Boris Diaw excused from start of Spurs camp, will catch up with team in Europe

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Boris Diaw was working hard this summer — he was a focal point of the French offense at the World Cup, averaging 9.2 points and 4 assists a game leading France to the bronze medal at the major international tournament.

He worked so hard Gregg Popovich is already giving him some time off.

While the rest of the Spurs open training camp in San Antonio starting Monday, Diaw will be relaxing at home in France, reports Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express News.

The Spurs were one of the NBA teams heading to Europe to spread the NBA gospel in some preseason games, San Antonio travels to Berlin to face Alba Berlin on Oct. 8, then travels to Turkey for a game in Istanbul.

It’s not a lot of time off for Diaw, but it’s a very Spurs gesture. This is also a team that is bringing back 14 out of the 15 guys that won an NBA title last season, and they will be running all the same systems. It’s not like Diaw will be behind when he catches up with the team.