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Old 07-21-06, 09:35 PM
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Francisco Elson: "I hope to learn a lot from Tim Duncan"

Francisco Elson: "I hope to learn a lot from Tim Duncan"
by HoopsHype / July 21, 2006


How do you feel about starting at center next to Tim Duncan?
– Chris Smith (Boulder, Colorado)

Francisco Elson: I think the Spurs have a great organization and team. I look forward to
playing next to Tim and supporting the team the best I can. I have watched him for many years and he is a phenomenal player. I hope to learn a lot from him. I want to bring a lot of energy and hard work to help the team win a championship.

San Antonio had Nesterovic last season and now they have you. What's the main thing that separates you from Rasho as a player? And do you think the team has taken a step back by losing Nazr Mohammed too?
– Anonymous

FE: Both Rasho and Nazr are good centers. I'm probably not much of a banger like those guys, but I feel I bring a high level of energy and shoot the ball well from the outside. On the defensive end, I feel I can provide the same intensity and block shots. I will just do whatever I can to help the team win.


What will you remember the most about your time with the Nuggets?
– Chris

FE: I had a wonderful time in Denver. It’s a nice city and the fans are great. I spent my first three NBA years there so I will remember the whole experience.

I hear that you and Nenê were really close friends in Denver. How was your relationship with him during all these seasons? And what do you think about the episode in practice between Nenê and Kenyon Martin?
– Alfredo da Costa Lauria (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

FE: Nenê and I are still friends. He is young and will have a long career in the league. He has a lot of potential. You know things happen in practice when guys are playing hard. It's just part of being competitive and it happens on all teams.

Was being a free agent a nerve-wracking situation for you? How's been the last week since you signed an offer sheet with the Spurs?
– Jerry Sandmann (Orlando, Florida)

FE: I just wanted to get the whole thing over with and move on with my life. It's tough not knowing exactly where you are going to be for the next years of your life. I am happy that there was a high level of interest for me around the league and am very happy with my current situation. I think we have the opportunity to win a lot of games and the NBA championship.

Coming from a small country, who guided you to the USA?
– Robert (Newark, Delaware)

FE: A scout from the Netherlands got me to play in a JC in Texas (Kilgore College) where I guided myself through by hard work and dedication! Which paid off in the long run.

I was wondering what the influence was of watching Rik Smits play for the Pacers. Was he a role model for you?
– Ivo Luijendijk (Utrecht, Netherlands)

FE: I played with Rik Smits on the National Team one time but he retired shortly after that. I admired my older brother who was my inspiration to continue playing.

What do you feel is the most important reason why Holland is currently underachieving at the international level and would you be willing to play for the National Team in the upcoming matches?
– Edwin Geertsema (Dinxperlo, Netherlands)

FE: I have played with the National Team for many years now. We have some talent here, but they need the
experience too. They need to play more on there club teams.

I read an article in a California newspaper that a fellow by the name of Mohammed Muqtar was a big influence to you while at Berkeley. I also read in he was a big influence on Phoenix Sun great Kevin Johnson as well. Is that true? And if so, what exactly does he do that helps players there so much?
– Nav Mundi

FE: Mohammed looked out for me when I was at Cal and we have remained good friends. I have kept in touch with all the people I was close to in college. Yes, Mo has also been good friends with Kevin Johnson since he was in college.

One skill you have that most centers usually aren't very good at is stealing the ball. Where and how did you become so good at it?
– Anonymous

FE: I try and anticipate what other players are going to do by playing the passing lanes. Stealing the ball is about having good instincts, which come with playing a lot and recognizing how different players pass the ball. It’s a gamble, though, because sometimes you get it wrong and can get beat for a basket.

What are you going to do when you are no longer able to make money playing basketball?
– Victoria Ovin, (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

FE: Having good financial planning and making good investments are important. I have made some good investments to set up my future after basketball. I am an investor with other NBA guys in Flex-Power. I'm not worried because I have a good group of smart people around me and will have various opportunities. I also think it's important to get your college education. I have a degree from one of the top universities in the United States (Berkeley).

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Old 07-21-06, 09:40 PM
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"Not much of a banger like those guys"

Oh the hillarity.
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Old 07-21-06, 09:46 PM
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was more my thoughts on the matter
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Old 07-21-06, 09:52 PM
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hope he does well. i wish him the best and good luck in san antonio.
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Old 07-21-06, 10:00 PM
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He should fit in nicely in SA. You can never have too much height but Elson is active and blocks shots well. If he polishes his offensive skills a little, he'll be a fine fit.
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Old 07-21-06, 10:06 PM
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Sounds like a down to earth type of guy. Not claiming to be anything but what he can do to help a team.

Sounds a lot like Rasho in personality...and from what I've read plays much the same except that he has a lot more quickness.

Hopefully he will be OK with playing when he's asked and understand the role in which he's asked to play.

That's all any of our centers will be expected to do.
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Old 07-22-06, 03:12 AM
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If he can block shots and steal balls, he will give the team more energy. Maybe he learned more about blocking watching Camby being successful with that. I like the fact that even though he is 30, he feels he can still learn more, and is willing to learn more from TD.

So does anyone know if he has a nickname? Should we give him one?
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If he can block shots and steal balls, he will give the team more energy. Maybe he learned more about blocking watching Camby being successful with that. I like the fact that even though he is 30, he feels he can still learn more, and is willing to learn more from TD.

So does anyone know if he has a nickname? Should we give him one?
Yes, it was something like Gecko or Geico. Insurance pun or something, or maybe it was because he looks like the lizard... I have nooo idea lol I'm just guessing, maybe a Nuggets fan could chime in and help me out.
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Old 07-22-06, 05:20 AM
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Yes, it was something like Gecko or Geico. Insurance pun or something, or maybe it was because he looks like the lizard... I have nooo idea lol I'm just guessing, maybe a Nuggets fan could chime in and help me out.
The Nuggets have fans?
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Old 07-22-06, 12:04 PM
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Sounds like he's also smart, which should help when talking with Pop & Tim.
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Old 07-22-06, 01:19 PM
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The Nuggets have fans?
whoa. still not funny.
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Old 07-22-06, 02:23 PM
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If he's got a degree form Berkeley, Lord knows he should pick up the system faster than Nazr. It took Nazr, what - a year and a half ?

Right now, I expect Elson to start over because of his edge in experience and athleticism. But Butler is a more talented player, certainly offensively, so perhaps by the end of the year Jackie will be our starter. Elson is a good guy to play with Duncan, whereas Butler will be in there for low post scoring while Duncan rests.
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Old 07-22-06, 03:14 PM
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"Not much of a banger like those guys"

Oh the hillarity.
Boy, this ain't what I wanted to hear. He better be real active under the basket, or Butler is gonna start seeing a lot of PT. I was the one that was talking him up too, telling everybody it was a good deal when they offered him the contract. I tell you what, if I was 7 foot tall, and wanted to make a name for myself, I'd be battling hard and hitting the floor like Malik and Ferry used to. Too bad I'm only 5'7" and a gzillion years old.
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Old 07-22-06, 04:33 PM
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whoa. still not funny.
I wasn't trying to be funny

I was in Denver on business for a few games of the playoffs two years ago, and the fan support seemed... underwhelming.
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Old 07-22-06, 07:47 PM
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The Nuggets have fans?
I lived in Denver for 3 years...I think the Nuggs are a distant 4th among the professional teams there...#1 Broncos #2 Avs #3 Rockies #4 Nuggets

Avalanche tickets in the same section of the Pepsi Center as a Nuggets game will go for 3 times more.
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Old 07-22-06, 09:05 PM
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"Not much of a banger like those guys"

Oh the hillarity.
I am not sure which is worse, Elson thinking NAxr & Rasho were bangers or
his thought that he isn't much ore of a banger than them.

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