What's that? We're playing the Rockets AGAIN? Man, those guys won't just leave us alone! Time for some inside scoop: I sat down with Only_A_Lad from The Dream Shake, in his Fortress of Solitude, to talk tonight's matchup. Enjoy, and play nice in the comments!
Your analysis of the lockout--and ensuing insanity--was spot-on. "Basketball Reasons" is a meme with legs, because it single-handedly encapsulates everything that's wrong with the sport. If this is the end of the road for Stern (PLEASE GOD IF YOU'RE THERE AND CARE ABOUT THE NBA MAKE IT SO), that will be on his tombstone. Everyone has their opinions about how that particular trade would have affected the Lakers and Hornets, but the team that really got screwed was Houston. You guys were the third wheel, standing off to the side, while the Mighty Stern slapped down two kids wrestling in the sandbox, and then you just for watching. And then the fans, just for reading about it.
via Doc Funk
If the Spurs don't trade Tony in a year or so, then there's at least some chance that the team will turn into a similar mess, right? Of course, Pops would have to retire first, but if that happens and Timmy's gone, and it's just Parker and Manu and a bunch of rumors about who slept with whose wife, it's going to get good. Not for Spurs fans, definitely, but certainly for the rest of us. This could be some Maury Povich-level stuff...
...Okay, so there's no real chance that the Spurs turn into the Lakers 2.0 in this lifetime. But there are other options for insanity this season. Nash could wake up one morning, realize that the Suns are wasting his last few quality years, demand a trade to the Knicks (it would have to be the Knicks) and cause another showdown between Robert
Sarver, Stern, and the NBAPA. Mark Jackson's commitment to defense and grind-it-out basketball will undoubtedly offend Warriors fans, common sense, and his players, and it may be enough to sink the Warriors and force that Monta Ellis trade everyone has been waiting for. Mark Cuban will undoubtedly say something exceedingly dumb and sickening at some point this season (he already has!), and there's a strong possibility that Houston's own Terrence Williams will rebel against inadequate playing time by starting another Twitter war.
Basketball is best when it's pure anarchy, and all the pieces are in place for chaos to reign in the compressed '11 season.