Nicolas Batum recorded a triple-double against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night in Portland’s 115-105 win, but he wasn’t exactly thrilled about it. Right before the buzzer, Batum carelessly threw up a 25-foot shot that happened to go in, giving him 11 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists on the night.
Batum, however, felt taking the shot could be construed as disrespectful:
It went in — I was like, ‘Oh, no.’ I didn’t mean to disrespect this team. This is the San Antonio Spurs, the best team from the last 15 years in the NBA. I’ve never disrespected this team. I love this team. I have a lot of friends on this team.
I know this is a bad thing to do. I want to apologize to the Spurs organization, because that didn’t show good (respect) for the game, for myself, for the Blazers. I don’t really want to disrespect this team (Oregon Live).
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich didn’t find Batum’s apology necessary: “Why would I be mad at that? He’s a good kid. I don’t care.”
[Source: Oregon Live]