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The poet Robert Frost had some advice for the Spurs

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Frost Bank is one of the major sponsors of the San Antonio Spurs, and they often play a commercial during the games featuring their customer service representatives who help clients. One of the customer service persons is named Robert, and he says in a distinguished-sounding voice, “Hello, this is Robert, from Frost Bank.” For some reason, when I listen to this commercial, my mind leaps to the great American poet, Robert Frost, whose speaking voice sounded a great deal like Robert from Frost’s voice.

One of Frost’s most famous poems is about choices, and I’m sure that many of you know it by heart. Here is a recording of him reading it.

With every choice that you make, there’s also the choice that you didn’t take. It’s always impossible to know what would have happened if you had chosen differently, but sometimes the best choice is not the easy one. Not the same one as everyone else.

The Spurs have always chosen their own path as an organization. Sometimes the best trade is the one you didn’t make. The Spurs chose loyalty to their own players over moving assets at the trade deadline, and in the long run, who’s to say that it won’t pay off for them. An amicable split with LaMarcus Aldridge is paying dividends as the buyout is returning enough salary to the team to have increased flexibility for the rest of the year and next season.

I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

Thank you, Robert from Frost Bank. You did help me, even though you didn’t know about it. I’m grateful for the assistance.


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