Just when I thought this cold, cruel world was taking a collective shit all over my face, a text from G$,"Your Spurs just became the favorites next year," alerts me that Gregg Popovich has sent me a gift from above--or from Milwaukee. Yesterday the Spurs and Bucks struck a deal that sends Richard Jefferson so San Antonio for the the likes of Bruce Bowen(I like him, but he's an old BUM), Kurt Thomas(BUM), and Fabricio Oberto(greasy BUM that could drop dead any second). The Bucks were looking to clear up some space to re-sign Ramon Sessions and Charlie Villinueva and the Spurs were more than willing to take Jefferson off there hands, especially with the added bonus of parting ways with three players that barely contributed last year. This is a great move for the Spurs, who are making it pretty obvious they are going to do everything in their power to win a title in the next two years.
How can we not be the favorites? The Lakers will be good, but will they be able to keep both Ariza and Odom? I don't think so. Even if they do I like our chances. The West will be loaded, again, but there aren't any other teams in the West that can beat the Spurs in a seven game series. Lebron won't win a title in Cleveland. Jesus couldn't win a title in Cleveland. The Celtics have one more year left to make a run, so they are probably the biggest threat, but I like our starting lineup just a little bit better now. Orlando has a shot, but Howard is still kind of a piece of shit. And Stan Van Gundy is still on the sidelines. Spurs=Championship.
Tim Duncan is still the best big man in the NBA. Say what you want, but don't tell me there is another guy you would take if you need to win one game. Until Dwight Howard grows out of his vagina, which could be next year, Timmy is still the best big man.
Is Tony Parker the best point guard in the Association? Maybe. As of right now the only guy that can be put ahead of him is Chris Paul. Rajon Rondo and Derek Rose will be in the discussion for years to come, but Parker has a leg up on them for now. The scary thing is, Parker is still getting better. People forget he is only 27. If he can increase his jump shot percentage by just a couple percent, he could be the perfect point guard. But it's hard to blame the guy for not working on his shot when he is banging Eva Longoria.
Oh Manu, my favorite player of all. Is it really fair to even call him a sixth man? If that's the case then he should have won the award the last four years. The ankle injuries really worry me, but he won't be suiting up for Argentina this summer so he should be 100% by the beginning of the season. I expect Manu to return to his form in the 07-08 season, scoring 17 ppg and hitting 40% of his three point attempts. Viva La Résistance!
And the new guy, Richard Jefferson. I'm expecting big things. I don't think he will be able to match his previous numbers because he will probably be our fourth scoring option, maybe third, but his production will be infinitely better than anything we got from the number 3 spot in the past. San Antonio really needed a wing to work with our "drive and dish" type offense so hopefully he can keep up his three point shot, he shot a career best 39% last year, but he is a guy who can create his own offense as well--which means no more stagnate offense that features Parker dribbling around for twenty seconds and then launching up a three, dammit was that annoying--. He is going to have to get back down into the paint a little bit as well. He averaged over six rebounds per game with the Nets--or at least when he actually gave a shit about the Nets-- and he will need to have similar numbers for the Spurs. He will need to check his ego at the door, but Pop is one of the best so I don't have any worries.
Is there a better starting lineup in the Association than Parker, Manu, Jefferson, Gooden, and Duncan? Uh, No. That being said, the Spurs bench is now paper thin. But I think the odds are pretty good that either Bowen or Thomas, or both, make there way back to San Antonio. The Spurs really need to find some help in the middle though. I'm assuming that we will be bringing over a big man or two from Europe to see how they fair, and that is fine by me. We can't afford to go after anybody else after this move.
What a great move. Thank Science we didn't get Vince Carter's worthless ass last year.
The Championship goes through San Antonio next year, bitches.
ASALAMALAKUM, ONE LOVE
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