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Ginobili didn't look like he was on his last legs. He looked like he was trying to compensate for some loss of speed, and took more chances (many of the bad). I hope that either he retires and joins the coaching staff because his brain got him where his body would not have, or that he stays on as a mentor player and gets appropriate pay/minutes. But under no circumstance would I want him to be insulted. Dude did a lot for the Spurs, especially his bold attitude. Spurs are still that "corporate team" without him.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on A look at the Spurs salary situation heading into next season
I don't mind honesty. It's the peeps who are brutally honest, emphasis on brutal. Manu has been a staple for the Spurs, and still produces more than most players. Frankly, anybody who doesn't want to give him a pass until he retires wouldn't pass the Spurs fan test for me.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on Manu no longer the threat he used to be
I hope that everybody that bashed Manu got a good case of the guilts. That guy is going into the Hall of Fame for basketball. His number will be retired. He, as much as Ice, Silas, Johnny, Drob, Elliot, Duncan, Avery, Bruce, and Tony, is the Spurs.
The characteristic of the Miami Heat team that gets overlooked the most is their risky offense & defense that takes chances, then either gets rewarded or gets burned. When they play lesser teams, the risk is much lower. When they play better teams, like Chicago, Indiana, and San Antonio, their can either succeed big or fail.
When the Heat switch up to be cautious, they don't have enough talent outside their big three to succeed. The big three do not have enough fundamental talent either.
It has nothing to do with heart. The Heat players have plenty of heart.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on The "Effort" Narrative
Where is part 1?
9 months ago on Spurscast #298: Finals series, Part 2
Couple of comments
30.9% from beyond the arc is not great, but it's equivalent to 46% from inside the arc. I can live with that, better than most guards.
Ginobili never seems to get calls anymore, whether from his pump fake or random bumps from opponents. Reason? My guess is that years of "enhancement" has officials giving the benefit of the doubt to the opponent.
I wouldn't be shocked for him to hang up the sneakers if they win a chip. I hope he goes into coaching when he is done.
9 months ago on Manu no longer the threat he used to be
I am not entitled to be right. I am right. There is a difference. Right didn't come to me, I went to it.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Tony Allen: Manu definitely committed a flagrant foul on me
Convoluted reply? That isn't an unnecessary attempt at an insult?
Ginobili pushed Allen's arm downwards. You are arguing that the sky is orange. And again, you beg the question of what a basketball play is. A foul is a basketball play. It's in the rules, and teams incorporate it on a regular basis to gain advantage even when they know they will be caught. Getting caught is intentional.
You also beg the question about what caused Allen to fall. The fact is that gravity made him fall (that and he doesn't have the ability to fly). How he fell is a function of the way he jumped, the foul that Ginobili committed, and the tension that he had between his body and arm. Ginobili is only responsible for the foul, not the jump, not the tension. Those three things made the whole play an accident. Just like the play last night that was NOT called a flagrant. I guess Lebron should have gone fetal position and rubbed his face.
You can ignore it all you want. I am correct.
@withmalice My comments may seem condescending but that is because I think that I am right and you are not. I would never carry a discussion like this otherwise. I am not passionate about a non-issue - I am not paying Ginobili's fine and because the Spurs won will not be affected in any way. I just like being right and telling people about it. I've seen the video on my large screen TV several times. There is no doubt that Ginobili grabbed Tony Allen's forearm, but you beg the question about whether that can force Allen's body downward. I say that it can if and only if Tony Allen resists the downward motion that Ginobili put on his arm. Push is a direction and pull is a direction. If I bring something closer to me, it's a pull. If I try to change it's direction in any other way, it's a push.By now I am sure you saw the foul on Lebron that was virtually the same situation, except Lebron's arm was fouled on the upper arm and there was no grab that I saw. The former makes it worse, the latter makes is lesser. In all, it was about the same - minor contact that ended with a person in a vulnerable position made worse by the victim's torquing action to take a shot against the force of the foul. It happens.
@WithMalice Ginobili pushed Tony Allens arm down with his hand. He didn't pull down, that would require being below Allen. He didn't push Allen's body down, his shoulder, his head, or other part of Allen that would require Allen to fall by way of physics. He pushed the arm past midway of the appendage, with a hinge - a shoulder that would allow Allen's arm to lower without body lowering. Try it. Ask somebody to raise their arm in the air. Push their forearm down. If their body gets pushed down, it's because they refused to bend at a natural bending point, the shoulder.
I have no issue with his faking it. He's trying to win - welcome to the flop club. The problem is he verbally assaults the club members.
As for the call, physics makes it hard to push a guy down by his forearm unless he a) complies by resisting the pushing action, or b) is dead had has rigamortis. The hinge of his elbow and the hinge of his shoulder allows his arm to be pushed down without his body following. In the legal biz, they call it contributory negligence.
Tony Allen was subbed for with 5:04 left. Hmmmmmm.
9 months, 3 weeks ago on Report: Tony Parker receives death threats during Game 1
@rtesoro440 Draymond is right. New ownership, new coaches, new players, not much the same. But it's the same old Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker, and Gregg Popovich, so there's that.
10 months, 1 week ago on Video: Warriors' Green not worried about 16-year losing streak vs. Spurs
Nothing is a bigger death-knell than a Skip Bayless endorsement.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Bayless abandons "his" Spurs, predicts elimination in first round
Sean is a homer, no doubt. Many fans of many teams complain about him. But there is nobody in the same league as Tommy Heinsohn. I saw that guy get screaming mad about the officiating in a game that the Celtics won, and I didn't think the calls were bad (note: _not_ a game the Spurs played in).
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Elliott called out for being a 'homer' announcer
I remember in '99 when DRob knocked somebody down from the t-wolves, he was about to pick him up and realized that he was mad about the whistle (I call it the Mario Elie effect).
1 year, 9 months ago on Video: Tony Parker shows great sportmanship with Westbrook | May
It is not a must win for OKC. Down 0-2 isn't too bad if you get the next 2 games at home. Spurs did that against the Hornets in 2008. They lost games 1&2 badly, won games 3&4, lost game 5 badly, won game 6, then won game 7 on the road.
Of course it won't matter when we think.
1 year, 9 months ago on 3-on-3: Shaken?
Zach Lowe had a good article on Parker's games vs Thunder. http://nba-point-forward.si.com/2012/05/25/tony-parker/
1 year, 9 months ago on Spurs' Parker gives Russell Westbrook some lockerroom material | May
I will bet that Pop wanted Tony to challenge Westbrook so the guy would feel it's necessary to dominate (which leads to OKC self-destructing).
I want to give home more heck about is 'insulted' comment, but it's just too easy there.
1 year, 10 months ago on Millsap taking Jazz 3-0 hole personal | May