Nov 2, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum (88) passes the ball against San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the fourth quarter of the game at the Moda Center. The Blazers won the game 115-105. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Nicolas Batum apologizes for triple-double against Spurs

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]

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