Thursday, May 26, 2005

Spurs/Suns- Old School vs. New School?

To answer the question posed in the title- NO. If you consider the Spurs to be "old school," it's probably because of the Big Fundamental, Tim Duncan, but since when do fundamentals make somebody old school? I was under the impression that lacking fundamentals doesn't make a team "new school"- it makes them terrible.

There has been a lot of talk about how the Spurs are a boring, grind-it-out squad that gets about as fancy and creative as Chris Andersen at the Dunk Contest. Apparently these people are not true basketball fans, but rather Spurs-haters.

Duncan might be a bit bland at times, but he is one of the best players ever to lace 'em up and has suddenly learned to throw down on defenders. And honestly, the man is clutch (see Game 5 of last year's Lakers/Spurs series).

And then there are two of the most underrated players in the game- Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. Parker is one of the purest PG's in the game with his passing. His numbers this year- 16.6 pts, 3.7 boards, and 6.1 dimes per game- are solid, but it's the way he pushes the ball and always manages to thread the needle to find a teammate while doing 80 as he runs.

Another full-speed yet savvy operator is Ginobili (16, 4.4, 3.9), who is by far one of the most exciting players in the game. Don't believe me? Go watch the highlights of his clutch, fourth quarter layup- behind the back, through defenders, reverse layup. And the way Manu weaves through defenders and finishes with circus layups each night- think liquid mercury sliding and slithering through the cracks- is truly amazing and has something pure about it for true basketball fans.

And one last, obvious point for the Spurs as a new school team- they have players from around the globe that contribute consistently. (Duncan: Virgin Islands, Parker: France, Ginobili: Argentina, Rasho Nesterovic: Slovenia). The Suns have 1 player (backup point guard Leandro Barbosa) from another country (Brazil). In this day, the globalization of basketball is a sure sign of the "new school."

So forget the new school/old school debate with the Suns representing modern-day basketball. And gimme the Spurs in 6.


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