Partying on the Mothership
My good friend and colleague Jesse Blanchard has taken his talents to the mothership, penning not one but two pieces on last night’s game for ESPN’s Daily Dime. First, a look at our biggest offseason acquisition — a healthy Tony Parker:
While the Miami Heat and the New York Knicks grabbed most of the headlines for their roster moves, in the Western Conference the acquisition of the summer has been the Spurs quietly adding an All-Star point guard to the solid mix of Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.
Tony Parker, the All-Star version, is a major upgrade over the plantar fasciitis model that hobbled through most of last season, and it makes the Spurs a completely different team. If Duncan is the solid foundation of the team, and Ginobili its best and most valuable player, Parker is the catalyst.
He follows up by reminding us that there’s a precedent for Duncan’s graceful descent into a secondary offensive role:
It’s a role that would have been incomprehensible just three years ago, but not one Duncan is completely unfamiliar with. After all, he was once on the other end of the same story.
Drafted 10 years after David Robinson, Duncan now finds himself in a transition similar to the one once undertaken by his now-retired fellow twin tower. Still the anchor of a defense for an elite team, Duncan’s role in the offense has increasingly diminished. Now, looking back 10 years, his numbers are eerily similar to Robinson’s at the same point in their careers.
Go. Read. Dance to the sound of a 22-3 record.