After being one of the key contributors in past San Antonio Spurs' playoff runs, Gary Neal was faced with a decision to either stay with a perennial championship contender or search for a bigger role and cash in with another team.
As many before him have learned a bigger paycheck doesn’t always equal happiness or a shot at a title.
As the Spurs are off their scorching 12-1 start, Neal maybe watching from a far pondering what might have been. The Milwaukee Bucks’ current seven game losing streak probably is helping matters either.
"I don't think it's a leadership void. Not taking anything away from anybody in this locker room -- everybody's a professional and everybody's extremely talented -- but there aren't any Tim Duncan's or Tony Parker's in this locker room. You're talking about Hall of Fame players. We don't have that."
Looking at Neal’s stats for this season, his decision has cemented his role as a three point assassin rather than expanding his role.
His three point field goal percentage increased by 8.6%, above his career average, but that gain comes at the cost of his field goal percentage, which dropped by 4.2% from his career average.
While minutes played and points have gone up, they are still below the level that Neal had in mind when he signed with the Bucks last off season.
However, as Neal stated, TP and TD are one of a kind. Something the Bucks just do not have.
Is it me or all the stories on this site getting lame, you guys do a better job putting out stories of every player who are no longer spurs...
Even if he wanted to stay with SA, it was obvious the Spurs would have no re-signed him anyway. Belinelli ended up being a great addition.
He got more than 3 mill per year for several years. He's doing fine. I still root for him every night.
@ChrisCano Believe it or not, some fans like to hear about ex Spurs players and compare then and now. I noticed it wasn't so lame that you didn't read it even after you saw the headline, and then taking the time to complain..but to each their own i guess
@xpd447 yeah, I thought management cut him? Never read about Neal wanting out. He was a restricted free agent. He got an offer that was not matched by the spurs cause they had better options (Bellinelli)
@gruelingslate Yea seems real green on his side...
@Spursfan66 I completely understand that it is real hard to check out stats to ESPN, Fox Sports or even Yahoo. I need a Neal quote after the bobcats game. i mean it is not breaking news that Bucks don't have a hall of fame player on the squad.
You dorks act like he is playing in pickup games at the Y. He is making million and playing a larger role for an NBA team. I'm sure he learned his lesson that the grass isn't always greener on the other side...
Project Spurs really showed him...