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Spurs obviously didn't approach this one like a playoff game . We may live to regret it. It just brings to mind the uncharacteristic garbage losses we suffered to bad teams.
1 day, 17 hours ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/spurs-fall-to-pelicans-will-open-playoffs-sunday-in-los-angeles-vs-clippers.html
Just feel awful for the kid. His game has really developed. Was anxious to see him in summer league or training camp. Best wishes for speedy recovery. He's so young that he could still have an NBA career, but now, docs need to figure out what's structurally wrong with his right knee for this recurring problem.
3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/report-davis-bertans-suffers-knee-injury-tears-acl.html
Cavs make free throws. Spurs don't. Kawhi, Tony and Bois all miss FT at end of game and OT. Game over. Great game to watch, but squandered game. Hard to lose these when we miss opportunity to gain on other WC foes again.
1 month ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/cavs-snap-spurs-winning-streak-in-overtime-128-125.html
I disagree. Seahawks are in desperate need of playmakers at receiver. In playoff games against stellar competition, Doug Baldwin and Jevon Kearse could not get separation and basically disappeared. Luke Wilson wasn't much of a factor either. Russell Wilson got ripped for his performance against the Packers, but the Seahawks receivers, especially Kearse, were horrible for much of the game, and the Packers didn't really have a great secondary. Seattle will be better with Jimmy Graham and developing the rookie receiver who played well in the Super Bowl.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://bloguin.com/thisgivensunday/2015-articles/quick-analysis-why-the-seahawks-will-regret-the-jimmy-graham-trade.html
If acquiring him costs anywhere near the figures mentioned in the article, you can forget it. I'm just tired of our opponents gaining depth and assets. Great athleticism, but low basketball IQ negates that. Really hasn't improved over the last 3 years.
1 month, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/spurs-interested-in-mcgee.html
Obviously, Parker is hiding an injury or something behind the scenes with the Spurs that we don't know about, because he doesn't seem at all worried about how the team is performing right now. I really wanted the front office to add some athleticism and defensive perimeter help at the trade deadline, but they stayed put. Currently, the team is worrisome to me, because they haven't consistently done the things well that the Spurs are known for: crisp ball movement, low turnovers, closing out 3 point shooters, strong transition defense, strong at the end of quarters. However, because Parker has now said not to panic several times, I'm thinking there must be something to this. I'll be cautiously optimistic.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/spurs-parker-says-team-isnnt-worried-about-not-having-home-court-advantage.html
Didn't watch last night, and glad I didnt. I've been told that I was over-reacting, but apparently the Spurs played another game where they just don't look good. My issue isn't the losses as much as how they are playing in losses-- sloppy play, dumb turnovers, poor transition defense, outhustled. Another day at the office, huh?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/about-a-loss-spurs-81-jazz-90.html
@stack36 I don't know if this game is an accurate depiction of the Spurs at their best. I thought they were a step slow last night, even in the first half. Besides Parker's ineffectiveness, bad third quarters are a troubling trend that the Spurs need to change. They've done it against both mediocre and good teams; they are not coming out strong after halftime. Also, we were always great at closing out quarters. Last night, the opposite happened, just like the Clippers game, the Warriors closed us out at the end of quarters to get separation or eliminate our lead. Ball movement never looked crisp; it might have been the Warriors defense, but I keep waiting for the pace that Pop preaches to show up for an entire game, or at least for most of the game.
By the way, am I only the Spurs fan grumbling that our competitors got better, and we did nothing, when we clearly needed to do SOMETHING?
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
We wasted a great effort from Timmy. Based on our poor outside shooting, we should have given him 20 shots in this game.
Kawhi can hit 3 's but he shouldn't be averaging 6 per game; he's not a pure shooter like that. Why didn't he go to the rim more? Clippers not a great defensive team.
Frustrated over why Pop didn't have Leonard in the 4th for his defense, while we let Jamaal Crawford was ggoing off in the 2nd half from downtown. The Manu and Marco defensive tandem was weak. Why no CoryJo for his aggressive D and commitment to attack the rim? Spurs committed many stupid or unforced turnovers.
Like many other losses this year, this was the type of game the Spurs would usually win in previous years. We got the lead down to 1 with under a minute left, then immediately give up a 3? I stayed up past midnight for this? Spurs execution is just subpar enough to continue losing winnable games like this one. Inexcusable to lose this one with Blake Griffin in street clothes.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/about-a-loss-spurs-115-clippers-119.html
@snoozulooz @jaws3 I do agree that Cory Jo was playing well, and I didn't see any reason for pulling him out for Parker or Patty Mills. Geez, just go with the hot hand. As for Parker, I'm puzzled by his play. For a few minutes in some games, he seems like his old self, but mostly, he's been a step slow on offense and defense. I get concerned when he's overdribbling, because it kills the flow of the offense. Parker does not remotely look like our best player this year. Duncan, Kawhi, and Manu all had terrible shooting games against Toronto but did other things to contribute.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/about-a-loss-spurs-82-raptors-87.html
Who is this team? Tonight was a very winnable game. After looking so good against the Heat, the offense was just awful. Missed another opportunity to move up the standings. Not sure why so much inconsistency. Just shocking how a team with so many good shooters for the Spurs to shoot another dud on par with the games against the Clippers and Bulls a few games back. What's the matter with Tony Parker?
Okafor is a great talent but the accolades are coming way too early. He hasn't really done anything yet. IMO, these one and done guys are overhyped. Look at the last few years, many of the lottery picks are not even starters.
2 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
Aldridge coming to the Spurs is intriguing, but to think that Tim and Manu would play for the veteran's minimum is short sighted to say the least. They are way too good; the Spurs FO would not even insult them with such offers. Both retiring or one retiring with a deal involving another starter/first line player and picks would be the only way to get it done.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/report-spurs-could-be-interested-in-lamarcus-aldridge-this-summer.html
Heat fans #1, seriously? Frankly, I think the Forbes rankings are garbage. Their rankings more or less resemble the regurgitation of the ESPN machine with its LeBron obsession. I don't know any serious sports fans who would label Heat fans as the best. Can you say bandwagon jumpers? We know all about the attractions of South Beach, but Miami is not even a great sports town. The U of Miami football used to be the hottest ticket back in the day. The Marlins have been to the World Series a couple of times, but I wouldn't consider them diehard either. Dolphins haven't been must-see football since Dan Marino retired. In a word, I'm just not buying what Forbes is smoking on this one. I'm not totally sold on Spurs fans being so high, but I am CERTAIN that Heat fans are not #1!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2015-articles/forbes-ranks-spurs-fans-as-third-best-in-all-the-land.html
Put in this context, the scheduling seems contrived against the Spurs. Why do the Spurs have more B2Bs than the other contenders? With Kawhi and Tony, the Spurs probably win most of those games anyway. It's not like we're getting blown out; the lack of depth just results in close losses that are normally wins. When everybody is healthy, I still like our chances to repeat.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/after-grueling-december-spurs-remaining-schedule-appears-more-favorable-for-recovery.html
Didn't like so many starters sitting against the Trailblazers. The reserves held their for much of the game, but ultimately, didn't have enough juice. The losses to bad teams are exactly why I'm concerned about Pop's pattern; making up ground is going to get more difficult as the season goes on.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/is-it-time-for-popovich-to-end-rest-gate.html
It happens, but they lost to a bad basketball team. Better execution down the stretch was needed to pull this one out. I didn't believe it was possible for the Spurs to play this poorly on offense. It looked like the Sixers.
4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/about-a-loss-spurs-93-nets-95.html
Despite everything the Spurs did wrong this was still a winnable game. Simply getting key rebounds and making an extra bucket could have changed the outcome.
Was anyone else surprised that Danny Green and Matt Bonner stayed on the bench for last play? Even if you run the same play for Manu, he is bound to have more shooting room because you had to respect the other 3 point shooters.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/about-a-loss-spurs-91-kings-94.html
Anthony Davis is a good comparison. People rave over Davis, but Duncan entered the NBA as one of the league's best players. On a different team than the Spurs, Duncan's stats would be even higher. People don't realize how good Duncan really is or has been. Across our five NBA titles, no one would ever call the Spurs roster, the NBA's most talented. In his prime, Tim Duncan paired with anybody was a serious contender for the NBA title. Davis is not THAT good. Carmelo was never that good. KG was never that good. I could go on. Duncan is such a complete basketball player that his dominance goes beyond what stats show. If Timmy had the crazy athleticism that many of today's overrated big men have (e.g. Josh Smith, old KG, JaVale McGhee, old Amare), basketball would have been unfair.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/tim-duncans-agelessness-is-taken-for-granted.html
Hanga and Bertans are consistently the overseas guys I want to see added to the Spurs roster.
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/video-adam-hanga-latest-game-highlights-are-awesome.html
Yep, Baynes was covering Davis at the end of the game. And protested to Pop from my living room BEFORE he hit the go ahead bucket. I wanted to see Duncan on him. Timmy is lighter in weight and older, but he's a smarter defensive player. Baynes is athletic for a big guy but it doesn't show on defense; he's hacking people or they're out-positioning him to get the shots they want. Games like the last two are why I wanted the Spurs to sign Gustave Ayon. As bad as we were offensively, I was puzzled by Anderson not getting any playing time. Cory Joseph showed some toughness last night. Daye is really being exposed; he still can't make a shot when it counts.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/about-a-loss-spurs-99-pelicans-100.html
Was no fan of Pop sitting Duncan and Manu in this game against a division foe, especially with our depleted roster. What do they need rest for? We've only played 4 games in like 3 weeks. NBA scheduling is stupid; why are the Spurs waiting 4-5 days to play their next game then hit with a back to back?
This game was poorly played offensively from the get go. Defense wasn't bad, considering the big mismatch advantages in Houston's favor. This game was a scheduled loss. TNT didn't get its money's worth on this one.
5 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/recap-rockets-blast-off-on-depleted-spurs.html
.know his game enough to be sure, but unless, he's a major upgrade. I doubt very seriously that he'll make the squad. For comparison purposes, I was high on the Mexican kid, Gustave Ayon, because he had shown he could compete at the NBA level and was impressive at FIBA tourney over the summer........
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-erazem-lorbek-hoping-to-join-the-spurs.html
I just hope Anderson can get some playing time in the Spurs second game. I am anxious to see his reaction in a real game situation. I liked the poise he displayed in the pre-season. He even made some plays defensively.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/kyle-anderson-ready-to-step-in-and-contribute.html
Bertans' game is really growing. Despite the knee injury, he still has hops. I thought he was too skinny at first, but he doesn't get pushed around on the court. The second coming of Matt Bonner? Not! Bertan's offensive game is already more expansive than Bonner's. His sweet shooting stroke is complemented by good ball handling and passing skills. His game has more potential to resemble Dirk Nowitski's than Bonner. Also, like the fact that he checks in regularly with the Spurs coaches and works out with the team a couple of times during the year.
6 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/video-latest-davis-bertans-highlight-reel-is-awesome.html
Several of the veteran players worked out, like Earl Clark, Michael Beasley, Hakim Warrick plus a few no-name players are not among the list. What happened to them? The Spurs FO puts continuity above everything else, because I definitely felt that guys like Clark and even Andray Blatche would have been front court upgrades over Ayres and Bonner, perhaps Daye as well, which is why I was disappointed when Ayon signed overseas. I'm probably splitting hairs over the roster; it is afterall a championship roster as is.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-announce-training-camp-roster.html
Totally delusional. Harden didn't even start for the Thunder. The addition of Dwight Howard also demonstrates that he is NOT a franchise player. Franchise players make any team a contender all by themselves. Harden is not first team All-NBA, in my opinion, but his OFFENSIVE skills are tremendous. He has not shown me much as a team leader, even if he's the Rockets' best player.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/harden-im-the-best-all-around-basketball-player.html
@Spursfan66 @jaws3 Oh, if it's $1.6 per year, then I understand. That's more than Baynes offer sheet. Strike my original comment if that's the case. I'm kinda bummed about this one. I hadn't paid much attention to Ayon, until the rumors, but from the footage I have seen, he's a better two-way player than Ayres or Baynes. His skill set suggested to me that I could get more than just mop up time minutes. Oh, well....
7 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-free-agent-gustavo-ayon-spurns-spurs-will-sign-with-real-madrid.html
A "lucrative" $600,000 per year contract to play in Spain? Ayon is a kid from Mexico; do you know how much money he's missing in salary plus endorsements playing in San Antonio for the world champs? The Spurs' Mexican fans would have gone berserk for this guy. Add the benefits of playing under Pop and learning from Tim Duncan every day, and this one becomes a head-scratcher for me.
Ayon was intriguing to me, but after his performance against the USA team at FIBA, I was convinced that he could really be an impact player. My concern is his history of injuries, but having played for the Hawks, I think Ayon can more easily adjust to the Spurs system.
I also on board with getting an upgrade over Ayres. I like Ayers energy; he's a good teammate and hard worker, but his stone hands on offense and foul prone ways are just frustrating. Some Spurs fans are coming down hard on Austin Daye, but Daye still has more upside than Ayres.
Can wait for training camp and all this to shake out.
7 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-spurs-make-formal-offer-to-free-agent-gustavo-ayon.html
I'd be sad to see Baynes go, but I also believe that we have several guys among training camp prospects that I think would be an upgrade over the Baynes-Ayres-Bonner trio in our front court. The Spurs roster is solid, but switch in Earl Clark, Ayon, and JaMychal for the above three, and I think you have a group of better 2-way players, probably for less money. If the Spurs do nothing new, I'm still okay with that.
7 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-spurs-open-to-a-sign-and-trade-involving-aron-baynes.html
Yes, performance against US team opened my eyes, particularly because he played without fear against some pretty athletic bigs on the US side. Still think we need a SF, but good 2-way big men are hard to find. That's why I think the the Spurs might be interested.
BTW, surprised that Andray Blatche has not gotten a look from the Spurs. He was solid for the Nets that last couple of years after some not so great years with the Wizards. He was rumored to be a good fit for the Spurs before eventually signing with the Nets.
7 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/update-free-agent-ayon-hopes-spurs-rumors-are-true-says-he-has-only-one-offer.html
Now, this workout interests me, because I thought for years Earl Clark would fit nicely as backup for the Spurs. I agree with whoever said he would be an upgrade over Jeff Ayres. Ayres gives hustle and energy but has stone hands on offense. Jamychal Green could do as well.
I don't see Ray Allen ending up here, and I was a little surprised that Matt Bonner was resigned. I expected the Spurs FO to add a couple more younger players to the fold, before Timmy and Manu really retire.
Not sure what to make out the Baynes situation, Baynes has kinda grown on me over the last couple of years. His athleticism is under-rated.
I really like the collection of training camp invitees and workout candidates, including Hakim Warrick, Ayon and others. I could like with one of these guys being added to our roster. I would also be okay with bringing back Alonzo Gee. It's great not to have many roster holes to fill.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-spurs-set-to-workout-earl-clark.html
I was excited about Pau Gasol possibly coming to the Spurs. I don't feel the same about Ray Allen at 39. You can get the same productivity from a better two-way player.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/
No-risk move. Warrick would be a decent and versatile backup in the front court. If he doesn't work out, no harm done.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-spurs-invite-hakim-warrick-for-workout.html
I'm really intrigued by Hanga's game. I love his highlights, but since he's never been in summer league, it's hard to gauge his progress. Bertans seems to be more of a sure thing, because he comes over here 2-3 times a year and works out for the Spurs and talks with training staff, etc. I'm not sure if Hanga is seriously considering the NBA as an option.
8 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/latest-on-adam-hangas-situation-with-baskonia.html
I really liked the energy that Green brought in summer league. He was our most consistent performer, doing alittle bit of everything well.
8 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-sign-jamychal-green.html
The 5th title stands out above all the others to me. The first title in 1999 was the second best to me, especially sweeping Shaq and the Lakers on the way, followed by 2003, which was also special to send the Admiral out as a champion. I could go either way on the other two. When I look back on the championships, there doesn't seem to be any year where the Spurs had the NBA's most talented squad, yet we won anyway. We have integrated so many no-name players and over-the-hill vets to get to the playoffs EVERY year and win five NBA titles! Wow.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/which-title-is-the-most-meaningful.html
Among our foreign stash players, I have enjoyed watching clips of Bertans and Adam Hanga the most. I think both guys can be solid NBA players. I'm not holding my breath for Ryan Richards, like some other Spurs fans. It seems that the foreign players are learning the fundamentals of basketball better than our American phenoms. High flying slam dunks are fun to watch, but too many lottery picks are based solely on athletic talent, rather than productivity on the court.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/bertans-discusses-signing-with-baskonia-next-steps-for-future-with-spurs.html
Agreed. I think Thibodeaux in Chicago, might have a roll for Gasol, but I don't see a fit with the Thunder, and who know's what the Heat will have. Does the signing of Josh McRoberts make them a less likely destination for Gasol. Situation would be great for Gasol because, he'd only have to play about 20 minutes per game and wouldn't have to carry the team at all. His strengths also mesh with the Spurs system of play.
9 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/why-the-spurs-are-pau-gasols-best-option.html
This signing was a big surprise, but not a headscratcher. Cotton did so many things for Providence, much like the more heralded Shabazz Napier. His small size is a negative, but he's as big as Allen Iverson and TJ Ford, when they came out of college. Cotton is a 4-year college player, strong BB IQ, team leader. Just seems like the kind of player the Spurs would value. I was surprised that he went undrafted, because he performed well against teams with lottery picks.
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-sign-bryce-cotton.html
@JamesMcGahan You're right. Bonner did do okay THIS post season, but I really think it's a product of not needing him to do too much. 5-8 minutes per game sounds right, but when we had to play him for 15-20 minutes per game, BIG PROBLEM,
9 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/report-bonner-remains-in-contact-with-spurs-waiting-on-roster-to-unfold.html
With the young and upcoming front court players that the Spurs have either drafted or signed, I think it's time for the Red Mamba era to end. Bonner is a good guy for team chemistry and locker room, and he knows his role on the Spurs. But he, along with several others who are no longer on the roster, disappeared in post season. In retrospect, he never should have been an NBA starter, and probably not the first guy off the bench. Thanks for your contributions, Red Mamba, but I'd rather see one of the young guys get a shot.
Really liked this pick. Even before draft, in watching Kyle Anderson play for UCLA I said out loud that he would look good playing in the Spurs system. Viola! He's our number one draft choice. Anderson plays with such intelligence that his game is easy to admire. I think he's an under-rated athlete because he doesn't jump out the gym. He'll need to get stronger, but he understands how to use his length and stuff that's hard to teach like passing angles, situational basketball, and game tempo.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-select-kyle-anderson-with-first-round-pick.html
As a fan, the four missed free throws seemed like the turning point for me. Instead of building a cushion on our lead, I think it breathed extra life into the Heat, because the game remained up for grabs. Lebron played sensational, and that will of course be the headlines tomorrow, but the fact remains that the Heat BARELY beat the Spurs, even with Lebron doing his messiah impression. Bosh played a great game as well. The Heat have to play extremely well to beat us, so I still feel good about the Spurs winning in 6.
10 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/missed-free-throws-ball-movement-plague-spurs-late-as-miami-bounces-back-to-even-series-1-1.html
I feel bad for Ibaka. Without him, OKC is definitely put at a disadvantage. I want the Spurs to beat the best at their best. That being said, I'm tired already of hearing about Ibaka, because no one gives the Spurs the same benefit of a doubt. Game 7 of last year's NBA finals might have been different if Dwayne Wade's knees gave out, instead of Tony Parker's hamstring. Commentators are quick to talk about the Spurs being ousted in the first round of the 2011 playoffs, but hardly mention that Manu broke his arm the last game of the regular season was rendered less effective because of it.
Injuries happen in professional sports. That's the breaks. It just feels like the media is already making room for the Thunder to have an excuse when they lose, but they absolutely do not care if we have injured players.
11 months ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/a-defiant-serge-ibaka-wants-to-return-to-the-court.html
I don't disagree with most of your solution suggestions, but I just not have been impressed by the Spurs' intensity. Except for part of game three, it seems that the Mavs are playing with playoff intensity, and we're still playing the regular season. The Spurs are the better team, but the Mavs are playing harder, with more energy, more hunger. Despite everything, I still don't see the Spurs losing this series.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/problems-and-solutions-for-game-4.html
Carter made a great shot. Hats off to him. My problem was the and 1 the refs awarded Ellis on a jump shot where he created the contact against Diaw. Plus, Manu was fouled on his go ahead layup; it wasn't incidental contact either.
Nevertheless, I felt like the Mavs outworked us and played like the hungrier team for most of the game. It wasn't a lucky win. They earned it.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/analyzing-the-loss-mavericks-109-spurs-108-dallas-2-1-series-lead.html
Why would RC leave? Why would he mess up a good thing? He has missed on a few players (e.g. Jackie Blair, Richard Jefferson), but the front office is overall stellar. He really has a clear vision about the culture of the franchise. Even our recent pickup of complementary players and the ones we have stashed overseas has me excited about the future of the Spurs. We are one big free agent signing from seamlessly transitioning to a post-Duncan era (after months of crying and mourning the day TD finally retires).
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/spurs-r-c-buford-chats-with-grantlands-lowe.html
I love Manu and Tony, but they're not better than Dirk. Technically, Hakeem is the best international player ever in my opinion. Remember that he started out playing soccer in Africa, and didn't pick up basketball until he was a teenager coming to the U.S.
1 year ago on Conversation @ http://projectspurs.com/2014-articles/david-robinson-on-dirk-nowitzki-hes-clearly-the-best-international-player-ever.html