SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs ended their season on the highest of highs as they captured the 2014 NBA title, their fifth NBA crown in franchise history, after defeating the Miami Heat in five games.
And though Kawhi Leonard earned the Finals MVP trophy, Boris Diaw had a huge hand in helping the Spurs in the postseason and especially in the Finals. He nearly recorded a triple double in Game 4 in Miami and averaged 9.2 points, 3.4 assists, 4.9 rebounds, while shooting 40 percent from the 3-point line and 50 percent from the field in 26.3 minutes per game. But there will be not much rest for Diaw this summer despite the long NBA season he endured.
After the Game 5 win, Diaw spoke to Project Spurs and confirmed he will be playing for Team France this summer at the FIBA World Cup in Spain while the team was celebrating in the locker room.
“Of course I will be playing for France. I’m going to take a little time off, a couple of days to relax and be back at it,” said Diaw.
Diaw will definitely need the rest before heading to Spain. Recall he won the Eurobasket title this past summer with Team France then headed into training camp with the Spurs to get ready for this past regular season and postseason.
“It’s been a full season. Not much rest. A lot of basketball. A lot of practice. A lot of coaching,” said Diaw on the long year he had. “I’m just happy to win. I was just happy to win with the national team.”
Diaw playing with Team France will keep him in game-shape heading into next season if he remains with San Antonio.
Diaw will be a free agent this offseason. He was key in the Spurs’ postseason run and altered the course of the NBA Finals versus the Heat when he was inserted into the starting lineup.
It should be noted, Spurs guard Tony Parker will not be suiting up for Team France this summer.