Posts Tagged ‘San Antonio Spurs’

What’s on the line? Another look at legacy.

May 5, 2016

Every year, in every walk of life, people start careers and retire, work hard or quit and succeed or fail. From the beginning of an endeavor until the very end, everything we do contributes toward our reputation.

If you’re an actor, every role you take gets added to your IMDB page. For better or worse, if your name’s on it, it’s there forever. Robert De Niro is one of the greatest actors of all time, with roles in Godfather Part II, The Deer Hunter, Goodfellas and the Untouchables (among many others), but even De Niro has a few things on his resume he’d probably sooner forget. He’s great, but I don’t know if Dirty Grandpa and Meet the Fockers are going to be ones he remembers fondly on his death-bed. The good news for De Niro is that we tend to forgive actors for the terrible projects they’re a part of. When we look back at careers, we don’t care about the awful movies or shows, we just look at the things we love.

Fockers? What Fockers?

Like actors, athletes are judged based on what they produce throughout their careers. Unlike actors, we don’t forgive and forget  athletic failures quite as quickly and easily. We look at individual legacies in every sport, but with the exception of starting quarterbacks in the NFL, nobody is judged nearly as harshly as an NBA player. Karl Malone and Charles Barkley combined for 60,685 points and played significant roles on playoff teams throughout their careers, but they’re the first two players mentioned when lists of players without championships are put together.  Despite all the highlights and dominance, all we remember is Karl Malone clanking free throws against the Bulls and Charles Barkley’s forlorn expression as Jordan celebrated another title. With the end of Kobe Bryant’s career and the dwindling lights of Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan, legacy has been at the forefront of this whole season, and the playoffs are no exception. Every players’ reputation is going to be altered forever, but there are a few guys or teams who have more at stake than the rest.

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Six Things about this Upcoming NBA Season

October 27, 2009

I am from Indiana. I live, think, and breathe basketball. I have spent the better part of five years in a severe basketball depression, following the Malice in the Palace resulting in the half-gutting of my beloved Pacers and the career killing of my last basketball hero, Reggie Miller. As it were, I had all but written off the National Basketball Association. It was clear that Larry Bird was going with the all-character squad, which culminated with the legitimate possibility for the first all-white starting line-up since 1950. The Pacers’ year-by-year win total since Detroit’s fans ruined my life and we went squeaky clean: 44 (year it happened), 41, 35, 35, 36. Absolutely mediocre. And since we weren’t completely terrible, we have had picks in the 10-17 range consistently and haven’t been able to pick up a real player to help out Danny Granger, perfectly illustrated by this year’s wonderful selection of Tyler Hansbrough (more on that later).

Why am I telling you this? Because I love basketball. And we are coming upon the single best part of the year: basketball season. So what should we expect? I can think of 6 things:

1. Shaq in Cleveland will not work out well.

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