Is it safe to say DeJuan Blair is being blackballed?
I really don't know what is going on, but it's something not right about his situation.
What? More detail please.
I'm asking because he has not been used like he should over the course of the season. Look at the Game-by-Game stats and look at the minutes column.
you can out-coach Pop?
No, he's just not a good fit with Tim Duncan. He's not good defensively and he likes to occupy the same space that TD does.
Not necessarily black-balled, but definitely in one of the worst situations to be in.
He just needs a change of scenery. Blair's game fits MUCH better with a more up-tempo type offense where he can show his nose for the ball on semi-transition. His value to a team will really shine in a more helter-skelter environment with less structure where his coach will encourage him to crash the offensive boards instead of staying back to stop the fastbreak.
Blair's looked pretty useless in the Spur's offense this season. Hopefully he gets a good opportunity elsewhere.
I personally doubt Any team let alone The spurs to "blackball" any player that may be able to better their team.
I thinks its more about what's good for their system. When you really look at it Blair doesn't quite bring any one perticular thing the spurs need. You got Duncan taking most the minutes doing it all with splittler being active on both sides while you have diaw being the great passer he is for a big man not to mention he's able to hit that out side shot and to end their big man rotation you have Bonner who's probably the best big man out side shooter in the league. Basically this leaves Blair the odd man out being that he's pretty much an under size center who doesn't do any one thing well but that's not to say he isn't a good player though.
I don't think so, but i think he will be a good pick-up for the pelicans as a 3rd string PF. He's tough and dirty just what they need.
Blair over the last couple of seasons was always a regular starter during the regular season but come play off time Coach Poppovvich went for the more experienced Diceman and then Diaw. I commented on this before and wondered if it was anything more than Coach Poppovich wanted greater experience in key games. It was pointed out that Diaw was certainly far superior passer to Blair so brought that facet to the Spurs team.
This year Splitter has stepped up and got the starting gig from Blair and Diaw alongside Tim Duncan and with Coach Poppovich wanting to use Diaw's all rounf game and Bonner's shooting from the bench, Blair has through no real thought of his gone from 2bd big big man in the Spurs rotation to maybe 5th.
With Splitter out of contract and due for a hefty raise, we'd assume the Spurs may want to keep him unless someone overpays him and with Diaw likely to opt in and Bonner under contract, I could well see Blair looking elsewhere and getting a reasonable sized contract as I don't think the Spurs would want to increase their frontcourt spending on both Blair and Splitter. They could easily sign another veteran for a mimimum contract to play as and when or even draft a young big who could be developed slowly and have Duncan, Diaw and Bonner to help mentor him. Someone like Jeff Withey or Isaiah Austin could be draft options for them.
He's a UFA this summer. He can sign with a team that he actually fits with. He has a place in the NBA, for sure.