Nando De Colo comes into this year’s San Antonio Spurs season with a great deal of expectations on his shoulders. Even though the team is stacked at the guard position, he’s going to be expected to contribute right away because Spurs fans have been waiting to see what he can do since he was drafted back in 2009.
No doubt Coach Popovich will ride the hot hand at the guard spot. De Colo will be competing with Manu Ginobili, Danny Green and Gary Neal at shooting guard and since he can play a little at the point as well, he’ll be backing up Tony Parker and Patty Mills.
De Colo seems to be ready for the challenge and excited for his first opportunity in the NBA.
“I am delighted to be here in San Antonio and could start the season with this team,” said de Colo. “It's a new experience for me, with many goals. I'll wait to see what the coach wants from me and I will train hard to earn my place. Yes, the truth is that there are many players in both positions, but as I said before, I will see what position the coach needs me and I'll train hard to develop my game.”
Coach Pop always seems to find ways to turn a seemingly unfortunate situation to his advantage. The Spurs are so overloaded with guards but thin in the post, so fans have to hope they can find a way to play small ball or some other option that uses their depth.
Nando De Colo could be a big part of the team’s success this year, but I guess if it doesn’t work out, they have plenty of other guards to fall back on.
De Colo already has better court vision and better passing skills than Green, Neal or Patty. Heck, Nando RIGHT NOW has better passing abilities and court vision than Manu when he was a 25 year old rookie.
With so many guards and short of pf/c, the Spurs can utilize deColo to play pf or c for a change. HA ha ha, joke only!
@rtesoro440 joke fail...:(
You are such a KILL JOY, ASSHOLE!
no mention of the spurs signing eddy curry? now the spurs have a 7' 30 yr old who can rebound, block shots, and puts blair to SHAME on the big macs! heck if blair isnt careful curry might just eat HIM during training camp.
all bs aside, curry has always had grat potential and COULD, if in half way decent shape, be a strong bench player at center. so what if he never really blocked shots, or rebounded, or scored, or well did anything other then eat!
@JohnAbney Well he still has to prove himself in training camp in order to actually be signed with the team. I agree he has potential, and he is a big guy and a big body. We were never looking for the next Tim Duncan, just another inside presence that can grab some rebounds, block a couple of shots and just be another big body to hold the paint with Timmy. I mean he has proven to be good in the past, averaging 19.5 ppg in 2006-2007. He didn't do anything on the Heat last year and seeing how he got into great shape and lost a lot of pounds, shows he wants to be part of a team and contribute. I mean, if we won a ring with Fabricio Oberto, Nazr Mohammed, and Rasho Nasterovic in the paint with Timmy, then Eddy Curry should be no problem.
@ajd21 eddy curry averaged 19.5 and 7 in 2007, 5 years ago for a single season. he also played in one of hte weakest eastern conf ever. remember lebron took the cavs to the finals with literally NOBODY on his team. since then he has had fat issues, heart problems, attitude problems and is surprisingly not retired. after that season he played a total of 83 games over then next 4 years, and has a total of 321 rebounds, steals and blocks combined! the spurs dont need a "scorer" inside they need a defender inside and eddy curry has NEVER been a defender. NEVER, not even an OK rebounder. his best year was 7 rpg in 36 minutes. hell he has 283 combined turnovers and fouls in the same 4 years since he had a good one.
the difference between the years we had rosho (whom was better then curry), nazr (equal to better then curry), and fab (hardest worker the spurs have had since bruce bowen) is one thing, TIM DUNCAN! tim duncan was a 35 mpg top 5 player in the league for all of those years. the spurs could get away with weak inside players because tim did it all. we dont need a replacement tim though tim 2.0 would be nice, we need a half a tim to go with the 2/3 tim we have now. curry (nor any of the other camp invites) are that guy.
@JohnAbney I know he's not the best and he hasn't done anything great or even decent in the past couple of years. Stephen A Smith last year chastised Eddy Curry on Sportscenter, not about his skills, but about his DEDICATION. You can look it up on youtube, he says his skills are not to be questioned, just his heart and dedication to the game is appalling. I'm just saying, be open to it. When it comes to a basketball genius like Popovich, and a legend like Duncan, you never know how things will turn out. I doubt Curry will make the team too, but if it does happen, WHO KNOWS??? Pop might turn him full circle, Duncan could teach him a few things. It's a stretch, but when it comes to sports, we all know anything can happen. I think the spurs are leaning a little more towards Derrick Brown because of his athleticism and his decent defensive play. However, if by some unknown supernatural phenomenon that causes Curry to grab a spot on the team, I won't be angry or disappointed, I'll totally be open to it and we'll all have to accept him. If he does make the team, Pop obviously saw something in him that gave him hope. I mean, he did work is ass off during the summer and lost a ton of weight. That at least shows he has SOME commitment and dedication to be part of a team. Not saying that is the deciding factor, but it's something worth pointing out. I know this is a slim chance of happening but like I said, anything could happen. Like myself and many spurs fans out there, what I want the MOST is Whatablair and Bonner gone.
@JohnAbney Have you seen the new pic of Curry? He appears to be in great shape. I don't recall him ever looking this good.