We all want to earn a decent paycheck sometime, right?
That’s why it’s hard to get upset at a guy who claimed his small chunk of the Bucks’ salary space, even if he wasn’t good enough to be a starter or good enough to be a productive role player off the bench for a 10-44 team.
Then said player leaves Milwaukee and spouted mean things after his new team, the Charlotte Bobcats, lost 90-82 to the San Antonio Spurs. Even if it is not upsetting, then it is at least mildly bemusing coming from a player who shot 39% from the field while playing mostly pitiful defense.
It’s all part of the Gary Neal experience.
From Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News:
Q: Better than your last trip to SA with the Bucks? A, Gary Neal: This was real basketball.
— Dan McCarney (@danmccarneysaen) March 1, 2014
More Neal: “Happy to be in a situation to play in games like this, not doing whatever it is Milwaukee is attempting to do.” — Dan McCarney (@danmccarneysaen) March 1, 2014
“I was just getting out of a shootaround in Milwaukee when I found out. I took out my insoles (from my shoes) and I was out of there.” — Dan McCarney (@danmccarneysaen) March 1, 2014
“I didn’t turn nothing in. I got on the plane. I left everything in the house, wrote a (rent) check and I was out of there.” — Dan McCarney (@danmccarneysaen) March 1, 2014
Fortunately, Neal left his mark on the Charlotte/San Antonio game. With the Spurs coming out of a timeout up two points with about two minutes left, they spread the floor for a pick and roll with Marco Belinelli on one side (the player being guarded by Neal) and two other shooters on the other. Was that a coincidence? I’m guessing not.
Tim Duncan joked as much.
Neal thought Cats defended Belinelli 3 well. Said Duncan: We know Gary’s a bad defender and all he wants to do is shoot. (Was joking, kinda) — Dan McCarney (@danmccarneysaen) March 1, 2014
Neal sucked in on Mills/Duncan pick and roll, giving Duncan a kick-out to Belinelli for the wide-open 3. — Dan McCarney (@danmccarneysaen) March 1, 2014
I think Duncan may be correct on this one. Sure, Neal collapsed to save the Bobcats from a Duncan dunk, but the Spurs weren’t shy about making their ex-teammate the focal point on defense.
Oh well, at least Neal is on a contender now. Perhaps he can boost the Bobcats to their first-ever playoff series win, but I suspect he won’t.
Neal and the Bobcats will visit Milwaukee March 16. If all goes well, maybe you can help him pack.