Judging by San Antonio Spurs' DeJuan Blair’s Twitter feed, I guess he’s a Steelers fan. That makes sense, seeing as how he’s from Pittsburgh and went to high school and college there. He was watching the game on Sunday, cheering on his team but also had an interesting comment about a well-known player on the other team.
The Steelers were playing the New York Jets on Sunday, which means they were playing against Tim Tebow. While watching the game, Blair tweeted that he can relate to the high-profile backup quarterback.
“I KNO HOW TEBOW FEELS RIGHT NOW! I SWEAR!”
I can only speculate but I’d have to say Blair is referring to the fact that Tebow is a “talented” player that doesn’t get the playing time he deserves. I put “talented” in quotes because I don’t think Tebow has anywhere near enough talent to play quarterback in the NFL, but I’m guessing Blair disagrees.
After getting under-utilized in this past season’s playoffs, Blair might be feeling a little out of place, just like Tebow on the Jets. He might feel like he deserves more playing time.
Well he’ll get another chance this season. Blair has shown inconsistent play over his three-year NBA career and that’s probably why he hardly played at all against Oklahoma City in the Western Conference finals. But it’s a new year, and another chance to prove himself.
What do you guys think? Is DeJuan Blair the Tim Tebow of the NBA (minus all the outspoken Christianity stuff)?
Get rid of him please. Arguably Spurs' biggest disappointment along with RJ. After showing a ton of potential, he showed little effort to get better, got fat, and then whined. Please drop him R.C.
@CraigThomas Exactly. All this talk about how he lost weight. Great. I'm glad he waited til now to do it! Congratulations to him. A day late and a dollar short.
@CraigThomas Yup..I give him a .5 % chance to turn it around and earn a new deal in SA. And frankly I cant STAND any player that waits until a contract year to actually give 100%..If someone gets MILLIONS to merely play a GAME, I expect them to really COMMIT and do their best at all times. CLEARLY Blair has not done that.
This guy is such a whiner. I've never seen anybody as a cry baby more than him. Spurs should cut him. If he really wants to play then he has to show it. Being benched is his fault . Sucker.
I hate how people always come here and bash DB. He isnt fat, if you follow him, youll know he shed a lot of pounds and is in shape. Hes also working on his jumper too. DB is a great player and he showed it when he played and had the minutes. He will get better, trust me. And you will see when they play OKC and if DB plays, watch him work.
@minus He HAS been fat for the majority of the time he has been in SA. So NOW its a contract year he FINALLY decides to buckle down and get in shape? WEAK. He lost SOME weight last summer too (but not enough)..and what happened...2-3 months later, FAT again. He's had several years now to develop a mid range shot, AND one of the best shooting coaches to help to boot...and still I have seen little improvement in it if any. His rebounding #s went down last year..that tells me his effort went down. And how hard is it to just block out? RARELY do I see him do it and its key to rebounding defensively (and thats where he's not good).
DJB is an average player, should NOT be starting on a playoff team, has low bball IQ, doesnt defend well, and all that combined with being WELL undersized is why he doesnt play much when it counts.
And I agree with the others here..he needs to quit the "poor me" whining in public. Grow up already and instead of working out your twitter fingers all day everyday, CONCENTRATE ON YOUR CAREER AND IMPROVE.
@Spursfan66 His size is what helped him become a beast down low. Remember when he got drafted by us. They said he is undersized, but this weight makes him big down low. That weight made him able to box out people and snag rebounds. Yes, he messed up his sophomore year, but that doesnt mean he didnt do good this year.
Think about it. If he did learn to form a jumper and just imagine if he tried to shoot it in a game and missed it. Pop would yell at him for attempting to do it, even if he got lessons. People forget it takes BIG men several years to find their game, they just dont got out of nowhere and become a star player, unless you was a star in college. Look how long it took Marc Gasol.
His rebounding went down because we had got Splitter. We got more people who could rebound so of course you will see a drop, but when he gets the playing time, he produces!
I see DB block out almost every game he play in, where do you see him not doing that. And he good defensively on rebounds and his strong one is his offensive rebounds.
How is saying I can relate to Tim Tebow whining. That doesnt make sense to me. How would you FEEL if you was starting and for the whole season, team go on a long streak with you still starting then the first playoff game, benched.
That would take a HUGE shot at your confidence. I still think DB should of played against OKC because Diaw got exposed in Game 3.
@minus Sorry, but virtually everyone will tell you he does not box out as he should...If he did he should be a lot better than ranked 54th out of 70 PFs in the NBA. Thats pretty bad and is definitely a result of not boxing out/poor bball IQ. So saying hes a good defensive rebounder while he ranked 54th should tell you something. You can read J. Hollingers recent report and see that he has pointed out the same things I have. Like "Defense is the main thing that cost Blair his gig. He rated well below the league average for power forwards via Synergy, and opposing power forwards strutted to a 16.4 PER according to 82games.com. San Antonio also gave up 2.5 points per 100 possessions more with him on the court. Subjectively, Blair also struggled to stay in shape, and unlike Diaw it does appear to affect him on the court."
Add poor ball handling (56th out of 70), ranked 8th in Fouls, but mostly, he just cant space the floor.
And he was whining when the interview he gave this summer came out it was virtually all "poor me" from start to finish. If he was so upset about not playing much in playoffs, SAY IT TO COACHES and NOT in the media! And the recent tweet was just more of the same.."poor me" may be ok with you, but most people are turned off by it as evidenced by comments here by posters.
And actually, Blair didnt play in TWO games vs OKC..games one and two, BOTH wins..Coincidence? Maybe..maybe NOT.
Long story short, we can agree to disagree, but theres no disputing that most people say the same things that I have here about DJB.
I've heard enough from this fat, undersized "big" with absolutely no leaping ability. Other than TP's eye issue, we have heard literally NOTHING from any Spurs players this offseason.
Except of course from DeJuan Blair. I think the only thing bigger than his waistline is probably his ego. Get over it. You got benched. You suck. I can't wait until this guy is a distant memory.
@dannyholloway I liked him in year one..thought he would be a hard worker..I was wrong. He's an OK player, (role),but will never be great as some are saying. I hope he's gone this year too.
@Spursfan66 yeah, i'm with you on the first year part. I was a HUGE DeJuan fan. I honestly even considered buying his jersey (probably the HEB one for like 20 bucks tho, lol). But I thought he was a BEAST. After all, with his height and the rebounds he'd get. He was a work horse that first year. Real blue collar type.
But he's changed. Now he complains about playing time and I really think becoming a starter so early in his career got to his head. I wouldn't mind DeJuan as our 4th Big that would come in for spurts to do the "dirty work" and rebound and clean up. But he somehow thinks he's more than that. He's a complete offensive liability, you know what i mean? He runs the pick and role well with Manu....but I think that's more Manu. lol. Agree?
@dannyholloway I have a distinct feeling that this year, virtually every time he gets the ball, he's going to chuck it..that will be his #1 priority, JUST to get the $ from whoever next year. I'm betting the defense will be the same or worse and rebounding same or worse, and wouldn't be surprised that he actually hurts the team in the long run. I just hope he hits enough to get someone interested in trading for him before deadline.