Corporate Knowledge: February 21, 2012
- Should weighing the San Antonio Spurs current iteration against past glory diminish the joy fans get from watching Spurs basketball? That’s a question posed by Carles over at Grantland.”Does anyone really think the Spurs will win a playoff series? They were the no. 1 seed in last year’s playoffs. They could be the no. 1 seed this year. This, in itself, is impressive, but when your benchmark is winning championships, what could be worse than a team that plays well in the regular season and then inevitably flames out in the playoffs to a much younger and cooler team?”Personally, I think there are a lot worse fates than a former championship team that is still relevant even if its former glory is not longer attainable. Watching these Spurs and realizing their limitations is more akin to realizing your parents are mortal and fallible than watching grandparents in a nursing home quickly losing their faculties (for that, it would seem, you could tune in to a Boston Celtics game).
- I’m not going to fault James Anderson, or his agent, for making a trade request. While some will question the timing of the request and bring up the greater good of the team, this is still a young man that has to watch out for his career. The NBA, after all, is a business.The Spurs are deep on the wings with the development of Danny Green. And perhaps Anderson has a higher ceiling, perhaps not, but Green has always been a glue guy, capable of contributing with fewer opportunities. Anderson, for all his potential, was a big time scorer that benefited from plenty of opportunities in college and was never likely to see a similar role with the Spurs.
- Scott Schroeder of ridiculous upside weights in on the Austin Toros and the Spurs calling up Eric Dawson:
“Dawson wasn’t a name coming out of college, he didn’t have prior NBA experience to catch the eye of NBA talent evaluators and he’s not some extremely athletic 7-footer that makes everyone’s jaw drop when he steps on the floor. He simply continued to refine his game while playing against solid competition, developing it to the point that the Spurs saw him as a suitable replacement when Splitter went down due to injury.”
- There have been a lot of suprising players this season that have emerged simply because opportunities finally presented themselves in this crazy season. All of which have been overshadowed by Jeremy Lin. But ESPN’s John Hollinger has taken note, and he includes Danny Green on his Jeremy Lin All-Star team:
Danny Green, San Antonio: Green spent two years wandering the NBA desert, including being cut by the Cavs and Spurs. On Sunday, he spent the entire fourth quarter and overtime guarding Chris Paul in one of the biggest games of the week. Taking advantage of an opening created by Manu Ginobili’s injury, Green has used his defense, rebounding ability and 3-point shot to bull his way into the starting lineup and establish himself as a keeper. His development, in turn, is one of many reasons the Spurs are riding a league-best 11-game winning streak even with Ginobili barely participating.