The Re-Invention of San Antonio

Tonight as San Antonio hosts the dysfunctional Timberwolves, there will be no Tim Duncan on the court. No Manu Ginobli. No Tony Parker. No Kawhi Leonard. The Spurs glory years are over,  shutting closed with the Leonard trade and Ginobli retirement. All the chess pieces are gone, only Parker is still playing NBA games but…

Without Kawhi, A Dream Deferred

It feels peculiar that the most stable organization in the NBA finished a season that can only be graded as incomplete. Because player personnel problems in San Antonio are a rarity for a franchise that puts a lot of faith on character evaluation, I kept waiting for a magical turnaround to occur, for the Spurs…

Kawhi Leonard MVP? Yes

“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required…” (Luke 12:48) The best player in the NBA not named LeBron James has been given a lot. On draft night, he was traded from the Indiana Pacers to the San Antonio Spurs with very few questioning why. But that in itself was…

Add Kawhi Leonard to MVP List

After signing his max deal the summer of 2015, Kawhi Leonard, perhaps the quietest great player in the NBA, shocked just about everyone when he admitted his individual goals for the season were becoming an All-Star and winning the Most Valuable Player award. The timing of his declaration, early July, felt somewhat awkward and uncharacteristically…

LaMarcus Aldridge Filling the Duncan Hole

New Faces: Pau Gasol, Dewayne Dedmon, David Lee, Livio Jean-Charles (R), Dejounte Murray (R) 2015-16 Regular Season Record: 67-15 2015-16 Regular Season Achievements: 1st: Points (Defense), 3-Point % (Defense), Defensive Rating. 2nd: Field Goal %, 3-Point %, Free Throw %, 2-Point % (Defense).  3rd: 2-Point %, Assists.  4th: Offensive Rating, Field Goal % (Defense). 5th: Defensive Rebounding. 6th: Blocks. 10th: Points. Leading Scorer: Kawhi Leonard, 21.2…