James Anderson winds Gregg Popovich, Matt Bonner available
Palace of Auburn Hills â€” Before tonight’s game Coach Popovich provided a little insight into James Anderson’s most recent assignment with the Austin Toros.
Popovich referred to James Anderson as “grossly out-of-shape”. During recent three on three drills, Anderson looked so winded, Popovich, joked, “he made me tired just watching him. He’ll have three good practices this week [in Austin] on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Then they have 4 or 5 games coming up that are pretty quick. That will do him a lot more good than me waiting to see if we’re up 20 or down 20 to put him in for 2 or 3 minutes…we want to get him back ready to be put into a game.”
Random notes from pregame:
- Matt Bonner will be available for the game. His playing time in coming games is predicated on his pain tolerance. The Spurs aren’t worried about re-injury.
- Pop on Steve Novak: “He’s not Mr. Defense. If I put him in the game, I want him to make a shot.”
- Popovich noted that the Spurs wouldn’t mind seeing the D-League rules changed to allow teams more opportunities to rehab players. Â Under the current rules, NBA players aren’t eligible for D-League assignments after their second season. “The two year thing is tough. We ran into that last year with Ian Mahinmi. He was hurt Â one and three quarters of his time with us. We couldn’t really take advantage of the time we put into him.”