3-on-3: The possibility of a canceled season
It’s Monday and you know what that means: this week’s Spurs 3-on-3. This week, we tackle three questions focusing on the post-apocalyptic world of a cancelled NBA season. No, we don’t want that to happen. Yes, we do like to be optimistic. But you know what? This lockout has pretty much sapped the optimism right out of me. Instead, we’re going to get all bleak on you in hopes that turns our fortunes around.
1. Fact or fiction. The big three should play abroad if the season is cancelled?
Graydon Gordian, 48 Minutes of Hell: Fiction. Tony Parker is already playing overseas, and Manu looks poised to make the leap back to his old Italian league. But I don’t see why Tim Duncan would subject himself to any additional wear and tear, much less the risk of serious injury.
Timothy Varner, 48 Minutes of Hell: Fiction. Tony Parker’s age and Manu Ginobili’s competitive spirit make a year of overseas play the right option for their careers, but Tim Duncan wouldn’t benefit from the action and shouldn’t subject his body to the risk of injury.
Andrew McNeill, 48 Minutes of Hell: Fact. It’s not going to happen, at least for Tim Duncan it won’t, but it might still be worthwhile. Tony Parker’s already overseas. Manu will probably follow. Duncan won’t play if the season is wiped out, but he could use a few games this season, just to see some game action.
2. How does a possible cancelled season affect Tim Duncan, a year older or a year of rest?
Graydon Gordian, 48MoH: There’s obviously the chance a cancelled season will mean the end of Duncan’s career — this is the last year on his contract — but it may mean Duncan has actually rested too much. At his age, it’s important to strike a balance between activity and rest, and the lockout is possibly tipping the scale too far towards the latter.
Timothy Varner, 48MoH: A cancelled season could mean Tim Duncan’s career is over. I don’t think that sort of prolonged rest will help him at all. At Duncan’s age, the body needs consistency more than anything else. Too much activity hurts, but no activity whatsoever is a precondition for retirement.
Andrew McNeill, 48MoH: One more year on the body. Sure he’s avoiding some wear and tear, but I think you have to treat him like an old car. You have to take it out every month or so at least to keep it running. A whole season lost could lead to the wheels falling off.
3. What will Spurs fans miss the most in the event the 2011-12 season is cancelled?
Graydon Gordian, 48MoH: Watching Tim Duncan. Duncan is no longer the dominant player he once was, but opportunities to watch him don the silver and black grow fewer by the day. As the lockout drags on, we’re missing an opportunity to truly savor who Duncan is and what he has done for the franchise.
Timothy Varner, 48MoH: Tim Duncan. Gregg Popovich. An official goodbye to what was an historic run. Maybe that’s a little too much drama, but it’s possible a cancelled season is the final piece of punctuation on the Spurs’ recent dynasty.
Andrew McNeill, 48MoH: Manu Ginobili’s highlight video of plays on YouTube. Manu is 34 years old, like Tim Duncan, he doesn’t have a lot left in the tank. He can only play his reckless, creative, spur-of-the-moment style so much. If we lose a year of that, imagine the never before seen plays that blow up Twitter that we’ll miss.