Former San Antonio Spurs guard James Anderson's time in San Antonio was short lived. He was touted as another great draft day steal by the Spurs considering he was a prolific scorer while at Oklahoma State University. And while his NBA career started off with high hopes, it was stunted due to a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot he suffered only six games into his rookie season.
But after being sent to and from Austin to rehab with the Toros, and seeing the emergence of Danny Green, Anderson fell out of the rotation and found himself relegated to the end of the bench.
Now he is looking to revive his young NBA career with the Atlanta Hawks and hoping to latch on with the Hawks.
Project Spurs caught up with Anderson while the Hawks were in the Alamo City for a preseason game and spoke on lessons learned from his time with the Spurs, coach Gregg Popovich, his thoughts on how things ended with the Spurs and much more.
Jeff: How has your time been with the Hawks?
James: It's been good. I cant complain. I'm having a good camp so far so I'll continue to do that.
What lessons have you taken from San Antonio to Atlanta?
Just to continue to work day in and day out. Try to prove yourself. Prove your game everyday.
What has Danny Ferry spoken to you regarding your transition to a new team?
Pretty much the same when I was here. Just go out and play and be confident in doing it. Show I can play on both ends.
If you can pick one lesson from coach Popovich you learned from your time with him, what would it be?
Just play hard every possession.
How was your time with the Toros?
It was fun. It was a great group of guys that worked hard. It was a lot of fun when I was playing out there.
When you were with the Spurs, you had injuries which cut into your playing time. When you came back form injury, you didn't get back into the rotation. Any ill will towards the Spurs as to how things ended?
It just happens. It's part of the game. It happens to a lot of players.