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Fistful of Funk

By The Funk on March 13, 2006.

Hola Amigos,

Been a while since I rapped at ya.

Many thoughts to share, so maybe we should do it player by player:

  • Tony Parker – during the preseason, I was playing some NBA Live and noticed that Parker can pretty much score at will on the move unless you jack the CPU defense up a lot. Pretty much like real life, except of course being Le Penetration is a whole lot cooler in Actual Reality than Nintendo (Eva feels it).. TP made the All-Star game, and deservedly so. Now he’s canning them from range. As he adds consistency and range to his game, he is, as Steve Kerr points out, becoming “unstoppable.”
  • Manu Ginobili – still an All-Star player, even if he missed some games. He was part of the 3-headed Blackjack monster at the Lakers (Manu, Tony, Michael each scored 21 in LA), then lit the Suns up on the road trip. A healthy Manu in the playoffs is more than most teams can handle, and now he has serious backup.
  • Tim Duncan – who cares if his stats are down? The number that matters… Finals MVP awards… is at an all-time high.
  • Nazr Mohammed – good friends of the Dynasty, Casanova and RayNay both pointed out the significance of Nazr’s return to prominence, especially starting in front of Rasho. He brings aggressive game, and the Spurs’ trainers finally convinced him to use stick-‘em on his hands instead of Crisco. His ball handling skills and opportunistic rebounds, put-backs, and dunks are peaking at the right time. It’s all about peaking.
  • Bruce Bowen – has finally convinced me what Bramlet has been saying for about a year now; Bruce Lee can score on the move now. True, he has gotten torched this season a few times, but let’s see anyone else contain the 32 best basketball scorers in the world a few times a year each. Bruce’s scoring is dramatically improved, and points are precious when the playoff defense comes.

More to add next time – I will cover the bench and move on to some other observations.

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  1. Bramlet Abercrombie March 18, 2006

    I, too, am stupified by the transformation of Nazr’s hands. Do the Spurs have a Hand Coordinator who’s been spending 18 hours a day teaching Nazr how to catch passes and dribble? The difference is unbelievable. (He still needs some work on his defensive rotations, but he’s improved a lot there, too – and I’m willing to overlook a few mistakes for a guy who puts up 30 points and 16 boards against the Suns.) As far as Bruce’s improved offense – see what a difference having League Pass makes? Now you know I wasn’t smoking what you thought I was smoking. No, I smoke something completely different and non-hallucinogenic.


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