2012/13 saw the end of an era for the NBA, the end of what we thought was an unmistakable bond between a player, their team, city and fans. Paul Pierce who was hand picked in the ’98 draft by Boston, developed into a champion and became part of the Celtics legend was traded to the Brooklyn Nets. A player who had declared they wanted to retire in Boston. The death of whatever long-term loyalty remained in the NBA died strictly to business.
We found out that being a part of a legendary franchise isn’t for everyone. It all made sense; the smiling, charismatic, big man, Dwight Howard would have been everything the Lakers were looking for, a celebrity like star to build around, post Kobe. The heat of the LA spotlight made Dwight look more like a reality TV star than an Oscar nominee, seeking a quick pop fix to championship stardom. The Lakers may not be for everyone but it appears if you embrace their fans you are made for life. Good luck to whoever daringly attempts to be the future of the Lakers franchise.
We have seen countless players push themselves to the limits, to the point of injury. The types of injuries that are affecting a whole teams potential playoff run, Kobe, Westbrook, the whole Bulls roster and so on. Grant Hill, the epitome of superstar injuries, heart breaks and comebacks also retired.
On that note, we have also seen the beginning of an era. Despite the injuries, I believe the explosiveness and physical strength of players has dramatically risen in the last 10 years. Look at LeBron, Griffin, Westbrook and countless others. I’m not even talking about talent alone, I’m talking about the new era of athleticism and the dramatic improvement of medical techniques. Shumpert came back from an ACL injury and powered down some highlights the very next season.
We have seen stars swallow their ego by taking a pay cut for the good of their team. 3 words come to mind: Miami Heat, Moneyball
We’ve seen the globalization of the NBA reach new heights. League Pass was introduced in 2010. Since then the accessibility of NBA basketball has dramatically improved. The power that larger organizations such as LA, Celtics and Bulls used to have over networks has now been eased and the battleground for fans has somewhat been leveled.
We have also seen, acknowledged and accepted Jason Collins’ decision to openly tell the League his sexual orientation.
Bring on the new season.
I don’t know if this have ever been mentioned by anyone before, but after watching game 3, Miami v Spurs, I noticed Duncan is a big advocate of patting people on the head. The highest form of approval you can get from Tim Duncan is a head pat by the looks of it.
Forget high 5’s, 5 digit dome is where it’s at.
Best of Duncan’s 5 Digit Dome - with captions.
“Cut so much you though I was a DJ”
“Get me tokens and I’ll get you a fluffy toy”
“So that’s how Manu got a bald spot”
“Give me your head, share my moment”
“I’m way too into this”
“Rub your own head Garry”
“You’re not getting away from me”
“Man, that feels good!”
”Eva, are you kidding me?”
The Spurs got busy behind the 3 point line today (
and so did Miami’s Mike Miller). There were some amazing threes going up by Neal and Green, and even a few wild ones by Ginobili. It was undoubtedly an outstanding shooting performance by Spurs topped off with amazing defence.
Danny Green knows how to guard LeBron. Both in this game and in the last game we have seen LeBron try take it to Danny, but Green he keeps his spacing and is great at predicting which way James will go. Because Danny has been solid at denying LeBron’s strong drive it has reduced his ability to score inside. The spacing Danny allows dares James to shoot form deep. This could become problematic because James can shot, but for now I think Greg Pop will live with LeBron’s 7-21 field goals.
The Spurs have distributed the offensive and defensive load fairly evenly. The 3 “stars" of the Spurs Duncan, Parker and Ginobili are not depended on as apposed to LeBron, Wade and Bosh. The shot attempts were dispersed more evenly across the board for the Spurs. This is also supported by player minutes. No one on the Spurs played over 30.5 minutes, compared to LeBron’s 39.07 and Wade’s 33.56. Despite a nice 9 point effort by James to close the 3rd the window for the Heat to come back was pretty much shut. These minutes could have been saved for the next game, especially when the two stars have been talking about ‘exhaustion’.
Offensive Boards! Yeah the Heat are an undersized team but the differential is enormous when it come to rebounding. Duncan and Splitter can get up and grab some offensive boards, they are big dudes! But when Green and Leonard grab 3 a pair thats a problem. The Heat got out-rebounded 9 - 19 on offence and 36 - 52 in total.
The win puts the Spurs 2 - 1 up over the Heat, meanwhile the next 2 games are played in San Antonio.
Do they have Miami in a chokehold?