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: 1999 NBA Finals Game 4
House of the Rising Sun – It must’ve been a funny feeling for the players on our Western Conference Champion San Antonio Spurs to walk off of the Madison Square Garden basketball court in New York City on the short end of the score board after Game 3 of the 1999 NBA Finals. After all, the 89-81 loss to the New York Knicks was the first defeat in our past…Read more...
Tags:David Robinson , New York Knicks , San Antonio Spurs , The Animals , Tim Duncan
B&S 20/20: 1999 NBA Finals Game 3
Welcome to New York City – Welcome to the Empire State. Home of the World Trade. Birthplace of Michael Jordan. Home of Biggie Smalls.. How fitting a setting. The San Antonio Spurs first NBA Finals road game in franchise history was scheduled to be played in the Mecca, Madison Square Garden, the most famous and arguably most historic basketball arena on the planet. The New York Knicks, our opponents faced…Read more...
Tags:Allan Houston , David Robinson , Latrell Spreewell , New York Knicks , San Antonio Spurs , Tim Duncan
B&S 20/20: 1999 NBA Finals Game 2
Learn to Fly – Sixth months prior to the turn of the century (and the millennium depending on your counting), the future looked pretty bright for the New York Knickerbockers and their fans. Their longtime finals-preventing-nemesis Michael Jordan was retired and the stranglehold on the Eastern Conference he and his Chicago Bulls had maintained during all of the non-baseball-interrupted nineties was no more. With an adoring fan-base, vast resources, and…Read more...
Tags:Avery Johnson , David Robinson , New York Knicks , San Antonio Spurs , Tim Duncan
B&S 20/20: 1999 NBA Finals Game 1
Get Ready for This – Throughout my childhood growing up in Central Texas, I had regularly dreamed about this moment. As far as moments go for a city and its fans, this one was huge and luckily, the city of San Antonio had a building huge enough in its own right to handle it. 39,514 success-starved, exuberant Spurs fans packed themselves into the Alamodome on June 16th, 1999 to be…Read more...
Tags:2 Unlimited , David Robinson , Jaren Jackson , Michael Jordan , New York Knicks , 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
Break On Through – “It’s over. We just beat you by 20. You’re done.” Those words have echoed in my head since the moment they were spoken to me last night outside of the Pepsi Center as my wife and I were waiting for our Lyft. Dressed for a fun night out on the town in a black long-sleeved t-shirt that proudly displayed “San Antonio Basketball” across my chest, they…Read more...
Tags:Denver Nuggets , Jacob Poeltl , San Antonio Spurs , The Doors
Who Gon Stop Me -Give them credit. The Nuggets played outstanding basketball in Game 4. When you make 15 threes shooting 48.4 percent on 31 attempts while taking care of your possession to the tune of only committing seven turnovers, you are probably going to win. When you do these things in a hostile environment on the road down 2-1 in a playoff series, you probably have no intention of…Read more...
Tags:Denver Nuggets , JAY-Z , Kanye West , LaMarcus Aldridge , Nikola Jokic , San Antonio Spurs
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
Fire – So close, yet so, so far away. When we went up 19 points (42-23) with 8:28 still to play in the second quarter, of course I was pleased, but I wasn’t thrilled. All I could think about was how many eternities were left in the ballgame and how potent the offense of the team in the city I call home (and therefore the team I watch more than…Read more...
Tags:DeMar DeRozan , Denver Nuggets , Jamal Murray , LaMarcus Aldridge , San Antonio Spurs , Sara Bareilles
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