After leaving Swiss team Lugano Tigers due to personal reasons, San Antonio Spurs' draftee Ryan Richards has signed with Sokhumi Tbilisi in Georgia and has been working on his game before signing with Sokhumi.
“I’m really excited, already practiced with the team it’s a great group of guys. I’m happy to be here, and looking forward to this new experience.”
As for the reason he left Lugano, Richards said it was simply not a good fit.
Explaining the situation which led to him leaving Switzerland before the end of the season, the San Antonio Spurs draft pick said it “wasn’t the best fit” for him and his family.
With the 2012 Olympics fast approaching, Spurs fans might be able to get a glimpse as to what he could possibly bring the team should he make Great Britain's men's squad. Right now, he is part of the preliminary squad.
And should the Spurs decide to bring him to the team, he could be sent to play with their D-League affiliate Austin Toros to get him acclimated to the Spurs' system.
Would really like to know what is going on with Richard's development, seems he needs help to use all his abilities. Wonder what the Spurs are waiting to bring him over, hopefully this summer we can see what this kid has...
Playing for a team is preferable to being idle. I really wonder wonder why he left switzerland. Were there issues surrounding his game? Richards is getting older, if the spurs are really interested in him, the time is now when he can still from the maestro TD
@rtesoro440 When Richards first started playing with the Swiss team he was getting plenty of minutes and really was tearing it up then they stop playing him as much because the player that he rotated with had been there for years and pretty much was the stud on the team kinda like their Timmy so they started to sit him in favor of that guy. Guess Richards didn't like the treatment so he left. Richards then got on a Georgian team when their playoffs started and literally had no time to get acclimated with his teammates but fared pretty good and now their playoffs are over and who knows what's next for him. Regardless of the skill level of teams that has given him a chance to play he just needs to get down here after the Olympics and get into the Toros camp as soon as their Olympic debut is over. If he doesn't cut it in the Toros camp well then better now to find out than later. But with someone with crazy athletic ability, outside and 3pt shooting and rebounding abilities he can be taught the Pop system and be taught to play defense. That takes time better to start now.