Corporate Knowledge: February 16, 2012
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- ESPN’s Maurice Brooks lists Tony Parker at no. 7 on his MVP rankings. In a year of point guards, Parker is the third point guard listed among the top 10 MVP candidates, behind Chris Paul and Derrick Rose. This feels about right when considering the hierarchy of point guards right now.Parker is carrying a large burden right now as the team’s sole consistent creator until Manu Ginobili gets his legs back under him. Even on nights his statistical output is not up to his usual standards, his dribble penetration and leadership releases the pressure on the rest of the roster, allowing them to make plays against broken defenses.Parker is finally doing things many of his critics had called for, and yet, it’s gone largely unrecognized. Like Tim Duncan before him, albeit on a lesser scale, Parker is becoming consistent enough—dare I say–to be taken for granted.
- Over at Grantland, in his fantastic rookie rankings, Sebastian Pruiti takes some time to focus on Kawhi Leonard’s post defense.Pruiti points out that Leonard has spent most of his minutes on the wings, with relatively few as a small ball power forward. While the post defensive statistics and rebound rates that Pruiti lists suggests Leonard would be an interesting weapon in this capacity, it is a lineup Popovich has been reluctant to use.
Asked earlier in the season about Leonard’s versatility on the defensive end, Popovich stated his preference for getting him accustomed to his natural position first. While the rookies and young player have a physical advantage in this condensed season, the lack of practices and training camp hurts them the most. It makes sense to not overwhelm or try too many things with players like Leonard. But there is definitely more to tap into here.
- Coach Dwayne Casey’s assessment of Tony Parker, via Doug Smith of the Toronto Star:
“He’s so slithery and so quick,” Casey said. “Now he’s gotten a little strength with it so he makes it tough for you to really get into him and guard him in those situations. And now he’s developed a jump shot so you have to honour that; he’s got the whole package.”
- It’s a little late, but we had issues yesterday so hopefully this late catch is forgiven. Over at Hoop Speak, Zach Harper of DDL fame unleashed his poetic soul for his weekly power rankings. Here is his ode to the Spurs:I long for the days when you would just hold me.
I find you as stylish and fancy as Manu Ginobili.
The days without you could not have been darker.
Please forgive me with the speed of one Tony Parker.
I can’t go on without you; life’s just not fair.
I’m down on my knees like my name is DeJuan Blair.
The past is the past; we should no longer be bitter.
We gel well together like the hair of Tiago Splitter.
If you take me back now, our love will be rich.
My sarcasm is meant to be playful, like Gregg Popovich.
- Why it’s okay for Spurs fans to give into Linsanity (warning, this link is a bit of shameless self-promotion).