Former Spur Langford finding success outside of NBA

Former Spur Keith Langford may have had a short sting with the Spurs, playing in only two regular season games totaling two points and two rebounds, but it was enough to make him a favorite among Spurs and Austin Toros fans.

Keith LangfordAfter Langford was waived by the Spurs in January of 2008, he chose to head overseas instead of going back to the D-League.

Langford played for Angelico Biella from 2007-08 and Virtus Bolgna from 2008-09.

After years of starring on D-League teams and playing through ten-day contracts in the NBA, Langford finally found redemption by leading Virtus Bologna to the EuroChallenge championship and winning the EuroChallenge Final Four MVP in 2009.

Langford then joined BC Khimki in Moscow. In March, Langford signed a four-year extension with the club that will earn him $2.3 million per year, according to eurobasket.com.

Langford recently sat down with Solobasket.com (via Google Translate) for an interview and gave his thoughts on the D-League, his experience playing overseas and his aspirations.

Biella was special for me because it was my first experience after being cut by San Antonio Spurs. Luca Becchi, my coach was very important to me then and taught me a lot about the versatility of a player.

Langford, who averaged 23.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists with the Austin Toros had some interesting thoughts on the D-League.

The D-League is and has been for me a difficult concept to understand and assimilate. I say this because it is a league that everyone wants to leave and go somewhere and not only compete with other teams, but also your own teammates. I say this because everyone is looking for his personal interest and the opportunity to play a team better elsewhere. At the same time, curiously, the D-League is preaching unity and teamwork. I worked well because I had the opportunity to play in the NBA with the Spurs.

LangfordAs for any future aspirations or dreams to make it back to the NBA, Langford says his main goal is to become the best player he can be and is focused on doing everything 100%.

After averaging 18.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for Khimki last season and picking up several awards along the way, it looks like Langford is well on his way to achieving those aspirations, whether they come in an NBA arena or not.

Langford will be teaming up with former Spurs guard Chris Quinn, Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov and two other former NBA players with BC Khimki next season.

About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.

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