Training Camp officially began today with Spurs Media Day, which meant seeing a lot of Spurs for the first time since April, some for the first time ever, others merely for the first time in a few weeks. Here is a quick round-up of what went down at the Spurs practice facility.
Like always, Pop was gold with his responses on his first day back. He had his funny moments, like being “offended” that anyone would even consider asking him what will happen when he’s ejected for the first time this season.
On a more serious note, he was not happy about what went down with the Marcus Morris saga and couldn’t refrain from throwing a little shade (without naming names), especially because it cost them Davis Bertans.
DeRozan is feeling much more comfortable in the system entering Year 2 as a Spur.
DeMar on his enhanced comfort level: "Much more comfortable, understanding what they expect, every day. Last year was something new for me. A learning experience every single day...So, this time around, feeling 100 percent comfortable.— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) September 30, 2019
He’s especially excited about finally getting to play alongside Dejounte Murray, who it turns out spent last year giving DmDr any useful information he could think of.
DeMar said Dejounte would send him clips last season from time to time about things that he would've done in those situations to make life easier for him.— Bruno Passos (@bouncepassos) September 30, 2019
He is also not thinking about his contract right now, but instead is just focusing at the task at hand.
In return, Murray is also excited about finally getting to play with DeRozan;
There might really be some serious chemistry between these two.
He also has no active medical restrictions and is ready to put his injury behind him, but Pop plans on taking it easy on him as DJ gets back into a rhythm.
Dejounte on putting his knee injury behind him: "I don't live or play with fear...I'm not worried about what is behind me."— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) September 30, 2019
Pop says docs have placed no specific limitations on Dejounte Murray coming off last season's ACL tear, but team will be careful not to overload him early.— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) September 30, 2019
Gay is feeling as healthy as ever since joining the Spurs and is ready to take things to the next level.
Rudy Gay talks about his health and preparing for a new season at Spurs media day pic.twitter.com/UAc9qGg6Nt— Spurs Nation (@Spurs_Nation) September 30, 2019
Rudy Gay from Spurs media day continued pic.twitter.com/9GlL8xvmXg— Spurs Nation (@Spurs_Nation) September 30, 2019
The Spur we’ve seen the most this summer and perhaps are the most anxious to see again, White said he is feeling no ill effects from his busy “offseason” and is ready to roll.
Derrick White talks about how playing for Team USA helped his development this summer pic.twitter.com/SyWFaGBjRm— Spurs Nation (@Spurs_Nation) September 30, 2019
Perhaps not too surprisingly, Assistant Coach Timmy did not speak to the media today, but there was still plenty to be said about his return:
LaMarcus Aldridge discusses having Tim Duncan come on as an assistant coach pic.twitter.com/fSXJAJmhIn— Spurs Nation (@Spurs_Nation) September 30, 2019
Rudy on having Tim Duncan as an official member of the coaching staff:— Bruno Passos (@bouncepassos) September 30, 2019
"He was around everyday anyway, at least he's getting paid for it."
Check back later for more from Bruno Passos, who was on site.