It's well known that the Spurs have some international stars... their trademark until recently has been to parlay late first-round draft picks into savvy choices by looking outside the college ranks and seeking talent in Europe.
So when Arizona passed its controversial anti-immigration law, I was certain that it had less to do with defending our borders and more to do with keeping Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili out of the US Airways Center come playoff time.
It's sneaky, underhanded... and briliiant. Any beat cop or sheriff could detain two of our Big Three by demanding that they provide proof of their right to be in (and work in) Arizona. Even if they brought the required documentation, they could be 'lawfully detained' past tip-off time, while the papers were being 'checked out.'
I'm just saying, the Spurs had better be ready with passports, work visas, and a battery of immigration lawyers on hand when they fly into Phoenix this weekend. Heck, even DeJuan "what kind of name is that" Blair might be well advised to bring a copy of his birth certificate.