DALLAS - MARCH 23: Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs shoots over Erick Dampier #25 of the Dallas Mavericks during the game on March 23, 2008 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. The Spurs won 88-81. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Mavs center Erick Dampier received a lot of attention after comments he made about Spurs guard Tony Parker to the Dallas Morning News following Monday's 21-point loss to San Antonio. Dampier said, "Every time he drives the lane, we have to put him on his back. The first foul has to tell him he's in for a long night. My first foul Thursday night is going to put him on his back. I guarantee it."
After today's practice Dampier addressed the issue never apologizing, "It wasn't said intentionally to go out and hurt anyone," said Dampier. "I probably shouldn't of said it like that."
Dampier added that he was referring to his team "protecting the paint", and that it was a heat of the moment comment. It will be interesting to see that first foul tomorrow night. You can bet the referees will be watching closely.