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: 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
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
Fine By Me
Friends S4:E1 – Guess who’s back? Back again. Kenny’s back. Tell your FRIENDS. And it feels so good to be back. Greetings, welcome, and great to see you, Mercedes-Friends Nation! Man, it feels like we’ve been gone for a long time. In fact, the last time we got together was quite literally one hundred President Trump controversies ago. So, politics aside, how was your summer? As you might have suspected,…Read more...
Tags:Friends , Hurricane Relief , JAY-Z , Tim Duncan
Let It Be – When I find myself in times of trouble, Manu Ginobili comes to me, bringing that grandpa juice, let it be. Welcome to the 2017 NBA Playoffs, Manu. In all sincerity, it really just wasn’t the same without you. I had a sneaking suspicion all day yesterday, as I nervously awaited tip off, that you would arrive in Game 5. Because of this hunch, there was no…Read more...
Tags:Manu Ginobili , Memphis Grizzlies , Patty Mills , San Antonio Spurs , The Beatles , Tim Duncan
Take the Power Back – I’d never spent that much time thinking about it. I never really needed to. His performance was too consistent, his presence too permanent. Few things in life were as reliable. Tim Duncan was the San Antonio Spurs and the San Antonio Spurs were Tim Duncan. It sounds so simple yet it’s the simplest things that are the easiest to take for granted. Sure, the unthinkable…Read more...
Tags:Oklahoma City Thunder , Rage Against the Machine , San Antonio Spurs , Tim Duncan