With the Spurs currently playing, well, terrible, why not take a break from your frustration and get your mind off things for a while.
The Spurs front office has made it a point to bring quality guys to the team. From guys like Sean Elliott, Tim Duncan and of course the gold standard, David Robinson, rarely are the Spurs in the newspaper headlines for the wrong reasons and for that, Spurs fans take great pride in.
The Spurs organization won’t tolerate on or off the court issues. It has even gotten to the point the Spurs have been ridiculed for this and been referred to as a “milk and cookies” team. However there have been some who have fallen through the cracks and put on a Spurs uniform despite their not so favorable reputation. So here is our all Anti-Spur team.
Point Guard: Rod Strickland. He played for the Spurs from 1990-1992. A great point guard capable of scoring in the paint and even averaged 12.3 points and 11.2 assists in 10 playoff games in 1990. Though most Spurs fans will remember him for the infamous pass to no one in the Spurs-Blazers series in 1990. But on and off the court he was the anti-Spur. Here are just a few of the issues with Strickland. He had beef with the late Drazen Petrovic and fought him on the court, was known for being late for practices , had numerous DUIs and was charged with fighting outside a McDonalds in 1994 along with former NBA player Cliff Robinson when he was with the Portland Trailblazers.
Shooting Guard: Lloyd “Sweet Pea” Daniels. He played for the Spurs in 1992. Brought to the Spurs by former coach Jerry Tarkanian, Daniels came with many personal issues. He was arrested for buying crack cocaine from an undercover policeman, on May 11, 1989, he was shot three times in the chest and survived, was implicated in the UNLV sports bribery charges, and went through drug rehabilitation three times. There was no doubting his talents on the court but his off the court issues were too much for a team to risk. After the Spurs fired Tarkanian, Daniels was released days later.
Center: Dwayne Schintzius. He played for the Spurs from 1990-1991. Though some considered him a good prospect in the 1990 NBA Draft, he came to the Spurs with a bag of personal issues. Here are just a few. He had issues with with his University of Florida coach, he did not to re-enter a game in a Gators loss in his sophomore season, got into it with opposing players, fans and mascots, and who can’t forget his infamous spit on a young kid when asked “How is the weather up there?” Though you got to admit that magnificent mullet and having a role in the movie “Eddie” are awesome.
Power Forward: Dennis Rodman.He played with the Spurs from 1993-1995. Rodman is the poster child of an anti-Spur. No one can doubt his rebounding prowess, his heart on the court, and his willingness to agitate whoever he guards. But when he was traded to the Spurs, that is when the craziness began. Where do I begin? He showed up to the Spurs with blond hair, ejected from Spurs games, and got involved with Madonna during the playoffs! During the 1995 season, Rodman clashed with the Spurs front office and was suspended for several games but when he rejoined the team, he got injured in a motorcycle accidentand only played 49 games for the Spurs. He was then traded to the Chicago Bulls for Will Perdue in 1995.
Small Forward: Stephen Jackson. He played for the Spurs from 2001-2003. The most recent “anti-Spur”, Jackson came to the Spurs with a bad reputation. However while with the Spurs he was considered by Tim Duncan as the “ultimate teammate” and was a huge key for the Spurs in their 2003 run to the NBA title. What made him an anti-Spur was he was brash and did talk lots of smack while in a Spurs uniform. Something rarely seen in a Spurs player during the Coach Pop era. It wasn’t until he was with the Indiana Pacers did his more publicised incidents be in the public’s eye. He was involved in the brawl at the Palace in Auburn Hills, and has been charged with felony criminal recklessness.
Not typical Spurs type guys huh? Did we leave anyone off? Leave us your thoughts.