose to choosing an unknown commodity. Exceptional players coming out of college is a rarity! This argument is very weak. The development of a young player and his coming to maturity is dependent of the coaching staff, how he is motivated and given proper recognition. Again, let me say this as a spurs fan - if you can take risk on 6'7" and shorter players,WHY CAN'T YOU TAKE RISK ON 6'11" OR TALLER PLAYERS? NOW NOW NOW NOW! ou owe this to your fans.