A friend of mine called last week and we talked about the Spurs. When there aren’t scores and highlights, there is Pop speaking about human rights and the need for people to step up; there’s Lonnie Walker IV confronting life-long demons head on and sharing his experience, strength, and hope with those who care, and there is basketball.
The 2019-2020 season has been unsettled. The NBA doing its best to wrap it up and move on is a true reflection of everyday life.
If things were normal, the NBA Finals might be wrapping up right now. Which team would be the champion? Who would have deserved it and not made the cut.
If things were normal, I’d be packing for Salt Lake City in two weeks to see the Spurs newly drafted players and some young hopefuls giving their best in a three-day tournament.
If things were normal, Spurs fans would be discussing the draft and what holes still need to be filled. We’d also know the outcome of some of this season’s players’ free agency decisions.
Instead, we talk a lot about Michael Jordan and whether the Bulls could have pulled out a fourth NBA title. The Spurs first title, once an asterisk, now becomes questionable. Dennis Rodman’s comments seem viable and worthy of discourse. While in any other time, they would have been laughed off, an aside.
When there is nothing to talk about, little things become big things. The last time this happened, it did not end well for the Spurs. The quiet before the storm saw the first time the Spurs lost a superstar. I, for one, am not a fan of the quiet.
But still, I keep conversing, hoping there will be light of this pandemic tunnel, a bright ending to an otherwise lost season.
So what are you talking about when you talk about the Spurs?
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