Of the 14 greatest NBA players ever — Jordan, then Russell, then Kareem, then Bird and Magic and Duncan and LeBron, then Wilt and Kobe, then West and Oscar, then Hakeem and Shaq and Moses
BostonSucksMyBalls wrote:Of the 14 greatest NBA players ever — Jordan, then Russell, then Kareem, then Bird and Magic and Duncan and LeBron, then Wilt and Kobe, then West and Oscar, then Hakeem and Shaq and Moses
He has Kobe after LeBron. Thank you for reading SOTSG, Bill.
I wish he would say "Of my 14 greatest NBA players ever" though. Self-absorbed jackass.
“You always want to get out a year early, not one or two years too late,” my dad always explained.
And if that’s true … what do we do about Tim Duncan?
Maybe Saturday’s Clippers defeat wasn’t as gut-wrenching as San Antonio’s improbable 2013 Finals collapse, but Duncan’s murky future gave Game 7 a different kind of desperation.
missed blocking Chris Paul’s last-second, double-clutch, series-winning banker by the length of maybe two knuckles.
Ten years ago, he absolutely would have blocked that shot.
Five years ago, he probably would have blocked it.
So only the great Bill Russell definitely got out early.
Leave knowing that, by any calculation, you were one of the best two-way players ever and one of the most beloved teammates ever.
That’s why we feel badly when we don’t get it done for him. Eighteen years and they’re still saying this about Timmaaay???
Before he decides, I really hope he watches the last 12 minutes and 10 seconds of Game 7 again. Maybe it will get his juices flowing. Here’s a retro diary to help fill in the blanks.
Have we peaked with bitching at referees? I think we’ve peaked.
Even if an Achilles strain hampered Parker, isn’t that the problem with aging point guards? It’s always something, right? With 1,008 regular-season games and 203 playoff games behind him, how is this situation getting better? Or could you blame San Antonio’s grueling 2012-14 run
One time in the fourth quarter, Paul pushed it too far, instinctively pulled up and grabbed the back of his leg, fought it off and kept hopping around. You could see him shifting into De Niro/Midnight Run mode
These guys happen to be otherworldly athletes; that’s why we watch. They make our dreams come true.
And here was the best thing about it: Everyone has to shut the heck up now. Shelve the “never made the conference finals” argument. Shelve the “never came up huge when it mattered” hot take.
Last point: After seeing how badly CP3 wanted Saturday’s game, it was fascinating to watch how badly Floyd and Manny didn’t want their fight.
I didn’t love Kawhi’s last two games — no-showed Game 6, never went full Sharktopus in Game 7. Does he trust his own talent yet?
Couldn’t he have beaten any Clipper off the dribble whenever he wanted?
Why did it seem like he wasn’t ready to be The Guy?
That series stuck him one notch below the league’s best — LeBron, Curry, Harden, Westbrook, Durant, Griffin and Paul —
because none of those seven guys would have just one signature A-game in a truly special seven-game series.
On the bright side, of everyone I just mentioned, only LeBron and Kawhi have Finals MVPs. I don’t have a feel for this one yet. To be continued.
More back-and-forth action crests with CP3 hitting a jumper, Duncan abusing DeAndre on the low post (he’s officially in Game 6 2013 Finals Jedi mode), then Blake pulling off a reverse layup for a three-point play (“hrrrrrrr-HAHHHHHHHH”)
Kawhi short-arms a jumper but grabs the rebound, leading to another Manu 3. (If this was Manu’s final game, let the record show that his last two baskets were made 3s.)
So yeah, Jamal might have stunk in Round 1 — 11.7 points, 38 percent shooting, 20 percent from 3 and a ghastly 8.86 PER. But those nine no-CP3 points were nine of the biggest points of his career. The Clips don’t win Game 7 without them.
Can you really give DeAndre Jordan a $120 million, five-year extension when he’s become such a free throw liability that he’s headed for a Game 7 crunch-time benching?
Not protecting a big defensive rebound against Chris Paul — that’s like not moving the leftover pork chops far enough away from the counter if you have a dog.
Kawhi barely misses another runner in traffic (partly because of splendid defense by Griffin), followed by J.J. Redick finally arriving for Game 7 by nailing a monster 3. (Welcome to the game, J.J.!)
And the subtweet conversation of this epic run … no DeAndre!
Doc willingly sacrificed rim protection and defensive rebounding to spread the floor and avoid the Seventh Circle of Hell (a.k.a. Game 7 Crunch-Time Hack-A-DJ). Say what you want about Doc, but this decision took a set of watermelon-size balls. I loved it.
Danny Green fouls a driving/careering/fearless Blake and Griffin drains both.
He’d finish with a 24-13-10, including 10 of 11 from the charity stripe, in what can only be described as “A Full Realization Of Everything I Ever Wanted From Blake Griffin.”
don’t overreact to hard fouls, don’t react to every call like someone is towing your car, keep your head down, keep pounding the basket and play your heart out.
How many times was Blake gasping for air on the bench like he’d just finished a triathlon?
Great power forwards aren’t that complicated — once they hit their playoff peaks, they start going for 24 and 12 every night and that’s just how it goes.
And throwing out the stats, Blake justwanted it in that Game 7.
Lost in the celebration of Paul’s game-winning shot was a frightening image: Griffin watching the play unfold, taking off from the foul line and launching toward the basket for what would have unquestionably been the greatest and most memorable follow-up dunk of all time … only the shot went in and Griffin’s lower half collided with Manu Ginobili …
Maybe it IS time for Duncan to get out. Like winter in Game of Thrones, Blake Griffin is coming. (And Anthony Davis, too.)
Just a stupefyingly competitive sequence that doubles as DeAndre’s best case for a $120 million extension, even before Duncan misses the free throw, Diaw grabs the rebound (PAY DEANDRE!!!!!)
Rebound, Kawhi. Putback, Kawhi. Possible Leap brewing?
Our third Coulda Woulda Shoulda play starts with CP3 missing a jump shot short, then Parker bolting on a fast break with only Redick back. Parker pulls up for a split second … but it’s a ploy! Stutter step! Now he’s challenging Redick (and why not???) with the patented Parker 5-foot floater … only it doesn’t fall!
How did that not go in?
How the hell did that not go in???
Not since Robert Horry’s heyday has such a statistically shaky, up-and-down, pseudo-journeyman doubled as such a valuable you-can-go-to-war-with-him playoff guy.
Of anyone who’s ever been married to a real-life reality show character, Barnes is the one you’d want in a do-or-die basketball game
Green, 2014 playoffs: 49.1% FG, 48% 3FG, 4.4 3FGA, 16.5 PER
Green, 2015 playoffs: 34.4% FG, 30% 3FG, 5.7 3FGA, 10.4 PER
(The only Spurs who played as well in the 2015 playoffs as they did in the 2014 playoffs: Duncan and Mills. Who woulda thunk?)
Crawford beats Parker with a beautiful running one-hander off a Griffin handoff. Monster shot.
In the last three second halves of this series, Kawhi shot 3-for-23 and made only one shot that wasn’t a layup. That’s why, in Monday’s end-of-season press conference, Pop broke down Kawhi’s development as a future franchise guy by saying, “It’s a matter of understanding that it will be expected night after night after night.”
And it’s probably coming. But the Spurs desperately needed Kawhi to kick ass in Game 82, Game 88 and/or Game 89; he wasn’t one of the three best players in this series.
I blame myself for throwing the Apex Scottie comparisons around.
Go figure — Team Whine & Cheese got the shakiest big call of Round 1.
In the moment, I found myself rooting for him like he was a Boston guy.
Only Duncan regrouped his 39-year-old one-legged body and freaking drained both of them. The Undertaker lives.
I’m pretty sure nobody gave a “Great Players Figure Out How To Get Shit Done” talk at the 2015 Sloan Conference. Sometimes it’s not about numbers.
I don’t see how the same guy who made THOSE free throws can retire.
NBA big men and wrestlers age the same way — they get stiff and lose their balance.
It was also Coulda Woulda Shoulda No. 7 … because how the freaking hell did that shot go in??? I can’t even come up with another smaller player, in NBA history, who could have made that double-clutch angle with those two guys hounding him. Kyrie??? Maybe. Kevin Johnson? Maybe
And that seven-game series/battle/war/life experience brought that whole team closer together.
Like always, the Spurs put over another up-and-coming contender like a longtime wrestling champion would...It’s so true — they did it for Dirk’s Mavericks, Nash’s Suns, Z-Bo’s Grizzlies, Durant’s Thunder, LeBron’s Heat, and now, CP3’s Clippers.
Adds Vince, “That series was like a 35-minute WWE classic.
And thanks to the NBA’s primitive playoff setup and San Antonio’s uncharacteristic Game 82 stumble in New Orleans, two of the NBA’s four best teams ended up clashing in Round 1. Total fluke.
The night ended with the Spurs partying in Los Angeles, because why not?
They’re the unofficial champs even when they’re not the champs.
Of course, TMZ’s cameras were following them.
So … should Duncan retire? If it feels like a sports movie moment, that’s because it’s basically the plot in For Love of the Game, everyone’s favorite baseball movie that’s locked in the basement of a reprehensible romance drama.
Like everyone else
I devour the baseball scenes and hate-watch the Kelly Preston scenes. I love watching Billy Chapel (Costner) go for the perfect game while muttering to himself like a lunatic.
I love the “I love you, Mickey Hart!” scene.
I love Vin Scully.
I love Costner’s buddy on the other team who sold out and joined the Yankees.
I love watching John C. Reilly pretending to be a catcher.
I love Vern Schillinger Whiplash Simmons as Costner’s manager.
And in the best scene of the movie, he fights off the tears in the dugout, scribbles something on a baseball and sends it up to the team’s president with the game still unfolding.
“Tell them I’m through — For love of the game, Billy Chapel.”
[/quote]I just know that he’s one of the best basketball players I have ever seen. I hope he comes back. And I hope he doesn’t come back.
jack_daniels wrote:NBA Die-Hard #11/19 wrote:Uh oh JD looks like _ has gone Thomas Jones on us and "tweaked" a hammy... better bring no touchy back from AAA...
I didn't tweah shit faggot. Shut up.
Apr 22, 2015 3:49 pm Clayton Bigsby i enjoy sports
TheWolf - Fri Apr 15, 2016 3:26 pm: i'm ctz. i'm sober at 3:30 pm. dork
Frank the Tank wrote:If I die I leave my red font to Kite.
Jew Jitsu wrote:Duncan got divorced recently plus he sued someone for fucking him over on some investments, this dude got no choice but to keep playing since he got taken to the cleaners on both fronts.
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