The Dallas Mavericks introduced former San Antonio Spurs forward DeJuan Blair recently and he had a subtle message for his former team.
When asked about a return trip to the NBA Finals, the newest Dallas Maverick said he does want to get back and in the process, took a jab at the Spurs. In a nutshell, he said San Antonio might have won their 5th NBA title had the coaching staff had him out on the court more versus Miami.
"Of course I want to get back. I don't think we've (Spurs) would have came up short if I would've played but, hey, keep that out there."
If DeJuan wants to re-ignite the Spurs-Mavericks rivalry of old, this jab at the Spurs might do it.
As for playing versus the Heat in the Finals, would Blair had made the difference? Unlikely.
The Spurs were seconds away from winning title No. 5 in Game 6 without DeJuan and forced Miami to a deciding Game 7. Granted the Spurs came up short in the end but Blair's contributions and toughness may have helped but were not going to be the difference maker.
Then again, with the way Tiago Splitter was performing in the Finals, could Blair have been any better had he gotten more playing time?
However, this jab at the Spurs is just another in a long list of times he complained about the lack of playing time while in San Antonio.
The first time the Mavericks and Blair will visit the Spurs next season will be January 8. I am sure Spurs fans will be there to give DeJuan a "warm welcome" back.
Thoughts Spurs fans?
Pop didn't give him a fair chance...I've followed him since his years at Pitt. He is a straight up hustler and a beast on the boards...Blair didn't not get a chance to prove himself when it counted.
Apparently Cubans talking smack about what Blair is gonna do to the spurs and how Dejuan has all the spurs games marked on his calendar.
Lmao Blair sold mark I think
I really liked blair when he arrived in SA! I thought he was going to be a real bright spot and possibly, the future of the SPURS! Guess they had other plans! Good luck Dejuan! GO SPURS GO!
I wonder how many wins the Texas Longhorns will get this year. Blair, well he should have gone with the Heat.
Maybe RC and Pop want teams to be really fired up and motivated to play them, but with Tim, Manu, and Tony getting older I would not want all that extra motivation. But Pop and RC have been such great basketball minds for so long it may not matter. Should be interesting though!
I think the Spurs are just asking for trouble by no trading Blair out of their conference. You already got an angry Howard and maybe Stephen Jackson in Houston, a mad Grizzly team in Memphis, and now an angry Blair in Dallas. You better believe this conference will be coming at the spurs like its a championship game each time.
if he wants to win over dallas fans, what better way than to throw a jab at their (waining) arch-rivals?
This is no big deal. What's he supposed to say? "We would've lost bay way more if I had played..." No, he's just speaking his mind. This is the media trying to make a big deal out of nothing. Move along.
How is that bitter, he felt he could have made a difference and if you haven't noticed what the spurs did didn't work., i was hoping to see something different on the court on those stretches when we couldn't get a basket or rebound. He might of brought some energy to the team when they went flat.
Personally I would cut him some slack and ignore it, who hasnt felt bitter after a break up or getting laid off, this was the NBA equivalent.
It would have been nice to to see what Blair could have done in defensive matchup. But as far as offense goes, i don't think my spurs had any set plays to get the ball in Dejuan's hands.Playoffs are all about matchups, not taking chances, especially when it doesn't call for it.
blair should have developed skills like a jumpshot and some low post moves. we need skilled big man in our system and dejuan blair is as raw on offense as he is when he got drafted, that tells me all i need to know, he hasnt developed and sort of offensive skill
If the one thing the spurs were missing was a series of out of control spin moves, being blocked at the rim, and defensive lapses, then Blair is right. I suppose.
Yes Dejuan, after being a benchwarmer for virtually your entire career, you will have all of a sudden made a significant impact during the NBA Finals. Yes, if that's what makes you sleep at night, keep believing it.
Ok, so definitely not a very humble thing of him to say. And surely not that mature. But then again, after following his Twitter page for a while, stupidity like this is clearly not that surprising.
Having said that, I will go on to say that I always thought Dejuan's on the court effort, energy level, and rebounding always kind of reminded me of the hustle type of plays Malik Rose, a similarly undersized forward, used to provide the Spurs in limited but meaningful minutes during their 99' and 03' runs.
On a slightly similar note, I would have liked to have seen DB get a few minutes in the season, playoffs, and the Finals. And in terms of the Finals, surely he could not have done much worse than Splitter who, let's be honest, is a very talented center. Yet it is undeniable he (Splitter) did not match up particularly well during the Heat series, and his drop in production and efficiency clearly show that. And in a series in which the difference arguably came down to one rebound, whose to say a small dose of DB's hustle plays and ability to grab a few more loose balls may or may not have been able to make a difference, even if only slight? No doubt a stupid thing of Dejuan to say. But at the same time, I think a small dose of Dejuan, at the very least, would not have been that bad for the Spurs against the Heat.
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anyone think he burned bridges in SA with his constant complaining about PT or do we chalk it up to just him being a competitor and obviously wants run on the court?
He won't be playing the Spurs because they'll be eliminated and Dallas won't even make the play-offs.
Way to go DeJuan. You loved it when we took a chance on you, then in the middle of the 2011-2012 season you had yourself out the door...so you get your wish and then you bitch because you barely play in the playoffs? Classy, dude, looks like we made the right decision after all...
@AndrewJesOvalle this is a ridiculous statement. so because he was a beast in college vs college talent you expect him to translate over to being the same beast in the nba? lets just compare 1 thing, splitter vs blair, in blairs BEST season (his 3rd), he averaged 9.5 and 5.5 in about 22 minutes, in splitters 2nd season (not his best not his worst) he averaged 9.2 and 5.2 in 3 less minutes. but the real factor, splitter knows how to play defense.
im gonna go out on a limb and say pop gave blair plenty of chances to prove himself, i mean he did start all but 3 games in the lockout season, and 65 of 82 the season before that. he also was watched constantly during practice day in and day out, training camp and game time. filmed constantly and looked at over and over by pop and all of his coaches. ill go ahead and say their expert opinion is far more relevant than your disgruntled "they screwed over my boy" fan opinion.
@SpursDynasty The media is not putting words in DJBs mouth. Some of his disses were from Twitter so how could you possibly blame "media"? And Blair has made enough snarky comments at this point to make it pretty obvious that he genuinely dislikes this franchise. It also proves that he's just not very smart to keep giving a rival extra motivation to destroy him and his new team.
@autrader1 well, the reason he was laid off was he gained weight and bad attitude, i would say he was fired not laid off.
@ajd21 DeJuan started 166 out of the 288 games (58%) he played in. I wouldn't call that "a benchwarmer for virtually your entire career."
@BlazingDeath I think he has been an asshole for a while now..he was just undercover. Now with the Wavs, he can fit in better there by being a tool.
Splitter actually score 3 important buckets to keep them close in the 4th quarter in one of those 2 last games. Don't think DJB would have been able to do that under the rim.
@ryankxlu I'm with ya on this one. Blair made some positive contributions to the Spurs during his time here. Despite his inconsistent defense and shot selection, I thought he always played hard and brought energy. He might have made a difference in the Heat series or the OKC series from the previous year. Historically, he played well against those teams and he matches up better with them than Splitter and Bonner, IMO.
I could care less about the backhanded comments and silly off the field stuff. I never understood how he got in Pop's doghouse and just STAYED THERE PERPETUALLY. How does a player go from starting most of the season to no role, without committing some major mistake? If Blair was a team cancer or malcontent, then why did we keep all this time and not play him?
IMO he burned bridges in the city and on the team. I think his legal trouble (jewelry) spilled over and I think his "antics" in the off season (he loved to party and not work on his game) put him out of favor.
George hill/kawhi Leonard he was not!
@JeffProjectSpurs he burned his bridges, good riddance.
@JeffProjectSpurs ,,or hes just delusional enough to really believe he is "elite"
Diaw has moore talent and is of simular stature. Blairs wage was low, spurs wanted something in return and could afford to wait. And clearly Dejuan wasn't disagreeable enough to get waived (like Jackson)