Boris Diaw RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:214 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:214 lbs. / 97.5 kg.
Boris Diaw was born and raised in France, the son of national women’s basketball standout Élisabeth Riffiod. But his immediate roots stretch all the way to Senegal in Africa, where his father Issa Diaw was an elite high jumper before moving to study and compete at France’s national sports institute. Diaw has returned to those roots this summer with his participation in the SEED Project to help launch Senegal’s only girls high school basketball and academic academy. In addition to participating in various camps and practices, Diaw has taken the time to visit his dad, a lawyer who was recently elected mayor of his ancestral hometown of Mpal, and take in the splendor of the African countryside. Diaw, a noted photography buff, is chronicling his adventures via Instagram.
A driving force behind the venture and a self-proclaimed cinephile, Diaw said the idea was to explore new grounds beyond sports and possibly direct and star in future projects. Diaw also pointed out that the role of players isn’t limited to financing the movies. “We were involved every step of the way, including in the casting and script,” explained Diaw.
His subpar, injury-plagued season be damned, Tony Parker joins Boris Diaw and former Spur Nando De Colo among 24 players named to France’s preliminary roster for EuroBasket 2015. France is the defending champion, with Parker having earned MVP honors in leading Les Bleus to their first major title at the 2013 competition. He, Diaw and fellow NBA standouts Nicolas Batum and Rudy Gobert have all pledged their intent to participate with France among four host nations.
The only questions are, how many and how important, and what might they bring back with the possibility of more than $20 million in space under the salary cap. This is what we know: Parker, Tiago Splitter, Boris Diaw, Patty Mills and Kyle Anderson are all on the books for a total of about $34.2 million for 2015-16.
Boris Diaw: It was an honor to play with you @SteveNash and I’m proud to have you as a friend! Thanks for what you taught me. #2xMVP #Legend
Boris Diaw: Very very disappointing loss but I guess we deserved it. We didn’t end the game well and give New York their confidence back. Next…
Boris Diaw: Thanks for the fans tonight at Moda Center and all messages. Difficult period for the team but we are working hard to come back. Good night
Boris Diaw: Spurs fans. I’m happy tonight that we won but I’m more thrilled to have been there for Coach Pop’s 1000th victory. Thanks and rodeo trip on!
A good number of players who are too afraid to let their shooting percentage suffer wouldn’t even try to sink a halfcourt shot with less than a second remaining on the clock, so Boris Diaw should get some credit for at least trying Saturday night against the Clippers. Unfortunately, Diaw’s heave sailed over the backboard and hit coach Gregg Popovich, who was walking to the locker room early.
Boris Diaw: Game day in Charlotte. I’m always happy to come back here where I have friends and good memories! Have a nice day @Bismack Biyombo
Quixem Ramirez: Parker said Boris played like “he was on the French national team.” Diaw scored 23, second most in his Spurs tenure.
And so Batum went for 35 and 27 points in the final two games of the World Cup to give France the bronze medal, and he noticed his Portland teammates urging him in training camp: Shoot, Nic. Shoot. “I try to do everything on the court, but I know I got to be more aggressive,” Batum told RealGM. “The team needs it. Everybody’s pushing me here. When Tony Parker didn’t play with us this summer, Boris Diaw and I had to step up our games. That was a cool learning experience for me. Here, we’re all young and I would like to be the guy for LaMarcus and Damian. I would like that a lot. But I know I need to be aggressive, and it is coming.”
FIBA Europe announced Player of the Year candidates. There are 10 players candidates for the award: Alessandro Gentile, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Boris Diaw, Dirk Nowitzki, Goran Dragic, Jonas Valanciunas, Milos Teodosic, Pau Gasol, Sergio Rodriguez, Tony Parker.
“I’m going to try my hardest (to win),” said Diaw, who is currently fifth in the voting. “I’ve been practicing a lot, probably more than basketball. Me and Patty, we’re going to team up and put our counts together and try to hype this up.”
He faces stiff competition from 15 other candidates, including Philadelphia rookie Joel Embiid, who leads Ginobili in first place by about 2,000 votes, and two of his own teammates, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills. “I’m enabling them to do well, carrying them,” Ginobili joked of his teammates at Tuesday’s shootaround. “I’m the defending champion, so I may have relaxed a little bit.”
Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw and Patty Mills are among 16 nominees up for Hoops Hype’s 2014 Tweeter of the Year. Ginobili currently sits in second, about 2,000 votes behind Philadelphia rookie Joel Embiid. Diaw and Mills are in fifth and sixth, respectively. All three are obviously active on the popular social media site, particularly Ginobili. He won the award last year, posting everything from math riddles for local high school students to win Spurs tickets to candid pictures of his young sons.
Diaw reintegrated himself smoothly, however. The Frenchman averaged 6.5 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in the two games, providing the same Swiss-army-knife versatility that was such a crucial asset during the Spurs’ championship run. Best of all, any concerns about Diaw ballooning over the offseason proved to be unfounded. “Boris looked fine and he’s ready to go,” Popovich said. “He’s always played with a little more weight, and he knows how to use it. He’s fine.”
Coach Gregg Popovich had joked at media day about starting a betting pool on how much Diaw would weigh upon rejoining the Spurs prior to their recent exhibition games in Berlin and Istanbul. That prompted Diaw to share the aforementioned photo, earning minor buzz on social media. “He commented on what I was doing in France while they were practicing here,” Diaw said. “I was just chilling. It wasn’t far from the truth. … I was expecting it, because they were coming back to work and I was still on vacation.”
If there is indeed a pool, the biggest winner of all will be Diaw himself, who stands to pocket half a million dollars ($) if he can keep himself at or below 254 at three different points during the upcoming season, according to ESPN Insider Amin Elhassan: Oct. 25, the first Tuesday after the All-Star break and again on April 1. As Insider is a pay site, we’ll refrain from listing the exact payouts for each date. But it adds up to a cool $500,000, a not insignificant bonus to the $7.5 million that Diaw, officially listed at 250, is slated to make in the first season of the multi-year extension he signed this summer after serving as a key cog in the Spurs’ championship run.
Obviously enjoying his time off after leading France to third place at the FIBA Basketball World Cup, Diaw reached out via social media on Sunday to assure his head coach he’ll be ready for action when he rejoins the team upon their arrival in Europe later this week for their two-game preseason tour. The caption, which isn’t showing up for whatever reason, reads: No worries pop only one glass of wine and daily workouts! But really, the picture speaks for itself.