The San Antonio Spurs made another unexpected draft pick when they selected 7’0″ Serbian Nikola Milutinov, who was not on any pundits radar coming into the draft.
“We’re excited to get Nikola,” Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said. “He’s a young big guy that has improved a great deal over the last year. As we look to the future, we need to replenish our size. To add a player like that, we’ll give him a chance to develop and see what he can do.”
Shortly after he was drafted, Milutinov tweeted:
“What an honor and a privilege to be drafted by the @spurs. I am very excited to get to Texas.”
The Spurs second round pick went to 4-year UMass graduate, 6’10” Power Forward Cady Lalanne who became one of three players in school history to record 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 100 blocks in a career.
“He’s an athletic big guy who has a really good shooting form,” Buford said.
The No.1 pick in the draft went to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who selected Kentucky Center Karl-Anthony Townes who will join Power Forward Kevin Garnett, who was traded back to the Timberwolves from Brooklyn in February.
After dismantling the Portland Trailblazers in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semi-Finals 92-116, the San Antonio Spurs are hoping that they can bring the same momentum that took down the Dallas Mavericks and set the tone for the series against the Trailblazers.
Game two, scheduled for tonight, will be a challenge for the Spurs as they know that Portland will come out with a lot of fire.
“The key tomorrow is just match their energy,” Parker said after practice Wednesday. “They’re going to come back and they’re going to be very motivated. The way we handle the win, that’s going to make the difference for us.”
For Portland’s La Marcus Aldridge, a former Texas hoopster, coming out strong will be the key to leaving San Antonio with a win.
“Most of the guys on our team haven’t even been in the second round and they’ve won championships,” said Aldridge, one of the most experienced Blazers who had 32 points and 14 rebounds. “They’ve been here. I think they definitely came out and they let us know how it’s going to be. I think every guy on the team understands that.”
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The San Antonio Spurs will walk into the AT&T Center tonight knowing that they are only two games away from a fifth NBA Title and another humiliation of “the anointed one” LeBron James at the hands of the Spurs.
“My Cleveland team, we were very young, and we went up against a very experienced team, well-coached team. And they (the Spurs) took advantage of everything that we did.”
While the Heat “Big Three” of Wade, Bosch and James is a much more appealing than Llgauskas, Hughes and Gooden, the Wade and Bosch have done pretty much all they can to help secure a victory but the “Anointed One” has not been on target.
“I’ll be better,” James said on Wednesday, “I’ll be much better [Thursday] night.” “So I’m putting all the pressure on my chest, on my shoulders to come through for our team. That’s the way it is.”
Game 4 begins at 8:00 Eastern and tickets for the AT&T Center are still available.