The San Antonio Spurs of the mid-2010s had a special kind of bond. Going 117-47 from 2012-2014, they made the NBA Finals in consecutive years for the first time in franchise history and enjoyed each other’s company along the way.
That special era included guys like Manu Ginobili, Patty Mills, Matt Bonner, Tiago Splitter, and Boris Diaw, who built unique relationships amid dominant runs. Over the years, those rosters have gotten together to reminisce over their good times together, usually over coffee.
Recently, two of them had the chance to catch up on one of the Spurs’ many golden eras on Matt Bonner’s official Spurs podcast, Spurslandia. In the episode, Bonner welcomed fan favorite Boris Diaw, who won an NBA championship with San Antonio in 2014.
The two talked about everything from French wine to Diaw’s international boating adventures before Bonner was reminded of a funny story involving one of Boris’s unusual vehicles.
Diaw shows the San Antonio Spurs can ride in style
“One time, we came back from a road trip really late,” started Bonner. “It was like 3:30 in the morning, and I needed a ride home, so I asked you for a ride. You had a Nissan GT-R. How many horsepowers was it?”
“Like 700-800, something like that,” responded Diaw. For reference, per Motortrend.com, a 2014 Nissan GT-R came with 545 HP. “Tim Duncan fixed it, so it was faster than it was supposed to be,” he continued.
“It was tiny. Like the size of a punch buggy, basically,” said Bonner. “You pulled up in it, and it sounded like a jetliner taxiing on the runway cause it was just so loud and the engine was so big.”
Bonner then shared a hilarious memory of how his middle-of-the-night dropoff didn’t exactly go unnoticed.
“The next morning, my wife is on the Nextdoor app, and a bunch of people were like, ‘did you hear that at 3:30 in the morning? Did a plane land on our street? What the heck was that?’ It was Boris dropping me off in his 800 horsepower car.”
Duncan has a long history with servicing cars and currently owns a car customization business, BlackJack Speed Shop, with two locations in Texas. Over the years, he’s hooked up several teammates with upgrades, but working on tires is the extent Coach Popovich allows for his own rides.
Diaw and Bonner discuss how special the 2014 championship team was and many other things on the episode, which you can listen to above. New episodes drop every Tuesday.