Temple: “I’m going to continue to play defense.”

In an interview with lsureveille.com, San Antonio Spurs’ guard Garrett Temple spoke about how defense is key to his game but is hoping to expand on the offensive end of the court:

“Defense is what I did well in college and what got me here, and I’m going to continue to play defense,” he said. “But I’m going to build my offensive game a little more so I can be a force on both ends.”

“I was very fortunate to end up with a team like the Spurs that has so many great veteran players,” Temple said. “It seemed like the right choice.”|

Hearing Temple stress defense must put a smile on Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich.

On his injury to his ankle during the 2010 NBA Summer League:

“It was about a six-week rehab process,” Temple said. “But I stayed in San Antonio most of the time, and we did what we needed to do to get it back right.”

Temple is hoping to build upon his performance late in the 2010 Spurs’ season where he opened eyes with his stellar play coming in for the injured George Hill.

This isn’t the first time Temple spoke about improving his game. During the 2010 NBA Summer League I spoke to Temple about what he wants to work on in his second season with the Spurs:

“To be more comfortable at the point guard position. Learn to play the point guard more. Maybe learn the two a little more,” said Temple, “Become a combo guy. Be a guy that can guard the point and the two slot and just go out there and be a guy they (Spurs) can really count on to do the little things.”

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