AT&T CENTER – Washington Wizards guard Garrett Temple returned to San Antonio Wednesday as the Spurs defeated the Wizards 92-79. Temple spent 19 games in the 2009-10 season with the Spurs and just three games in the 2010-11 season, but in his short stint as a Spur, he learned some valuable lessons that he’s carried with him all the way to today.
Before the Spurs and Wizards tipped off, I caught up with Temple to ask him about his time in San Antonio, what he’s seen from the team since departing, and we also discussed their future.
When Temple was with San Antonio, the big three of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker were in their late 20s to early 30s. I asked him if he was surprised to see them 28 seconds from a championship this past summer, where they lost to the Miami Heat in seven games in the NBA Finals.
“Not at all man,” said Temple, “and Tony isn’t as old as he likes to tell people. He’s been in the league since he was 18 or 19. When I was playing with him, he was in his late 20s, but it didn’t surprise me at all (to see them in the Finals).”no comments