There have been a few open threads devoted to Christmas themes, including this one by Gary Quan that stimulated a lot of healthy conversation from the community. Here’s mine, it’s just a list of the things that I think that Santa should leave under the tree for members of the Spurs family. A lot of these suggestions are tongue in cheek, so it’s probably best to remember these words of wisdom from the band America:
But Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man
That he didn’t, didn’t already have
And Cause never was the reason for the evening
Or the tropic of Sir Galahad.
Well, rock lyrics don’t have to make sense, so let’s get right into the list:
- For Gregg Popovich—A copy of the classic video game Tank Commander, original version.
- For Jeremy Sochan—Some blue blocking sunglasses. They supposedly can control glare, and might help to see the really tall guy who’s standing right there ... in the paint ... with his hands raised. Really, how do you not see him?
- For Keldon Johnson—A Timex watch. It takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Just like you, KJ!
- For Tre Jones—A copy of the Elvis Costello album, My Aim is True. Maybe if he listens to it enough times, the message will rub off on his long range shooting.
- For Sandro Mamukelashvili—An Oscar the Grouch muppet, so they can enjoy garbage time together (with the Spurs up big, of course).
- For Devin Vassell—An injury free season, for once.
- For Julian Champagnie—Nothing, like a fine wine, he’s improving with age.
- For Wesley Blake—More playing time and an improved finish at the hoop.
- For Victor Wembanyama—Perfectly placed passes in the paint, several times a game. He’s shown that he knows what to do with the ball when he gets it near the basket, the missing ingredient is a consistent methodology to get the rock to him in a timely manner.
- For Spurs Fans—A heaping helping of patience and forbearance, because this team will take time to jell and the individual players are nowhere near where they’ll be in a few years.
Pounders - Happy Holidays! And apologies to Jeremy Sochan, whose game I love. He’s definitely adapting, but learning a new skill set while playing in the toughest league on the planet isn’t always going to be pretty. What are your gift ideas? Leave them in the comments.