Since joining the Dallas Mavericks, former San Antonio Spurs forward DeJuan Blair hasn't shied away from making his feelings known about his former club.
He stated the Spurs might have won their fifth title had the team played him a lot more in last season's NBA Finals and has made it clear he has circled in his calendar the first time he faces San Antonio.
Well, you can add another reason for DeJuan to have a chip on his shoulder when it comes to the team that drafted him in 2009.
When asked by Eddie Sefko of DallasNews.com as to what happened during his time with the Spurs, Blair states he feels the Spurs stopped believing in him and has no idea why head coach Gregg Popovich stopped giving him minutes.
“I don’t know,” Blair said. “Pop stopped [playing] me. I couldn’t tell you what was going through that man’s head at all. Nobody knows but him.”
“I had to leave and come here where I think they’ll give me confidence and believe in me,” he said. “I didn’t think they believed in me in San Antonio, so that’s pretty good here. I feel supported. That’s how it is.”
There are many reason one can point to and speculate as to why Blair fell out of the rotation (and perhaps favor) of the San Antonio coaching staff.
There was the emergence of Tiago Splitter who simply is bigger and taller than Blair, his struggles maintaining his weight early in his NBA career, and of course the numerous times he complained publicly about the lack of playing time.
That simply doesn't fly with the Spurs and Popovich if those are reason for Blair's slippage in playing time.
With Dallas, he will definitely get time on the court and will make the upcoming games between the Spurs and Mavericks interesting to watch and see if, as Mavs owner Mark Cuban put it, Blair will punish the Spurs.
Speaking of Cuban, he certainly likes the addition of DeJuan and refers to him as a "beast."
“DeJuan, I think he’s a beast, and he put us on our backs a few times and had no problems dunking on us [when with the Spurs],” Cuban said. “And I think he’s ready to turn that around and send it in the other direction. So yeah, I think DeJuan will help us.”
Thoughts Spurs fans? Do you agree that the Spurs stopped believing in DeJuan?
He "circled" his calender? That's pathetic. If DJB is a "BEAST" What are Duncan, Lebron or Kobe?? Cube's is a JOKE.
I did like DeJuan's maturity on the court. Although his social media rants showed his immaturity I had no problem looking past them since it seems fairly typical behavior for many young men. I really doubt that he'll make much difference in the Mav's win/loss line.
I do think that Pop sent DeJuan Blair into exile. I can understand a decrease in minutes, but after Blair went to the bench he hardly ever played again for the last 1-1/2 years. It just never completely made sense to me.
Keep running your mouth DeLusional Blair. Keep running it. Something tells me you're going to wind up on your backside a few times. What a tool
@gymbear Agree..he is just showing more reasons why he was relegated to the bench..he acts like a child
OK, he's gone! Don't care what he thinks about the Spurs! Don't care what he thinks he'll do to the Spurs this coming season! He's on the Mavs roster now - Let them write articles about him!
We believe that playing Blair any kind of minutes for 82 games will KILL HIM. good luck Dallas. ps Blair spurs will dominate mavs 2014
Blair may never get his confidence back and have a season with two 20/20 games in his rookie season, a feat unheard of by a Rookie, primarily because of Pop's poor communication with him!
You don't start a guy three years and have tremendous success by having the best or 2nd best record in the league each year Blair starts and then take him out during the playoffs against the Thunder of all teams which he has dominated his whole career. Pop's communication with Blair was horrible; it was the worst I've ever seen Pop handle a game changing player!
@prjSpurRon he was never a game changing player, really, really not.
@prjSpurRon blairs success vs the thunder (or in general) is a bit inaccurate. he averaged 9ppg vs the thunder and had 3 total double digit scoring games. he averaged 6 rpg, with two 11 rebound games and his lone monster of 21 rebounds. he averaged .84 assists, and even less blocks or steals.
people got blinded by that big 29/21 game way back in his rookie year that they think he was just some monster vs the thunder when it really wasnt the case. he followed up that game with a 9/3/2 game and a 7/3/0 game that same year. and after all those big numbers, his +/- in that lone game was +1.
Still, John, you don't start a guy all season, have the best record in the league with that guy starting and not let him play in the play0ffs 3 years straight. That's just wrong and Pop knows it!
Blair earned at least two full playoff games to show what he could do without being yanked at the drop of hat!
Im with you here John. Virtually all teams shorten rotations in playoffs and DJB just didnt match up well enough in most cases. And I think the major reason why DJB EVER started was because he just didnt match well with ANY other spurs big than TD. Tim could effectively "hide" DJBs MANY shortcomings. And when Diaw came, it was a no brainer..Diaw>DJB ALL day
I don't agree. 1st he only started about a season and a half. The spurs didn't have the best record or a top record because of what Blair did in his 21 mpg. They had the worst defensive eff in the Tim Duncan era the time that Blair started. The more he was on the floor the worse the defense got. I mean MATT FREAKING BONNER plays better defense than Blair!
@sa2ny2004 they gave him a pay advance I think that shows they believed in him
no reason to believe in him when he hasnt improved by himself. i can see if he improved every year in a category but he didnt
@zerospurs EXACTLY! from his rookie to 3rd year his minutes went up almost 4 mpg. his ppg went up less than 2 points, his rebounds per game went DOWN, his assists went up .3 apg, his steals went down, his blocks went down, his TO stayed the same and his fouls stayed the same. his TS actually went down as well.
so not only did he not improve his game over 3 years but the sole reason he was picked up in the 1st place, because he was a rebounding monster (tim legler went so far as to say blair will lead the league in rebounds in 5 years, after his rookie season), actually GOT WORSE with more minutes!