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Jakob Poeltl
Jakob Poeltl
Position: C-F
Born: 10/15/95
Height: 7-1 / 2.16
Weight:239 lbs. / 108.4 kg.
Salary: $3,754,885

Jakob Poeltl done with Spurs?

Every minute Aldridge played was one minute that Poeltl didn’t, and the upcoming restricted free agent wasn’t happy about it. “I don’t know if that’s an optimal situation for me another year,” Poetl told the Austrian Press Agency in an interview that’s been translated. “I would be interested to look at at least a few other options and maybe find something that fits the concept better. … I’m going into my fifth year in the NBA. I’m not saying now that from the start I expected to play 30 minutes in the fifth year, but I expected progress every year.”
“There is going to be a bunch of guys who need to step up and need to perform,” Poeltl said. “I’m looking at it as a positive thing. I think there’s a lot of guys on our team that are ready to prove themselves.” That includes a newly signed 7-footer who as recently as two weeks ago was content to spend the rest of the summer changing diapers. To say Zeller has bounced around the league in his seven seasons is an understatement. “It’s too many teams to remember how many it is,” Zeller said.
Much of that burden will likely fall on fourth-year center Jakob Poeltl, who is expected to slide into the starting lineup to replace Aldridge. The 7-foot-1 Austrian has played well as a role player this season, and has been especially valuable as a rebounder, rim protector and shot blocker. Poeltl is aware of the task that lies before him. “I’m going to take that challenge personally,” said Poeltl, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season. “I have to step up and perform. I’m excited about the opportunity. Hopefully we’ll step up and manage.”
On what he can learn from assistant coach Tim Duncan and teammate LaMarcus Aldridge, All-Stars at his position. Jakob Poeltl: “Tim and LaMarcus have helped me a lot. Working with Tim on a regular basis, him giving me tips and tricks for games. Going against L.A. in practice on a daily basis has really helped me improve my game. I’m trying to take advantage of that opportunity as best possible.”
On playing for coach Gregg Popovich. Jakob Poeltl: “I was really excited about that, when I found out I was going to play for the Spurs, to get a chance to play for Pop. I think over the past few years I’ve really learned a lot from him about the mental side of basketball and how to approach the game. He’s really taught me that, in that aspect. Besides that, he’s a really good guy. He’s a guy you can talk to and joke around with. I really enjoy having him as my coach.”
Jakob Poeltl: “It fills me with pride to know I’m the first Austrian basketball player in the NBA. I also feel like I have the responsibility to try and grow Austrian basketball. I think we’re making good progress over there. In general, the globalization is great for basketball and the NBA because with more talent coming in from all over the world it obviously ups the standard. The level of play just gets better and better.”
Prior to the NBA stoppage, Spurs’ Jakob Poeltl suffered a right MCL sprain which kept him out for five games. But should the NBA resume play, Poeltl expressed come conflict on a return to the court with his injured knee during an interview with German outlet DiePresse. “On the one hand, I would be happy to be able to play basketball again after the knee injury, if only for a few games. On the other hand, I also wonder how useful it would be to train up just for a few games after the injury,” Poeltl said. Said Poeltl: “Not everyone has the best tools to keep themselves fit apart from team training.”
Poeltl did address the situation NBA players will face should they make their way to practice facilities. Players will be allowed inside for individual workouts, with limited team staff, and constant individual health checks. “You will arrive with a mask and you will be checked for fever and symptoms. You would come with a ball and go again, there would be no showering, only a trainer would be present, and everything should be disinfected between the units,” said Poeltl. “Of course this is not optimal but I’m somewhat used to being alone and can handle it quite well.”
Storyline: Season Resuming?
Before the 2019-20 NBA season was halted because of the COVID-19 pandemic, San Antonio Spurs center Jakob Poeltl was sidelined for five days with a right MCL strain. However, since he has been in self-quarantine in San Antonio, his injury is no longer an issue and is ready to hit the court should the Spurs’ season resume. “Although I have no experience with knee injuries, I expect that I will have no problems if the season continues,” said Poeltl to Austrian outlet Die Presse.
Storyline: Jakob Poeltl Injury
There have been thoughts games could be played without fans in arenas or at neutral cities such as Las Vegas. Something Poeltl would not want to see happen but does understand the severity of the COVID-19 virus. “That would logically not be optimal, but the conditions would be the same for everyone,” said Poeltl. “So you could at least give people some entertainment at home.” Said Poeltl: “Of course I would like to finish the season, but you are also worried. Basketball is a contact sport and if someone has the virus, many will have it in a short time.”
Charlotte isn’t a destination market and, unlike a lot of other teams on this list, could be targeting young-ish bigs — Poeltl and Harrell would be interesting names here. One item to file away is that the Hornets also signed Hayward to a max offer sheet back in 2014 before Utah matched it. However, Hayward’s max is the significantly higher $34.5M one for players with six to nine years experience — Charlotte would have to stretch Batum (or perhaps Zeller) to get within range.
Speaking after Sunday’s game, Poeltl also stressed that he wants to remain with the Spurs. But like Murray, he isn’t stressing over the team’s plans. “I’m not really thinking about it a whole lot,” the 7-foot said. “If we come to an agreement, I’m happy, obviously. But it has to be a good contract for both parties, obviously. The business side of it all has to be good. It has to represent what I bring to this team, and the other way around. For the Spurs, it has to be a business decision as well.”
The Spurs acquired DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first round pick for Leonard and Danny Green. The Raptors reportedly refused to include Siakam and OG Anunoby in trade talks for Leonard. “My understanding is they would not trade him,” said Tim Bontemps on The Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective podcast. “No, he was not (available). I don’t think so either,” said Jackie MacMullan.
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Denver coach Mike Malone said the league agreed with the Nuggets’ claim that Poeltl’s play has been questionable, although Malone said he didn’t know why it hasn’t resulted in closer scrutiny from game officials. “I think there have been some illegal screens that have been missed, and the response from the league has been that we’re right,” Malone said after Thursday after the Spurs’ 120-103 win in Game 6. “But for some reason, they don’t catch them during the game. Obviously, Jamal got taken out on that play. I don’t know if it was dirty or not. I don’t think Jakob Poeltl is a dirty player, I really don’t, but I have to watch the film to see how that happened and how Jamal went down with that injury.”
Storyline: Officiating Complaints
For someone who’s helped as many Nets players as he has, Stefan has maintained a relatively low profile. That’s as much the byproduct of Brooklyn’s organizational discretion as it is of a unique arrangement that has allowed the Austro-Czech-born coach to consult with his New York City pupils from across the pond, as well as Stefan’s own connection to hoops pedagogy. …. During the summers, Stefan kept busy by privately training promising European players, some of whom also matriculated to the NBA. He had long worked with a towering Austrian named Jakob Poeltl, dating back to when Stefan coached the eventual No. 9 pick of the Toronto Raptors in the 2016 draft on the U14 Austrian national team. “It’s great that we have that connection, that I know him from when I was way younger,” says Jakob, who was traded to the San Antonio Spurs last year. “It’s really helpful that he has seen me play for that long and he knows my game that well so he can give me very detailed advice.”
McCollum exited under assistance with 7:03 remaining in the third quarter. He remained on the court for a few minutes clutching his left leg in great pain after tumbling out of bounds when his driving left-handed layup was blocked by Jakob Poeltl. McCollum had his left foot trapped under Poeltl’s right foot as both landed, leading the Blazers guard to tumble out of bounds next to the stanchion. “I feel bad for C.J. I hope he’s OK,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “He’s a great player and a great kid.”
Storyline: CJ McCollum Injury
After this morning’s shootaround in preparation for tonight’s game against the Thunder, the Spurs players picked up where Popovich left off in praising Gasol, who played sparingly behind third-year pro Jakob Poeltl after a foot injury in early November forced him to miss 26 games. “He never even complained in the locker room,” forward Davis Bertans said. “Being in a tough situation, that was a really professional thing to do. Everybody knows that he wanted to play. It was obvious. The guy was working out every time he got a chance. We are going to miss him definitely. He was a great teammate, always helped everybody, a veteran with his experience. We only wish him the best.”