Q&A with Spurs’ Gary Neal: Talking offseason, loss to the Thunder and more


photo: nba.comHeading into the 2012-13 San Antonio Spurs season, it became clear the roster was stacked with guards with Cory Joseph, Tony Parker, Patty Mills, Nando De Colo and Gary Neal. And now that training camp is fully underway, it is a question as to who will back up Parker and for the most part, it is Neal's job considering he played the back up role last season.

In this interview, Neal talks with Project Spurs about the guard situation for the Spurs, what he did in the offseason, losing to the Thunder in the Western Conference Finals and more.

Jeff: How did you spend your offseason? Did you work on your game?
Gary: I was really just chilling for real just with my son. It's basically what I was doing.
Heading into the season, the Spurs added plenty of guards to the roster. Does that worry you about your time on the court?
I'm not worried about that. I don't really care. I'm a basketball player so I don't control the minutes.
Is the loss to the Thunder still leaving a bad taste among the team?
Yeah I mean especially the way we lost being up 2-0. Feeling like we had a great chance to get to the (NBA) Finals and we let it slip by. Of course it's a taste that's awful for any competitor. It's one of our motivators.
Over the offseason, the Lakers added Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. Do those additions affect the team?
It doesn't affect us at all.