AT&T CENTER -- Once again in the friendly confines of the AT&T Center, San Antonio Spurs guards Danny Green and Gary Neal were right at home in their comfort zones. A thrice-cut journeyman and an undrafted frr agent, Green and Neal are fitting locker room neighbors. Together, they occupy the corner of the room closest to the entrance, out of the way of everyone else.
On most nights during the regular season they side, side-by-side, swapping stories while the media scrums circle around their more heralded players. Jokes, life lessons, or just a moment from a recent game, the topics vary on any given night. Next year, provided Neal--a free agent--remains with the Spurs, they will have a story to trump any other tale they've shared before. Game 3 of the NBA Finals, one will remind the other, was the night that their little corner became the center of the basketball universe. It was the night two previously unknown players outscored the entire Miami Heat starting lineup, 51-43.
Each has their own humble basketball origins, cast aside by the NBA, only to be unearthed by the Spurs Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford as hidden gems.no comments