If you thought the end of DeJuan Blair being in a San Antonio Spurs uniform meant that the drama between the player and organization was over, you should really think again.
In an offseason full of spiteful comments against the Spurs after signing with the Dallas Mavericks, Blair has continued his jabs against the team that drafted him despite knee issues.
It was just last week that Blair said the Spurs didn't give him "everything" and now, he wants to remind his former team that they had the Finals won in Game 6, not him.
Via Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News:
“I didn’t have it won,” Blair said emphatically. “The Spurs had it won.”
Blair's tenure in San Antonio is one to forget to say the least, unless you're Blair.
Once a prominent starter for the team, his minutes started to quickly fall in the postseason with head coach Gregg Popovich leaning toward a bigger lineup for the postseason's slower tempo.
Blair's minutes were taken up by then Spur Antonio McDyess and present Spur Boris Diaw. Both players brought on a versatility to the big position that DeJuan couldn't match, especially on the offensive end.
Blair, a 6'7" big man, had been neutralized by bigger teams in the league and that's mainly because of his limited offense which consists of layups or dunks. Postseason teams usually consist of a game plan to protect the rim more aggressively than usual, which is one of the reasons why Coach Pop opted to stick Blair at the end of the bench behind Matt Bonner.
While Blair insists the Spurs gave him nothing, that's further from the truth. His stock in the 2009 NBA Draft fell quickly with the Spurs picking him up in the second round (37th pick). The majority of the league was weary of using a draft pick on Blair because of him lacking ACL's on both legs. Even with the team using a low pick on Blair, the team's Achilles heel has been frontcourt help for Tim Duncan and Blair was the opposite of what the team usually scouts for in that department.
Blair, however, still thought he could make an impact in his postseasons wearing silver and black. In fact, he also has been vocal on him making an impact in the NBA Finals where the Spurs fell in Game 7 to the Miami Heat.
Blair also made a backhanded remark at the Spurs, implying that more minutes will equate with him having big games - lots of them in the upcoming season with Dallas.
“I plan on having a lot more of them [big games],” he said. “With minutes given to me, that’s pretty much what you get, getting in a groove and just playing. We’re going to see what minutes are given me.”
What's your opinion on Blair's comments against the team and his distancing himself from the team's shortcomings? Will he have a big impact for the Mavericks with their short rotation on the frontcourt or will Blair find his usual spot on the end of a bench, this time for another team?
Well looking at the stats he got very little min vs the Lakers in games 1 and 2 but in game 3 he got 14min 13pts and 7rebounds and in game 4 he got 19min 13pts and 5 rebounds. And in round 2diaw comes back and we don't see Blair until garbage time. I mean it's true those are not beast numbers but at the same time I don't even remember diaw or splitter scoring 13pts all post season. I could be wrong but the 2 back to back games Blair got minutes vs LA he put up doubleI digit numbers so i would at least say it was at least worth a shot to see how he faired in round2. We can't say that Blair gave up on the spurs cause that's not the case. The spurs gave up on him for more size. At least he didn't pull an Odom on us Blair's effort was actually there and he did work hard to try and get minutes. Pop just wasn't having it.
The more this punk talks the more he grates on my nerves.
But on a positive note, it appears my dream for a delusional current and former NBA player and owner PPV event is closer to becoming a reality. DeLusional Blair can join with Divac and Howard and Artest and the owner who wants to play Jordan. If Bob Arum picks up on this, watch out.
Put them all in a room and let them talk NBA, politics, current events, but mostly about themselves and their perceived greatness and what is owed them. 3 hours of comedic gold.
Something tells me our boys are not too happy about these comments and Blair is going to look foolish when the team lowers the hammer on him.
Something tells me Pop is going to make sure DeJuan has a 'memorable' experience whenever he plays us.
Something tells me either Ayers or Baynes is going to knock D Blair on his backside a few times.
Something tells me Blair is going to end up eating his way out of the NBA within 3 years and will try his hand at hip hop again.
I'm sure he thinks as highly of himself as an 'artist' as he does himself as a ball player.
I think this is the first 'former' Spur I've genuinely disliked. He should have just shut his pie hole.
he sure has a lot to say for a player who waited almost all summer ofr a contract and evetually agreed to a one-year vet's minimum...at the ripe ol' age of 24. if he had taken better care of himself and looked to improve after his rookie year maybe it would have been different.
that being said. the fact is he and RJ were both "false-positives": they appeared to bring some improvement to what seemed like an aging, declining team, but their weaknesses shined through in the playoffs and that was that.
At least he didn't turn on Whataburger the way he has on the Spurs.
This will make the Mavs-Spurs games worth watching, for what it is worth.
I just cannot wait until we play against him just to see how he comes out. With all this talk he is doing, he sure better be able to back it up. It is good to be a confident player but to be OVER CONFIDENT.
I can't wait for when we see Dallas and Blair tries to match up against Duncan or Splitter down low. Diaw, Leonard, and Ayres will even be a big task for him. Should be comical when he tries to use a post move that only exists in his head or another mid-range brick.
Well none of us will ever know if he would have made a difference but what we do know is Blair put up great effort against the Lakers in the 1st round while diaw was out from surgery. I think he should have earned some minutes at that point. Pop depended heavily on Manu and he wasn't producing. Pop should have seen that Manu was struggling by the 3rd round and given some minutes to mcgrady. After all he was the insurance policy had Manu got hurt. So he might as well have gotten hurt. So pop could have given Blair a chance but pop over coached this past post season. So I think Blair has a legitimate reason to be upset. He should have at least gotten some minutes until he proved he wasn't being effective. I mean going up against Howard and gasol in round 1wasnt proof enough then I'm sorry. I will miss Blair because he did love san antonio. But san Antonio will still smash dallas
He is right. The team he wasnt good enough to play on had Finals won. But seriously, anyone paying attention can see that he is just another player that overestimates his abilities, and/or is blind to his deficiencies...which are many. DeJuan Blair will never be a star.
@gruelingslate you going to the game where blair returns?
@INSANE99 Blair did very little in playoffs last year. And even Baynes outperformed him in 1st round vs LA. It's really quite simple. Pop played his best guys and Blair was not among them. Take a look at what he's done in Dallas so far with many more mins per game. He's just not a very good basketball player.