Wednesday, May 25, 2005

San Antonio Spurs, Boring No More

Let me take a moment's break from political blogging and write about another issue near and dear my heart...NBA basketball...

The San Antonio Spurs have long suffered the rap of being a “boring” team, a bunch of tough but colorless grinders that provided about as much spectacle as a regional spelling bee. As a longtime Spurs fan, this perception always irritated me. But I kept quiet because, well, it was pretty much true. “I love to watch great defensive basketball” was a common phrase around ole’ San Antone.

But no more. As Marc Stein rightly points out in his ESPN column, these Spurs got game. Against the high flying, fast-break Phoenix Suns, the Spurs have flown higher and moved faster. Have you seen Spurs point guard Tony Parker run the court? Like lightening going downhill.

And what can you say about guard Manu Ginobili? Spinning, jumping, cutting, smashing, the man looks like he’s gonna get himself killed every time he touches the ball. Yet, more often than any other player out there, he’ll turn what seems to be pure anarchy into a brilliant, acrobatic shot that leaves your jaw bumping the floor. And that’s not even mentioning superstar Tim Duncan and his mesmerizing skills in the low post.

The days of the boring Spurs are over. This is a group that’ll keep your eyes glued to the screen and your rear out of the chair. If the NBA is smart, they’ll stop thinking of these guys as backwater yawners and start marketing them like the all-out phenomenally exciting team that they are.

Overstatement? Sure. I profess no impartiality here. But f you’re still buying into the anti-Spurs hype, stop. Check these guys out. They’re a hell of a lot of fun.

5 Comments:

At 6:01 PM, Blogger Robert Rouse said...

I am enjoying the Spurs right now and I hope to see them ride past everyone into the title. I do so enjoy seeing former ABA teams making their mark in the NBA. Unfortunately, my main man, Reggie Miller has retired. It was a bittersweet moment when the Pistons won the series. Sorry the Pacers lost, but Reggie (staying with the same team throughout his career) went out with class.

 
At 11:13 PM, Blogger Jonathan C said...

I'm still waiting for the Celtics to come back....

 
At 11:24 PM, Blogger Alan Stewart Carl said...

Robert--too bad Reggie never won a ring. They got to the finals at the wrong time. No one was beating the Lakers in those years.

CQ--What the Red Sox winning the Series and the Pats winning 3 Superbowls not enough for Boston fans? Still, it's felt a little odd ever since Bird retired and the Celtics dropped out of relevence. Just ain't the same without the Celtics hanging around in May and June.

 
At 10:25 PM, Anonymous Loan Star said...

The Spurs will always be a noninteresting team to TV. Sadly, this great team comes from the town that has the lowest TV population of the NBA.. maybe not population but viewership. TV will allow the Spurs to win the playoffs but they would still rather talk about the lakers.

Ehh..... "GO SPURS"!!!!

 
At 4:01 PM, Anonymous J. Chaparro said...

Call them what you want, boring, nonexciting, no flash, etc. This bunch of guys are true role models that every fan (young or old) and any team should want to immulate. What makes the San Antonio Spurs special, they're a "Team" hombre!!

 

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