Thursday, May 31, 2012
Get ready for a Spurs vs. Heat NBA Finals
Well played by the NBA for releasing the San Antonio Spurs "Shook Ones" ad this week.
"There's never been a quote-unquote great Spurs team, just a series of extremely good ones. We poured dirt on them last spring after the Memphis upset, only to watch them resurrect themselves with their finest group yet. Parker and Manu have never looked better; one more title cements them as Hall of Famers and one of the best backcourt duos ever. Duncan hasn't looked this good in five years; one more title vaults him ahead of Wilt Chamberlain and leapfrogs him back ahead of Kobe as the sixth best player of all time (at least in my opinion), as well as "The Greatest Lottery Prize Ever, Hands Down" instead of just "The Greatest Lottery Prize Ever". Popovich would have to be mentioned in the first few words of any "Greatest Coaches Ever" discussion, period, end of story. And this particular Duncan/Popovich run (potentially, five titles in 13 years with the same coach and franchise player) would only have to answer to Russell's Celtics, Jordan's Bulls, Magic's Lakers and (god, I hate admitting this) Kobe's Lakers on the "Most Successful Runs Ever" rankings...
[They've] even managed to pull off something that never seemed possible: They turned a team featuring LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in their primes into an underdog for an NBA Finals. If you can't get excited for that matchup, then you don't have a pulse."
Grantland - "The Spurs-Zombies Retro Diary"