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News » Oberto plays guide to father

Oberto plays guide to father

Oberto plays guide to father
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Fabricio Oberto brought company with him on the final leg of the Spurs' rodeo trip.

Oberto's father, Raul, made the trip from Argentina to follow his son to New York, Detroit and Washington.

It is Raul Oberto's maiden voyage to America. According to his son, he likes what he's seen so far.

"It's good," said Oberto, a reserve center. "He's getting to know some of the cities. The main thing is, he's trying to spend time with me."

Raul Oberto has not seen his son play in a pro Basketball game since 2000, when Fabricio Oberto was playing with Tau Ceramica in Spain. Oberto's father is scheduled to hang around San Antonio for a few days after the team returns early Sunday morning.

The hard part, Oberto said, was persuading his father to take two weeks' vacation from his job at a farm equipment supply company to accompany his son on the road trip.

"I told him he needs to relax," Oberto said.

Though he speaks no English, Raul Oberto has been a big hit on the team's charter plane throughout the trip.

"He's like an older version of Fabricio," Matt Bonner said.

Like old times: On his flight back from All-Star Weekend, Roger Mason Jr. saw a familiar face sitting one row ahead of him. It was Washington Wizards' president Ernie Grunfeld, Mason's former boss.

"We caught up on the plane a bit," said Mason, who is in his first year with the Spurs after spending the past two in Washington.

One topic Mason tried to avoid: Basketball. Even after winning Friday, the Wizards were 13-42, worst in the Eastern Conference.

"They've had injuries," Mason said. "It would probably be a different situation for them if Gilbert (Arenas) and Brendan Haywood were healthy."

Tonight's game at Washington will mark Mason's first in his hometown since joining the Spurs.

Duncan and the double-double: Tim Duncan had 18 points and 18 rebounds in Thursday's victory at Detroit, his Western Conference-leading 34th of the season. Only Orlando's Dwight Howard and New York's David Lee have more, both with 42.

Since entering the league in 1997-98, Duncan has recorded 629 double-doubles, tops in the NBA over that span.

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