• San Antonio Spurs’ forward Richard Jefferson said he wanted to return to where it all started for him, the New Jersey Nets, when he was a free-agent this past summer:
“Having roots there, just respecting the organization and wanting to help bring them back to a level in which they had been accustomed to for most of the [last] decade, I explored that,” Jefferson said. “That was something they really weren’t interested in.” (source northjersey.com)
• DeJuan Blair continues his NBA maturation process in his second season with the Spurs. Here is what he had to say about still developing his game:
“This year, I’ve been up and down. I’m just trying to keep it consistent,” Blair said. “They want me to be more productive. Once I get that in my game, that’s when I’ll get that consistency.”
“Just keep learning every day [was the biggest lesson]. It’s a learning process,” Blair said. “It doesn’t matter how good you are and everything like that as long as you get better [that’s what is most important]. With this organization and this team, there’s a lot to learn every day. It’s all about just getting that going.”
And even though he had a solid rookie season, Popovich had plenty he wanted his young post man to work on during the off-season.
“Shooting, dribbling, quickness and all that [is what he wanted me to focus on]. He wanted me to keep it going,” Blair said. (source foxsportssouthwest.com)
• Express News’ Tim Griffin reports that the Spurs are dominating the San Antonio TV airwaves:
And the team announced Thursday that the team is leading the NBA in local television ratings and are off to the best television ratings start in the history of the franchise after games so far this season.
• The Spurs lost a close game against the Boston Celtics last night but Manu Ginobili had a chance to win the game with a three-point shot. However, Celtics’ Paul Pierce got the block on Ginobili’s shot-attempt:
• Speaking of the loss to Boston, Celtics’ Glen Davis felt the Spurs insulted him by leaving him wide open for jump-shots:
“I’m shocked. I’m really shocked,” he said following the Celtics 105-103 win. “I work on [my shot] a lot and I’ve won games with it. That’s what I do majority of the time. For a team not to play me, that’s like an insult. But you know, you’ve just got to make them pay.” (source csnne.com)