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Popovich jokes about why Diaw needed more time before making his debut

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Diaw made his return to the court on Sunday at home against the Pistons. Pop had his say the day before.

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After scheduling their first three preseason games on the road while construction workers continue to put the finishing touches to the renovation at AT&T Center, the Spurs finally made their home debut on Sunday against the Detroit Pistons.

It was the first time fans in San Antonio saw LaMarcus Aldridge playing for the home team in person, and it was also the preseason debut of Boris Diaw, who finished with six points in 10 minutes off the bench.

According to coach Gregg Popovich the day before the game, Diaw's delay in returning to action for San Antonio can be chalked up to "a busy summer schedule and because he is French."

Informed of what his coach had to say to the San Antonio Express-News, Diaw confirmed not only that he was prepared to play his first preseason game on Sunday but that he is, indeed, French.

Regardless of what nationality he is, Diaw remains an integral part of the Spurs bench and with players in and out of the lineup during the preseason, it's a good sign he's back on the court as he prepares for the start of the regular season.