James Anderson: It's a "privilege" to start pro career in San Antonio

Former OSU guard James Anderson is comfortable in San Antonio as he begins his pro career.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: October 18, 2010 at 11:20 pm •  Published: October 18, 2010

After averaging 24 points in Big 12 play last season and establishing himself as one of the best scoring guards in the country, Anderson's reputation for getting buckets preceded his arrival in San Antonio. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and the rest of the coaching staff now want to see Anderson improve his defense. It's a requisite Anderson says is challenging but one that he thinks is being accelerated through practice battles against the likes of Manu Ginobili and Richard Jefferson.

"When I'm not guarding them, I'm looking at them and paying close attention to see how they work within the system," Anderson said. "And them defending me is helping me out on my offense. It's a great way to come in as a rookie."

Anderson said he misses OSU but added he knew it was time to move on.

"I'm always going to be a Cowboy," he said.

When asked what's been the best part of the ride so far, Anderson started by looking to his left, then to his right.

"Just being able to be a part of this organization," Anderson said. "It's a privilege."

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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