With Ginobili still out, Spurs add Glover for guard depth
Web Posted: 03/18/2005 12:00 AM CST
Express-News Staff Writer
Tim Duncan made his return Monday. Two nights later, it was Tony Parker's turn. Now nearing full strength, the Spurs expect to regain the services of their designated energizer tonight against Charlotte.
The Coyote, it appears, will be free to roam the SBC Center.
As for the team's other crowd-pleasing performer? Manu Ginobili likely will miss at least one more game. Ginobili's groin continues to improve, team officials said, but he isn't expected to play against the Bobcats. He has missed four games.
Ginobili had his most extensive workout Thursday since straining his groin March 8. He spent 45 minutes on the court and played one-on-one with the team's newest addition, shooting guard Dion Glover.
Glover, 24, signed a 10-day contract and will be eligible for the playoff roster should they keep him that long. After averaging 8.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in 287 NBA games over five years, Glover began this season with Ulker Istanbul in the Turkish Basketball League. He was released last month.
Glover became a part-time starter for Atlanta after being drafted 20th in 1999. He signed with Toronto midway through last season after the Hawks cut him.
The Spurs worked out a handful of players, including former draft pick Derrick Dial, before signing Glover. They also looked at bringing in a power forward to improve depth behind Tim Duncan and Robert Horry.
Though the Spurs continue to explore options, for now, Glover gives them another threat should they meet Phoenix, Seattle or Dallas in the playoffs and use a small lineup.
Point guard Mike Wilks, placed on the injured list to make room for Glover, also remains a candidate for the final opening on the playoff roster. Adding a bigger guard such as Glover, who has a thick 6-foot-5 frame, increases the Spurs' depth at the wing position — a necessity when they choose to go small.
In addition to Glover's size and athleticism, the Spurs were pleased to see he was motivated to remain in good shape the past month despite being without a team. He also shot well during his workout.
"And I hadn't always considered him much of a shot-maker," Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said.
I think we're getting ahead of ourselves here. Sure he played very well, but it was only one game. I think we should wait atleast one more game to decide if he's as good as he seems.texan said:If he keeps up this play, not only do I want him to remain with the team for the rest of the season, I want him to be on the playoff roster. He wasn't overly flashy or a great offensive player, but his hustle and grit is needed on this team, and he would be an asset in the playoffs.