Dejounte's comments turns him from beloved into villain overnight
By Josh Paredes
I'm not mad -- I'm just disappointed.
It was an absolute joy to see Dejounte Murray make the All-Star team last season. He was one of the few bright spots in an otherwise forgettable season for the Silver and Black, and I remember celebrating for hours the night he was announced as a replacement for Draymond Green. When he was traded, the opposite emotions ran through me -- after all, I'm still a fan above all else.
When you're emotionally invested in someone, you might have a tendency to react emotionally to certain events. It's part of why most people in San Antonio still despise Kawhi Leonard, who was on track to be a multiple-time NBA Finals MVP Award winner before a member of his family decided he needed to go to Los Angeles.
I'll admit I'm reacting with a lot of emotion here. My immediate thoughts: after the Spurs took a gamble on him, nursed him through an ACL injury, and, in his words, saved his life, he's this quick to fire shots at them over a meaningless comment? Surely, he wasn't referring to the organization with these comments, right?
But the comment "you're going to be losing for the next 15 years! The problem is bigger than basketball" -- can it be taken any other way? What about, "all that inside s--- fake though?" I just have a hard time seeing either of those as anything but digs at the franchise that first gave him a real shot.
Maybe Dejounte meant something completely innocent by this comment and was talking about the disadvantage San Antonio has as a small market? Another theory is he's talking about the system of tanking in general, but that doesn't take 15 years unless you're the Kings. In either case, hey, maybe be a little less vague with your comments, will you?
Am I guilty of doing the same thing Murray does often -- overreacting to something that doesn't even warrant a reaction? Maybe, but I'm not the only one. Maybe reacting to trolls makes him feel better, and writing this has the same effect on me.
Maybe Dejounte will clear the air soon and make amends with Spurs fans, even if, as he says, he never meant them any harm. But he established a long history of tweeting and immediately deleting controversial posts he shared, even if they were minor things. This one stayed up, and there has to be a reason.
Given how he blossomed in San Antonio and had one of the best individual seasons on record for the Spurs, will I continue to root for him in the future? It's very possible. After all, I know he tends to get carried away with reacting to people on social media firsthand. Maybe he deserves the benefit of the doubt.
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Maybe we'll never know what Murray meant with his comments on Monday. In any event, we know Coach Popovich and the entire organization are going to handle everything, as Dejounte said, in a first-class way. In the end, that's all that really matters.