HoopsHype Boris Diaw rumors

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The consensus across the league is that Diaw will be back with the Spurs, who value his versatility and playmaking. In his exit interview a few days after the NBA Finals, Diaw expressed a preference to return to play for Popovich, a coach who has come to accept his idiosyncrasies, and alongside his childhood friend, Tony Parker. San Antonio Express-News

Here, Diaw’s ill-fated tenure in Charlotte still looms large. In March of 2012, Diaw more or less forced his way off a bad Bobcats team — via contract buyout — amid a philosophical clash with coach Paul Silas. Diaw signed a few days later to play for the Spurs. Because of that episode, one league executive surmises, any other team that pursues Diaw this month will do so exercising utmost caution. Any big-money offer will come with a “buyer beware” attached. “People are nervous about Diaw,” the exec said. San Antonio Express-News

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San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw, who dazzled NBA audiences with his slick passing and nimble footwork in the Finals, pulled a smooth move on a bachelorette party in Texas recently. According to a reddit user who was friends with the bachelorette crew, Diaw was swimming in a lake in Austin when the girls sought him out following this tweet. Boston Globe

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But Diaw’s dream was dashed in Atlanta, where Woodson employed heavy isolation sets and the ball stagnated. It’s a great system when you have a transcendent scorer and leader to whom teammates will defer. It’s not so pretty when Al Harrington or Antoine Walker are jacking up jumpers to their hearts’ content. Diaw’s game suffered. Parker called almost every day to console his friend. “He went to Atlanta and it was not a good fit for him, because they don’t play as a team, and he’s a team player,” Parker said. “For you to see Boris at a high level and to appreciate his game, he needs to play with unselfish guys. So it was very hard for him in the beginning. I just told him to stay positive, and hopefully something good will happen.” Grantland

Silas was a popular figure, having already coached the franchise from 1998 to 2003. As a player, he’d won two championships in Boston and one in Seattle. “We initially had a good relationship,” Silas said of Diaw. “When I got the job, I talked to him about where he came from and what he wanted to do. I asked him did he want to be an All-Star and he said, ‘Not really.’ It didn’t upset me, but I wondered why he would say that.” Grantland

Diaw considered his two most viable options. “I was thinking of going to Boston, or coming here, and I was wooed before Boston split up, so that was when Garnett and Paul Pierce and Ray Allen were still there,” Diaw said. “It was definitely weighing in the balance that Tony was here and I would come to familiar faces, and I felt the team was fitting me most. And I felt like I knew the team, I knew where it was going, because I’ve been friends with Tony all these years, and so I knew the way they were functioning inside this team.” Grantland

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It wasn't quite every time, but Diaw had his hands in enough plays to impact the outcome for the second consecutive game. The 32-year-old almost had a triple-double with eight points, nine rebounds and nine assists in San Antonio's 107-86 Game 4 victory at the Miami Heat, helping the Spurs to a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. "You know, Boris pretty much does the same thing every night as far as helping us be a smarter team, at both ends of the floor," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "He knows what's going on most all the time. At the offensive end he's a passer. He understands mismatches. He knows time and score. At the defensive end, he knows when to help. He's active. "So he just helps the whole team have a better IQ." USA Today Sports

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