Inside the mind of Boris Diaw, the NBA’s own ‘renaissance man’

Boris Diaw is as unique as they come.
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The San Antonio Spurs might be the only organization in the NBA that’s able to tap into Boris Diaw’s relaxed genius. The man who’s long been the butt of a good fat joke doesn’t worry himself with common concerns held by just about everyone else on the planet. 

He’s calm (except when San Antonio is late for a post-game dinner) and under control, always marching to the beat of his own drum. In that way he’s special, and his teammates absolutely love him for it. 

Read more on Diaw in this excellent feature from the San Antonio Express-News:

“I’ve said to him many times, ‘I would like to be you so much,’” guard Manu Ginobili said. “His worst day is many times better than most of our best days. He lives in a different place.” Diaw’s installation of a locker room espresso machine has given rise to a new moniker: The Borista. Known to wander into shootaround with a Starbucks cup in hand, Diaw does not deny he seldom sweats the small stuff. Or the big stuff. Or stuff. If they ever erect a statue of Diaw outside the AT&T Center, the pose will be an indifferent shrug. “It’s all relative in life,” said Diaw, who Thursday returns with the Spurs to Phoenix, where he spent parts of four seasons. “We’ve got a pretty lucky life. We can’t be hanging our head because we are having a bad day. There are people in the world that have way worse days than you do.”

Diaw is underrated and brilliant. His skill-set nearly transcends the sport. Big men shouldn’t be able to drive, dribble and pass the way he does. The 33-year-old can see the entire floor and read defenses like a children’s book (though not one he wrote). 

San Antonio is extremely lucky he fell in its lap when he did.