HoopsHype DeJuan Blair rumors


May 1, 2014 Updates

But given that Blair was coming off a 12-point, 11-rebound effort in Game 4 _ and that Dallas got dominated inside by Splitter and Tim Duncan (combined 33 points, 24 rebounds) _ it seemed that the Mavericks missed him. "He's a big body," Dirk Nowitzki said. "He definitely could have battled there with Duncan and Splitter. He had a fantastic last game. "We're going to need that energy out of him again, especially since he missed tonight, I think he's going to be fired up for Friday. And we're going to need him to play big again. We're going to need him to be big on the glass. We need every offensive rebound we can get." Dallas Morning News

April 29, 2014 Updates

But with 3:08 remaining, Blair let his emotions get the best of him. The 6-7, 270-pound power forward collided with Spurs center Tiago Splitter, was called for a foul and reacted by kicking Splitter in the head. Blair was ejected and forced to watch the rest of the game with a few other staff members in the Mavs locker room. "It was just an accident," Blair said. "I reacted to the call and his face happened to be down there. It was nothing intentional, especially the way I had been playing. "I'm not that dumb to do something like that in the heat of the game when I know I changed it. It was totally an accident." Dallas Morning News

Splitter, however, said he thought the kick was intentional after reviewing the incident after the game. “After watching the video, it looks like it was intentional,” he said. “He has nothing against me. He’s a good kid. I know him. I don’t know why he did it.” San Antonio Express-News

April 26, 2014 Updates

Blair responded with eight points, a game-high-tying seven rebounds and a game-high four steals to help the Mavericks beat the Spurs 113-92. For Blair, who spent his first four seasons with the Spurs, it was sweet revenge. "This is something that's a dream, to always go against somebody who knows you well, just like you know them," Blair said after Friday's practice. "I'm just excited like everybody else." Centre Daily Times

April 24, 2014 Updates

The only thing missing from the scene was the Rocky theme song, which would have been the ideal soundtrack as Blair’s former club was unable to match his energy in a 113-92 Mavericks victory that evened the best-of-seven series at 1-1. “He had a physical impact,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “He gave us a huge lift. He was on the boards, he got deflections. The only way we win a series against a team like this is to have guys play at full capacity, and he did that.” San Antonio Express-News

Blair played only 14 minutes on Wednesday. But the 6-7, 265-pound forward made the absolute most of his limited court time, amassing eight points, seven rebounds, four steals and, every bit as important, three fouls. “That’s my whole plan,” said Blair, who went scoreless in five minutes in Dallas’ 90-85 loss in Game 1. “We don’t have nobody on this team that can do that, and I know that if I play, I can come in and bring that physicality and just do what I do, play my game.” In doing so, Blair appeared to get under the Spurs’ skin. Tony Parker stared Blair down after he wrapped his ex-teammate up on a layup attempt. (Blair promptly fouled him again on the next possession.) Blair even got Tim Duncan to engage in what appeared to be — gasp! — a brief bout of trash talk, an accomplishment in and of itself. “Timmy’s a good friend of mine,” Blair said, “so it’s cool.” San Antonio Express-News

December 27, 2013 Updates

Blair, who was upset for not playing in 10 of San Antonio's final 17 playoff games last season because of a coach's decision, talked with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Thursday. The conversation, though, wasn't very long. "I told him I still love him, love the team,'' said Blair, who had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the Mavs' 116-107 loss to the Spurs on Thursday. "They are all still my brothers off the court.'' Fort Worth Star-Telegram

December 26, 2013 Updates

Pretty tame stuff compared to some of his previous comments, including his assertion that the Spurs would have beaten Miami in last season’s Finals had he played more. (He scored 11 points in 18 minutes against the Heat, all in mop-up duty.) A sampling: * “(Gregg Popovich) stopped (playing) me. I couldn’t tell you what was going through that man’s head at all. Nobody knows but him. I had to leave and come here where I think they’ll give me confidence and believe in me. I didn’t think they believed in me in San Antonio, so that’s pretty good here. I feel supported.” San Antonio Express-News

November 26, 2013 Updates

Samuel Dalembert missed the Dallas Mavericks' shootaround Monday morning when he overslept and Carlisle used both DeJuan Blair as the starter and Bernard James as the backup center before putting Dalembert in the game at the start of the second quarter. Dalembert was apologetic about the situation. "I'm very disappointed at myself," he said. "I let my teammates down. I don't have an excuse. And it shouldn't have happened. I'm still trying to get over it. I'm very upset. I overslept. Just saying it (makes me mad). I shouldn't be in that situation. And I deserved what I got. The decision coach made, I'm behind it. And I apologized to my teammates." Said Carlisle: "Sam missed shootaround this morning because he overslept. So the two guys that were there got the first two rotations." Dallas Morning News

November 23, 2013 Updates
October 17, 2013 Updates

Blair, who measures 6-7 only on his best days, is a supremely motivated player this season. Shunned by the Spurs last season, he signed a one-year contract with the Mavericks for two reasons. He wants to rebuild his value around the league and get four chances to exact revenge on the Spurs, who slashed his playing time basically in half last season. “Like everybody else who doesn’t play, it was very disappointing,” he said. “But I knew I was going to a new team, and somebody else was going to take advantage of the potential I had. So to me, it’s not a big deal. “It’s going to be fun being on the opposite team and playing with the Mavs [in the rivalry with San Antonio]. They didn’t give me anything when I was there [in San Antonio]. I mean, the fans gave me everything. But everything else, it is what it is.” Dallas Morning News

October 12, 2013 Updates

Nobody’s quite sure how long Brandan Wright’s recovery from a shoulder fracture will take, but coach Rick Carlisle is certain of one thing. The next man up will have to do the job. Namely, DeJuan Blair, along with Bernard James and Samuel Dalembert. “If it’s going to happen, this isn’t the worst time,” Carlisle said Friday. “He’s got a little time to heal. It’s going to be evaluated weekly. It could have been a lot worse. “(We’ll have to) plug other guys in. Now Blair becomes more at the forefront. Sarge has to be ready. Sam has to keep playing like he did the other night. And it gives guys like Balkman and Melo to get more minutes in the preseason.” Dallas Morning News

August 22, 2013 Updates
August 21, 2013 Updates

The Dallas Mavericks have acquired many players this offseason who have a chip on their shoulder. When asked by a fan during the team’s introductory press conference last week which game he had circled on his calendar, DeJuan Blair had a very simple answer. “The Spurs,” Blair said. Dallas is hoping Blair, a 6-foot-7, 265-pound big man, has a chip big enough to bring a dose of nastiness to the Mavs. Blair fell into the second round of the 2009 draft because of his history of knee troubles, but he proved to be a relative steal for the San Antonio Spurs. Mavs owner Mark Cuban already feels a sense of determination in Blair. “DeJuan already knows when we’re playing the Spurs,” Cuban said. “We already know what DeJuan is going to do to the Spurs. It’s going to be a beautiful thing.” ESPN.com

August 16, 2013 Updates

DeJuan Blair asked about falling short in Finals last year and motivation: “Of course I want to get back. I don’t think we would have come up short if I had played. It was a lot of motivation though, very exciting two weeks of my life, definitely want to get back, I think we have the team to do it. We just need to work together and get there, they’ve got the experience and I think we have some soldiers that will get us there, we have to play hard.” MavsFanatic.com

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