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Funk, I’m glad to have you back, but you don’t seriously believe that Kobe is soft, do you? Gregg Popovich certainly does not. Before last Sunday’s game, Pop said that Kobe is one of the best (the best?) players in the league on both ends of the court. I agree. But I won’t make that case here. We’ll have that conversation over a few beers sometime. So why the one-game…

What kind of guy has to resort to violence when his game can’t speak for itself? Oh yeah, Kobe Bryant.

Kobe Bryant was shocked that he got caught for his hit on Ginobili during Sunday’s game in Los Angeles, with just 2.7 seconds remaining. The Spurs won 96-94 in overtime and Bryant was suspended for one game without pay. A lot of Lakers fans are up in arms about this, believing what they want to believe. It doesn’t help that Kobe lied repeatedly to the press about his intentions. (Watch…

Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns made it 17 wins in a row by beating the Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday 115-100. That matches streaks by the Washington Capitols (1946-47), Boston Celtics (1959-60) and San Antonio Spurs (1995-96). Of course 17 wins is a long way away from the 33-game streak that Wilt Chamberlain’s Los Angeles Lakers managed in 1971-72. But had it not been for some bad weather and two close…

Last week we asked, “Who should the Spurs trade?” The responses were interesting. Everyone on the roster got at least one vote, except Manu Ginobili. Out of 78 votes cast, the leading vote getters were: Michael Finley (11), Beno Udrih (10), Eric Williams, Robert Horry and Jackie Butler (9). Apparently the Spurs won’t be trading anyone, given the latest rumours from San Antonio. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who has the…

Game 46 @ Los Angeles: Spurs 96, Lakers 94 OT Nice shot. Never do that again. That amigos was old school Spurs basketball. On the road, hostile environment, nobody could shoot, the Lakeshow was threatening to run away with it during the entire third quarter, but we just wouldn’t fold. I fucking guarantee you this was Pop’s favorite win of the year because not only did the guys play hard…

Game 44 Vs. Houston: Rockets 90, Spurs 85Happy Wayne Gretzky’s birthday everybody. The best there ever was turned 46 today and I’m guessing he doesn’t care a whole hell of a lot about it since he’s trying to guide the middling Phoenix Coyotes (who?) to respectability. Contrary to popular belief, no, Manu is not my favorite athlete of all time. I don’t even know when his b-day is (it’s July…

The NBA All-Star Game starters were announced today, and it should come as a surprise to no one that Tim Duncan will be a starter. Duncan received about 10% fewer votes than Kevin Garnett, but about 10% more than Carmelo Anthony and almost 13% more than Dirk Nowitzki. I was a bit surprised that Tracy McGrady was picked over Allen Iverson to join Kobe Bryant as starting Guard. Manu Ginobili…

Game 42 @ Philadelphia: Spurs 99, 76ers 85 I haven’t written in a bit because I was mentally recuperating (re: lazy) after spending the whole weekend on an exhaustively long Spurs’ mid-season review for PtR that perhaps two dozen people have skimmed through at best. So you’ll forgive me if I keep these ensuing ballgames against Eastern scrubs short. The most interesting development of the game? Coach is gonna try…

Rumor has is that the Spurs “continue to look for a trade to upgrade their athleticism on the perimeter.” Pop definitely understands that things need to change. “At this point, Dallas is the best team in the league, without a doubt. Phoenix is playing great basketball. Those two teams may never lose again the way they’re playing. The idea is to try to be as good as those teams are…