DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks center DeJuan Blair got a chance to talk to his old coach Thursday night. The one that barely played him last year when he was with the San Antonio Spurs.
Blair, who was upset for not playing in 10 of San Antonio's final 17 playoff games last season because of a coach's decision, talked with Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Thursday. The conversation, though, wasn't very long.
"I told him I still love him, love the team,'' said Blair, who had 14 points and 11 rebounds in the Mavs' 116-107 loss to the Spurs on Thursday. "They are all still my brothers off the court.''
Blair had circled Thursday's game as a game where he was going to try and exact revenge on the Spurs for the shabby way he said they treated him last season. But in the end, Blair had to give the Spurs their due.
Asked if the loss was extra frustrating because it was the Spurs, Blair said: "Yeah, but they are a great team. It's just something that they do.
"They take their time, they're patient and they played a great game.''
-- Dwain Price
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