Like a Rolling Stone – It was a different world, it was another life. Perhaps, in a cruelly poetic way, this was the bridge from the stability of a world that had sustained for decades to the chaos of a new world that awaited on the horizon just past the point of visibility. The San Antonio Spurs fought nobly to hang on to that past stability, to the order of…Read more...
Tags:Bob Dylan , DeMar DeRozan , Denver Nuggets , Gregg Popovich , Kendrick Lamar , LaMarcus Aldridge , Rudy Gay , Tim Duncan
B&S 20/20: 1999 NBA Finals Game 5
We Are the Champions – June 24th, 1999. I’d been dreaming about this night, this game, this moment for a little over nine years. To be precise, I’d been dreaming about it ever since renewing my love for the game of basketball after returning to Texas from England as a eleven-year-old in January 1990. Let me explain. While living in England in 1989 (because my dad – a college professor…Read more...
Tags:David Robinson , Gregg Popovich , New York Knicks , Queen , San Antonio Spurs , Tim Duncan
B&S 20/20: Memorial Day Miracle
Lose Yourself – Damon Stoudamire, Arvydas Sabonis, Rasheed Wallace, Brian Grant, Isaiah Rider, Stacey Augmon, Jim Jackson, Walt Williams, Jermaine O’Neal, and Greg Anthony came to play that day. As we knew they would. After all, every higher-seeded playoff team understands that stealing one of the first two games on the road as the underdog increases your chances of winning the series astronomically. Having lost 80-76 in the grind fest…Read more...
Tags:David Robinson , Eminem , Gregg Popovich , Portland Trail Blazers , San Antonio Spurs , Sean Elliott , Tim Duncan
Things Done Changed – Gregg Popovich is 3-3 coaching in Game 7s. He won his first at home on basketball’s biggest stage in an 81-74 defensive masterpiece against the Detroit Pistons to closeout the bloodbath that was also known as the 2005 NBA Finals and capture our third NBA title. Manu Ginobili, the most beloved Spur that Pop has ever coached, was magnificent in the championship-clinching victory tallying 23 points…Read more...
Tags:DeMar DeRozan , Denver Nuggets , Gregg Popovich , LaMarcus Aldridge , Nikola Jokic , Rudy Gay , San Antonio Spurs , The Notorious B.I.G. , Tim Duncan
Ticket to Ride – When Number Two sat down in an undisclosed private dining room this past summer with Popo, the best weapon in the organization told his general that he wanted out. He confessed, “This isn’t the life I want anymore. I’ve got my family to think about.” Popo tried to talk him out of it but there was no changing Number Two’s mind. The silent assassin looked his…Read more...
Tags:DeMar DeRozan , Denver Nuggets , Derrick White , Gregg Popovich , San Antonio Spurs , The Beatles
Eternal – Oh how I love this time of year. I love the way a perpetual immersive tension is perfectly counterbalanced by an efficacious radiating exhilaration so that my resulting disposition is a delicious zen, a refreshing calm. I love the way my artistic senses are heightened, permeating my creativity like rich, dark ink saturating my quill. This time of year, melodies dance with prose through my mind in rebellious…Read more...
Tags:Bone Thugs-n-Harmony , DeMar DeRozan , Denver Nuggets , Derrick White , Gregg Popovich , San Antonio Spurs
All Night – In his late-14th Century poem “Troilus and Criseyde,” Geoffrey Chaucer penned the phrase, “All good things must come to an end.” The poem is about the tragic love story of Troilus and Criseyde and is set against the Siege of Troy as a backdrop. As with every good thing that has come before, one could assume the love affair between the city of San Antonio and winning…Read more...
Tags:Danny Green , Golden State Warriors , Gregg Popovich , Kawhi Leonard , LaMarcus Aldridge , Manu Ginobili , San Antonio Spurs , Tim Duncan , Tony Parker
I Won’t Back Down – Don’t worry. I’m not gonna to do what you all think I’m gonna do, which is, you know, FLIP OUT AND PREDICT WE’RE GONNA COMEBACK AND WIN THE SERIES. Can I be Phoebe Buffay’s little brother? Can I be Frank? Frankly, I don’t have the energy. It’s been a long, long week and there’s no other way to put it, I’m tired. And as I…Read more...
Tags:Erin Popovich , Golden State Warriors , Gregg Popovich , Manu Ginobili , San Antonio Spurs , Tony Parker
Wonderwall – Dear Kawhi, isn’t it funny how so many of these so-called experts and insiders have filled your silence with so much noise? I’ll be honest. As a die-hard fan, it’s been a really hard year. Knowing your competitive spirit, I can’t even begin to try to imagine how hard the year has been for you. But as a die-hard fan, believe me, I’m trying to imagine it. I’m…Read more...
Tags:Erin Popovich , Golden State Warriors , Gregg Popovich , Kawhi Leonard , LaMarcus Aldridge , Manu Ginobili , Oasis , San Antonio Spurs , Tony Parker
digging for windows – Déjà vu. It seemed eerily similar to the ending of last season. Swallowing the suddenness of the end to a season is hard enough without having to deal with the nervousness that you may also be watching a basketball icon leave the hardwood for the very last time. Having an abundance of basketball icons on one roster is certainly a good problem to have but it…Read more...
Tags:Golden State Warriors , Gregg Popovich , Kyle Anderson , LaMarcus Aldridge , Manu Ginobili , San Antonio Spurs
Carry On – It’s well documented that no team in NBA history has ever come back to win a playoff series after trailing 0-3. The “experts” will tell you it’s impossible in basketball. The thing is, according to the “experts” it used to be impossible in baseball as well. Until it wasn’t. The 2004 Boston Red Sox changed what is possible in baseball. Eventually, a team will change what is…Read more...
Tags:Boston Red Sox , Fun. , Golden State Warriors , Gregg Popovich , Manu Ginobili , San Antonio Spurs
Until the End of Time – In their hearts, they know. Not to say that they care (vultures rarely do) but they know. The Golden State Warriors (the boastful sports ambassadors for a sinister darkness that has taken root in American culture, an epidemic that from here on I’ll refer to as the Gluttony of More) know that if Kawhi Leonard had not been injured…they would be peering up today…Read more...
Tags:2Pac , Golden State Warriors , Gregg Popovich , Joe Lacob , Kawhi Leonard , Kevin Durant , San Antonio Spurs , Zaza Pachulia