Our Farewell To The Dancing Bear

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Feb 10, 2013; New York, NY, USA; San Antonio Spurs center DeJuan Blair (45) gestures after scoring during the second quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Graham | Air Alamo Staff Writer

I remember watching DeJuan Blair in the 2009 NCAA Tournament, leading Pitt to the Elite Eight and losing to Villanova. I remember all the questions about his knees and his durability, falling in the 2009 draft to the Spurs in the 2nd round at pick number 37. I remember his hustle and energy during his rookie year, reminding me of Malik Rose and making me smile every time he dove on the floor, beat his man down the court on a fast break, or out-rebounded guys 4 to 6 inches taller than him.

I thought he would be a Spur for a long time. I thought Pop would figure out a way to find him minutes, even with the emergence of Tiago Splitter and the addition of Boris Diaw, but that was not the case. I wish him luck. I know he will continue to play with a high level of energy and I know that he will play with a chip on his shoulder whenever he plays against the Spurs.

Take care Dancing Bear… you will be missed.

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