According to James Dugdale, a strength and conditioning coach, San Antonio Spurs 2010 draftee Ryan Richards will be playing somewhere in Dubai next season after winning a championship with BC Vienna of the Austrian League in his last season.
Also, heading down South shortly for another week with Ryan Richards before he heads off for a season in Dubai.— James Dugdale (@JamesDugdale) July 31, 2013
Richards is two weeks removed from the Las Vegas Summer League where he didn't receive much playing time but did have an impressive performance in the Spurs' final game against the Milwaukee Bucks where he came off the bench scoring 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting in 16 minutes.
Though there's no confirmed word on where he'll play next season, a strong indicator could be the team Al Shabab Dubai of the United Arab Emirates League.
As written by Project Spurs' Jeff Garcia recently, Richards has a history of moving from team to team and thus far, he hasn't found a stable place to play basketball.
Richards has had a tumultuous time in his basketball career. He parted ways with former team Asseco Prokom Gdynia, left Team Great Britain abruptly to play for Jamaica, left Swiss team Lugano Tigers for "personal reasons," and talk of him having a bad attitude has been mixed in as well.
of all the euros stashed which player you think will be here the fastest........... Livio? Bertans? Hanga? Richards?
@JeffProjectSpurs I tend to like Bertans to be here first because he can be a role player as a spot up outside shooter. Hanga is the oldest but signed a 4 year deal. LJC has the most upside, I think. But he's also the youngest. Probably several years.
He's so very young and Pop and Spurs FO lose nothing in letting him experience another year to learn and grow. No hurry. He can come back next summer and we can see what he has then. Next year some Spur's bigs will be off the books to resign or let go entirely. It could work. Many good NBA players needed some seasoning for a few years along the way before they landed in a good NBA uniform and situation. Let Ryan simmer.
@Boo-J What kind of growth can you expect from a player playing against VERY weak competition in a nowhere league likely full of novice coaches as well?
@Spursfan66 @Boo-J True true ! I was hoping for Euroleague or something. I believe he has Spurs instructions to work on his game and body as all our players away from the states have. If he can stick there and avg 17 boards and 27 pts and 5 blks, I'd say he developed, but even then he has developed since we got him initially. Spurs keep in touch I'm sure to guide and instruct albeit from afar. I wanted the Toros for him to keep him close. Folks get so miffed about the kid. Interesting.
I used to agree with you here -- but Richards has made his own bed and now he's lying in it.
If he can't get his act together then he doesn't deserve to play in the NBA much less with the Spurs.
@Spursfan66 Right on the money. The Austrian League he played in last season looked like a bunch of high-schoolers, I can only imagine what Dubai will look like.
Finally, can we all just forget about Richards? He may be the most disastrous pick we've ever had. He had all the TOOLS to make it in the NBA. He has the size, he has the abilities, he has the physical aspects all ready to go. But holy crap, he doesn't know how to read the damn manual!!! What a waste. Let's just all move on and forget about him, I'm tired of all the news that comes up about him, and it's never anything good. He's never going to play for us, and it's pretty much a fact right now.
Well, that's a wasted season. No reason to think he will ever play in SA. Time to move on from. Hopefully, 1 of LVC, Hanga, and Bertans will be in the 210 at some point.
Adam Hanga will be in a Spurs uniform within 2 years without a doubt. He has a drive and determination that we all wish RIchards had.
Plus he is one hell of an athlete... a Hungarian Dwayne Wade.
@autrader1 Preferably all 3.