The artist Lil Wayne wrote the lyrics, “OK, you want me up in the cage, then I’ll come out in beast mode.”
For much of the 10-11’ San Antonio Spurs season, these lyrics would fuel me to tweet, “DeJuan Blair will come out in BEAST MODE.” after Blair would finish a rim shaking dunk or spectacular put back.
Here’s the thing, I haven’t tweeted that since March.
Blair began the season as the starting center and was benched (for Antonio McDyess) after the All-Star break as the team went with a defensive mind set. From that point on, it seemed that Blair’s production began to decline. The real impact showed when he was never brought back into the Memphis series after game four.
What happened to Blair? Why is his coach talking about his maturity more than his play? How can Blair get back into “Beast Mode?”
The Beast from the East
The season began with Blair playing well. Ten games into the season I wrote, “Blair is still killing the boards and really enjoying the transition buckets.”
The beast inside Blair had him playing like a monster on the glass. Whether it was corralling defensive rebounds or grabbing offensive rebounds and putting them back while being fouled for the and-one opportunity. In the fast break, Blair was the perfect trailer for the Spurs’ run-and-gun offense: small, quick and athletic.
One of his best games of the season was on December 28 in a win against the Los Angeles Lakers. Blair finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds.no comments