Written by Jeff Garcia
The San Antonio Spurs got their first preseason win over Montepaschi Siena beating the Italian team 106-77. And though the game was a complete blow-out for the Spurs, fans also got to see forward Viktor Sanikidze who the Spurs own his rights since trading for him with the Hawks at the 2004 NBA Draft.
Sanikidze finished with five points and after the game, Project Spurs caught up with him for a Q&A. In this interview, Viktor gave his thoughts on the Spurs, talks about whether he will come to the NBA, which Spur impresses him the most and much more.
Jeff: What were your thoughts about the Spurs?
Viktor: They've change a lot of players but the main players, they are still there, (Tim) Duncan, (Manu) Ginobili and (Tony) Parker. I think as long as they are on the team, they'll always going to be competing for the best, a championship.
They Spurs hold your rights. Are you still looking to come to the NBA and play for the Spurs?
Now I just signed a contract with Siena, the best team in Italy. It's my new challenge for me, to play in the Euroleague. I hope to do good. I had a good season last year. I hope I am going to good and hope that the Spurs are going to like my numbers also.
Did you talk Spurs coach Gregg Popovich after the game?
After the game he wished me good luck for the season. We talked before at practice. He has been following me and my stats and everything. I think they have some interest in me. I'll try to do my best.
Did Pop give you any advice?
My agent is here and they talked. For sure they gave me some advice. I always keep in touch with them since I was drafted.
Will you look forward to playing for Popovich? I hear he is a really "easy" coach to play for if you come to San Antonio.
(laughs) Yeah for sure but when he gets mad, you know he gets mad!
Was there any player for the Spurs you were really impressed with during the game?
Ginobili always impresses me! You have to expect those things from him. The way he plays is unbelievable.
What about the new player for San Antonio, Nando De Colo?
I know him because he plays great plus his play in the summer with the French team but he is a great player for sure. I think he's going to be fine here.
Q&A with Viktor Sanikidze | October | 2012 Articles
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when jackson walk away/retire he can be kawhi backup... hopw is his play? like most euros, good offense and soft defense?... thoughts?
The Spurs won because of Tim Duncan, a guy I could never break. I could talk trash to Patrick Ewing, get in David Robinson’s face, get a rise out of Alonzo Mourning, but when I went at Tim he’d look at me like he was bored and then say, “Hey, Shaq, watch this shot right here off the glass.” Shaquille O'Neal on Tim duncan.
A long Euro like foward at 6"8 220lbs who plays mostly in the paint and around the rim has a good 20 ft jump shot and a player who play's all out seems like a player coach Pop would love with his strong defense and rebounding, good athletic ability, and great energy. Because of injuries to his knee that sat him out for a long period he was set back and had to retool his game rather than having to rely on just his athletic abiltiy in the past. This guy may be undersize in the NBA but he plays hard and I know the Spurs could use a player like him.
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