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Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo
Position: None
Born: 06/23/87
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:199 lbs. / 90.7 kg.
In February, De Colo was traded to the Raptors, posting 3.8 points and 1.6 assists per game over 21 appearances. Despite his averages dropping in Canada, the former Olympian was open to returning to the Raptors for another run. “I wanted to stay with the Toronto Raptors,” De Colo told Basketball Insiders. “It wasn’t easy to leave the NBA, but I didn’t get enough opportunities and I felt I was losing my rhythm. I had to return to Europe. “I had discussions with the Raptors over the summer. The team told me, ‘We want you next season and we’ll try to get you more playing time.’ I was excited because it’s much easier to fit in with a team during training camp as opposed to joining mid-season through a trade.”
Guard Nando De Colo has become our club’s first newcomer of the offseason. The French player signed 2+1 contract. De Colo played overseas past two seasons, defending the colors of the San Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors. Nando played 98 games for the Spurs (9 starts) averaging 4.0 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.6 steals in 12.5 minutes. He also participated in 6 playoff games. During the previous season De Colo was sent to the D-League several times and then traded to Toronto. He played in 21 games for Canadian club averaging 3.1 points, 1.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.3 steals in 9.2 minutes. By returning from America Nando has become the first French player in CSKA history.
Nando De Colo’s priority is to stay in the NBA, the Toronto Raptors are thinking about resigning their free agent, however there’s a nice back up plan for him if things don’t work out. He can return to Europe and some of the continent’s top clubs interested on him. According to Eurohoops sources, Barcelona, Fenerbahce/ Ulker and also Anadolu Efes are among the teams which are willing to make a run to get him. After all, De Colo has some impressive seasons in Spain against Barcelona, his name was among the possible targets of Fenerbahce/ Ulker since last summer and coach Dusan Ivkovic believes that a player like De Colo, who was polished by his close friend Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, can be a part of his new Efes project.
WallM: What’s going to happen with Nando De Colo this summer? Jorge Sierra: Staying in the NBA is his priority, we’re told. I just don’t think he’s done enough to warrant many offers in the States. No shame in returning, proving yourself again and giving the NBA another try down the road. Ersan Ilyasova did just that and has had a solid career in the league. If he goes back to Europe, the Spanish League will be his first option.
Q: Gregg Popovich said recently that Nando De Colo requested a trade earlier in the season. Were you exploring a trade all season, or did the deal with Toronto (traded Austin Daye to the Spurs for De Colo last month) just pop up last minute? RC Buford: I mean we looked for opportunities to help our team. There were times when Nando was playing a significant role that made it more difficult than other times because of injuries and such, so when opportunities became available that allowed us to help Nando accomplish his goals and give us an opportunity to look at Austin and see if he might be able to fit; I mean, often times things happen closer to the deadline than most, but it doesn’t mean that you were pursing it any harder or any less hard earlier than that. It’s just, people tend dance toward the deadline.
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have recalled guard Nando De Colo from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. De Colo, who has been assigned to the Toros five times this season, has appeared in eight games with Austin, averaging 23.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.75 steals in 37.1 minutes. He has appeared in 12 games this season for the Spurs, averaging 1.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 7.0 minutes.
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have assigned guard Nando De Colo to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. This will mark De Colo’s sixth assignment to the Toros this season. In five previous games in Austin, he has averaged 24.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 3.40 steals in 37.8 minutes. He has appeared in 12 games this season for the Spurs, averaging 1.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 7.0 minutes.
From the earliest days of the fabled Zarko Paspalj era in the late 1980s, the Spurs have been at the forefront of international scouting. No surprise, then, that they once again have the most players born outside the continental United States, breaking their own NBA record with 10: Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands), Manu Ginobili (Argentina), Tony Parker (France, by way of Belgium), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Boris Diaw (France), Marco Belinelli (Italy), Nando De Colo (France), Patty Mills (Australia), Cory Joseph (Canada), Aron Baynes (Australia, by way of New Zealand).
“We tried to do our best to make him feel welcome,” Diaw says. A process, Diaw reveals, which included fetching a regular supply of donuts. Not quite the haute cuisine their motherland is renowned for. De Colo persisted, settled into Texas life, had his eyes opened by the all-consuming pampering offered to NBA players. He had been told what to expect by Parker, and from regular talks with Florent Pietrus, his teammate in Valencia whose younger brother Mickael has bounced around five teams, most recently with Toronto last season. “He told me how different it was from Europe. And he was right. When you are in San Antonio it’s so professional.” He didn’t have to carry his own luggage, fetch his own drinks. Sacre bleu! “Everybody is here to help you. Everybody is here to do what you need.”
In any event, Nando was clear, he does not have any regrets coming to the NBA desite being buried on the bench. “No. You do not know as you have not tried. Next year I’m under contract with San Antonio, and there is no reflection or having to say “I’m going back to Europe.” I will continue to work. We’ll see with the Spurs if something must be done after the playoffs or not. It’s frustrating not to play but there is nothing more to think.”
Nando De Colo: “The worst is that it is one of the assistants that tells me that I’m in a suit as if it was normal, but it will be before anything happened. The morning of the game, I was leaving after the shoot around and he said “Nando, okay? Tonight you’re in a suit.” You say shit. You do not know what happened. You’re in a new series. You wonder why you, and not another. It is not obvious at all. At first you think it is a game or two. Assistants tell you that things can change and, in fact, nothing changes. But that’s coaching decisions. As it gets, there is not much to say.”
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have recalled guard Nando De Colo from the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. In Friday night’s game against the Los Angeles D-Fenders, De Colo recorded 17 points, 11 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals in a 110-95 victory in Austin. In three stints and three total games with the Toros this season, he is averaging 15.3 points, 7.3 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 2.00 steals in 35.0 minutes.
The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have assigned center Aron Baynes and guard Nando De Colo to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League. Baynes, who is making his third stint with the Toros this season, has appeared in three games for Austin, averaging 17.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 26.7 minutes. The Australian native has played in 11 games this season with the Spurs since being signed on Jan. 23, averaging 2.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 6.6 minutes.
All-NBA point guard Tony Parker was still crowing Thursday about coaching the Spurs to their 101-99 victory over the visiting Hawks on Wednesday night. Popovich turned the team over to Parker — who had the night off — after he pestered his coach with advice after Atlanta made things close in the waning seconds. After the Hawks tied the score at 99, Parker drew up a play for rookie Nando De Colo, who nailed the winning jumper. “It’s easy to do Pop’s job,” Parker said. “He’s a little bit overpaid, I think. That’s just my opinion.”
In just 14 minutes and 36 seconds of his first preseason game with the Spurs, rookie guard Nando De Colo established himself as a fan favorite Saturday with some of the slickest passing seen at the AT&T Center since Manu Ginobili’s rookie season 10 years ago. He also impressed some teammates. According to Stephen Jackson, De Colo is reminiscent of another fan favorite. “Nando,” Jackson said, “is another Manu Ginobili.”
It’s a tradition in the NBA for any rookie entering their first season in the league – hazing. Whether it be practical jokes, carrying a teammates’ bags or worse, any rookie should expect to get the rookie treatment even if you have been a pro overseas like San Antonio Spurs’ Nando De Colo. And as Nando enters his rookie season, what better player to get the rookie treatment going than his fellow countryman Tony Parker (via RMC “Nando will be forced to get my hot chocolate and donuts for Tim Duncan!”