As if implying more playing time in the NBA Finals versus the Heat would have brought the San Antonio Spurs their fifth NBA title, now comes this from the former San Antonio Spurs forward DeJuan Blair.
“The Spurs,” Blair said.
That is what the newest Mav said, making it very clear he is targeting his former team next year and has the first meeting between the two clubs circled in his calendar.
And as if that isn't enough to perhaps re-ignite the Spurs-Mavericks rivalry, Mavs owner Mark Cuban knows how determined Blair is to prove the Spurs were wrong for letting him go and is anticipating his new player to cause havoc for San Antonio when the teams meet.
“DeJuan already knows when we’re playing the Spurs,” Cuban said. “We already know what DeJuan is going to do to the Spurs. It’s going to be a beautiful thing.”
Blair fell out of the rotation during last year's Finals (and throughout the season) and complained multiple times about the lack of playing time during his tenure with the Spurs. Add the fact the Spurs had been trying to trade him multiple times, it is not surprising Blair may have a chip on his shoulder when it comes to San Antonio.
As for Cuban's remark, of course he will want to drum up some hype between the two clubs. It could sell more tickets. Not only that, he wants to show his new player that he is on his side and has his back when it comes to getting back at the Spurs.
In addition, the Spurs-Mavs rivalry has cooled and was once considered one of the greatest rivalry in the NBA, so this back-and-forth may get the fanbases to come out to the games.
Also, Mark isn't one to shy away from taking pot-shots at the Spurs and the city of San Antonio.
The Spurs and Mavs will clash for the first time next season in December in Dallas. The first time the Mavericks and Blair will visit the Spurs next season will be January 8 in San Antonio.
I am sure Spurs fans will be there to give DeJuan a "warm welcome" back.
Thoughts Spurs fans? Do you really think Blair will do damage on the Spurs like Cuban thinks?