If you really know your San Antonio Spurs history then the name Victor Sanikidze should sound familiar. If not, allow me to enlighten you.
Sanikdze was acquired by the Spurs in a 2004 NBA Draft day trade with the Atlanta Hawks. He played with the Spurs' Rocky Mountain Review team but that was the closest he ever came to wearing the Spurs colors. He became synonymous with the phrase "draft and stash" among Spurs fans who feel he may never come to the NBA.
But as Sanikidze, a member of the Italian team Virtus Bologna, points out, an injury discovered after the draft hampered him from coming to the NBA sooner.
After quite a successful first season in France I was taken to NBA Draft, which was the biggest event for me. It was amazing to have achieved such success at a young age, but unfortunately after a medical check it appeared that I had an injury which I had to look after.
I came back to France and played there, but my injury became even worse and I had an operation on my knee. I then trained again and was able to continue playing. I signed a new contract with one of the Spanish basketball teams. I played there for 1 year and continued playing for the Georgian National team. Unfortunately my injury flared up again so I came back to Georgia and was cured at Tatishvili Clinic.”
And if that wasn't enough, the NBA lockout continues to put that NBA goal on hold.