You may not be very fast, and yet love… the fast game. This is the case of Doug McDermott, one of the three veterans of Spurs. The former Bulls and Pacers shooter lost his crawling spear since Dejounte Murray was traded to the Hawks, but he’s very excited to play with such young, and therefore fast, teammates. In San Antonio, ten players are 22 and under.
” Murray was obviously playing at a very high level last season, and he was getting so much attention from the defense that it gave me openings.” recalls Doug McDermott. “This year, it could be even better as we are going to play fast. We’re going side to side, everybody’s passing each other, everybody’s taking shots… I think you’re going to see some rhythm this season, and it’s going to give more possessions. »
The Spurs were already among the fastest playing teams as they were 5th in the NBA with 100 average possessions over 48 minutes. ” It gives less time to think about your mistakes “appreciates the shooter. ” Guys can make mistakes without worrying, lest they be taken out of the game and go to the bench. I think that’s the seductive side of our situation. »
At the maneuver, Tre Jones, the little brother of Tyus. He will be the starter, and Gregg Popovich only thinks highly of him, especially because he has real leadership qualities.
” When we find players who have the potential to be leaders, we try to help them develop. explains the San Antonio coach. ” Be at this thing. Some have it, some don’t. I remember Coach K. (who coached Tre Jones at Duke) asking me what I would like to find in Tre, and that was high on the agenda. He is a born leader. »
“I will try to take on this role of leader”
Ironically, Tre Jones doesn’t even have a guaranteed contract, and the Spurs can part with him before the start of the season to save $500,000. This does not take the path, but the interested party knows that he must prove himself.
” We’ll see how this camp goes. I will try to take on this role of leader, and continue to do what I know how to do: set up the systems, find the players in the right places. And the rest will come naturally. I’m going to keep answering when called, and it’s just a bigger opportunity for me. »
Apparently, in training, the teams led by Tre Jones are… undefeated! ” Frankly, I don’t believe Tre lost a match. He led the maneuver in every game! reports Doug McDermott.
For Gregg Popovich, Dejounte Murray is irreplaceable, as he was complete. It will therefore be up to several players to fill in the gaps. ” We have to find someone who scores his points and makes his passes… He was also an incredible rebounder in his position. So there’s a lot to fill in now that he’s gone concludes Coach Pop.