The 4-Down Podcast, Episode 41: Ethan Sherwood Strauss of HoopSpeak

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Tony Parker will score in the paint and you will watch him do it. (Photo credit: aaronisnotcool)

The 4-Down Podcast is back for its last offseason episode. That’s right, actual competitive (to an extent) basketball begins tonight. Ethan Sherwood Strauss of HoopSpeak and Warriors World was our guest on the podcast this week to talk about if we had any actual memories of preseason basketball (I forgot to mention the Gary Neal 3-pointer Manu Ginobili drew up to win in Mexico City),  the public perception of Tony Parker and whether or not Ethan thinks that Manu Ginobili is overrated or underrated. Ethan also shares his relative hate of Rajon Rondo and David Stern’s involvement in the Chris Paul trade.

Another reminder for you folks that after the Spurs’ preseason game against the Rockets on Saturday night, head back here to 48MinutesofHell.com immediately for a live postgame show. We’ll talk about what we saw, evaluate some of the young guys and take questions from the audience. We’ll have a link to the postgame show up around halftime of the game.

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  • JASV

    i’ ve never heard so many terrible statements in a podcast,  wow, don’t know where to begin criticizing this.
     

  • Timmay

    Last preseason Gary Neal established himself as a clutch shooter as he nailed the game winner when the Spurs played in Brazil. And that can be remembered because it was actually Manu who drew the play up.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzGY9aAdgmQ

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    You can start with defining how you mean “terrible” 

  • JASV

    Terrible:
    1. ” Tony Parker is an underrated passer”: Nope. He can’t find players in creative ways. He is a solid player, his strenght obviously is getting to the lane, but in no way shape or form is he an underrated passer. In point guard standards he is average.
    2. ” the spurs system requires a scoring point guard”: that was true in 2007, not in 2012. Haven’t you notice, the offense has change, a lot. Creating offense for all the players has never been so important. With Tim no longer being double teamed, the only player that can really create for others is Manu, if Manu is injured then the offense becomes stagnant  and vulnerable to teams like memphis.
    3. ” Point guard defense is not important”: this is really terrible. Did you see what JJ Barea did to the lakers defense? if the point guard gets to the lane, the defense colapses and everything else fall down. That;s it;s a defensive principle not to get beat of the dribble.
    4. ” Rondo is not a top 40 player”: wow, this one is the worst. He gets to the lane same as Tony, is very athletic, plays amazing Defense, rebounds like a smalla forward, excellent passer, does all the intangibles, a winner and isn’t afraid to lead in a team with players like KG. All the angry responses on twitter was simply because everyone was right. You can’t make arguments like this based only on stats.

  • JASV

    wasn’t that game in Mexico?

  • http://48minutesofhell.com Andrew A. McNeill

    The Spurs offense still doesn’t rely on a pass-first point guard. Positions 1-3 are pretty much all the same. As long as somebody can create, it works. If the Spurs didn’t have Manu Ginobili then they would probably need someone in the point guard spot better at setting the table for his teammates. But as it is, it still creates plenty of opportunities for baskets because of the pick-and-roll action and side-to-side movement of the ball. Tony Parker and George Hill were adequate playmakers in the Spurs system recently, even if George Hill never hit a roll man who wasn’t wide the hell open.

  • Wayne

    Hi Andrew,
     
    Thanks for the effort you put in with the 48MOH site, it’s much appreciated and I enjoy both your articles / 48 MOH T.V / podcasts etc.
     
    Slightly off-topic, but I wasn’t sure where else to ask / post.  I’m planning a trip to the San Antonio around March time 2012 (from England, UK).  Any suggestions on hotels / good sports bars to catch some games in (preferably ones that serve nice strong Belgium lager, such as Duvel @8.5% abv) ?
     
    Thanks in advance
     
    Wayne
    Kent, England

  • Titletown99030507d

    Actually Hill ignored the hell out of Splitter when he was wide open on the roll to the rim. He was too busy looking for his undersized buddy Blair.

  • rIbanez1

    It looks like the same cast of players with a few minor changes. Unless Splitter has a breakout year the Spurs will be eliminated in the playoffs by a team with an interior presence like Memphis, Oklahoma, Lakers….

  • Titletown99030507d

    Why is everybody expecting Splitter to handle the front court all by himself night in and night out without any added help. What ‘s wrong with you Pop? Get a legitimate big to help Timmy and Splitter! I hope that Gani is a cheap missing piece. And I don’t want to hear come post game show tonight here at 48MOH that Bonner and Blair ate up a majority of those front court minutes.

  • Titletown99030507d

    UGHHH!

  • Timmay

    you’re right … I guess I mixed it up because ESPN Brazil showed the game on TV?