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Report: Mike Bibby working out with Spurs at mini-camp

Sep 3, 2013, 5:55 PM EST

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We told you earlier this summer Mike Bibby was looking to play one more year in the NBA, then follow his father into coaching (although Mike wouldn’t put it that way).

Problem was, he was unimpressive with the Knicks two seasons ago — 39 games, 2.9 points per game with a PER of 7.8 — and last season he was out of the league completely.

But according to our friend Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com Bibby has at least gotten his foot in the door.

It’s hard to see this working out. The Spurs will start Tony Parker at the point and behind him there is Nando De Colo, Cory Joseph and Patty Mills fighting for the backup minutes.

The Bibby of 2010 (well past his prime) could crack that rotation, but things deteriorated fast after that. Unless you think he and Ponce de León found the fountain of youth, it’s hard to see Bibby returning to that form.

  1. knicksmets - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    No room for him on the spurs with Joseph, Millis and Parker, should look somewhere else

    • 00maltliquor - Sep 4, 2013 at 1:59 AM

      And De Colo.

  2. eventhorizon04 - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Guys like Ray Allen and Steve Nash have proven it’s possible for guards to remain valuable into their late 30’s if they have a fanatical devotion to improving and maintaining their shooting ability to compensate for their lost athleticism.

    Bibby’s shooting fell off in the 2011 playoffs and stayed poor the next season, which he spent with the Knicks. He has no value as a defender in a league full of young, athletic point guards, and he has no value as a ball handler since he lacks the ability to break down a defense with dribble penetration. If he can’t shoot…then there’s nothing he can really do on a basketball court anymore.

    • bougin89 - Sep 4, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      I was sitting courtside watching the Knicks warmup before they played in Milwaukee two seasons ago and it looked like Bibby had leg issues. Honestly, it looked like it was painful for him to run, even as slow as he was running. Something just didn’t seem right maybe just too many miles on his legs from a life of basketball, who knows.

    • phil4133 - Sep 4, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      Nash was never very athletic, so it’s not like the loss of his remaining athleticism affected him as much as a guy like Ray Allen, or D. Wade.

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