Antonio McDyess, Spurs’ Newest Secretary Of Defense, Finds His Way

April 24th, 2010 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
SAN ANTONIO: Antonio McDyess had every reason to hate the San Antonio Spurs.

Not in the half-superficial way Mark Cuban says he does.

His first encounter with Tim Duncan involved the Spurs' great torching him seven straight times in a playoff game.

He was one quarter away from the championship celebration he craved in a Game Seven, when Duncan and Manu Ginobili took over that 2005 winner-take-all match.

Through the years, though, he saw how the Spurs operated. He hoped he would one day suit up for Gregg Popovich and go to battle alongside the all-time great power forward he so admired.

The Spurs brass came calling last summer, envisioning him as a rugged frontcourt mate for Duncan. His signing completed a whirlwind offseason that included the acquisition of Richard Jefferson and the selection of Dejuan Blair in the draft.

McDyess took his lumps in the regular season, often looking too old and creaky to be the difference-maker Duncan needed.

Players with the ability to face-and-go abused him. His mid-range accuracy plummeted after a knee injury in March.

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