TAG: Tim Duncan

As we transition into one of the most highly anticipated seasons in recent memory, my mind has been shifting into overdrive, thinking about some of the more memorable moments in my hoops-loving life. For those of us who are similarly afflicted, I need not explain to ecstatic rush of emotion and joy that overwhelms us as we witness these brilliant episodes of b-ball transcendence.

Caught up in the moment, you realize that not only are you watching a once-in-a-lifetime display, but you value the fact that these experiences will escort you through life, in the same way that birthdays, first kisses, senior proms, graduations and anniversary’s do. Read More »

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As we transition into one of the most highly anticipated seasons in recent memory, my mind has been shifting into overdrive, thinking about some of the more memorable moments in my hoops-loving life. For those of us who are similarly afflicted, I need not explain to ecstatic rush of emotion and joy that overwhelms us as we witness these brilliant episodes of b-ball transcendence.

Caught up in the moment, you realize that not only are you watching a once-in-a-lifetime display, but you value the fact that these experiences will escort you through life, in the same way that birthdays, first kisses, senior proms, graduations and anniversary’s do.

It’s like the first time you heard Sucker MC’s, Eric B is President, Dougie and Slick Rick’s The Show or Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s They Reminisce , in that you knew that your life was irrevocably altered from that moment on. Read More »

As we transition into one of the most highly anticipated seasons in recent memory, my mind has been shifting into overdrive, thinking about some of the more memorable moments in my hoops-loving life. For those of us who are similarly afflicted, I need not explain to ecstatic rush of emotion and joy that overwhelms us as we witness these brilliant episodes of b-ball transcendence.

Caught up in the moment, you realize that not only are you watching a once-in-a-lifetime display, but you value the fact that these experiences will escort you through life, in the same way that birthdays, first kisses, senior proms, graduations and anniversary’s do.

It’s like the first time you heard Sucker MC’s, Eric B is President, Dougie and Slick Rick’s The Show or Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s They Reminisce , in that you knew that your life was irrevocably altered from that moment on. Read More »

As we transition into one of the most highly anticipated seasons in recent memory, my mind has been shifting into overdrive, thinking about some of the more memorable moments in my hoops-loving life. For those of us who are similarly afflicted, I need not explain to ecstatic rush of emotion and joy that overwhelms us as we witness these brilliant episodes of b-ball transcendence.

Caught up in the moment, you realize that not only are you watching a once-in-a-lifetime display, but you value the fact these experiences will escort you through life, in the same way that birthdays, first kisses, senior proms, graduations and anniversary’s do. It’s like the first time you heard Sucker MC’s, Eric B is President, Dougie and Slick Rick’s The Show or Pete Rock and CL Smooth’s They Reminisce , in that you knew that your life was irrevocably altered from that moment on.

Catch me in the midst of one of these magical events, like Jordan’s 63, Bernard King’s Christmas gift, Mo Cheeks running a team, Phi Slamma Jamma, a young Penny Hardaway on the come-up, the Fab Five or Lebron’s 48-Special and, if you didn’t know me, you’d swear that I’d just escaped from Bellevue, in serious need of meds and some padded walls.

In today’s installment of Machine Gun Funk, we take it back to the spring of 1988, when Dominique Wilkins and Larry Bird put on a show that will forever stand the test of time. Read More »

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Versatile. It means to be competent in many things, easily able to turn from one thing to another, adaptable to many uses or functions. For years, the pundits have considered Lamar Odom an enigma, a player who never truly, according the their thought process, lived up to his considerable gifts.

Instead of accepting and appreciating the man for what he is, many have erroneously wasted precious time and energy telling others what he should be accomplishing, what he should be doing, what he should be. They saw the mind-boggling athleticism for a man that size – 6′10″, the defensive prowess, the rebounding, the scoring, the ball handling, the floor generalship, the vision and lovely dish repertoire on the break, and got seduced into greediness.

Maybe now, as the filter of time has led to a sincere appreciation of his ability to be so good at so many things, to be an essential element to a championship mix, to complement Kobe and Pau, or Durant, D Rose and Chauncey in the successful, arduous quest to be the last, best team standing, folks will finally give the man his props. Read More »

The Dish: Deron Williams The Latest / Apr 22, 2010 / 12:16 pm

The Dish, aka The Assist. It’s my favorite part of the game because it’s the most philanthropic. While most casual observers appreciate the dudes that can get buckets, my informal education as a New York City playground point guard stipulated that I acknowledge, comprehend and cherish the brilliance of the pass that led to the basket, as well as players with an innate ability to make others better.

And right about now, Deron Williams seems to stand head and shoulders above every point guard in the league. Read More »

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Basketball, broken down to its simplest compound, is about scoring more buckets than the team you’re playing against. The Semi-Automatic refers to players who leave bodies in their wake with their innate ability to get buckets. And in the mid ’90s – when Georgetown’s Allen Iverson, UCONN’s Ray Allen, Wake Forest’s Tim Duncan, St. John’s Felipe Lopez, Syracuse’s Lawrence Moten aka “Poetry in Motion”, UMASS’s Marcus Camby and quite possibly the greatest college hoops team of all time, the ‘96 Kentucky Wildcats aka “The Untouchables” had a monopoly on the headlines – Villanova’s Kerry Kittles left behind a remarkable body of work that easily establishes him as one of the Big East Conference’s greatest players ever. Read More »

An old adage says, “After the rain, comes sun.” And if it weren’t for a destructive tropical storm in 1989, the intense ray of sun that has warmed and nourished the hoops landscape over the previous seventeen years might have remained hidden under a cloak of obscurity.

When Hurrican Hugo completed its wrath on the U.S. Virgin Islands in ‘89, one of the fortunate consequences of its terror was flinging Tim Duncan into the welcoming arms of basketball. Read More »