When the San Antonio Spurs came calling Jock Landale, it was a long time coming. Finally free from what ESPN called a "toxic contract with a buyout clause NBA teams didn't want to touch," he's ready to make a serious impact in the best league in the world.
The 25-year-old had ambitions of being in the league much sooner, but circumstances beyond his control led to an extended stay overseas. In an interview with ESPN Australia last March, he shared more about what happened.
"[Things] all got so messed up. Things out of my control based on advice I was given by people who should be giving the right advice," said Landale. "Sometime soon I want to make that transition because I deserve to."
Of course, the transition he was referring to was one to the NBA, which became a reality when the Spurs officially signed him on August 20th. The acquisition comes fresh off Landale leading Melbourne United to an NBL title and being named Grand Final MVP in a three-game sweep.
Landale averaged an impressive 16.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game on the season and shot 38.9% from beyond the arc. He and Patty Mills then helped the Australian National Team win their first medal in the Olympics, taking home the bronze.
Now, Landale is looking to bottle up his past frustrations and unleash them on the court in San Antonio. One thing is for sure -- he's talked a big game and backed it up in the past. These three quotes, in particular, should have fans excited for what's to come.