Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 3/14/12

Former San Antonio Spurs guard Roger Mason Jr. played two years in San Antonio, resuscitating a career that landed him everywhere from Washington to Chicago to Toronto to Jerusalem.

After acquiring Mason in what many called a free agent steal before the 2008-09 season, the Spurs gave Mason the biggest role he had ever had and a 10 minute playing time increase, something Mason says isn't easily forgotten.

"One of the best basketball experiences of my life playing here with Coach Pop and the guys Tony, Tim and Manu," Mason told me before Monday's Spurs vs. Wizards game. "I learned a lot. With a young team like this, I definitely try to teach them some of the things they taught me."

After a career year with the Spurs, averaging 11.8 points per game and shooting 42 percent beyond the arch, Mason saw a considerable drop in minutes, role and production, Mason opted to test the free agent waters in the summer of 2010 and later joined the New York Knicks.

Now with the Washington Wizards for a second stint, Mason is adjusting to playing for a younger team.

"We're a bit like Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde. There's games where we've beaten Oklahoma City and the Lakers and there's games where we've lost to anybody so for us it's about which team shows up," Mason said. "Is it gonna be about the team that plays unselfish, that defends and rebounds or is it going to be the team that plays one-on-one basketball."

Mason, who was known for a trademark hip slap and pointing up after hitting big shots in San Antonio is also adjusting to playing inconsistent minutes from night to night.

"My role goes beyond just playing physically," he said. "Being in the locker room. Being a good example and just explaining to them what it means to be a professional."

And as for his former team, Mason says the Spurs are definitely a contender.

"Absolutely. Tim's healthy. I think the biggest thing for them is to stay healthy," Mason said. "Healthy Manu, Tim and Tony. You can't count them out."

Speaking of counting the Spurs out, Mason had a front row seat to Tim Duncan going coast-to-coast for a dunk, something he said he wasn't surprised to see.

"Looking at film and watching him (Duncan) play, his body looks great. He looks like he can continue to play at a high level for a couple more years."

Before the Wizards' current three-game skid, they had one of their best games against the Los Angeles Lakers. In just 12 minutes, Mason relived one of his best moments as a Spur by knocking down four of seven three-pointers for 14 points.

"It was good to get an opportunity to play and to show that I can still do what I do," Mason said.

It's easy to see that Mason is a leader in a Wizards locker room that needs a ton of guidance. And while he waits for his chance to get into a game to make a difference, he'll continue to make a difference for his team off the court. 

Project Spurs' Paul Garcia contributed to this interview.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Several NBA executives have concerns about Lonzo Ball’s father

Kim Mulkey gives awful post-game speech about Baylor scandal

Bill Walton goes shirtless during ESPN broadcast to the dismay of one woman

Sanu: Halftime show played role in Super Bowl collapse

James Dolan is among potential group of investors of new arena for New York Islanders

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Rams, Clippers discussing NBA venue in Inglewood

Terrence Jones reportedly interested in joining Celtics

LeBron reverses course, says he ‘always felt good’ about Cavs

Report: Ole Miss tried to implicate Mississippi State in football scandal

Jamaal Charles could be on the roster bubble

Jimmy Butler on state of Bulls: ‘I just want to win at all costs’

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker