A recent telecast aired a shot of Spurs executive box featuring CEO R. C Buford, legend Manu Ginobili, GM Brian Wright, anf the newest member of the Spurs front office Gorgui Dieng.
Dieng, the thirty-three Senegalese big man played with the San Antonio Spurs in two stints — first for sixteen games in 2021 and then again for thirty-one games in the 2022-2023 season. He endeared himself to Pop and that has translated to a position in the Spurs organization.
“He’s a wonderful human being. He;s one of the all-time favorite teammates of everybody. He’s a great source of experiment in the league, and anybody can talk to him,” shared Gregg Popovich.
Dieng has been named basketball operations representative.
Splitting his time between the court and the front office, he still hits threes with ease between meetings with Brian Wright.
“I’m in the front office learning and doing stuff. When they start practice, I come here and help the team.”
Teammates Tre Jones, Charles Bassey, and Victor Wembanyama have all expressed happiness in the addition of Dieng.
“I think he’s really embraced his new role,” Wembanyama said. “He talks to us, of course, about basketball. He has that experience. Outside of the court, sometimes he tells about the details of whatever rules or contracts or something. He’s really dedicated.”
Dieng’s role came after he wasn’t picked up for the season by a team. He asked to work with the Spurs as an unpaid intern. The Spurs accepted his request to stay wit the caveat that he pick up a paycheck.
“I like San Antonio and I like being here,” Dieng said. “I’m not doing it for money or anything. I just want to learn. I did my time in the NBA. I’m just doing it because I like being around the guys and I like learning.”
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