Ever since former San Antonio Spurs forward DeJuan Blair left the Alamo City, he hasn’t been shy to take a few verbal jabs at the team who drafted him.
He’s on record saying the Spurs didn’t believe in him, said the Spurs might have won the 2013 NBA title if coach Gregg Popovich played him more and even Mavs owner Mark Cuban has said Blair would punish San Antonio.
Against his former squad in last year’s first round playoff series, Blair bullied San Antonio, brought energy and tenacity for Dallas and averaged 6.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and a team-high 2.0 steals. Not to mention he even kicked his former teammate, Tiago Splitter, in the head.
Now that he is with the Washington Wizards, looking back at the series versus the Spurs, Blair said his performance was exactly what his career needed.
Via CSN Washington:
“I think that series was something I needed for my career. The confidence I needed for my career as well,” Blair said on Thursday.
“It was just a lot of fun playing your old team,” Blair continued. “See how good you can be against the best team and I stepped up to the challenge. I did a great job and had fun at the same time. …Basketball became fun again.”
In a twist of irony, Blair’s performance (and the fact the Mavs pushed the Spurs to seven games) is exactly what San Antonio needed to wake up and march to the 2014 NBA title.
Nevertheless, because of DeJuan’s past verbal jabs at his former club, he fell out of favor with Spurs fans and the fans made it known to Blair how they feel about him when he visited the AT&T Center last season.
Needless to say, his lone visit to San Antonio as a Wizard next season won’t be any different.