Lost in the shuffle of NBA news covering the Hall of Fame enshrinement of Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Tamika Catchings, Rudy Tomjanovich, and other deserving luminaries is a slew of articles that ranges from heartwarming to comedic to a walk down memory lane for Spurs fans.
Dejounte Murray receives his national star turn in Michael Pina’s excellent article by SI.com’s Michael Pina about the guard’s path towards Spurs stardom. Pina chronicles the ‘takes a village to raise a child’ that was needed to help Dejounte navigate an uncertain upbringing in the Seattle area to the excellent young star he is a handful of years into his NBA career.
Pina lauds him as:
In an homage to the type of comraderie that Tim Duncan exhibited to his teammates, Pina notes:
Forward Keldon Johnson continues his ascent in league circles for his literal ‘body’ of work. In an earlier Pina article, he fetes his version of this season’s All-League Pass team for individual players throughout the association worth the price of virtual admission. Though we know him fondly as ‘Big Body,’ Pina simply refers to him as ‘Kool-Aid Man’ and leaves us with a video of Johnson crushing Miami’s Duncan Robinson on the way to an and-1.
San Antonio has had two players claim the regular season scoring title on the last day of the season - David Robinson (1994) and George Gervin (1978). While Robinson had his way with whatever Clippers on the way to a 71-point afternoon, Gervin’s 63 point output to put him slightly ahead of David Thompson at the finish line was more compelling and thusly commemorated by SI.com’s Alex Prewitt. It’s worth noting that as cool as ‘Ice’ was known to me throughout his great career, Gervin warmly recalls some cajoling words from Pistol Pete Maravich at halftime:
There’s also a hilarious bit about Coach Doug Moe involving the necessary shot distribution needed to get Ice his shots along with fellow guard Louie Dampier to a personal milestone.
All three articles are well worth your reading in preparation for a weekend of rare daytime tipoffs.