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Old 12-11-13, 03:11 PM
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Eddy, you're right on time with your post above. Thanks.

I went back and reread some of the earlier posts on this thread and I can’t knock Baynes. He was acquired less than a year ago and has shown, at least to me, he’s willing to put out the effort to fit in. Granted, his path here might have been smoothed over by Coach Brown being here to put in the good words, but Baynes fills a roster spot. He has done everything that has been asked of him and sitting at the end of the bench and going back and forth to Austin, this kid knows he is a role player and is willing to bang with the big guys and give up his body to take the charges when given a chance. He doesn’t get the minutes of most of the players in front of him, primarily because the Spurs just have one of the most talented benches, if not the best, in the league and Baynes has to pay his dues to ascend to the other end of the bench. Yes, I will admit I’m one of those guys who harp on ‘if given added playing time’ will give a player more chances to improve. A guy can have all the talent in the world but in my mind, you can’t beat added playing time to gain experience playing with your teammates, learning their habits, improve your reflexes to opponent’s moves and being able to pace yourself throughout a game. I’m sure when Manu arrived on the scene he hit a few guys in the head and chest with his blind passes before the other Spurs players learned his playing style. And I will say this, if Baynes continues to come off the bench and contribute like he did last night against the Raptors, he’s going to get the attention of not only Pop and his staff, he’s going to send reminders to Splitter, Diaw, Bonner, Ayres and a few others that he’s here and vying for more PT. I sincerely hope he succeeds because the added competition to play better will not only help the players, it will eventually help the Spurs to continue to be a force in the league.
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