Being an NBA rookie is hard enough but being an rookie with the San Antonio Spurs is another thing.
On a team with veterans such as Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker and a hard-nosed coach like Gregg Popovich, a rookie has to impress if he wants to crack the rotation and see steady minutes. Something rookie guard Nando De Colo is experiencing right now.
Nando played in 72 regular season games but saw his time on the court dwindle as the season progressed. He went from playing in 16 games in December to nine game in April to three games in the postseason where he has only totaled nine minutes. And now that he is not even suiting up for games in the playoffs nor has played in the Warriors and Grizzlies series, Nando is finding it very frustrating and it isn't sitting well with him.
In an interview with French site La Voix Du Nord, Nando vented about his lack of playing time with the Spurs.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs are up 2-0 on the Memphis Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals as the scene shifts to Memphis for Game 3. However, Game 2 wasn't an easy win for the Spurs. Memphis made a huge rally to force overtime but the Spurs squeaked out the win.
While Spurs fans may have been sweating the narrow win, Kawhi Leonard says it is good the team had a close game and said coach Popovich was happy the team got the win but did point out the team's flaws.
Leonard was a guest on the Jim Rome Show and spoke about the narrow win and more including how the loss to the Thunder in last season's postseaon run still lingers in his mind, his thoughts on coach Gregg Popovich saying he is the future face of the franchise, playing in Memphis and the hostile crowd, and more.no comments
San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan and Tony Parker have been selected to the 2012-13 all-NBA first and second team respectively.
Duncan received 45 first-team points and joined LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul on the first team. Parker is joined by Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, Marc Gasol and Russell Westbrook on the all-NBA second team.
Duncan averaged 17.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 2.7 blocks during the regular season while Parker notched 20.3 points, 7.6 assists, and shot 52% on the season.
For Duncan this marks his 10th selection on the all-NBA first team and for Parker it marks his second selection to the second team.no comments
The first two games served as a reminder that the Spurs' offense is a Tony Parker first offense and that when he's aggressive, it's a really good offense. Game 2 was a prime example of how Parker, despite having a dreadful shooting night, stayed aggressive and found his teammates on his way to 18 assists. Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, Jr. said after the game that Parker's playmaking has put the Grizzlies defense on their heels.
"Well, on pick-and-rolls, they had such good spacing that it allowed him (Parker) to manipulate and move the ball different ways, get into the paint and draw-and-kick," Conley said. "When you have a guy that's able to create plays like that for other people, it really puts the defense at its mercy."no comments
The San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies will have two more days to rest and make adjustments heading into Game 3 this Saturday.
The Spurs held a practice yesterday and Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan spoke more on the overtime win versus Memphis in Game 2 including Memphis' late rally, and more.
Parker on MRI on aching calf, team role players, playing defense and more.
Duncan on crediting Parker in the series, team shooters, Grizzlies' playoff expereince and more.no comments
The San Antonio Spurs edged the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals in overtime winning 93-89. After the game, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili spoke on the narrow win.
Parker admits keeping a lead on Memphis is tough to do and runs like the Grizzlies made is expected. He also says the Spurs didn't do anything other than protect the home court. Ginobili says he noticed Parker was getting tired as the game progressed and says the series is not over until it is over.
Check out what else the two had to say after the Game 2 win.