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Topic - Gary Neal
With Otto Porter's return to practice, we look at how his draft classmates are faring including Victor Oladipo. Plus Cartier Martin visits D.C. on Saturday
There was a time when second-round draft picks in the NBA held about as much value to some teams as the caps that were given to each player chosen on draft night.
During his team's Game 3 rout of the Heat, Gregg Popovich was shown on TV talking to his players while they were in the process of burying Miami with a stirring offensive display.
The Spurs have long been the NBA's gold standard when it comes to drafting and development, preferring to roll up their sleeves and scour the globe to find the right players to slot into well-defined roles in San Antonio.
Spurs guard Tony Parker said he will play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals after his availability was in doubt because of a mild right hamstring strain.
Even after winning 27 in a row during the regular season, the Miami Heat don't want to rely on a three-game winning streak now.
Parker wouldn't address his injury at practice Thursday other than saying he was "ready to go." The All-Star was hurt early in the second half of Game 3, which the Spurs won to take a 2-1 lead over the Miami Heat in the best-of-seven series.
David Robinson was 37 years old when he rode off into the NBA sunset with a fresh Lawrence O'Brien trophy under his arm and his legacy as the greatest player in San Antonio Spurs history firmly intact.
Game 4 of the NBA Finals will tell more about the Miami Heat than a 66-win regular season ever could.
The NBA Finals opened as such a juicy matchup of A-list stars.
Five things to take away from the San Antonio Spurs' 113-77 win over the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night:
San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker says his sore right hamstring has a "slight elongation" and that he hopes to play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Miami Heat on Thursday night.
Tony Parker, along with all of San Antonio, really, spent a restless night worrying about a gimpy right hamstring that hampered him in Game 3 of the NBA Finals and threatened the momentum the Spurs seized with a drubbing of the Miami Heat.
Spurs guard Manu Ginobili will have surgery on his broken left hand and is expected to be out at least two months after his latest injury.
NBA free agent Roger Mason Jr. spent a lot of time this offseason wearing a suit and sitting in meeting rooms. As vice president of the NBA players trade association, soon to become the players union again, Mason helped craft the deal for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NBA players and owners that ended the 149-day lockout.
"Just dealing with the reality that I wasn't going to get drafted, that's like a crossroad for a lot of guys coming out of college," Neal said.
"That's what you guys hear," Neal said with a chuckle, implying the give-and-take isn't always so sunny.