The Tony Parker Ghost

There is a riddle that isn’t really funny but riddles aren’t supposed to be funny, they are supposed to hit you with a sober truth. Who was a bigger ghost in San Antonio in 2017-18, Tony Parker or Kawhi Leonard? The reason this is a riddle instead of a question is that Parker was active…

The Spurs Leverage Losing Steam

The Spurs melodrama is treading water. Sooner or later someone is going to drown. It happens in trades when a superstar is hostile towards his employer and can’t seem to find a middle ground. Paris is burning. The house of cards falls down. San Antonio, welcome to the club. But it feels strange. Melodrama has…

Kawhi-Spurs Marriage Long Way From Divorce

In marital dissolution terms, Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs are still hanging on to their marriage. Neither side is willing to push all the chips forward and announce the ultimate break. Call this interlude a legal separation with both sides beginning mediation in the summer. For the Spurs, there is a glimmer of…

Begging Kawhi Is The Latest Strategy

Well this much is true. Kawhi Leonard can’t be swayed with emotion and pleas and doors closed and voices raised. The transactional persuasions on behalf of the San Antonio Spurs were futile and time wasted. Urgently, because what other hand is there left to play, the Spurs tried their best emotive version of a basketball…

Pau Gasol: Rewarding Less

Pau Gasol is taking less money to stay in San Antonio. Gasol opted-out his deal in order to stay in Texas and why not? It is Gasol’s best chance at a third title, a hunt Gasol has been on since 2010. Gasol wants another ring before he retires. His is the gentleman version of ring…

The 5 Best NBA Champs (2007-2016)

Champion. It has a great sound to it doesn’t it? Being the champion means you’re the best. You won, and you’ve dominated your competition. Being the NBA champion means you’re the best basketball team in the world. You proved it throughout the regular season, you proved it in the playoffs, and you proved it in…

LaMarcus Aldridge looking so much like LaMarcus Aldridge

No one in Portland is surprised that the prize of the 2015 free agent haul, the one who couldn’t wait to run the other way, LaMarcus Aldridge, has been average or worse in the Western Conference Playoffs  semi-final series.  It was pretty much the Aldridge playoff familiarity Portland grew used to. When a superlative game…

The Spurs We Know, The Spurs We Don’t Know

Twice this year the Spurs have gotten obsessive attention from the national media. On opening night they beat the Warriors and everyone was hailing the Spurs as a dominant team who can manhandle the pretty Warriors any time they want. Their next media spotlight was just a few day ago when they retired Tim Duncan’s…

Better Home Court, Spurs or Warriors?

A common saying, there’s no place like home, is true of the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors over the last two years.  Both teams have been incredibly dominant on their home courts: the Warriors have gone a whopping 78-4 at home over the last two seasons, and the Spurs have lost only once at…