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Liz Robbins writes in The New York Times (“Parker Gets All-Star Nod and Needed Validation“): Tony Parker worked the red carpet two weeks ago and appeared on “Oprah” this week with his companion, the actress Eva Longoria. He is a budding rapper in France, his home country, and has won two N.B.A. championships in his first four seasons as the San Antonio Spurs’ point guard. But something was missing from…

Recently, this crude depiction of Spurs player Sean Marks (all praise is due to AlKiwi) appeared in an Oakland newspaper: We in the Kiwi community are sick of being inundated with images of violent and uncoordinated New Zealanders. The most glaring example of this is that celebrated piece of Hollywood blasphemy, The Lord of the Rings, which was simply a smear campaign against New Zealand orchestrated by the infidels at…

I know it seems improbable. The Spurs are on a 6-game winning streak, have won 9 of their last 10 and are on pace to have the best record in franchise history. Yet there it is, the Spurs are currently the 4th seed in the Western Conference I know, I know, it’s way to early be thinking about this. But who would have thought it possible, even just a month…

While Detroit has the NFL on its mind today, I’m daydreaming of the NBA and what I’d like to see happen in the Eastern Conference between now and May. Since the Pistons have lost two of their last four games, I’m feeling much better about the Spurs chances of beating them, should they face each other in the 2006 NBA Finals. Last Tuesday the Pistons lost to the New Jersey…

This is pretty amusing: “The Nestle Crunch Time Stat was designed by the NBA and Nestle to provide an innovative way to measure ‘Crunch Time’ performances.” I don’t know what the people over at Nestle know about basketball, but Tim Duncan definitely came through in the crunch against the Warriors last night. With the Spurs up one and the shot clock winding down, Tim Duncan took a pass from Tony…

Sean Deveney writes in The Sporting News: Such is the twisted logic of an expected dynasty that anything short of utter annihilation of opponents somehow feels flat. Make no mistake; that’s what the Spurs are: an expected dynasty. San Antonio took the NBA title last season with an impressive playoff run that revealed the Spurs to be as capable of fast-breaking with the Suns and Nuggets as slugging it out…

Last April, with four of their top eight players injured, having just lost to the Mavericks in an embarrassing blowout and then come back to win a double-overtime game in L.A. against the Clippers the night before, the Spurs came to Oakland to play the Warriors. A certain group of Spurs fans made the trip to Oakland Coliseum to support their Spurs – even though with the Spurs exhausted from…

Sure the Spurs are playing great ball right now. In fact, at 36-10, they’re off to the best start in franchise history and the Rodeo Road Trip is off to a good start. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker are both having All-Star seasons and Manu Ginobili is playing again, and playing well. But if I know anything about this organization, there will be a trade. Why? Tim Duncan and Manu…

Say it ain’t so, Steve! After having the Spurs ranked second behind the Pistons since shortly after the season started, former Spur Steve Kerr now ranks the Spurs second behind the Dallas Mavericks. In case anyone has forgotten, the Mavs beat both the Spurs and Pistons earlier this season. These guys are the real deal, and it has a lot to do with another former Spur.

Many have speculated that Kobe Bryant may be the “second coming” of Michael Jordan: an unguardable scorer with the talent and sheer will to carry his team to championships. While this theory does have its merits, its proponents underestimate Kobe’s greatness. I would like to propose a completely different theory that I think offers a much more plausible explanation for the Kobe Phenomenon: Kobe Bryant is the Second Coming of…