There’s a 22-day folk festival in a small pocket of the universe called Quiet Valley Ranch outside a small town called Kerrville some hundred miles or so from San Antonio. Twenty-two days of living in a tent in the Hill Country, with no AC, very little electricity. And a whole lot of folk music. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but for those who love it, they live for it. My friend used to say, “there’s two times of year - Kerrville, and waiting for Kerrville.”
Well, for this Spurs fan, there is the Spurs season, and now there is waiting for the next Spurs season. Ever since the 2014 Finals I have an uncontrollable need to have Spurs events when there is no event to be found. I even had some withdrawal this season during the All-Star Weekend.
Considering that most Spurs-related news has revolved around a discontent superstar, an uncle whose PR style resembles a dripping faucet, and a coast-to-coast version of cat-and-mouse, this Spurs fan is desperate to get back to the basketball aspect of the business.
The acquisition of Lonnie Walker IV has blown some new life into the Spurs’ summer, so much so that a verbose onslaught of Woj Bombs could not derive my viewing pleasure.
For years, my offseason gap has been more tolerable with the addition of Summer League. And nothing was sweeter than 2015 when Becky Hammon coached the Spurs to the Summer League Championship with Kyle Anderson as the Summer League MVP and Jonathon Simmons as the Finals MVP.
I was scheduled to be at a conference in Kansas City and I drove the entire way, arriving just minutes before the Finals game (I got up and left earlier just to make it time for the game). The channel wasn’t available in my room so I spent the next two-and-a-half hours in the bar still sweaty from the thirteen hour road trip as the only patron glued to the TV.
So, here I am. Through these weeks since the Spurs have been “off” and I have been intently focused on the NBA Draft and Summer League. With the draft behind us and free agency looming, I can obsess on Summer League. This year I’m trying to find a way to get out there.
Vegas- I don’t drink, I don’t gamble, I hate the heat, and I have no interest in seeing the Blue Man Group. So, that should tell you how much I love the Spurs.
How are you spending your idle non-Spurs time?
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