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May 21, 2014

SportsFilter: The Wednesday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 10 comments

Enjoy the Spurs while you have them.

posted by yerfatma at 11:39 AM on May 21

Dodgers prospect's ear bitten by teammate.

posted by tommytrump at 01:18 PM on May 21

Harold Larwood by Frank Keating. They don't make them or write them like this any more.

posted by owlhouse at 09:46 PM on May 21

Enjoy the Spurs while you have them

Low maintenance superstars all over the roster who prefer winning over personal accolades. Basketball purists love 'em.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:03 PM on May 22

Enjoy the Spurs while you have them

Watching the Spurs is like watching the Detroit Red Wings of the mid-2000s. Just fluid, smooth passing in all zones, and a scoring touch that was at times sublime. There were long stretches during games where the other team looked like a junior B franchise as they struggled to keep up with the speed and skill of the Red Wings.

Like the Spurs, the three consisted of a legend of the game (Lidstrom) and two amazing stars (Datsyuk and Zetteberg) that don't get as much attention as they should.

I'm wondering if Datsyuk and Zetterberg (like Parker and Ginobili) will get the recognition when their careers are done.

posted by grum@work at 11:09 PM on May 22

Enjoy the Spurs while you have them.

Chad Finn linked to the clip in his Touching All the Bases blog in the Boston Globe. He also linked to one done some time ago about the Bird/McHale/Walton Celtics. The inspiration for coach Greg Popovich might go back to earlier Celtics teams. In his office hangs a picture of John Havlicheck.

I've been a Celtics fan, and thus a fan of professional basketball, since about 1952. I'm not so fond of the game as I once was, and I blame it on a decision that the league made under Commissioner Donald Stern. Perhaps it was a marketing necessity, but when the NBA began to emphasize the players rather than the teams, the quality of play began to deteriorate. Consider who gets all of the attention on the highlight reels. True enough, those are great individual players, but more often than not the superstar can be slowed just a bit, and his team cannot pick up the slack. Again, looking back to the Celtics teams that dominated the league from the late 1950s into the 1970s, the best player on the floor usually was not wearing green.

posted by Howard_T at 11:17 PM on May 22

like Parker and Ginobili

Hold on there ... no mention of Tim Duncan, who is likely the best all around big man of all time?

posted by cixelsyd at 11:28 PM on May 22

like Parker and Ginobili

Hold on there ... no mention of Tim Duncan, who is likely the best all around big man of all time?

My comparison was Lidstrom/Duncan, and the phrase "legend of the game". I have no doubt that Duncan will slide easily into the HOF and is recognized by both as a top-15 player of all time (if not top 10).

posted by grum@work at 11:40 PM on May 22

And Kawhi Leonard, the quietest superstar, leads the team in Win Shares.

posted by tron7 at 10:50 AM on May 23

posted by Mr Bismarck at 11:47 AM on May 23

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