View Full Version : Injured Udrih back in the Popovich's doghouse

10-13-2006, 05:10 PM
From MySA.com: link to article (http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/stories/MYSA100706.spursmailbag.en.1666cf85.html)

Injured Udrih back in the doghouse
By Johnny Ludden, Express-News Staff Writer

PARIS — Welcome to another episode of “As The Beno Turns.” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, whose patience with Beno Udrih seemed to expire about the 17th time he watched Lindsey Hunter staple him to the sideline in the 2005 NBA Finals, isn’t too happy with his young point guard again.
Udrih has yet to practice after tweaking his right hamstring a few weeks before training camp. The injury is legit. Nobody denies that. But it’s yet another in a handful of ailments to sideline him in his two-plus seasons with the Spurs.

Popovich, who had high hopes Udrih would become a dependable backup to Tony Parker this season, now lists him as the team’s fourth point guard behind both Jacque Vaughn and Brent Barry. He also said Udrih’s continued absence has made him wonder whether the team should pick up his fourth-year rookie option.

In spite of Popovich’s frustration, it would be a shock to see the Spurs decline the option. At $1.75 million, it’s cost-effective. And if the Spurs decide to trade Udrih, he’ll have more value if he’s not going on the free-agent market at the end of the season.

Udrih is more than talented enough to be a regular contributor. He shoots and passes well and the coaches like his pace. He showed off his skills while backing up Parker as a rookie. When he got a chance to play last season, he also usually performed well.

Popovich now wants to see some toughness from Udrih, which is why he’s again taking the tough-love approach.

Udrih, however, needs to earn the respect of more than Popovich in the Spurs’ locker room. A few of his teammates weren’t impressed when he missed nearly two weeks with a sprained left ankle late last season. Nick Van Exel was trying to play despite needing cortisone injections for his left elbow and Parker came back early from a shin injury because Udrih couldn’t go.

“Sometimes,” said one player, “you just have to play hurt.”

All will be forgiven, of course, if Udrih can get healthy and stay healthy.
But if his hamstring needs another week or two on the lifecycle? He might as well go full TO.

There should be some place on the Champs Elysees where one can buy a Tour de France jersey.

Joško Poljak Fan
10-25-2006, 01:07 PM
link from MySanantonio.com (http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/stories/MYSA102506.01C.BKNspurs.udrih.30a490d.html)

Beno Udrih was back on the court Tuesday. Now the Spurs want to see if he can stay there.

Udrih participated in his first contact practice since injuring his right hamstring three weeks before training camp. The coaches were glad to see Udrih stayed on the floor for the duration, considering the 21/2-hour workout was one of the Spurs' toughest of the preseason.

"I feel great," Udrih said. "I think a couple more practices, and I'll be there."

The Spurs aren't ready to declare Udrih their backup point guard yet. They want to see how he recovers from his first practice and if he can continue to show the same effort for the rest of the week.

Joško Poljak Fan
11-26-2006, 09:45 AM
...it prooved out that Popovich's words were just a threat to motivate Udrih...

01-01-2007, 11:23 AM
San Antonio is considering to trade Beno Udrih and Brent Barry for LA Clippers' Corey Maggette. :rolleyes:

01-01-2007, 11:17 PM
San Antonio is considering to trade Beno Udrih and Brent Barry for LA Clippers' Corey Maggette. :rolleyes:

Wow, Clippers are really stupid, if they pull the trigger on that one :rolleyes: